OU connects North American Jews to Jerusalem & Yom Yerushalayim

The president of the OU says celebrations of Yom Yerushalayim must include both national and religious elements.

Yoni Kempinski ,

Old City in Jerusalem
Old City in Jerusalem

Moishe Bane, the President of the Orthodix Union (OU), described the educational programs the OU will run in its synagogues across the US in honor of Yom Yerushalayim.

"For every Jew, there are multiple dimensions of their Jewish existence. One of them, which is very important, is the national identity, as a member of the Jewish people - which obviously has political implications, has geographic implications, and it is an important part of what Yom Yerushalayim is," Bane said.

"It is a major historical event that affected Jewish peoplehood.

"Judaism is also a religion. And everything that we do as the Jewish people has that national dimension, but also has to have a religious dimension.

"What we're trying to do is meld the two (religious and national), and to make sure that every congregation in our community has a recognition of both sides of that equation, and doesn't allow one to consume the other."