Orthodox Union

Fair-Trade Going Kosher

09/16/2014
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Timed for the Jewish New Year, a coalition of a secular social action organization and two Jewish organizations has begun a project that will encourage the Jewish community to buy some kosher food items that were produced under “fair trade” conditions.

American Jewish Organizations Condemn Murder Of Arab Teen

07/08/2014
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The murder of a Palestinian teenager allegedly by Jewish extremists has drawn widespread condemnations from across the ideological spectrum of the organized Jewish world.

Rivalry Between Kosher Certifiers Heats Up

Brooklyn’s OK Kosher wins exclusive right to dot-kosher.

02/04/2014
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Most of the websites we log onto daily end in a few recognizable strings of letters like dot-com, dot-org, maybe sometimes a dot-edu. Soon you might find yourself browsing a page ending in the letters dot-kosher, but only after two international coalitions of  kosher certifiers have fought a pricey, drawn-out dispute over the domain name that’s just the latest iteration of old rivalries.

Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, the CEO of OK Kosher, which owns the domain name dot-kosher. Courtesy OK Kosher

Time To Stand Up To The Rabbinate

Rabbi Avi Weiss not only diaspora rabbi Israel rejected; why isn't the RCA speaking out?

01/08/2014
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Natan Sharansky, the iconic hero of the Soviet Jewry movement and chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, this week characterized the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s questioning of Rabbi Avi Weiss’s rabbinic credentials as “absurd.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Movements Announce Cross-Denominational Synagogue Inclusion Effort

The Reform, Reconstructionist, Orthodox and Conservative movements announced on Monday a plan for collaborating to work toward the increased inclusion of people with disabilities in synagogues.

Rabbi Lynne Landsberg of the URJ has helped to spearhead the Hineinu initiative.

What A Country!

WonderBread gets a hekscher from the OU.

10/03/2013
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Wonder Bread, that squishy, snowy miracle of engineering both gastronomic and financial – the company that originally made it, Hostess, recently emerged from bankruptcy and sold the brand to another company – is getting kosher certification in the New York area by no less an authority than the Orthodox Union, according to a bulletin from the agency.

Wonder Bread, an American icon, now has kosher certification from the Orthodox Union. Wikimedia Commons

Orthodox Groups Under Fire From Within For Inaction On Defender Of Pedophile

Two leading rabbis call out OU, say community “has a long way to go” on dealing with abuse.

08/27/2013
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Two prominent Orthodox rabbis — one a former president of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) — spoke out forcefully this past week on the need for transparency and justice on sexual abuse in the community, and criticized the Orthodox Union (OU) and the RCA for not taking a stronger stand against a well-known rabbinic authority on kashrut who defended a confessed pedophile.

Not Enough Progress By Rabbis, Leaders On Dealing With Sexual Abuse

08/23/2013
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The time for serious vigilance of child abuse in the Modern Orthodox Jewish community is long overdue. It is time that lay and religious communal leaders have zero tolerance for child abusers and cease to cover up, enable, or protect them.

A Kosher Cheeseburger?

The world’s first lab-grown burger could be parev. Cheese please?

08/09/2013
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NEW YORK (JTA) — When the world’s first lab-grown burger was introduced and taste-tested on Monday, the event seemed full of promise for environmentalists, animal lovers and vegetarians.

Another group that had good reason to be excited? Kosher consumers.

Has the era of the kosher cheeseburger arrived? JTA

Quinn Addresses Orthodox Union

Candidate open to public security funds for non-public schools, but not vouchers or tax credits.

07/10/2013
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UPDATE INCLUDES STATEMENT FROM QUINN CAMPAIGN REGARDING STATUS OF WEST BANK

Despite her father being hospitalized and awaiting knee surgery, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn kept her commitment to attend a candidate forum with board members of the Orthodox Union at its Lower Manhattan headquarters Wednesday afternoon.

Christine Quinn discusses her education policies with Orthodox Union leaders. Adam Dickter
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