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  • Orthodox groups mum on Arizona religious exemption bill

    February 27, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday vetoed a bill that would have permitted businesses to refuse service to gays if doing so would violate their religious convictions.

    The Anti-Defamation League commended her for the veto, and the Jewish Community Relations Council in southern...

  • Without unemployment insurance, synagogue employees lacking a safety net

    September 3, 2013 | 7:02 am

    When Manya Monson was laid off in 2010, she knew she wouldn’t receive unemployment benefits, but she figured she could manage. Then a few weeks later she found out she was pregnant.

    “It made things very tough at that point,” Monson said.

    Had she been employed at the local...

  • ‘Breaking’ Kosher: Is Los Pollos Hermanos certified?

    August 20, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Jewish fans of “Breaking Bad,” fear not: There’s finally a Jewish angle to the show.

    The fry batter used at the fictional fried-chicken chain Los Pollos Hermanos — run by drug kingpin Gustavo Fring — apparently is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.

    Except, as...

  • Jewish leaders react with shock to fall of longtime anti-poverty activist William Rapfogel

    August 13, 2013 | 2:39 pm

    The New York Jewish communal world reacted with shock this week to news that William Rapfogel, longtime head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and a major player in New York’s Jewish community, had been fired for alleged financial improprieties.

    The Met Council, which...

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  • Kosher oversight welcomed

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 6, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    The Rabbinical Council of California (RCC), a local nonprofit consortium of Orthodox rabbis, has brought in two national kosher organizations to review the restaurants in Los Angeles under its supervision.

    The out-of-town rabbis visited three local RCC-certified restaurants last...

  • Chabad distributes O.U. disaster-relief funds in Oklahoma

    May 29, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    Chabad distributed some $15,000 in disaster-relief funds provided by the Orthodox Union to Oklahomans affected by the recent devastating tornado.

    The money distributed by the Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma over the Memorial Day weekend was used for store gift cards...

  • Dept. of Education outlines outreach plan to private schools

    March 18, 2013 | 8:09 am

    The U.S. Department of Education outlined new efforts to bring non-profit schools into federally funded programs, an initiative that had been sought by Orthodox Jewish groups, among others.

    State and local educational agencies "must ensure the equitable participation of eligible...

  • House clears path for disaster funding for religious institutions

    February 13, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives easily passed legislation that makes clearer the eligibility of religious institutions for disaster relief.

    The bill, approved in a 354-72 vote on Wednesday afternoon, stipulates that the act funding the Federal Emergency Management Agency is a...

  • Heeding religious groups, Obama administration tweaks contraception mandate

    February 1, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    The Obama administration simplified its definition of religious groups that would be exempt from allowing staffers contraceptive coverage.

    The proposed rule change, posted for comment Friday through April 8, also proposed a mechanism to provide contraceptive coverage for...

  • Broad Jewish support for Obama’s gun proposals

    January 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    President Obama's new gun control proposals drew broad Jewish communal support.

    The uniformity of the Jewish response to the proposals unveiled Wednesday stood in contrast to Republican opposition to many of the suggested measures, including a ban on assault weapons and tighter...

  • Reform, Conservative, Orthodox leaders join gun control call

    December 21, 2012 | 9:19 am

    Top figures from the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements joined an interfaith call for greater gun controls in the wake of last week's school massacre in Connecticut.

    Rabbi David Saperstein, who directs the Reform movement's Religious Action Center, and Rabbi Julie...

  • Jews asked to pray for end to Iranian nuclear threat

    September 24, 2012 | 11:43 am

    Jews are being urged to pray during Yom Kippur services for an end to the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

    The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America are asking their congregations to dedicate time during their High Holy Days services despite the fact that “Yom...

  • Jewish organizations raising funds to help victims of the attack in Bulgaria

    By Ryan Torok

    July 19, 2012 | 5:39 pm

    Jewish organizations are reaching out to help the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack by a suicide bomber in Bulgaria, which killed five Israeli tourists and a bus driver and wounded more than 30 others. To help, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for...

  • O.U. formally comments on Obama contraceptive coverage rules

    June 18, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    The Orthodox Union formally commented on pending Obama administration regulations mandating employer-sponsored health plans for contraceptives and sterilization.

    The comments filed Monday with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services express concerns over the regulations’...

  • L.A. Yachad celebrates its accomplishments in uniting special needs Jewish communities

    June 13, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    On May 29, Los Angeles Yachad, a program of the Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities, dimmed the lights and rolled out the red carpet for its second annual “Yachad Oscars” ceremony. Built upon the message of inclusion, Yachad works to unite the local...

  • Orthodox Union members lunch with U.S. senators

    June 16, 2011 | 10:12 am

    Members of the Orthodox Union met with a dozen senators on Capitol Hill during the OU’s annual leadership mission to Washington.

    Among the lawmakers the nearly 100 participants heard from at a Capitol Hill luncheon Wednesday were Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Orrin Hatch...

  • Reform opposes, OU backs voucher bill

    March 31, 2011 | 10:15 am

    The Reform movement said it was “alarmed” by the passage of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives reviving a program that funds scholarships at religious schools, while the Orthodox Union supported it.

    The Republican-majority House passed the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship...

  • OU backs repeal of Fla. funding law

    March 30, 2011 | 10:05 am

    The Orthodox Union told Florida’s House of Representatives that it backs a repeal of a law that bans public funds for faith-based schools, activities and charities.

    The law’s current language bans public funds “in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any...

  • Junior Mints and Tootsie Pops Go Kosher

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 24, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    Just in case anyone was still under the illusion that kosher equals healthy, the OU recently burst that (Blow Pop) bubble with its announcement that Tootsie Roll Industries has added Junior Mints, Blow Pops, Tootsie Roll Pops, Caramel Apple Pops, Charms, Sugar Daddy and Sugar Babies...

  • New Traditional Haggadot Reflect Freedom

    March 25, 2009 | 6:40 pm

    Why is this Passover different than all other Passovers?

    On most Passovers, it is the liberal Jewish denominations that seek to reinterpret the holiday traditions, often viewing them through the prism of contemporary struggles for civil rights and environmental preservation.

    But...

  • Agriprocessors names new CEO

    September 23, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA) -- Agriprocessors has named a New York attorney as its new chief executive officer.

    The hiring of Bernard Feldman of Long Island as the kosher meat producer's new chief executive keeps the company in the good graces of the Orthodox Union, which said last week it would...

  • Briefs: Blogging for Israel@60, Weil makes it official

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Blogging for Israel's Anniversary

    Craig Taubman loves to brainstorm. That's how he came up with many of his ideas for Israel's 60th anniversary -- such as the "flash mob," where 60 people will converge in a Los Angeles street (he won't say when and where), stand still for 60 seconds,...

  • Briefs: Newsweek ranks the rabbis, ‘Passover in a Box’

    By Amy Klein

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Los Angeles wins again on Newsweek's two new top rabbi lists ("Is Your Rabbi Hot or Not?") with locals heading the 25 Top Pulpit Rabbis in America (No. 1: Rabbi David Wolpe of Temple Sinai) and the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America (No. 1: Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon...
  • Briefs: UCLA’s Friedlander awarded Pulitzer Prize, Rabbi Weil to head O.U.

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Friedlander Awarded Pulitzer

    UCLA historian Saul Friedlander, a child Holocaust survivor, has been awarded a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his definitive account of "The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945."

    The $10,000 award in the general nonfiction book...

  • Certifying kosher food in China keeping rabbis busy

    By Alison Klayman

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As the sun rises on a crisp March morning, a van from the Hebei Dongfang Green Tree Food Co. arrives at Rabbi Nosson Rodin's home in Beijing.

    During the four-hour journey to the company's factory in Shenzhou, Rodin calls for a break to recite his morning prayers. He wraps his...

  • Briefs: Does L.A. matter to N.Y. Jews? Is ‘The Secret’ kosher? Why can’t we all get along?

    By Amy Klein

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Does Los Angeles matter to New York Jews?

    From the heart of finance to the height of fashion, the cog of publishing to the kings of media, New York sees itself as the center of everything. That's no less true when it comes to Jewish religious life.

    "New York has a tough time seeing...

  • Briefs: Winning essays, scholarships, tikkun olam, kosher winners, saving singers

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A $5,000 Essay Contest

    A citywide essay contest will offer students in first through 12th grade a chance to win prizes for themselves, their teachers and their schools, and see their winning work published in The Jewish Journal.

    The contest is being held in conjunction with American...

  • Briefs: Kosher grasshoppers and eco-Torah

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kosher Animal Kingdom

    Is giraffe kosher? What about peacock? Or bison? (What is bison anyway?) Find answers to these mysteries of the edible animal kingdom next week at the Orthodox Union's (OU) "Halachic Adventure" in Los Angeles, which will present the traditional perspective on...
  • Briefs: Shoah Foundation broadens scope; OU essay contest offers Israel trips

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Shoah Foundation Broadens Scope

    Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, having completed its goal of videotaping the testimonies of 52,000 Holocaust survivors and witnesses, is now directing its technology and know-how to document genocides in other countries.

    In recent months,...
  • Orthodox Union Searches for New Director; Happy Birthday Kirk Douglas!

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Orthodox Union Searches for New Director

    The Orthodox Union appointed a search committee to begin to identify candidates for the position of executive director, OU President Steve Savitsky said Monday. The job is currently held by Rabbi Tzvi H. Weinreb, whose term runs out in June...

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