Bringing Campus Rabbis Together

OU-JLIC Rabbis Gather for Day of Inspiration and Learning at RIETS Conference On December 23, Yeshiva University-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) hosted a conference for participants in the Orthodox Union Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (OU-JLIC) who serves as rabbis on college campuses across North America. The event, held on […]

Twentieth Volume Examines Challenges Orthodox Community Faces Relating to Jews of Other Religious Ideologies

This fall, the Orthodox Forum is celebrating its 20th publication by revisiting a past topic through new and broader lenses. This most recent volume, entitled “The Relationship of Orthodox Jews with Believing Jews of Other Religious Ideologies and Non-Believing Jews” is edited by Rabbi Adam Mintz and takes a fresh look at a theme discussed at the Forum’s conference on “Jewish Tradition and the Non-Traditional Jew,” published in 1992.

Yeshiva University High School for Girls’ Shane Fischman Wins Multiple Accolades for Her Research on the Effects of Body Image Pressure in the Orthodox Community

A curious person by nature, Shane Fischman of Woodmere, NY had been interested in learning more about Western culture’s obsession with weight, overall appearance and its unrealistic “ideal” body image. Fischman, a senior at Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (YUHSG) in Holliswood, New York, was particularly interested in seeing how this phenomenon occurred among Jewish girls in the Orthodox community. After spending a year and a half studying the subject, Fischman wrote a research paper entitled “The Effects of Parental Pressure and Community Pressure on the Body Image of Adolescent Girls in the Typical Orthodox Jewish Community.”

Azrieli Summer Seminars Help Professionals Confront Problem of At-Risk Orthodox Youth

The Orthodox community, in North America and in Israel, is no longer in denial about observant adolescents who are at-risk. In the past there was an unspoken belief that being open about such issues would reflect badly on the community. However, in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of young people who exhibit antisocial behavior—a problem that Jewish professionals are now confronting head on.