Are you an alumni of NCSY, Israel Free Spirit-Birthright or OU JLIC and haven’t read the OU NextGen’s latest edition of Reunion yet? Check out the Summer 2015 issue and enjoy inspiring features, spotlights on alumni and blast to the past photos. Also, there’s a section where alumni can share their personal news! Want to
For the third year, OU Alumni is partnering with JUSTIFI to offer a social justice trip to Thailand for Jewish college students and young professionals. The 10-day program between June 2nd and June 11th will expose participants to Thailand’s rich culture, allow them to understand human trafficking and child exploitation in Southeast Asia, educate and inspire Thai youth, and ride on
Are you living for this world or for the next? Ari Zucker, advisor for NJ NCSY and TJJ, tells us about Bilaam’s prayer and a life-changing story from the Gemara, and teaches us how to live life to the fullest.
If we don’t understand it, why do we do it? Simon Springer, from Seattle, New York and West Coast NCSY, goes through different opinions in Jewish thought to teach us about the nature of mitzvot and how to use to become better people.
Answer: Top row: Shimmie Kaminetzky, Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, Rabbi Josh Blass; bottom row: Rabbi Chaim Lanner, Daniel Kaminetsky, Rabbi Perry Tirschwell and Rabbi Matt Tropp. Read Reunion Summer 2015 Issue here!
By Chaya Schwartz, Germany Close Up Summer 2015 Participant Frustrated as we zoomed through different points of interest in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp I began to move my toes as though I was drawing a shape. The tour guide was talking, but all I could hear was silence. All I could feel was emptiness and confusion and frustration
By Rebecca Feldbaum When Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick took the position as rabbi of Congregation Agudath Achim in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1970, he was the youngest pulpit rabbi of an Orthodox congregation in America. Rabbi Kilimnick gives credit to Rabbi Seymour Atlas, the officiating rabbi who preceded him, for smoothing his way. “When I went
Elisha Mendl Mlotek OU-JLIC Alumnus “We need to bring a passion for Judaism back into our lives,” says OU-JLIC alumnus Elisha Mlotek, “even when you’re living in the heart of an observant community. Perhaps we need it there even more!” As a recent graduate of Queens College (NY), Elisha notes that when your college is in
Ari Solomont NCSY Alumnus You have to be quick to catch a word with Ari Solomont or he’s likely to whizz past you on his bicycle. As founder and director of Cycle for Unity, which helps volunteer cyclists raise funds for charitable causes, Ari is usually training for his next ride. It could be anywhere
By Sharona Kaplan I have been living on a college campus for over half of my life. I attended Stern College as an undergraduate and then lived at Yeshiva University as I earned my MSW and my husband studied for semichah. My most recent campus stint has been the longest, as I am completing