Best Wishes for a Joyous Pesach

Best Wishes for a Joyous Pesach

חג כשר ושמח

May You, Your Family and Friends
Enjoy the Holiday of Freedom.

May this be a holiday of
אחדות ואהבת ישראל
Unity and Love for Am Yisrael

PLEASE NOTE: The OU Israel Center will be closed during Pesach.
Our regular activities will resume on Tuesday April 22 (22 Nisan).

    Rabbi Avi Berman, Executive Director
    and the Staff of the OU Israel Center


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17 April 2014 / 17 Nisan 5774

Best Wishes for a Joyous Pesach

חג כשר ושמח

PLEASE NOTE: The OU Israel Center will be closed during Pesach.
Our regular activities will resume on Tuesday April 22 (22 Nisan).

The Four Sons: Finding the Right Method for Each Student

By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

“With a simple command, God makes clear that teaching is fundamental to our observance of Passover. Fundamental and obligatory. I must teach my son, my children, of the great miracle God performed in delivering me from slavery. Not only must I teach, but my teaching must be personal – to me and to my student.”

“Everyone likes to teach the chacham, Rabbi Safran writes. But the Torah was given to “All of us. Not just the fathers. Not just the teachers. Not just the chachamim. All of us. All the sons. All types. All backgrounds.”

Who Was the Real King David?

OU Israel and Megalim, the City of David Institute present a six session course with classes and tours. 

David HaMelech was one of the most fascinating figures in Jewish history. Revered as a warrior and statesman, he was also a poet, musician and a man of intense spirituality.

This course will chart King David’s rise to power and the development of his vision for the nation and for Jerusalem, its capital.

The course begins Friday May 9 at the OU Israel Center.

Rabbis Genack and Elefant of OU Kosher Make Pre-Pesach Visit to Israel

Following a trip to Spain in early March, Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher and Rabbi Moshe Elefant, the COO, made a pre-Pesach trip to Israel.

While they were in Israel they met with both chief rabbis, saw first hand some of the issues farmers face during shmitta, and then visited a matza bakery.

OU’s Taglit-Birthright Israel Brings Niche Groups to Israel

OU’s Taglit-Birthright programs bring niche groups to Israel.

This year’s groups included business students, arts and entertainment, and Jewish Alcoholics Anonymous. One of the most unusual groups was a Yachad group which included disabled young people.

Read how impressed recent participants were.

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Officer Cadets Visit The Gush

If you’re an Israeli soldier with limited exposure to Jewish history, to Torah, and to religious Jews, it may sometimes be difficult to understand what you’re fighting for and who you represent. Which is why OU Israel’s Mashiv HaRuach program brought a group of 250 soldiers to spend the day in Gush Etzion.


Purim in Ramat Aviv

On Purim night, OU Israel’s Lev Yehudi program hosted an evening of grogger making, megillah reading and entertainment. Children came in costume and made noisemakers to drown out the name “Haman” as they listened to the scroll being read. Batman, Superman, Princesses, Butterflies, Minnie Mouse, Cats, Soldiers and more (and their parents) were in attendance.


200 Pairs of Tefillin to Golani Soldiers

During Operation Cast Lead many soldiers saw, or found, God in the many miracles they witnessed, and sought protection from a force greater than themselves. Requests for tefillin poured in to the IDF Rabbinate. The OU, through their Mashiv HaRuach program helped fill the need. On January 18, 2009 200 pair of tefillin were delivered to soldiers serving in Israel’s Operation Cast Lead.


Getting Together

Knowing only the differences that divide them, religious and secular school students gather, and talk, to learn about the similarities that unite them.


Visit to Sderot - May 2008

Therapists worked with the teens of Sderot throughout the year. At the last session before summer break, the girls were still scared, but they felt stronger and better prepared to deal with fears, emotions and trauma of living with daily rocket fire.

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