Orthodox Union Commends U.S. for Vote against Destructive U.N. Security Council Resolution; Resolution Fails to Obtain Required Votes to Pass

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, commended the Obama Administration for its vote in the UN Security Council against the destructive resolution presented to the Council by Jordan at the behest of the Palestinians. The resolution received only eight votes in its favor and therefore was not adopted.
Read More Posted at December 30, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Beyond Possible: Government Funding and Your Day School’s Responsibility, by Maury Litwack

A decade ago, the Jewish community debated whether vouchers violated the church-state wall and whether this “slippery slope” was worth the potential boon of millions in government aid to Jewish day schools. Since then, numerous judicial rulings have answered the church-state question and created an environment in which more than $1 billion dollars in 19 states, both blue and red, is now being spent on various school choice programs. The question of “possible” is moot. Every Jewish day school is eligible for some form of government funding. Every Jewish day school can participate in advocacy that could deliver services and short-term aid.
Read More Posted at December 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

“ABLE Act” Approved by U.S. Senate by a Vote of 76-17; Orthodox Union, Yachad Applaud Passage

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauded the overwhelming approval of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday by a vote of 76 to 16. The Act was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month by a vote of 404-17.
Read More Posted at December 17, 2014 at 9:52 am

Orthodox Union Urges the Supreme Court to Overturn Decision Permitting Religious Discrimination During the Hiring Process; “Americans Must Not Be Forced to Choose Between Career and Conscience”

The OU called upon the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision from a lower court requiring applicants for employment to disclose their religious observance during a hiring interview or anytime during the hiring process. The high court is scheduled to hear the case in question, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. this term.
Read More Posted at December 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

Synagogue Security: OU Advocacy Efforts

As anti-Semitism increases around the globe, OU Advocacy continues to work to ensure the safety and security of our community. OU Advocacy has been at the forefront of this issue for years. This page provides a guideline for Jewish day schools, yeshivas and synagogues about available funding for security.
Read More Posted at December 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Orthodox Union Applauds U.S. House passage of “ABLE Act”

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauded the passage today of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act of 2014 in the House of Representatives. The bill passed by a vote of 404-17. The OU Advocacy Center, together with Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities—also an agency of the Orthodox Union—has supported the ABLE Act for several years.
Read More Posted at December 3, 2014 at 6:48 pm

OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Welcomes Half-Day UPK Announcement from Mayor Bill de Blasio; Seeks Clarification on State of UPK and Jewish Day Schools Going Forward

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to release a new Request for Proposals through which schools may seek government funding for half-day Universal Pre-K (UPK) programs. Since the inception of the Mayor’s expanded UPK program in January, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS has been advocating for full inclusion for all Jewish day school students—through this type of half-day program, but also through an accommodating full-day UPK program.
Read More Posted at December 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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