Pass the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act, by Nathan Diament and Kent Johnson

As the East Coast recovers from a brutally cold winter and turns the corner toward summer, families naturally think of the costs they had to bear to heat their homes and will again face as the mercury rises. And, while most people don’t think about this, the same cost consideration is true for many nonprofit organizations throughout the country.
Read More Posted at April 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm

U.S. Senate Committee Takes Step Toward Aiding Nonprofits Tackle Energy Costs; Companion Legislation Introduced Today in House

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on several pieces of legislation designed to increase and support energy efficiency in the United States. Among the bills considered was the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act (S.600)—bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and developed in close partnership with the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, which is spearheading a coalition of nonprofit groups supporting this legislation.
Read More Posted at April 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm

OU Advocacy-Teach NYS And Yachad Launch Online Education Resource of Govt-Funded Programs And Services For NY Private School Parents

OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, together with Yachad, the flagship program of the OU’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities, has launched an online education resource for parents in New York State. The Parent Education Resource Center, www.ouadvocacy.org/teachnys, is the only web site that covers the full array of government-funded educational programs and services available to students attending private and parochial schools.
Read More Posted at April 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Orthodox Union Expresses Disappointment at NYC Mayor De Blasio’s Continued Delay in Issuing RFP for Half-Day Universal Pre-K Program

After nearly five months since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the City’s half-day Universal Pre-K (UPK) program, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, has expressed its disappointment in the continued delay from City Hall regarding this key program for the City’s Jewish day school and yeshiva community.
Read More Posted at April 21, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Iran Deal’s Inspections Aren’t Kosher Yet, by Nathan Diament

As the world’s largest kosher food certification agency, we at the Orthodox Union know a few things about inspection programs. Our “OU” logo is on nearly one million food products made in more than 90 countries, and some age-old Jewish rules about kosher supervision are relevant to the current debate over the proposed Iran nuclear deal.
Read More Posted at April 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Let’s Keep All Our Kids Safe, by Jake Adler and Vincent LeVien

All children deserve to be safe at school. Yet it turns out that New York City does not provide kids who attend private schools with the same level of protection as those at public schools. That’s not only unfair, it’s unsafe. And it ought to change.
Read More Posted at April 9, 2015 at 10:43 am

OU Expresses Deep Reservations Over Announced Framework Agreement with Iran

In 2012, President Barack Obama declared that ‘the deal we’ll accept’ with Iran ‘is that they end their nuclear program’ and ‘abide by the U.N. resolutions that have been in place.’ The elements of the framework of a deal announced yesterday by the President and Secretary of State appear to fall short of that stated goal.
Read More Posted at April 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

A Middle Way Approach to Religious Freedom Laws, by Nathan Diament

The tension between laws that protect religious liberty and those that prohibit discrimination against gays is the culture war battleground of the decade. The recent enactment of Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" is but the latest flashpoint for this ongoing clash.
Read More Posted at April 1, 2015 at 11:55 pm

South Florida Delegation Pushes For Expanded School Choice Options In Tallahassee

A 45-person mission of Jewish community and business leaders from South Florida pushed state legislators on Wednesday to support the expansion of Florida’s school choice options. Organized by the Jewish Leadership Coalition (JLC) with assistance from the Orthodox Union, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, the mission represented nearly every Jewish community and Jewish day school in South Florida.
Read More Posted at March 27, 2015 at 12:35 pm
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