The UTJ's Op-Ed Initiative

The UTJ's Op-Ed Initiative is now underway with a goal of getting UTJ thinking into the public square on a monthly basis. Please click on the links below for news coverage that has appeared over the last three months. In order to keep our issues in front of the public, we encourage you to respond to our pieces by posting your comments on websites and writing letters to editors.

Rabbi David Bauman, Executive Director of the UTJ, to deliver Menorah for the White House Chanukah Party

On December 13th, the White House Chanukah Party will be illuminated by a beautiful brass Menorah from Temple Israel of Long Beach NY, that was rescued just one month ago from Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. Rabbi David Bauman, Executive Director of the Union for Traditional Judaism, and the synagogue’s spiritual leader, and President of the synagogue Bruce Sklover, will transport the Menorah to Washington for this special honor at the Chanukah party, hosted by President and Mrs. Obama.

From Bailouts to “Occupy”: The Ethics of Economics

Presented by the Union for Traditional Judaism and

The Jewish Center of Teaneck

Featuring:

“What is Good and Right in the Eyes of the Lord”

Professor David Novak
J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies
University of Toronto

“Income and Wealth Distribution from the Jewish Perspective”

Professor Moses Pava
Dean and Alvin Einbender Professor of Business Ethics
Yeshiva University Sy Syms School of Business


Panel Discussion

“Practical Perspectives on Ethics and Economics”

Including Professors Novak and Pava and Featuring:

David Spielman
Campaigns Coordinator, FreedomWorks

Karanja Gaçuça
Organizer, Press & PR Working Group, Occupy Wall Street

A New UTJ Synagogue is Inaugurated

Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora


On Sunday, December 18, 2011 / 22 Kislev 5772, in Mount Dora, Florida, a new UTJ-affiliated synagogue was formally inaugurated.

Rabbi Steven Golden, who was ordained at the Institute of Traditional Judaism, the Metivta and now serves as Judaic Director of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ, led the afternoon service. The Minchah service was followed by the Hakhnasat Sefer Torah, bringing in for the first time a newly repaired scroll of the Torah, which was donated by Temple Israel of Long Beach, NY to the Mount Dora synagogue. Inauguration blessings were given by Rabbanit Dr. Rachel Solomon, Rabbi Dr. Chayyim Solomon, Rabbi Dr. Eugene Shafir and Hakham (Rabbi) Dr. Isaac S.D. Sassoon.

After the Inauguration Ceremony, Hakham Isaac Sassoon gave the keynote address and Robb Seltzer, Parnas (President) spoke on behalf of the Synagogue.

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