Faced with substantial challenges that have rocked the kosher industry in the past two years, even as growth in sales continues at a 15 percent annual rate, the Chicago-based Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO) held the annual meeting last Thursday that follows the giant KosherFest show in New York. The all-day gathering took place in the Manhattan offices of the Orthodox Union, and was attended by dozens of AKO member representatives from across the United States, from England, and even from Australia.
As Chanukah approaches, a perfect gift is registration in one of the Orthodox Union NCSY’s summer programs for 2007. Once again in 2007, NCSY will have a jam-packed summer season.
Summer is long over but its memories linger on in Kharkov, Ukraine. In July, the Orthodox Union’s NCSY sent participants in JOLT — the Jewish Overseas Leadership Training program for high school boys and girls — to the OU Joseph K. Miller Torah Center in Kharkov, to work with the youngsters there as part of their leadership training.
The message from the Orthodox Union Kosher Division is as clear as it can be: “Managing Your Account Has Never Been Simpler.” The source of this management wizardry is www.oudirect.org, the new six-part website designed to provide a vast amount of information to companies certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. After a period of testing, OU Direct went online this week.
Rabbi Menachem Genack, Chief Executive Officer of OU Kosher, was named to the Forward 50, one of the highest honors in the Jewish world today.
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America is profoundly offended by the “Gay Pride” parade scheduled for this Friday in the Holy City of Jerusalem, Israel. Torah observant Jews cannot be silent as those who flout the word of God provocatively choose to stage this event in Judaism’s holiest city.
The Orthodox Union announced today that the Prime Minister of the State of Israel – the Hon. Ehud Olmert – will address the opening session of the Biennial Convention of the Orthodox Union in Jerusalem on Wednesday, November 22.
Direct from Israel, a young Orthodox rabbi and his wife have arrived at the University of Pennsylvania to guide Jewish students in furthering their spiritual growth and Jewish knowledge. Rabbi Mordechai and Limor Friedman are the new Torah Educators of the Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program.
The video begins with the sounds and pictures of war, with images of smoke and fire, of missiles falling, of buildings destroyed, of bomb shelters packed and people weeping – children and adults alike – all to the accompaniment of the sounds of big guns. These images are real, photographed by Israelis during the war against Hezbollah this summer, as missiles fell all over the north of Israel, traumatizing the populace.
Direct from Israel, a young rabbi and his wife have come to the Cornell campus to bring the warmth of Judaism to students, even as a cold winter approaches.