Announcements #179: OU Conference on Jewish Life

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OU One Day Conference on Jewish Life

Come to the Orthodox Union’s One Day Conference on Jewish Life on Sunday, January 16th, at the Hilton at Woodcliff Lake in New Jersey, about half an hour from the George Washington Bridge. Just by looking at the huge array of sessions, shiurim and workshops listed on the flyer you can see that there’s something for absolutely everyone to learn from and to enjoy. You can sign up at, where you’ll find all the details.


9:00-10:00 AM Registration

10:00 – 10:50 AM
Daf Yomi / Rabbi Moshe Elefant
The Hidden Cost of Free Speech on the Internet / Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman
Advocacy and Your Interests – A How-To Seminar / Nathan Diament, Howie Beigelman and Maury Litwack
Positive Jewish Marriage: The Keys to Unlocking and Maintaining a Happy Marriage / Rachel Pill
Best Theories and Practices for Synagogue Leadership / Dr. Linda Klonsky
Gabbaim: Understanding the Halachot of Chiyuvim / Rabbi Hershel Schachter

11:00 – 11:50 PM
Halacha Under the Microscope: Worms in Fish and the Delicate Interplay between Halacha and Science Throughout the Ages / Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman
How Perfect Must a Woman Be? In Search of the Real Eishet Chayil / Yael Weil
Positive Jewish Parenting: Insanity is Hereditary – You get it from your children: Coping Strategies for Parents / Drs. Sylvan and Marcy Schaffer
Who Will Your Child Be? Challenges and Opportunities Posed by the Child With Special Needs / Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman with a panel of Yachad parents
Fundraising: Not Just Dues and Dinners / Rabbi Steven Weil and Rabbi E.B. Bunny Freedman
Enhancing the Spirituality of Tefillah through the Musical Mesorah / Chazan Bernard Beer and Chazan Sherwood Goffin

12:00 – 1:15 PM
The Mesorah / Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

1:30 – 2:20 PM
Is Tefillah a One Way Street or Does God Talk Back? What the Yosef Story Has to Tell Us About Divine Communication / Rabbi Dovid Fohrman
Dating and Mating: A Common Sense Approach for Singles, Parents and Educators / Rookie Billet
Contemporary Issues in Kashrut: Topics in the news, plus questions from the audience / Rabbi Menachem Genack and Rabbi Moshe Elefant
Challenges and Opportunities for Orthodox Students at Secular College Campuses / Rabbi Ilan Haber and Rabbi Joshua Ross
Short and Long Term Strategic Planning for Synagogues / Dr. Linda Klonsky
On Fire: Sparking Immediate Shul Growth / Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn

2:30 – 3:20 PM
What is a Heter? / Rabbi Hershel Schachter
Personal Autonomy vs. Religious Authority: The Gan Eden Narrative / Dr. Shira Weiss
US-Israel Relations / Nathan Diament with panelists Bret Stephens and David Makovsky

3:30 – 4:20 PM
The Conversion Controversy in Israel and its Effects in the Diaspora / Harvey Blitz with panelists Jerry Silverman and Rabbi Hershel Billet
Making Our Tefillot More Meaningful and More Personal / Rabbi Shaul Robinson
Food, Body Image and Eating Disorders / Frank Buchweitz, Dr. Sarah Roer and Dr. Ellen Haimoff
The New Spiritual Norm: What God Means (or doesn’t mean) to the Next Generation / Charles Harary
Around the World in 80 Ways: Best Youth Programming From Across the Globe / Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn
How to Take Your Shul Board From Good to Great / President’s Panel

4:30 – 6:00 PM
The Orthodox Role in the Jewish Community of Tomorrow / Rabbi Steven Weil with panelists Dr. Marian Stoltz-Loike, Rabbi Steven Burg, Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter and Jerry Silverman

6:30 PM
Gala Dinner

Thank you for your interest in the first annual Uri L’Tzedek Yosher Award!

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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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