Author: Stephen J. Savitsky

Looking Back, Looking Forward

For the last six years, I have considered myself to be the most fortunate Jew in the world. During these years, I’ve had the great privilege to be president of what I believe is the most important Orthodox Jewish organization. There is no organization like the Orthodox Union (OU)...

A World of Jewish Resources in One Tiny Symbol

As North American Jews living in the twenty-first century, we take the widespread availability of kosher food for granted. We are accustomed to walking into a typical supermarket and finding that more than 50 percent of the products are certified kosher. We at the Orthodox Union are proud that...

Building a Bridge to Achdus, One Article at a Time

Several months ago I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful individual: Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter, executive vice president and Torah editor of the Jewish weekly magazine Mishpacha. In our discussion, Rabbi Frankfurter mentioned that he was in the process of writing a cover story about our very own Rav...

Ethics in the Boardroom

During the past year, the Jewish world has been rocked by devastating news about financial improprieties. We have watched in horror as the story of Bernie Madoff unfolded; while not observant himself, Madoff clearly identified with the Jewish people. On television, we have seen images of Orthodox Jews—including rabbis,...

An Agenda for the Year Ahead

As we approach the Yamim Noraim, we are obligated to contemplate the events of the past year and to formulate a strategy for the coming year. This takes place on the organizational as well as on the individual level. Here at the Orthodox Union (OU), we are unfortunately undergoing...

The Changing of the Guard

Change, the theme of the Obama administration, is inevitable. Indeed, it’s been said that the only thing that’s constant in life is change. Organizations choose to make changes for many reasons, but sadly, challenging the status quo is often a painful and divisive process. At the Orthodox Union (OU),...

A Private Conversation with My Kaddish

Written on the last day of aveilut for my father, Jerry J. Savitsky (Yoel ben Avraham), who passed away on daled Shevat 5752 (January 9, 1992). And now my trusted friend and companion let me go, After one long and difficult year, it is time for us to part....

The Economic Tsunami

We are witnessing a tsunami in the economic world the likes of which America has not witnessed in decades. It appears that there are no safe havens and that just when we think we’ve hit rock bottom, a new dimension of the crisis unfolds, hurtling us further downward. I...

The Journey Ahead

I am extremely grateful to the officers and the Board of Directors of the Orthodox Union (OU) for re-electing me to my third (and constitutionally last) term as OU president. I feel blessed every day that I have the opportunity to lead this most magnificent organization. It is now...

A Tale of Two Logos

Why would an organization with the most familiar logo in the Jewish world want to change it? That’s what many people wanted to know when they heard that the Orthodox Union (OU) was introducing a new logo. But the OU is emphatically not changing its famed kashrut certification mark——which...