Amidst great excitement and enthusiasm, the Orthodox Union held its National Convention and One Day Conference on Jewish Life over the weekend of January 14-16 at The Hilton at Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Drawing hundreds of OU officers and supporters from all over the country, the one-of-a-kind event included a stimulating Shabbat program devoted to the theme of leadership, and a Motzaei Shabbat Opening Session focused on “The Cost of Jewish Living,” with a panel of community leaders discussing the tuition crisis. All day Sunday, the One Day Conference on Jewish Life, which attracted more than 700 attendees, featured over twenty-five thought-provoking shiurim, presentations, and workshops organized around three tracks: Torah Life, Community Life, and Synagogue Life. Plenary sessions were devoted to “The Mesorah” and “The Orthodox Role in the Jewish Community of Tomorrow.” Stephen J. Savitsky was honored for his six years of service to the OU as president, and Dr. Simcha Katz was elected as president for the coming term, together with a new slate of officers and board members.
Audio and video files of the complete One Day Conference on Jewish Life may be found at www.ou.org/convention. A summary of the resolutions passed by Convention delegates may be seen at www.ou.org/convention/article11/resolutions.
Photos: Erica Berger
Members of the Dworken family, who sponsored the Opening Session in memory of Rabbi Steven Dworken, z”l, listen as OU Executive Vice President, Emeritus Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb recalls him with affection.
Sign language interpreters, here with Rabbi Schachter as he spoke on “What Is a Heter?” were provided at several sessions so that members of the OU’s Our Way for the Jewish Deaf program could participate.
The topic for the final Plenary Session was “The Orthodox Role in the Jewish Community of Tomorrow.” Panelists were Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter; Jerry Silverman; Rabbi Efrem Goldberg; Rabbi Steven Burg; Dr. Marian Stoltz-Loike; and anchor Rabbi Weil.