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

Op-Ed: For Jewish Education’s Future, Look to Albany

Washington has little trouble commanding the collective attention of the organized Jewish community. But for those who care about increasing funding for Jewish education, reining in out-of-control costs at day schools and seeking to ease crushing tuition burdens, the place to watch this month is Albany.
Read More Posted at March 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

The Time Is Now to Send A Message to Albany

Many of those wielding the levers of power in Albany are saying the right things on behalf of greater funding for Jewish education. But to truly support education for all, we need more than words—we need action. And Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, now being negotiated with the State Senate and State Assembly, is a good place to start.
Read More Posted at March 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm
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OU Advocacy Collaborates with Yachad on Lobbying Trip to Washington

On Monday March 10, 2014, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities (Yachad) collaborated with the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center (OUA) to lobby on behalf of the TEAM Act. Over 60 Yachad participants and their staff arrived in Washington late Sunday night to receive training from OUA staff on how to effectively lobby for the proposed legislation and then headed to Capitol Hill on Monday morning for a briefing by OUA staff, tours of the Capitol and meetings with legislative offices.
Read More Posted at March 13, 2014 at 11:03 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
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