6th Graders from Bet Shemesh Climb Massada on Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tiyul

May 20, 2015, by

Like all good tiyulim to Massada, this one began in the middle of the night. More than 50 sixth graders from the Begin Elementary School in Bet Shemesh arrived at their school at 2:00 a.m. on a weekday in mid-May. Each child was accompanied by a parent. The tiyul was arranged by the local OU […]

My Entire Family Enjoys Going to the Yachad Shabbaton – A First Person Report

May 19, 2015, by

The Northeast Yachad Family Shabbaton, which was held this year in Stamford, CT, is an annual event where families with special needs members mingle.  The families share information, stories and experiences with each other, while the typically developing children hang out with friends they’ve met at prior Shabbatons, attend sibling workshops, or go to an […]

Rina Emerson Announced As New West Coast NCSY Regional Director

May 14, 2015, by

In the late nineties, a teenage girl named Rina from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, began her involvement in the local chapter of NCSY. Her decision to join NCSY, the Orthodox Union’s international youth movement, would mark the start of her purposeful career inspiring Jewish youth. Now in 2015, Rina Emerson resides in the opposite side […]

Southwest NCSY Appoints New Positions

May 14, 2015, by

NCSY announces two major changes in Southwest NCSY in the Orthodox Union’s continued effort to strengthen NCSY both on a national and local level. Rabbi Israel Lashak has been promoted from his longstanding role as Southwest NCSY regional director to National NCSY Senior Educator. In this new capacity, Rabbi Lashak will travel the country throughout […]

Young Israel of Deerfield Beach Joins the OU Synagogue Network

May 13, 2015, by

The Orthodox Union has announced that Young Israel of Deerfield Beach has been accepted as a new member synagogue, joining hundreds of other synagogues throughout North America that enjoy the benefits of their affiliation with the OU. The announcement followed the approval of the OU’s Synagogue Standards Commission, which acted on the recommendation of the […]

OU-Teach NYS Commends Governor Cuomo’s Call to Pass Parental Choice in Education Act

May 12, 2015, by

    The Orthodox Union-Teach NYS initiative commended Governor Andrew Cuomo’s renewed call to pass legislation that will provide financial support to New York families educating their children at non-public schools. At a rally in Long Island this morning, Governor Cuomo, joined by religious and community leaders and students, introduced the Parental Choice in Education […]

OU Applauds Senate Passage of Iran Deal Oversight Bill

May 7, 2015, by

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization in the nation, applauded the Senate’s passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, a bill designed to guarantee congressional review of any final agreement reached with Iran regarding that country’s nuclear weapons program. “This legislation ensures essential oversight […]

Parents, Educators and Advocates Rally for Pre-K Choice

May 6, 2015, by

This morning in Brooklyn’s Owl’s Head Park, the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center- Teach NYS Initiative, Parents for Pre-K Choice, Council Member David G. Greenfield (D-44) and community leaders from across New York City joined together to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to ensure all families have the option to send their children to half-day […]

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