OU Kosher’s instruction video, The Kosher Standard, which was produced to assist companies and their personnel in maintaining their kosher programs, is now available in a Spanish version for use by both Spanish-speaking personnel in United States companies and for the increasing number of firms in Spanish-speaking countries that are certified by the Orthodox Union.
It won’t be necessary to keep your ear so close to the radio anymore in the Chicago area to hear the Midwest NCSY Radio Hour, which since the beginning of the year has been building an audience on 1,000-watt WEEF, 1430-AM. Effective in June, the program will be moving to WEEF’S 5,000-watt sister station WKTA, 1330-AM, which will increase its range considerably, with a signal extending into Wisconsin to the north, beyond Elgin toward DeKalb to the west, to Joliet in the south, and eastward across Lake Michigan to Western Indiana and Michigan.
Although not immune to the same circumstances that have caused booming divorce rates in the general population, Orthodox couples face the additional pressures that are unique to their own community. These include financial stresses, caused in a great part by the burden of tuition, as well as the need to balance religious
commitments with the demands of family and work. These factors are compounded by the reality that family life has changed over the years, with both parents predominantly now working — in many cases to meet the tuition challenge — which has impacted significantly on the time husband and wife can devote to one another.
Deeply disturbed by an environment in which teenagers, including Jewish teens, are increasingly engaged in sexual experimentation, NCSY, the youth program of the Orthodox Union, today announced negiah.org, an abstinence program to convince teenagers that sexual activity before marriage should be avoided in the interests of their physical, emotional and religious well-being.
With the summer season right around the corner, the Orthodox Union’s Our Way program will bring its popular and meaningful Shabbaton program for the Jewish deaf and their families to Cincinnati, June 8-9. The Shabbaton is designed to meet the specific needs of the deaf and hearing impaired and provide them with a one-of-a-kind Sabbath experience. It will be held at Golf Manor Synagogue, 6442 Stover Avenue.
The Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD) will celebrate its twenty-first annual Family Shabbaton at the well-known Kutsher’s Country Club, in Monticello, NY, Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20.
Hundreds of people have attended the Shabbaton each year, and now it is expected that more than 500 guests will be present, including Yachad and Our Way members, their parents and extended families.
In October, 2006 Spangler Candy Company’s manufacturing plant in Bryan, Ohio and its co-manufacturing facility in Juarez, Mexico were both certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. This certification allows Spangler products to be consumed by all who observe kosher dietary laws, as well as by others with special dietary requirements, such as Moslems and Seventh Day Adventists. In addition, certification serves as a guide to millions of individuals who are vegetarians or lactose intolerant that they may consume the product. (All Spangler products made in Bryan and Juarez are kosher except for circus peanuts.)
The results have been exactly what company management had in mind. The addition of the OU symbol on packaging as a result of its Orthodox Union certification has had positive results on Spangler Candy’s flagship brand, Dum Dum Pops®, and paved the way for potential sales to additional consumers with special dietary needs.
With the theme of “Doing More for You and Your Community” the Orthodox Union float leads an OU delegation hundreds strong at Sunday’s Israel Day Parade in New York. The delegation consisted of members of the NCSY youth program and the Yachad program for those with disabilities, marching up Fifth Avenue along with OU lay leaders and staff members, all waving to the crowd and enjoying themselves thoroughly. OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb (waving) and President Stephen J. Savitsky ride on the top level of the float.
The OU/RCA Va’ad HaKashrut seminar included discussion of the following menu for a Shabbat Kiddush celebrating the wedding of a fictitious couple, Jeffrey and Susan. At first glance, it looks scrumptious. As second glance it still looks scrumptious, but it presents difficulties from the point of view of kashrut and Shabbat observance.
So a new kosher bagel store has opened for business in a community and there are rumors that the proprietor wasn’t so careful in his previous location about all the requirements of maintaining a kosher establishment. Or the catered Shabbat Kiddush, delicious though it may be, presents some difficulties regarding the standards of kashrut and the observance of the Sabbath. What’s a local Va’ad HaKashrut (certifying agency) to do?