Orthodox Union

Orthodox Union publishes High Holy Days observance guidance amid COVID-19

"Due to the pandemic, this year we must plan for a Yamim Noraim that will be very different than usual," the OU stated in their guidance.

Six years of preparing for the unanticipated

When I announced my upcoming retirement this fall after six years of leading the Orthodox Union as its senior professional, the world looked very different.

By ALLEN FAGIN
12/08/2020
Tisha Be'av: Orthodox Union to discuss COVID-19 impact on Jewish community

Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb's Torah study (shiur) titled “Reflections on Recovery, Resilience, and Redemption” - meant to be heard after mincha - will be available all day across all US time zones.

A mezuzah
OU, MyZuzah team up to put mezuzahs on doorposts in US communities

"This partnership is a wonderful example of how the mitzvah of mezuzah connects, protects and unites Jews of all ages and backgrounds."

Israel must deepen commitment of Diaspora to Jewish identity’ says OU head

Fagin insisted that if the Jewish state views the Diaspora as a strategic asset then it needs to invest far larger resources into Jewish education in the US.

As COVID-19 set in, Orthodox Union furloughed a quarter of its workforce

The Orthodox Union, an umbrella organization for Orthodox synagogues and a major certifier of kosher food, laid off or furloughed 125 employees in early April.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
19/05/2020
Eldridge Street Synagogue, New York
US Orthodox Union issues guidelines on post-coronavirus reopening

The new guidelines focus on 13 principles that are designed to guide the decisions and planning of synagogues and communities throughout the United States.

Packages of Passover Matzos sit in the window of a store on the lower east side of New York
Plenty of kosher for Passover food available, OU certification agency says

'Despite the long lines and panic shopping taking place at grocery stores around the country, there is an abundance of kosher food available for the upcoming holiday.'

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/03/2020
The wedding of Gershon ben Avraham to Gila bat Sarah in Ogidi, Nigeria
Gershon and Gila: breaking the glass in a colorful Nigerian wedding

With more than 70 Jewish congregations, spread across four regional areas, Nigeria – the largest populated country in Africa – hosts the fastest growing community of Jews in the world.

By AVRAHAM BEN AVRAHAM
19/03/2020
U.S. House of Representatives votes on Trump impeachment on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 1
US House committee holds hearing on antisemitism

"This is not the time for thoughts and prayers. We need resources and action," said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League.

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