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OU, RCA issue guidelines for Purim during pandemic

OU, RCA issue guidelines for Purim during pandemic

Healthy individuals advised to attend public Megillah readings if proper masking and social distancing is maintained.Arutz Sheva Staff, 03/02/2021 16:53
OU applauds Senate passage of bipartisan legislation to combat anti-Semitism

OU applauds Senate passage of bipartisan legislation to combat anti-Semitism

Legislation elevates State Dept. envoy in rank and provides that office with greater resources to combat anti-Semitism.Arutz Sheva Staff, 17/12/2020 08:34
OU partners with Ritz Carlton for first hotel with kosher food in Bahrain

OU partners with Ritz Carlton for first hotel with kosher food in Bahrain

Ritz Carlton Hotel in Manama, Bahrain to become first hotel in the kingdom to offer kosher certified food through the help of the OU.Yoni Kempinski, 09/11/2020 21:22
UAE asks OU to certify kashrut throughout the Emirates

UAE asks OU to certify kashrut throughout the Emirates

Orthodox Union accepts request from UAE government to oversee all kosher food in hotels as well as international events in the Emirates.Arutz Sheva Staff, 08/09/2020 20:04
US surgeon general advises Orthodox rabbis on High Holiday practices

US surgeon general advises Orthodox rabbis on High Holiday practices

In call with OU, Dr. Adams advises considering virtual services or outdoor services with strict mask wearing, among other suggestions.Shira Hanau, JTA, 03/09/2020 08:14
OU welcomes Israel-UAE peace agreement

OU welcomes Israel-UAE peace agreement

Orthodox Union: Normalization of relations between Israel and Arab states is long overdue.Arutz Sheva Staff, 14/08/2020 03:05
Thousands tune into OU's 'Battle of the Singers' charity virtual concert

Thousands tune into OU's 'Battle of the Singers' charity virtual concert

$150,000 raised during 'Battle of the Singer's online concert, organized by Orthodox Union's Yachad charity group for the disabled.Arutz Sheva Staff, 18/06/2020 17:15
OU Israel: Empowering today's youth to be tomorrow's leaders

OU Israel: Empowering today's youth to be tomorrow's leaders

Rabbi Avi Berman of OU Israel tells Arutz Sheva: We want to make sure every Jew can thrive in the State of Israel.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/06/2020 01:37
'The situation of the Jewish communities is extremely difficult'

'The situation of the Jewish communities is extremely difficult'

Rabbi Avi Berman, head of the OU in Israel, calls for assistance to US Jewish communities which have been harassed during recent riots.Arutz Sheva Staff, 02/06/2020 01:11
Covid Ha’atzmaut: The Shofar in our hearts

Covid Ha’atzmaut: The Shofar in our hearts

The State of Israel, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, may need a lot of rethinking, and their relationship to Covid-19 demands careful reflection.Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf and Phil Chernofsky, 29/04/2020 20:47
Orthodox Union mourns loss of Rabbi Don Yoel Levy to COVID-19

Orthodox Union mourns loss of Rabbi Don Yoel Levy to COVID-19

Rabbi Levy served as President of OK Kosher Certification for past thirty-three years.Arutz Sheva Staff, 20/04/2020 19:53
Over 100 Jews at Javits Center field hospital celebrate Passover thanks to OU-JLIC

Over 100 Jews at Javits Center field hospital celebrate Passover thanks to OU-JLIC

Students from Orthodox Union Jewish Learning on Campus Initiative provide Passover food, materials for patients alone at field hospital.Arutz Sheva Staff, 14/04/2020 16:06
OU: Plenty of kosher for Pesach food despite coronavirus crisis

OU: Plenty of kosher for Pesach food despite coronavirus crisis

Supply chain for kosher for Passover food has not been disrupted by the coronavirus crisis, says Orthodox Union kosher certification agency.Marcy Oster/JTA, 23/03/2020 18:36
Daf Yomi in the Gulf? OU's "All Daf" app hits over 26k downloads in 107 countries

Daf Yomi in the Gulf? OU's "All Daf" app hits over 26k downloads in 107 countries

All Daf offers participants opportunity to enhance their learning with range of topics related to that day's daf.Arutz Sheva Staff, 04/02/2020 17:18
OU: Acts of anti-Semitism must be treated as domestic terrorism

OU: Acts of anti-Semitism must be treated as domestic terrorism

Orthodox Union expresses sympathy to the Jewish community of Monsey following stabbing attack at a rabbi’s home.Arutz Sheva Staff, 30/12/2019 06:00
OU applauds US policy change on Judea and Samaria

OU applauds US policy change on Judea and Samaria

Orthodox Union welcomes statement that Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria are not inconsistent with international law.Arutz Sheva Staff, 19/11/2019 04:40
Orthodox Union's Yachad appoints rabbinic and halachic advisor

Orthodox Union's Yachad appoints rabbinic and halachic advisor

Yachad group for individuals with disabilities in the Orthodox community appoints Rabbi Shay Schachter as rabbinic and halachic advisor.Arutz Sheva Staff, 06/11/2019 00:07
OU: An attack on a Jew anywhere is an attack on every Jew

OU: An attack on a Jew anywhere is an attack on every Jew

Orthodox Union sends sympathies to Jewish community of Halle, Germany, following attack during Yom Kippur prayers.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/10/2019 05:41
Learning Torah on the eve of Yom Kippur

Learning Torah on the eve of Yom Kippur

More than 2,000 people in attendance for marathon day of Shiurim organized by OU Israel on the eve of Yom Kippur.Arutz Sheva Staff, 06/10/2019 23:31
OU condemns Swedish party's proposed circumcision ban

OU condemns Swedish party's proposed circumcision ban

Leadership of Orthodox Union expresses deep concern over Swedish Centre Party’s vote to fight the non-medical circumcision of boys.Arutz Sheva North America Staff, 04/10/2019 21:42
Long Island family donates record $5 million to NCSY

Long Island family donates record $5 million to NCSY

“Shevet Glaubach Fellowship” designed to train next generation of Jewish leaders.Arutz Sheva Staff, 04/10/2019 06:41
We have more power than we realize to keep our children's schools safe

We have more power than we realize to keep our children's schools safe

The Teach Coalition – an advocacy arm of the Orthodox Union – is dedicated to achieving maximum American government funding to ensure the safety, strength and affordability of Jewish days schools. You, too, need to speak up. Maury Litwack, 13/08/2019 14:32
How do you make Israel and Torah relevant to US Jewish kids?

How do you make Israel and Torah relevant to US Jewish kids?

From kosher food to synagogue security to summer programs in Israel - inside OU's efforts to strengthen Jewish identity & fight assimilationYoni Kempinski, 29/07/2019 10:05
Netanyahu meets OU leadership

Netanyahu meets OU leadership

“It is time that instead of Israel receiving from the Diaspora, we are giving now,” Netanyahu tells OU leaders from the US and Canada.Arutz Sheva Staff, 16/07/2019 23:10
AIPAC: Charges of dual loyalty are anti-Semitic

AIPAC: Charges of dual loyalty are anti-Semitic

AIPAC issues statement after House approves measure broadly condemning anti-Semitism, says US-Israel alliance is a national interest.Ben Ariel, 08/03/2019 02:45
The limits of Modern Orthodoxy

The limits of Modern Orthodoxy

I am not here to argue the halakhic questions in play here. That ship has sailed. The idea of women serving in the position of rabbi – no matter what the title - has been deemed unacceptable by virtually all Poskim across the spectrum of Orthodoxy.Rabbi Harry Maryles, 15/02/2019 01:12
Jewish groups welcome new US anti-Semitism envoy

Jewish groups welcome new US anti-Semitism envoy

OU, Young Israel and Conference of Presidents welcome appointment of Elan Carr as State Department's anti-Semitism envoy.Arutz Sheva Staff, 06/02/2019 03:38
Message from the President of the Orthodox Union

Message from the President of the Orthodox Union

Mr. Moishe Bane, president of the OU: Is PIttsburgh the beginnng of something different for US Jews? Was this a mini-pogrom, to be followed by others? Orthodox Union , 02/11/2018 15:57
Watch: Thousands of American teens celebrate in Latrun

Watch: Thousands of American teens celebrate in Latrun

2,500 youth from hundreds of Jewish communities in North America participate in NCSY event in Latrun.Hezki Baruch, 26/07/2018 01:05
OU to stop kosher certifying controversial slaughter method

OU to stop kosher certifying controversial slaughter method

Largest US kashrut certifier no longer accepts meat slaughtered using 'shackle and hoist' method.JTA, 25/07/2018 02:14
OU Israel holds mega event honoring Olim

OU Israel holds mega event honoring Olim

Over 2,000 revelers celebrate Independence Day at OU event honoring English-speaking Olim. 'I always knew I would make Aliyah.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 19/04/2018 20:52
When soldiers are attacked one 'must intervene'

When soldiers are attacked one 'must intervene'

US Orthodox organizations condemn attacks by some haredim against soldiers and police officers, 'arouses shame and remorse in all of us.'Mordechai Sones, 17/04/2018 21:38
Why I am pleased with the OU decision on female clergy

Why I am pleased with the OU decision on female clergy

This week the OU adopted the position that it will not tolerate any violation of the halakhic responsum banning female clergy.Rabbi Ephraim Epstein , 01/02/2018 07:27
Jewish organizations hail Trump's Jerusalem move

Jewish organizations hail Trump's Jerusalem move

Jewish organizations in the United States welcome recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, embassy move there.Arutz Sheva Staff, 07/12/2017 04:15
Jewish groups welcome Taylor Force Act

Jewish groups welcome Taylor Force Act

American Jewish organizations welcome approval of bill that would cut PA funding over its payments to terrorists.Arutz Sheva Staff, 06/12/2017 05:42
The disappointing Orthodox response to Hotovely

The disappointing Orthodox response to Hotovely

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely is the embodiment of everything that groups such as the Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America stand for. Why aren’t the major U.S. Orthodox groups coming to her defense?Att'y Stephen M. Flatow, 04/12/2017 05:13
'The holy books fell apart in our hands'

'The holy books fell apart in our hands'

Jewish Orthodox Union youth send special delegation with Israeli flag to Houston, Texas to help hurricane victims.Mordechai Sones, 07/09/2017 17:10
2,000 Jewish campers connect with Jewish identity in Israel

2,000 Jewish campers connect with Jewish identity in Israel

OU and NCSY bring thousands of Jewish campers from North America to connect with Israel and their Jewish roots.Yoni Kempinski, 03/08/2017 17:35
OU connects North American Jews to Jerusalem & Yom Yerushalayim

OU connects North American Jews to Jerusalem & Yom Yerushalayim

The president of the OU says celebrations of Yom Yerushalayim must include both national and religious elements.Yoni Kempinski, 21/05/2017 15:42
Jewish groups welcome Trump's Holocaust speech

Jewish groups welcome Trump's Holocaust speech

Conference of Presidents, Orthodox Union and ADL welcome President Trump’s remarks at Holocaust Memorial Museum.Arutz Sheva Staff, 26/04/2017 05:13
Orthodox Union starts Chabad-on-campus type program

Orthodox Union starts Chabad-on-campus type program

Rebbetzin 2.0: Young Orthodox women break mold of 'rabbi’s wife' with co-equal role in OU-sponsored college campus initiative.JTA, 16/04/2017 07:29
OU backs bid to double security funding for Jewish institutions

OU backs bid to double security funding for Jewish institutions

Letter in US Senate calls for increased security funding for Jewish and Muslim institutions in wake of anti-Semitic threats.JTA, 07/03/2017 15:24
NY Gov. announces head of joint anti-Semitism comission

NY Gov. announces head of joint anti-Semitism comission

OU Executive Vice President Allen Fagin joins NY Gov. Cuomo on solidarity mission to Israel in wake of rising anti-Semitism.Mordechai Sones, 06/03/2017 19:43
OU rules against women rabbis; Open Orthodox  rebel

OU rules against women rabbis; Open Orthodox rebel

The Orthodox Union, which serves as the largest umbrella organization of Orthodox synagogues in North America, has stated unequivocally that women may not serve in clergy roles. The RCA did so in 2010.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 05/02/2017 00:46
Online petition calls on Trump to move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Online petition calls on Trump to move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

The OU has started an online petition calling on President-elect Donald Trump to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.JTA, 06/12/2016 21:17
OU: Trump pick for Education Secretary good for religious Jews

OU: Trump pick for Education Secretary good for religious Jews

OU Advocacy Center head says Trump's choice for Education Secretary shows he is serious about school choice and helping religious students.Gary Willig, 25/11/2016 11:32
Rabbis Gather in Washington to Oppose Iran Deal

Rabbis Gather in Washington to Oppose Iran Deal

Some 200 rabbis rally on Capitol Hill to express their opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.Ben Ariel, 09/09/2015 23:59
US Jewish Orgs Mourn Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein

US Jewish Orgs Mourn Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein

Religious Zionist leader's passing 'leaves a vacuum,' the OU, Young Israel say Monday.Tova Dvorin, 20/04/2015 21:55
J'lem Chief Rabbi Learns What OU Israel is About

J'lem Chief Rabbi Learns What OU Israel is About

Rabbi Aryeh Stern hears firsthand that OU is more than just kashrut - it's also 'love of the Land of Israel.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 23/01/2015 08:29
Bringing Jewish Women to the Leadership Table

Bringing Jewish Women to the Leadership Table

Interview: Orthodox Jewish NSA officer explains why women could contribute a lot to Orthodox Jewish leadership.Yoni Kempinski, Tova Dvorin, 02/01/2015 11:37
OU - More Than Just Kosher Food

OU - More Than Just Kosher Food

Arutz Sheva speaks to OU leaders as the organization holds its annual convention in New York to discuss issues of the Jewish community.Arutz Sheva Staff, 02/01/2015 10:33
OU 'Adopts' Family of Murdered Druze Officer

OU 'Adopts' Family of Murdered Druze Officer

Head of the OU in Israel visits family of Zidan Seif, tells them that communities in the United States will commemorate their son's memory.Yishai Karov, 01/12/2014 02:14
US Slammed for Calling Land Purchase 'Occupation'

US Slammed for Calling Land Purchase 'Occupation'

Strong criticism leveled on White House 'harsh rhetoric' against Jerusalem housing plans, and false use of term 'occupation.'Hillel Fendel, 02/10/2014 18:44
Over 1,000 Attend Jerusalem OU Job Fair

Over 1,000 Attend Jerusalem OU Job Fair

Over 1,000 job seekers attended the fourth OU Job Fair in Israel, seeking positions offered by some 60 potential employers.Yosef Berger, 15/05/2014 11:09
One Word for Six Million Souls

One Word for Six Million Souls

Arutz Sheva radio host's poignant new book memorializing the 6 million Jewish Holocaust victims has caught international attention.Ben Bresky & Josh Hasten, 23/02/2014 14:22
Dep. Minister Calls for Unified Kashrut Standards

Dep. Minister Calls for Unified Kashrut Standards

Rabbi Ben-Dahan in meeting with OU decries lack of unified standards in Jewish dietary laws, calls for enforcing chief rabbinate standards.Chezki Ezra, Ari Yashar, 20/11/2013 00:42
OU Concerned by Obama’s Backtrack on Iran

OU Concerned by Obama’s Backtrack on Iran

Orthodox Jewish group voices concern over Obama’s new policy on Iran.Maayana Miskin, 12/11/2013 17:32