Orthodox Union Mourns the Passing of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l

April 20, 2015, by

The Orthodox Union and its board and professional staff join with the rest of the Jewish nation in mourning the passing of HaRav HaGaon Aharon Lichtenstein, zt”l. A prince and a giant has fallen. Rav Lichtenstein was a prince of Torah and exemplified the highest ideals of Torah U’Maddah. He was a giant in his […]

OU Israel’s Oraita Youth Center Hosts Seder in Nazareth Illit

April 6, 2015, by

For a special crowd of 115, this year’s Pesach Sederwas one they will long remember. In Nazareth Illit,OU Israel’s Jack E. Gindi Oraita Youth Club organized a seder in a local yeshivah high school for the teens and their families. Some of the participants came with siblings, some came with their families, and some came alone. […]

Exploring Oraita’s Philosophy at Inpatient Rehabilitation Center

April 6, 2015, by

The week before Pesach when most Israeli teens were either helping clean the house or going on tiyulimwith their youth groups, teens from the Jack E. Gindi Oraita Youth Clubs and Makom Balev had a very different kind of experience. They visited Retorno, an inpatient rehabilitation center near Bet Shemesh, about 25 miles from Jerusalem, or in […]

OU Expresses Deep Reservations Over Announced Framework Agreement with Iran

April 3, 2015, by

Today, the leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, issued the following statement: “In 2012, President Barack Obama declared that ‘the deal we’ll accept’ with Iran ‘is that they end their nuclear program’ and ‘abide by the U.N. resolutions that have been in place.’ The elements of the framework of a deal […]

OU Kosher’s Top Consumer Questions for Passover 2015

March 30, 2015, by

OU Kosher presents Passover questions frequently asked by consumers on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241). Questions may also be submitted to These questions are answered by Rabbi Tzvi Nussbaum, the voice of OU Kosher’s Consumer Hotline; the OU’s Webbe Rebbe; and Rabbi Eli Eleff, rabbinic coordinator and consumer relations administrator. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, OU […]

OU Kosher Announces Extended Hotline Hours in Preparation for Passover

March 26, 2015, by

OU Kosher announces special OU Kosher Hotline hours to assist with Passover preparations. The following are the hotline’s extended hours: Sunday, March 29: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday, March 30 – Thursday, April 2: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, April 3: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Erev Yom Tov) The kosher hotline number is 212-613-8241. “OU Kosher’s extended hotline hours […]

Private School Parents Urged by OU Advocacy to Flood NYS Legislators’ Inboxes for EITC

March 25, 2015, by

A potentially groundbreaking bill for Jewish education could be passed by the New York State Legislature if enough concerned constituents call their representatives. “The Education Tax Credit has the potential to deliver millions of dollars in scholarship aid to our Jewish day school families. Similar educational tax credits in other states have proven to provide […]