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?
In a ceremony at the synagogue, the Orthodox Union presented the Young Israel of New Rochelle with an $8,000 check as the first installment of its $20,000 award for its outstanding grant submission in the OU competition for the best outreach initiative.
In anticipation of the upcoming First Annual (Virtual) Job Fair, to take place Tuesday, June 5 at Orthodox Union Headquarters in New York, the OU Job Board, a new national program for those seeking to change jobs and for the unemployed, urges applicants to submit their resumés and to register for the Fair now.
OU Kosher will be a featured presenter at an important Food Labeling Seminar in to be sponsored by The Food Institute in June. The seminar attracts more than 200 food manufacturers, who attend to learn about specific labeling and legislative issues in the industry.