Daily Israel Report

OU - Not Only About Kashrut Supervision

Rabbi Avi Berman, Director General of the OU, explains how the organization helps immigrants and IDF soldiers.
By Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 8/7/2013, 5:14 AM

The Orthodox Union (OU) is not only about supervision of kashrut, said Rabbi Avi Berman, Director General of the OU.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva during last week’s mega aliyah event at Binyani HaUma in Jerusalem, Rabbi Berman explained how the OU helps olim (new immigrants) and IDF soldiers.

 

“Israel really is our home,” said Rabbi Berman. “We can be in America, in England, in Australia, we can be in Zimbabwe, but at the end of the day every Jew knows they can end up here.”

There are many things a new immigrant to Israel has to do, he added, such as getting medical insurance, buying a home and getting a job, but “at the end of the day, what keeps us alive here in Eretz Yisrael is all based on Torah.”

English-speaking olim, said Rabbi Berman, can make a great contribution to Israel.

“What we’ve shown through our programs is that we, as Anglos, can have a real impact,” he said, adding, “We have 35,000 adolescents going through our programs a year. We have 20,000 soldiers and pre-soldiers going through our programs in which we leverage the history of the State of Israel so that soldiers understand what they’re fighting for. We have to boost up the soldiers’ love and desire for the land of Israel.”

“Kashrut supervision gives OU Israel 35% of our budget, and we’re very thankful for that. Companies that take the OU for kashrut should know that the OU is a not for profit organization that gives all the money back to the Jewish people.”