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OU Starts Own Chabad-on-Campus Style Program

The Orthodox Union has teamed up with Jewish campus group Hillel to begin an outreach program for Jewish college students in the mold of Chabad-on-Campus. The OU will dispatch married couples who will serve as rabbis and rebbetzins, co-directing the organization’s branches on campuses across the U.S.

Health Dept. to Ban Mohels Without Proof

The New York City Department of Health has announced today that they will ban all mohels linked to newborns who develop herpes simplex virus-1 from performing metzitzah b’peh, reneging on an agreement reached with Jewish community representatives several years ago that they would do so only following DNA testing that proves the virus was transmitted from the mohel.