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OU Calls on Its Synagogues to Observe Sabbath for Jerusalem, Nov 17, to Protect City from Division

November 9, 2007, by

As part of its multi-faceted campaign to keep Jerusalem from being divided during Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations at Annapolis and beyond, the Orthodox Union today called on its hundreds of synagogues across North America to observe Shabbat Yerushalayim (Sabbath for Jerusalem), Friday evening and Saturday, November 16-17, coinciding with the Torah portion of Vayeitzei.

Beth El-Atereth Israel $50,000 Contribution Makes Possible OU Israel Sderot Playground/Bomb Shelter

November 5, 2007, by

The Orthodox Union in Israel announced today that thanks to a generous contribution of $50,000 from the congregants of Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel in Newton Centre, MA, an OU synagogue, it will now be able to expand its Makom Balev emergency relief efforts in Sderot, the Israeli community constantly bombarded by Kassam rockets. The donation will be used to renovate a second Makom Balev center, operated out of a bomb shelter, which the Seymour J. Abrams OU Jerusalem World Center recently obtained from the city’s government.

Rab Asher Weiss, Shlita, Delivers Shiur to Inaugurate New Harry H. Beren Ask OUtreach Program

November 2, 2007, by

In the inaugural program of the most recent initiative of OU Kosher in the field of kashrut education, senior rabbis from OU Kosher welcomed the Gaon HaRav Asher Weiss, Shlita, who delivered a shiur at OU headquarters in New York that encompassed a broad overview of the halachic principles that relate to the consumption of medications and non-food items. The audience, all of whom are themselves experts on kosher law, heard Rav Weiss expound on numerous sources from a wide range of rabbinic authorities.

OU Kosher Senior Rabbi to Address Lima, Peru Conference on Organic & Kosher Foods Market in US, 11/8

October 30, 2007, by

The worldwide nature of OU Kosher will be demonstrated once again on Thursday, November 8, when Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, Senior Rabbinic Coordinator and Vice President of Marketing and Communications of the Orthodox Union Kashrut Division, will deliver a web presentation (webinar) to a conference on the Organic and Kosher Foods Market in the United States, being held in Lima, Peru.

OU and Partners to Present When Serious Illness Strikes, at Congregation Shaaray Tefila, November 14

October 26, 2007, by

In recognition that when serious illness strikes in an Orthodox family a whole range of difficult decisions — medical, legal and financial — have to be made in accordance with Jewish law, the Orthodox Union, the Metropolitan Jewish Health System and The Jewish Healing and Hospice Alliance, an initiative of UJA-Federation of New York will present a free communal symposium, When Serious Illness Strikes and Decisions Have to Be Made: Who Decides – the Patient, the Physician, the Rabbi, the Family? A Practical Guide for Orthodox Families.

Rabbi Reuven and Shira Boshnack will Serve as New JLIC Torah Educators at Brooklyn College

October 24, 2007, by

Rabbi Reuven and Shira Boshnack, who kicked-off this academic year at Brooklyn College with an unforgettable Sabbath experience which drew more than 100 students from across the spectrum of Jewish observance, are serving as spiritual mentors and guides to Jewish students on the sprawling campus for the first time this year. The couple is there as part of the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, which arrived on campus four years ago under the leadership of Rabbi Reuven and Nalini Ibragimov.

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