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Outgoing President Mark (Moishe) Bane Hands Reins to Mitchel Aeder After Six Years Successfully Leading the Organization

January 5, 2023, New York, NY – This week, Mitchel Aeder began his term as the 18th president of the Orthodox Union (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization. Aeder takes over from Mark (Moishe) Bane, who served as OU president for the past six years.

Joe Lieberman was almost U.S. vice president. But his real distinction was as a politician who stuck to his principles and showed how to be a faithful Jew in the public square.

(March 28, 2024 / JNS) In a life full of accomplishments, Joe Lieberman will almost certainly be best remembered as the answer to a trivia question. Even more significant was his role as a supporting player in one of the most intense political controversies as well as one of the great “what ifs” in American history. But as much as the 2000 presidential election—during which he became Al Gore’s running mate and the first Jew ever to achieve such a distinction—and its denouement over recounts in Florida was his moment in the sun, his life should be recalled with honor and affection for much more than that.

When Mrs. Porter heard a knock at the door of her Baltimore home one evening at suppertime, she had no idea that she was about to be handed an opportunity for a monumental kiddush Hashem.

Last week, we celebrated the anniversary of one of the greatest miracles of modern times, the rebirth of the State of Israel. First and foremost, we give thanks to Hashem. But we also need to remember and show our gratitude to the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces for defending the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l said that when he feels the need to pray at the graves of the tzadikim, he goes to Mt. Herzl, where the soldiers of the IDF who fell al kiddush Hashem – for the sanctification of G-d’s name – are buried.

Astronauts really are made of the right stuff. They are exceptionally bright, have complex technical skills, are in outstanding physical condition, and have perfect vision. They are also exceptionally courageous, reliable in case of an emergency, and trusted with highly prized secrets. Their missions into space helped transform the present into a better tomorrow. Many, interestingly enough, are Jewish.