Oorah (organization)

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Oorah, Inc.
Founders Rabbi Chaim Mintz
Headquarters Lakewood_(CDP),_New_Jersey, New Jersey, U.S.
Website oorah.org

Oorah, or sometimes Oorah Kiruv Rechokim, Hebrew for "awaken and bring in those who are far" (a reference to educating non-observant Jews), is an incorporated Orthodox Jewish kiruv (outreach) organization founded in 1980 "with the goal of awakening Jewish children and their families to their heritage."[1] It is a United States based 501(C)3 non-profit organization.[2]

History[edit]

Oorah, Inc. was founded by Rabbi Chaim Mintz and its day-to-day operation is run by Rabbi Eliyohu Mintz (son of the founder) out of Lakewood, New Jersey.[3][4]

Programs[edit]

Oorah operates and/or funds 49 different programs that target Jewish outreach (Kiruv) and learning, family support, personal growth, and relationship counseling. It promotes family support and development.[5][6] It runs summer camps for boys and girls, Jewish holiday enrichment, early, primary, and secondary educational support and enrichment, as examples.

Fundraising[edit]

Oorah employs a number of different fund-raising entities to keep its many programs running. They operate Kars4Kids (a car-donation program) and Cucumber Communications (a phone service).

Legal issues[edit]

In the summer of 2007, 31 undocumented workers doing work for a subcontractor at Oorah's summer camp were arrested in a raid by ICE and local law enforcement.[7] Camp director Eliyohu Mintz stated that the organization was not aware that the workers lacked employment authorization.[8]

On September 11, 2010, Oorah's website was hacked by radical Islamists posting antisemitic messages.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oorah.org". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Oorah.org - Tax exempt status". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Leadership and team members at Oorah". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rabbi Chaim Mintz". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Oorah Programs". Oorah. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Oorah's self-published December 2008 news bulletin, pages 90-91
  7. ^ Palmateer, Jake (July 12, 2007). "Neighbors surprised by ICE raid". The Daily Star. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ Immigration News Briefs. "Immigration News Briefs - NY: Raid at Upstate Summer Camp". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Oorah’s Children’s Camp Site Attacked by Radical Islamists on Anniversary of 9/11, September 14, 2010 [1]

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