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Allen Fagin named to Transition Committee for New York State Attorney General-Elect Letitia James

December 5, 2018, by

Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union and the former chairman of Proskauer Rose, LLP, has been appointed to the Transition Committee for New York’s Attorney General-Elect Letitia James. The committee consists of 36 individuals who will help identify strong candidates for positions with, and establish policy recommendations for, the Attorney General’s Office. […]

FL Gov.-elect DeSantis Visits Teach Florida and Jewish Day School, Announces Support for Expanded School Choice and School Security

November 28, 2018, by

(Hollywood, FL) – In their first official visit to South Florida since winning the recount, Governor elect Ron DeSantis and Lt. Governor elect Jeanette Nunez met with Teach Florida’s leadership in a roundtable discussion and visit to member school Brauser Maimonides Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, FL this morning. Governor DeSantis used the event to stress […]

Statement on Vaccinations from the OU and Rabbinical Council of America

November 14, 2018, by

Orthodox Jewish parents, like responsible parents across the United States, overwhelmingly vaccinate their children against measles, mumps, rubella, polio and the other childhood diseases for which inoculations are now almost miraculously commonplace. As in many communities, a small minority of parents chooses not to do so. The ongoing measles outbreak demonstrates how this could bear […]

OU Picks 6 Innovative Nonprofit Startups to Support Through its New Impact Accelerator

November 12, 2018, by

Organization Invests In New Generation Of Jewish Social Entrepreneurs NEW YORK – The Orthodox Union (OU), the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community, has announced a cohort of six winning nonprofit organizations that it will support through its new Impact Accelerator. Launched in early 2018, the OU Impact […]

40 Tri-State Area Mikvah Attendants Participate in First OU Women’s Initiative Training Session Program Designed to Better Prepare Attendants for Complex Issues

November 12, 2018, by

NEW YORK – The mikvah has undergone dramatic transformation over the past several decades as community leaders upgrade facilities to make the experience more comfortable and convenient for women. As part of an initiative to address the mikvah experience from a psycho-social perspective, the OU Women’s Initiative, a division of the Orthodox Union, is providing […]

OU Israel and Amudim Unite to Combat Substance Abuse in the Jewish Community

November 8, 2018, by

This past week, OU Israel joined forces with Amudim Israel and hosted two programs focused on the challenges surrounding substance abuse in the Jewish community in Israel. The programs were held in Elazar and Chashmonaim, respectively. Entitled “Awareness, Substance Abuse & Addiction Prevention Within Our Communities, What Can We Do?” presenters discussed warning signs of […]

Over 500 Participate in OU Conference Call on Shul and School Security

October 31, 2018, by

On October 30, in the aftermath of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, the OU, RCA and YU convened a conference call to discuss best practices for implementing practical security measures in our schools and shuls. Following introductory remarks from OU Executive Vice President Allen Fagin, listeners heard from Doron Horowitz, Senior National Security Advisor […]

OU Expresses Appreciation for Gov. Cuomo’s Support of Grant Program to Keep Schools and other Nonprofits Safe

October 31, 2018, by

The leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union) today issued the following statement after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released $10 million in security grants for nonpublic schools, community centers and other nonprofit institutions: “Gov. Cuomo has once again shown his unwavering commitment to the safety and security of all […]

Orthodox Union Announces the Creation of Major Jewish Research Initiative

October 15, 2018, by

Matt Williams to Head Up New OU Center for Communal Research New York, NY – The Orthodox Union announces the launch of its new OU Center for Communal Research. The Center will focus its research on how Jews learn to live Jewish lives, the diverse journeys they take in that process and the ways in […]