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Boxer Miguel Cotto Sports Unorthodox 'OU' Tattoo

The tat's not exactly kosher, but doesn't present any major copyright or kashrut problems, the rabbi says.

06/09/2015
Editorial Intern

There’s no question that boxer Miguel Cotto’s swift knockout of Daniel Geale in Saturday night’s World Boxing Championship makes him the one to beat. But does it make him kosher?

Miguel Cotto at a weigh-in in 2010. Wikimedia Commons

Boxer Miguel Cotto Sports Unorthodox 'OU' Tattoo

The tat's not exactly kosher, but doesn't present any major copyright or kashrut problems, the rabbi says.

06/08/2015
Editorial Intern

There’s no question that boxer Miguel Cotto’s swift knockout of Daniel Geale in Saturday night’s World Boxing Championship makes him the one to beat. But does it make him kosher?

Cotto sports a tattoo of the Orthodox Union’s kosher symbol, a circle with the letter “U” in the middle, near his right collarbone. Elie Seckbach of the boxing website ES News reports that Cotto chose the emblem as a tribute to a Jewish friend in New York. 

Miguel Cotto at a weigh-in in 2010. Wikimedia Commons

The Lanner Scandal: A Case Study

What the community, after allegations of voyeurism at the mikvah, can learn from past episodes of abuse.

11/25/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

The revelation that one of the most respected rabbis in our community is alleged to be an abusive peeping tom has come as a shock. Unfortunately, the allegations against Rabbi Barry Freundel in Washington, D.C., are but the latest in a long string of abuse cases that have come to light over the past few decades. The one thing that they all have in common is that they all had warning signs. There were always things that did not seem right or behavior that was bizarre. Many people were holding pieces of the puzzle but there was no one to put them all together. This is the crux of the crisis facing our community. How do we protect our children and institutions from those who seek to abuse others?

Steve Burg

14 Years After Abuse Scandal, Lessons Learned

06/03/2014
Staff Writer

The youngest of the Jewish youth movements in the United States affiliated with a major denomination of Judaism, NCSY turns 60 this year. Founded by the Orthodox Union in 1954 as the National Conference of Synagogue Youth, it has connected more than 250,000 Jewish teens with Jewish life, and helped pioneer activities that introduce Judaism outside of a synagogue setting.

The Jewish Week recently spoke, via email, with Rabbi Micah Greenland, the new international director of NCSY, who was a member of the organization during his youth and lives in his native Chicago. The conversation has been edited.

Rabbi Micah Greenfield:  Getting more difficult to reach “social-media generation.”

OU Gives Wonder Bread Kosher Certification

Quote Source: 

"You look at an Oreo cookie. You look at a Tootsie Roll. Wonder Bread is in that group."

What A Country!

WonderBread gets a hekscher from the OU.

10/03/2013
Staff Writer

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

OU, Agudah Announce Pre-Election Legislative Breakfasts

Christie to keynote OU event in Teaneck; CIA's Woolsey at Agudah in Manhattan.

09/16/2013

Politicos will munch kosher bagels with Orthodox leaders at two major events planned just prior to local elections.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will keynote at the second annual Legislative Breakfast of the Orthodox Union's Advocacy Center on Sunday, Oct. 6.

 Christie, a Republican, will address an Orthodox audience in Teaneck one month before he stands for re-election. Getty Images

The 'Test-Tube Cheeseburger' Tantalizes

"From what I know about this thing, for sure it's not kosher."

Jezebel Owner Anticipated Name Change As 'Concession'

OU asked that racy artwork be removed from restrooms, owner Henry Stimler says.

03/06/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

An owner of the restaurant formerly known as Jezebel says the idea to ditch the biblical troublemaker’s name was decided before the Orthodox Union took over kosher certification last week.

Henry Stimler, left, with partner Menachm Sendrowicz and chef Chris Mitchell. Photo courtesy JSoHo

JCPA Tables Gay Marriage Resolution

Striving for consensus, public affairs council honors OU's objection.

03/04/2013
Editor and Publisher

There are two resolutions up for proposal at the two-day annual policy plenum of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), starting Sunday in Washington, D.C. One advocates for fair pay, and the other for gun control. But the talk among the delegates will be about a third resolution that won’t be on the agenda.

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