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The OU, Open Orthodoxy, And Communal Decision-Making

No organization (i.e.the OU) can excommunicate anyone. It does not, however, mean that our communities lack organizing principles. Those principles operate based on individual choice. People effectively expel synagogues not compliant with mainstream halacha.

OU Draws Red Line Regarding Female Rabbis, Demands Member Synagogues’ Compliance

The OU has established parameters for a three-year period during which the umbrella body for American Orthodox congregations will work to bring its member synagogues who employ female clergy into compliance with OU standards, which stipulate that a woman cannot serve as a rabbi.

Can the OU Expel Synagogues From Orthodoxy?

Let's say the OU were to expel a synagogue, or 4, what practical difference would it make?

OU Slams Mayor de Blasio for Traif Only Free School Lunch Plan

The OU is planning an ad campaign condemning the mayor's failure to meet the nutritional needs of city children.

Trump to Dis Non-Orthodox Rabbis in New Year’s Phone Call

In late August, four coalitions of Jewish clergy issued statements they planned to boycott the president's call, in response to Trump’s weak response to the neo-Nazi and white supremacist riots in Charlottesville, Va.

Israeli ZAKA Volunteers Working with Jewish, Christian Communities on Recovery from Hurricane Harvey

After an initial briefing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and with the Orthodox Union which is coordinating the volunteers within the Jewish community in Houston, the ZAKA team set out to work.

OU, RCA, Raising Funds, Encouraging Prayers, to Help Houston’s Jews

In parts of the Houston area, the slow-moving tropical storm Harvey has set a record for rainfall from a single storm anywhere in the continental United States, with 51.88 inches since the storm began. According to the Harris County Flood Control District, as much as 30% of Harris County’s 1,800 square miles of land is flooded.

Help the Jewish Community of Houston

"As the extent of the damage becomes clear, it is obvious that this community will need significant financial help in order to rebuild."

Thousands of NCSY Campers Underline Jewish Identity, Ties with Israel

Jewish music superstar Mordechai Shapiro entertained the massive crowd at the event.

Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Use OU Services for Kashrut Certification

The natural choice for kashrut supervisors around the globe are the Chabad emissaries.

Mom’s Chicken, Israel’s Top-Selling Brand Launches Series of Delicious Products in USA

Just pop Mom’s Chicken in the oven and in just minutes, you’ll be able to serve your family a delicious meal.

Orthodox Rabbi to be Friedman Adviser

Rabbi Lightstone has served as a regional director of New York NCSY and is a graduate of Yeshiva University.

The OU and Women Rabbis: Look Again!

How do we expand leadership roles and titles that the OU and its Rabbinical Panel recommend while developing and continuing a halakhic conversation about the exact parameters of those roles and titles?

Rabbi Emanuel Holzer, z’l, NY Jewish Leader, Passes

Rabbi Emanuel Holzer was one of the first and most active in helping to grow the "kosher food industry" at the OU.

BiPartisan US House Comm. Squarely Points at PA as Source of Incitement

The House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved a resolution condemning the PA's anti-Israel incitement.

PA Charges Jews with Wearing ‘Priestly Garments’ on Temple Mount [video]

The Palestinian Authority thinks, or makes believe, that the white "kittel" worn on Yom Kippur is a "priestly garment."

Orthodox Rabbis to Lobby near Rosh HaShanah against Deal with Iran

Rabbis will appeal to Congressmen, especially the Jews, immediately before the Rosh HaShanah New Year.

OU Weighs in on SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision

The OU respects the process which led to the Obergefell decision, but prays religious liberty won't be sacrificed.

US Entrepreneur Turns Kosher Vodka into Spiritual Experience [video]

His mission was to have vodka produces from the seven species of the land of Israel - figs, dates, pomegranate, wheat, barley, olive and grapes.

Jewish Organizations Raise Relief Funds after Houston Flood

The Orthodox Union, B'nai Brith and the Houston Federation are pitching in.

Jewish Groups Back Muslim Woman’s Headscarf Appeal to Supreme Court

Today’s hijab ban could be tomorrow’s kippa ban.

OU Rejects US Govt’s Criticism of Jews Buying Homes in Jerusalem

The OU criticized White House and State Dept. Spokespeople for suggesting Jews buying houses in Jerusalem is 'provocative.'

Kosher Supervisors Wary of Worldwide Anti-Semitism

The news that the Chief Rabbinate withdrew kosher supervisors from Turkish plants in the face of Israel’s war in Gaza is part of what...

OU and Rabbinical Council of America ‘Cry Out in Anguish’

Before, we were unified in prayer and hope for the boys’ safe return. Now, tragically, we are unified in grief.

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