When Leon Feingold was active in the NCSY chapter at the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Center on Long Island some 15 years ago and more, his fellow teens looked up to him, which is natural because he was six feet, six inches tall, and weighed more than 225 pounds. To baseball fans in the youth program, he looked like the prototypical fastball pitcher, the guy who can fire a baseball at 90 MPH and above and dare the batter to hit it.
For the first time in the months to come, a weekend advertising insert with cents-off coupons will be “OU certified,” as it appears in major newspapers nationwide with the famed Kosher symbol displayed on every product. The inserts are a program of the Orthodox Union and Forum Publishing Group, a media company wholly owned by the Sun-Sentinel Company of South Florida, which in turn is owned by the Tribune Company of Chicago.
In recognition by the Orthodox Union of the immediate need for kiruv (outreach) to the unaffiliated and marginally affiliated in the Jewish community, the OU will bring its expanding kiruv initiative to Los Angeles with a special OU Synagogue Leadership Seminar on outreach to be held in memory of Emanuel Stern a”h”, at OU West Coast Headquarters, 9831 West Pico Boulevard, Sunday, April 22, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
To offer insights into Current Issues Facing the Local Va’ad HaKashrut (certifying agency), the Orthodox Union Kosher Division’s Harry H. Beren ASK program will present a Kashrut Yom Iyun — a day of in-depth analysis — at OU Headquarters, 11 Broadway, Tuesday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In recognition by the Orthodox Union of the immediate need for kiruv (outreach) to the unaffiliated and marginally affiliated in the Jewish community, the OU will bring its expanding kiruv initiative to Fairfield in a special workshop on outreach to be held at Congregation Ahavath Achim, on Wednesday, April 18.
Three Orthodox Union congregations in different parts of the country will receive grants of up to $20,000 for proposing outreach initiatives to deal with the problem of assimilation and non-involvement in the Jewish community. The synagogues are Congregation Beth Israel Abraham & Voliner in Overland Park, KS, Rabbi David Fine, for the proposal, “There’s No Place Like Home”; The Young Israel of New Rochelle, in suburban New York City, Rabbi Reuven Fink, for “Inreach and Outreach”; and Baron Hirsch Congregation, Memphis Tennessee, Rabbi Shai Finkelstein, for “Bring Shabbat Home.”
The Maimonides Scholars Program, an innovative initiative now in progress under the auspices of the OU’s West Coast NCSY and its public school offshoot, the Jewish Student Union (JSU), is bringing the atmosphere of higher education – in which young scholars receive fellowships to continue their work — to Los Angeles area high school students, both boys and girls, with each participant receiving $10 a week for the ten-week program.
The Orthodox Union’s new national program for those seeking to change jobs and the unemployed, the OU Job Board, today announced its First Annual (Virtual) Job Fair, to take place Tuesday, June 5 at OU Headquarters in New York. Companies in the Tri-State area — and those nationwide with offices in the Tri-State area or who are interested in relocating their new hires — are invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind recruitment event, in which Human Resources executives will interview potential employees through video-conferencing.
Ever wonder what the bad guys have been up to lately? Here’s an inside scoop. The wise guyz, mobsters, and the street crew gathered last week at the exclusive Union Square Ballroom for the Orthodox Union’s Yachad Mob Scene, the annual spring benefit on behalf of the Yachad program.
Just four months after introducing its six-part website, OU Direct, with the slogan “Managing your account has never been simpler,” the Orthodox Union Kosher Division announced today that the one thousandth user has logged into the system, which was designed to simplify financial contacts between the OU and the companies it certifies, as well as to facilitate the kosher certification process itself.