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As Israel Battles Hamas, Orthodox Union Leaders Urge Senior U.S. Policymakers to Support Israel; Raise Concern about Resurgent Anti-Semitism in Europe

For Immediate Release                                                               Contact: July 23, 2014                                                                                  Roslyn Singer, … Continued
Read More Posted at July 23, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Orthodox Union Applauds Gov. Corbett’s Signing School Safety Legislation Amendment into Law, Benefiting Non-Public School Security Funding

OU Advocacy’s work with Pennsylvania legislators promoting a solution for a “hiccup” within the Safe School Legislation—passed last summer—that prevented Jewish day schools and other non-public schools from participating in a grant program for school resource officers culminated with Governor Corbett signing Senate Bill 1194 into law today. The amendment to the Safe School Legislation will significantly improve non-public schools’ access to school resource officers and potentially provide millions of dollars for Jewish day school security funding.
Read More Posted at July 10, 2014 at 11:53 am

OU Advocacy-NJ Applauds Gov. Christie and NJ Legislative Leadership for Increased Technology and Nursing Aid for Non-Public Schools In FY 2015 Budget

The New Jersey office of OU Advocacy, the non-partisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, applauds Governor Christie, Senate President Steven Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo, Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer and Senator Peter Barnes for the substantial increase in technology and nursing aid available to non-public schools in the state’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget, signed by Gov. Christie yesterday.
Read More Posted at July 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations Applauds Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” Ruling Upholding Religious Liberty in “Obamacare” Mandate

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauds today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the “Hobby Lobby” and “Conestoga Wood” cases upholding religious freedom and ruling unconstitutional the Obama Administration’s health care mandate to private employers—requiring them to provide contraceptives and other women’s health services—when the employers’ religious beliefs would be violated by providing such services through their insurance plans.
Read More Posted at June 30, 2014 at 10:54 am
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Orthodox Union and Jewish Leadership Coalition Applaud Florida’s Expanded School Choice Program

The Orthodox Union (OU) and its Florida partner, the Jewish Leadership Coalition (JLC), applaud Florida Governor Rick Scott’s signing of the school choice expansion bill into law, which will have a significant impact on Florida’s Jewish day school community and the non-public school community overall. Certain features of the bill were initially proposed by the OU and JLC and later incorporated into the final legislation.
Read More Posted at June 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm
Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq encouraged participants in OU Advocacy-PA’s mission to Harrisburg to advocate for all the school programs Pennsylvania offers.

OU Advocacy-PA Brings Delegation of 300 to Harrisburg to Advocate for EITC, OSTC and Other Key Funding for PA Jewish Day Schools

Walking through the halls of the Pennsylvania statehouse on Wednesday, 300 members of Pennsylvania’s Jewish community, including 200 high school students, conveyed to legislators how indispensable the Commonwealth’s tax credit programs and the security legislation are for Jewish day schools. The advocacy mission to Harrisburg was organized by the Pennsylvania team of OU Advocacy, the Orthodox Union’s non-partisan public policy arm.
Read More Posted at June 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm

OU Advocacy-PA Gubernatorial Voter Guide Highlights Candidates’ Stance on Tax Credit Programs, Other Education-Related Issues

Espousing their commitment to education, but differing widely on their responses about the educational tax credit programs and funding formulas for education, Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial candidates replied candidly to OU Advocacy-PA’s questions about their visions for the Commonwealth. These responses are now available as OU Advocacy-PA’s Gubernatorial Voter Guide.
Read More Posted at May 9, 2014 at 10:08 am
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Orthodox Union, PA-CAPE Congratulate Besie Katz on Winning Inaugural Primary School Administrator of the Year Award

OU Advocacy and the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Council on American Private Education (PA CAPE) congratulate Mrs. Besie Katz, the founder and principal of Politz Hebrew Academy, for being named Primary School Administrator of the Year at PA CAPE’s inaugural Teacher and Administrator of the Year awards ceremony, held today at the Capitol in Harrisburg.

Call on Senators to Support Energy Grants for Schools & Shuls

Next week, the U.S. Senate will likely debate energy policy legislation that has the potential to deliver substantial benefits to non-profit organizations, including our community’s schools and shuls. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has “filed cloture” so that the Senate … Continued

OU Advocacy-NJ Commends Introduction of Special Ed Bill in NJ State Senate

The New Jersey office of the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center commended New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg for introducing bill S-2042 this week, which will allow school districts to assign a student with special needs to an accredited special education non-public school program— even if that program is sectarian—as long as the funds are used only for non-sectarian programs and services.

OU Advocacy-NJ Commends Introduction of Special Ed Bill in NJ State Assembly

The New Jersey office of the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center commended New Jersey State Assembly Members Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary Schaer, Amy Handlin, Patrick Diegnan, Joseph Cryan and Annette Quijano for introducing bill A-3055, which will allow school districts to assign a student with special needs to an accredited special education non-public school program—even if that program is sectarian—as long as the funds are used only for non-sectarian programs and services.
Read More Posted at March 26, 2014 at 6:04 pm

OU Advocacy to Host 2014 Nonprofit Security Grant Webinar

Earlier this year, the OU Advocacy Center, in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and congressional allies, secured a $13 million allocation in the FY2014 federal budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)—a $3 million increase from last year’s budget. The NSGP delivers federal financial aid to nonprofits to upgrade the physical security of their facilities. Since its creation, OU Advocacy and our partners have secured more than $100 million in security grants—the majority of which has gone to Jewish community institutions.
Read More Posted at March 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm

OU Advocacy-NJ Testimony to NJ Assembly & Senate Budget Committees: All School Children Entitled to Same Tools for Success Regardless of the School They Attend

In his testimony before the New Jersey State Assembly Budget Committee this week, Josh Pruzansky, Regional Director of OU Advocacy-NJ, expressed the organization’s support of the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 and reiterated that all New Jersey school children should be entitled to the same essential services to further their educational growth and ensure their health—regardless of the type of school they attend.
Read More Posted at March 20, 2014 at 9:31 am

Orthodox Union Commends Scott-Landrieu Amendment Supporting Current Child Care Funding Choice Policy

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations (Orthodox Union), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, commends senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for introducing Senate Amendment 2819 to the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (S. 1086). This bipartisan amendment seeks to clarify the program’s continued support of child care certificates for early childhood education services in faith-based or other settings.
Read More Posted at March 12, 2014 at 6:43 pm
Council Member Mark Levine (speaking), chairman of the City Council’s Jewish caucus, stood alongside Council Members Andrew Cohen, David Greenfield and Rory Lancman, calling for UPK legislation to include non-public schools and be “truly universal” at Wednesday’s OU Advocacy-Teach NYS press conference at City Hall.

OU Advocacy-Teach NYS and Elected Officials Call for UPK Legislation to Include Private and Faith-Based Schools

Standing on the steps of City Hall, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, together with a group of elected officials and leaders from faith-based schools, called for the specific inclusion of private and faith-based schools in any universal pre-k (UPK) legislation. Both Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have proposed initiatives for UPK, but neither proposal contains specific language including non-public schools.
Read More Posted at March 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Orthodox Union Praises Bipartisan Group of U.S. Representatives for Recommending Renegotiation of Iraqi Jewish Archives Scheduled Return to Iraq

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, commends the group of 18 Members of Congress for introducing House Resolution 505, strongly recommending the United States renegotiate the return of the Iraqi Jewish Archive to Iraq. The bipartisan group of co-sponsors includes Representatives Ros-Lehtinen, Israel, Deutch, Roskam, Nadler, Stivers, Grimm, Lowey, Weber, Chabot, Titus, Franks, Bill Johnson, Peter King, Wolf, Patrick Murphy, Frankel and Schakowsky.
Read More Posted at March 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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NY State Legislators Encourage Five Towns OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Delegation to “Keep Up the Pressure” for Non-Public School Funding Before Budget is Finalized

“Keep the pressure on us” and “the personal touch makes all the difference” were the comments the OU Advocacy-Teach NYS delegation from the Five Towns heard consistently from New York State legislators during their advocacy mission to Albany for Jewish day school education this week.
Read More Posted at March 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Orthodox Union Expresses Concern about Potentially Devastating Effect on Charities from U.S. Rep. Dave Camp’s Tax Reform Plan

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, expressed its concern regarding the impact that House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s recently unveiled tax reform plan could have on the level of charitable giving in America.
Read More Posted at February 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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OU Advocacy-MD Meets with Maryland Delegate Sheila Hixson

Maury Litwack, OU Director of State Political Affairs and Outreach, and Karen Barall, Mid-Atlantic Director for OU Advocacy, met with Maryland Delegate Sheila Hixson in her Annapolis office to discuss support for the legislation to include non-public schools in Maryland’s … Continued
Read More Posted at February 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm
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OU Advocacy Launches Series of Mini Advocacy Missions to Trenton

The New Jersey office of the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center has launched a series of mini advocacy missions to Trenton with its first group of delegates from Bergen County. Bringing small groups from communities throughout New Jersey to the Statehouse to meet with legislators, the missions provide participants with the unique opportunity to have small, more personalized discussions with their elected officials and give legislators an opportunity to hear about the challenging issues—such as tuition affordability—that is affecting their constituents on a micro level.
Read More Posted at February 24, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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OU Advocacy-NJ Updates Retirees about Advocacy Efforts for Jewish Day Schools

An active group of retirees joined OU Advocacy-NJ for a luncheon on February 10th to learn how they can help advance OU Advocacy’s work in Trenton on behalf of Jewish day schools. The event was co-sponsored by Staje, a Jewish organization dedicated to fostering a culture of meaningful and purposeful living among retirees and empty nesters, and was held at Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Teaneck.
Read More Posted at February 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Orthodox Union Praises U.S. Senate for Unanimous Approval of Resolution 333, Recommending Renegotiation of Iraqi Jewish Archives’ Scheduled Return to Iraq

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, praised the U.S. Senate for passing Senate Resolution 333 last night, which strongly recommends the United States renegotiate the return of the Iraqi Jewish Archive to Iraq. The resolution was adopted unanimously, with 30 co-sponsors.
Read More Posted at February 7, 2014 at 11:10 am
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Orthodox Union Hosts Newly-Elected New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

Addressing a crowd of Jewish community, synagogue and day school leaders who convened at the Orthodox Union (OU), newly-elected New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito spoke about her efforts to understand the issues important to the Jewish community and then see how she and the City Council can move forward on those issues.
Read More Posted at February 7, 2014 at 10:15 am

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Resolution 333, Recommending Renegotiation of Iraqi Jewish Archives’ Scheduled Return to Iraq

For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: February 4, 2014                                                                    Roslyn Singer, 212-613-8227 Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, commended the United States Foreign Relations Committee for passing Senate Resolution 333, … Continued
Read More Posted at February 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm
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Orthodox Union Joins PA-CAPE to Honor Pennsylvania Representative Paul I. Clymer with School Choice Champion Award

Together with the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Council on American Private Education (PA CAPE) and other education organizations, the Orthodox Union (OU) honored State Representative and House Education Committee Chairman Paul I. Clymer (R-Bucks) with the Pennsylvania School Choice Champion Award. The ceremony was hosted by PA CAPE, of which the OU is an active member, and took place in Lancaster, Penn.
Read More Posted at January 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm
Jeff Leb, Director of OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, testifies before the NY Joint Committee on the Executive Budget on behalf of Jewish day schools.

OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Testimony to NY Joint Committee on Executive Budget: All School Children Entitled to Same Essential Services Regardless of the School they Attend

In his testimony before the New York State Legislature Joint Committee on the Executive Budget, Jeff Leb, Director of OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, reiterated the organization’s position that all New York school children should be entitled to the same essential services to further their educational growth and ensure their safety—regardless of what type of school they attend.
Read More Posted at January 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Orthodox Union Praises U.S. Senators for Recommending Renegotiation of Iraqi Jewish Archives Scheduled Return to Iraq

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, commends Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for introducing Senate Resolution 333, strongly recommending the United States renegotiate the return of the Iraqi Jewish Archive to Iraq. The OU also recognizes Senators Schumer, Kirk, Cardin, Rubio, Roberts, Kaine, Boxer and Menendez for their co-sponsorship and support for this important Senate Resolution.
Read More Posted at January 29, 2014 at 10:47 am

Orthodox Union Supports Religious Liberty Challenge to Obamacare ‘Contraceptives Mandate’

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, joined with other national Jewish organizations (alongside organizations of other faiths) urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of religious business owners challenging a provision of the Affordable Care Act, which requires employer-sponsored health insurance plans to provide contraceptive and other women’s health services at no cost.
Read More Posted at January 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Orthodox Union Welcomes 2014 Federal Appropriation of $13 Million Security Funding for Nonprofits

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, welcomes the U.S. Congress’ 2014 omnibus appropriations bill, which includes a $13 million appropriation for the Nonprofit Security Grants Program (NSGP). Religious institutions and other nonprofits will use these grants for target hardening and preparedness training to ensure the safety and security of their buildings and communities. The House of Representatives passed the measure Wednesday and the Senate is expected to act swiftly to do the same.
Read More Posted at January 16, 2014 at 10:30 am
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OU Advocacy and Jewish Leadership Coalition Mobilize South Florida Community with Tuition Affordability Advocacy Shabbat

Together with the Jewish Leadership Coalition (JLC) and the Boca Raton Synagogue, the Orthodox Union (OU) Advocacy Center hosted its inaugural Tuition Affordability Advocacy event for the South Florida Jewish community recently. The weekend program focused on the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship legislation, specifically the portion to expand the legislation’s eligibility requirements to include middle-class families.
Read More Posted at January 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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OU Advocacy Hosts Seminar on Maximizing Government Funding for Jewish Day Schools

With Jewish day school representatives participating from all five boroughs of New York and several towns in New Jersey, the OU Advocacy Center launched its first educational seminar for Jewish day schools yesterday entitled, “Maximizing Government Funding for Jewish Day Schools.” In addition to its efforts to secure government funding for Jewish day schools, OU Advocacy, the non-partisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, also works with the schools to ensure they know how to access and maximize the funding available to them.
Read More Posted at January 7, 2014 at 4:54 pm

OU Schools in Session Initiative: December 2013 cont’d

In its third week, OU Advocacy-NY and its coalition partners hosted three more Schools in Session events throughout New York State. The programs included a brief tour of the school facility combined with an intimate meeting to discuss relevant matters … Continued
Read More Posted at December 19, 2013 at 4:44 pm
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Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz Pledges Support for PA’s Educational Tax Credit Programs at OU Advocacy Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Addressing a group of Jewish community, synagogue and day school lay leaders who gathered for the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center’s first meeting in a series of leadership forums with the Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz pledged her support for the state’s educational tax credit programs that support Jewish day school scholarships.
Read More Posted at December 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Orthodox Union Troubled by Attack on Salt Lake City Menorah

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU) expressed its disappointment at the vandalizing of the menorah in front of the Chabad Lubavitch of Utah on Sunday. Three branches of the menorah were ripped off its left side and dropped in front of the Chabad House in Salt Lake City.
Read More Posted at December 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm
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OU Co-Sponsors Rally for Passage of Private School Tax Credit

On Tuesday, the OU Advocacy Center co-sponsored a 5,000-person rally for tuition affordability at the Westchester County Center. Attended by both New York State legislators as well as several of the area’s Jewish day schools, the rally was the second … Continued
Read More Posted at November 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Orthodox Union Urges Congress to Protect Charitable Deduction for Nonprofits

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, joined more than 200 nonprofit and charitable sector leaders on Capitol Hill for “Protect Giving Day.” Participants met with members of Congress to urge them to protect the charitable deduction— a tax policy that encourages charitable donations that help support critical programs and services on which millions of Americans rely every day.
Read More Posted at November 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Superstorm Sandy: A Year Later

OU Advocacy applauds U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) for his continued efforts to secure FEMA aid for houses of worship damaged by Superstorm Sandy. He spoke with Andrea Mitchell on Monday, Oct. 28th, about the ongoing recovery since Sandy hit a year ago.
Read More Posted at October 29, 2013 at 11:56 am
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Orthodox Union Hosts Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano at Candidate Forum

Addressing a crowd of Jewish community, synagogue and day school lay leaders who convened at the Orthodox Union (OU) on Monday for its series of forums with the candidates for Nassau County Executive, incumbent Ed Mangano expressed his support for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aid for houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Read More Posted at October 29, 2013 at 10:00 am
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Nassau County Executive Candidate Tom Suozzi Declares Support for FEMA Aid for Sandy-Damaged Houses of Worship at OU Advocacy Candidate Forum

Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi said that if he is elected to be the next Nassau County Executive he would balance the county budget, establish a plan for growth, work with the Jewish community on the issue of tuition affordability and support efforts to get Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aid for houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Suozzi spoke before a crowd of Jewish community, synagogue and day school lay leaders who convened at the Orthodox Union (OU) on Tuesday for its series of forums with the candidates for Nassau County Executive.
Read More Posted at October 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Orthodox Union Applauds 2013 Security Funding

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella, applauds the United States Department of Homeland Security for this year’s allocation of security funds through its Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). This year, more than $9 million has been awarded, with a significant portion of the 142 grants going to Jewish nonprofits. Jewish institutions will use these grants for target hardening and preparedness training to ensure the safety and security of their buildings and communities.
Read More Posted at September 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

Orthodox Union Joins Conference of Presidents Statement on Syria

September 3, 2013 Contact: Roslyn Singer, 212-613-8227 The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, today joined the statement made by the Conference of Presidents regarding potential action against Syria. The OU is … Continued
Read More Posted at September 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm
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OU Advocacy-NJ 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast

From the Governor to the State Senate and the Assembly, this November the entire New Jersey political slate will be elected. In addition, the Special Election for United States Senate takes place on October 16th. Come meet your elected officials to discuss the vital importance of educational affordability and demonstrate the strength of the Jewish community to our legislators.
Read More Posted at August 23, 2013 at 11:52 am
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Orthodox Union Hosts New York City Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson

Addressing a crowd of Jewish community, synagogue and day school lay leaders who convened at the Orthodox Union (OU) on Tuesday for its series of forums with the New York City mayoral candidates, former NYC Comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson discussed his plans for the city.
Read More Posted at August 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Orthodox Union Critiques Federal Court Ruling in Jerusalem Passport Case

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, critiqued the ruling of a federal court which upheld the State Department’s refusal to list “Israel” as the country of birth for Americans born in Jerusalem on their United States passports.
Read More Posted at July 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Testimony of Michelle Twersky Before Pennsylvania’s House Select Committee on School Safety

On Monday, July 15th, Michelle Twersky, Associate Regional Political Director for OU Advocacy-PA, was given the opportunity to testify before the Pennsylvania House Select Committee on School Safety. In her testimony, Michelle spoke about school safety and security, how nonpublic schools work with local law enforcement (or school districts), and the planning and prevention strategies nonpublic schools employ. She also made some recommendations for the Legislature to take into consideration when acting on the issue of school safety for private schools.
Read More Posted at July 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

Orthodox Union Wishes “Mazal Tov” to Ron Dermer Upon Appointment as Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.

In reaction to the announcement by Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu appointing Ron Dermer as Israel’s new ambassador to the United States―succeeding Hon. Michael Oren, who recently announced he will step down from that post in September―the following statement was issued by Nathan Diament, the Orthodox Union’s Executive Director for Public Policy:
Read More Posted at July 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

OU Advocacy Works to Keep Silver Academy Alive

In 2010, the Silver Academy of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania nearly closed its doors due to a financial crisis and near depletion of its endowment fund. In addition to a new development plan, the school worked with OU Advocacy to ensure effective … Continued
Read More Posted at June 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

Nonproft Security Grant Application Deadline: June 10th

In the wake of September 11th and explicit terror threats against Jewish institutions, the OU Advocacy Center joined with the Jewish Federations of North America and other Jewish community groups to spearhead the creation of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program … Continued
Read More Posted at June 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Orthodox Union Mourns the Passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg

Contact: Roslyn Singer                                                                       June 3, 2013 Director of Communications, OU Advocacy 212-613-8227 The leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU)  expressed its sympathy on the passing of United States Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) earlier today. Senator Frank Lautenberg proudly … Continued
Read More Posted at June 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

NJ State Assemblymen Peter Barnes, III, and Patrick Diegnan, JR., Express Appreciation for Community Forum at OU Advocacy-NJ Votes Initiative Legislative Breakfast

At a legislative breakfast co-sponsored by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), Asm. Peter Barnes III (D-Majority Whip) and Asm. Patrick Diegnan, Jr. (D-18) both discussed issues pertaining to school choice and tuition affordability and emphasized the importance of legislators having an opportunity to meet with their constituents, have open conversations and understand the “issues of the day.”
Read More Posted at May 24, 2013 at 11:39 am

Nonprofit Security Grant Application Released

An appropriation of $10M has been allocated to the NSGP to assist in security. Nonprofits are eligible to receive up to $75,000 for target hardening, such as building fences or installing cameras or anti-ram bollards. Accessing the Grant To access … Continued
Read More Posted at May 23, 2013 at 11:11 am

Broad State Coalition Advocates for Educational Tax Credit Scholarships

For Immediate Release: Contact: Jesse Hervitz Orthodox Union 917-510-3726   On Tuesday, leaders of the Orthodox Jewish community, the executive board of the Texas Association of Nonpublic Schools (TANS), Hispanic Baptist and Evangelical clergy and leaders of the Catholic community … Continued
Read More Posted at April 18, 2013 at 11:36 am

Obama/Lew Propose Hit on Charities…Again

This week, The White House is rolling out President Obama’s proposed federal budget for the next fiscal year. Today, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew is presented it, through testimony, to the U.S. House’s Committee on Ways & Means. Among … Continued
Read More Posted at April 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

“Unofficial” Comment on Religious Liberty & Obamacare’s Mandate

The debate over Obama Administration regulations implementing a mandate that employers provide certain types of women’s health services, free of charge, as part of their health insurance plans – and how this mandate applies to religious institutions and their employees … Continued
Read More Posted at April 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Orthodox Union Expresses Support for Federal Legislation to Prevent Gun Violence

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization– expressed its support for federal legislation to prevent gun violence. Nathan Diament, UOJCA executive director for public policy, issued the following statement ahead of this week’s … Continued
Read More Posted at April 9, 2013 at 10:02 am

Letter to the Forward: FEMA Fairness Is Right Policy

The following letter was published in the March 8th edition of The Forward. To the Editor: It is unfortunate that the “additional insight that time allows” could not bring The Forward to support what nary a single major Jewish organization … Continued
Read More Posted at March 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

OU Welcomes New U.S. Dept. of Ed. Effort to Better Serve Our Schools

The OU/IPA has engaged with senior Obama Administration officials to secure new practices by the U.S. Department of Education that will better deliver federally funded education services to eligible students in Jewish day schools and other nonpublic schools. Nathan Diament, … Continued
Read More Posted at March 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Florida Jewish Leadership Coalition Lobbies for Expanded School Choice

This week, the Orthodox Union co-sponsored the inaugural Florida Jewish Leadership Coalition for School Choice (JLCSC) mission to Tallahassee. The JLCSC was founded by leadership from the North Miami Beach community and is closely affiliated with the Florida Federation for … Continued
Read More Posted at March 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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Nathan Diament, Executive Director of Public Policy for the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – issued the following statement in reaction to this morning’s announcement that President Obama has appointed … Continued
Read More Posted at March 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

Mission to Albany Advocates for Increased Aid to Jewish Schools

Albany, NY – On Wednesday, March 6th, the Orthodox Union’s Teach NYS Initiative along with the UJA-Federation of New York led a coalition of schools on an advocacy mission to Albany to  urge State legislators and the Governor’s office to … Continued
Read More Posted at March 12, 2013 at 9:39 am

Texas Jewish Leaders Advocate for Education in Austin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2013 Contact: Stephen Steiner Director of Public Relations 212.613.8318; steiners@ou.org On Monday, February 25th, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America—the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization—and the Texas OU Community Advocacy Network (OU … Continued
Read More Posted at March 1, 2013 at 11:35 am

IPA Leads Teen Lobbying Mission to Sacramento

The Orthodox Union’s Institute for Public Affairs, (IPA) and Oakland-based East Bay NCSY recently selected nineteen leaders to participate in its new “Teen Advocacy Program (TAP),” an intensive six-week educational program to gain critical organization, presentation and leadership skills for … Continued
Read More Posted at February 22, 2013 at 9:45 am

OU Welcomes Obama Administration Proposed Revisions to Contraceptives Mandate

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America — the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization — welcomed the Obama Administration’s release of revised regulations for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with regard to the Act’s “mandate” … Continued
Read More Posted at February 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Orthodox Union Commends Congress For Passage Of Sandy Relief Bill; Continues Effort With Key Members To Secure Fair Treatment Of Damaged Houses Of Worship

For Immediate Release – January 15, 2013 Contact: Nathan Diament – 202-513-6484 Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – commended the House of Representatives for its passage Tuesday evening … Continued
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Mazal Tov Jack Lew

For Release – Thursday, January 10, 2013 Contact – Nathan Diament, 202-513-6494 ORTHODOX UNION WISHES “MAZAL TOV” TO JACK LEW ON NOMINATION TO BE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s … Continued
Read More Posted at January 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Action Alert

  On Thursday, December 27, the U.S. Senate is expected to resume consideration of legislation to fund the federal response to Hurricane Sandy’s devastation in the Northeast.   Since the storm’s inception, the OU/IPA and our coalition partners have been … Continued
Read More Posted at December 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Emergency Preparedness Resources

The leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America expresses its profound sorrow over the senseless violence perpetrated against innocent children and adults in their Newtown, Connecticut schoolhouse. We offer our deepest sympathy to the families and the … Continued
Read More Posted at December 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm
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Celebrating Chanukah at The White House (and More)

  View The Video of Hanukkah At The White House Chanukah is an opportunity for wonderful celebrations in Jewish homes and communities.  It has also become a time in the United States in which elected officials host receptions to connect … Continued
Read More Posted at December 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm
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OU Brings Torah To Shul Damaged By Sandy

[slideshow id=2]  “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalms, 119:105, as quoted by Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb)             “Tonight we are celebrating the power of Torah.” (Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz)             “Every time … Continued
Read More Posted at December 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm
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OU Hosts Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks in DC

Chief Rabbi Sacks (pictured with OU IPA staff) addressed Washington area leaders at a luncheon hosted by the OU   OU Exec. Dir. for Public Policy Nathan Diament introduced Chief Rabbi Sacks to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Read More Posted at December 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

OU Disappointed with Louisiana Court Ruling Against Voucher Program

OU Disappointed with LOUISIANA Court Ruling Against Voucher Program; Urges Governor Jindal to Find New Funding Source  Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America expressed its disappointment with a November 30 Louisiana State Court ruling that the state’s voucher program is unconstitutionally funded by … Continued
Read More Posted at December 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm
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OU Commends Mississippi Gov. for Supporting Private School Choice

On behalf of the Orthodox Union, I want to commend Governor Bryant for including a school choice proposal in the education reforms he unveiled on November 30th. The Governor’s reform package included a $10 million tax credit scholarship program for … Continued
Read More Posted at December 4, 2012 at 4:31 am

OU and RCA Disappointed In Passage of UN Resolution

The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and the Orthodox Union voice their disappointment in passage of the resolution by the United Nations General Assembly upgrading the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state. The RCA and OU view this unilateral … Continued
Read More Posted at November 30, 2012 at 3:26 am

Religious Freedom

When an Orthodox Jewish woman working for a State Agency asked to leave early on winter Fridays to ensure that she can be home on time to observe the Sabbath, her request was denied, despite the fact that she offered … Continued
Read More Posted at November 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm
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OU Holds Rally For Tuition Affordability in Houston, TX

Community Members Unite for Tuition Affordability Rally Sen. Dan Patrick addressing the crowd   On Thursday, November 15, the Orthodox Union held its first Rally for Tuition Affordability at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, Texas.  Over three hundred … Continued
Read More Posted at November 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm
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OU Hosts Legislative Breakfast to Bolster Grassroots Advocacy Efforts

[slideshow id=1] On Tuesday, November 13, Jewish leaders from Pennsylvania attended a legislative breakfast featuring an address by Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis. The breakfast was sponsored by the Orthodox Union and took place at the Citron and Rose Restaurant … Continued
Read More Posted at November 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Leb: A long-awaited win for NYC special-needs students

New York's special- needs community won a long-standing fight last month, when Mayor Bill de Blasio -- in an "about face" from the Bloomberg administration -- announced an end to the horror faced by too many children with special needs and their parents at the hands of the city's Department of Education.
Read More Posted at July 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Schools Albany Refuses to Help

In answer to an unprecedented advocacy effort that included thousands of schoolchildren, hundreds of union members and groups that represented hundreds of non-public schools, state leaders gave assurances that the Education Investment Tax Credit would be included in the state budget approved at the end of March.
Read More Posted at June 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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