Orthodox Union Congratulates Alef Bet Montessori School for Receiving One of Maryland’s Pre-Kindergarten Expansion Grants

OU Advocacy, the non-partisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, congratulates the Alef Bet Montessori School for receiving one of Maryland’s Pre-kindergarten Expansion Grants for the 2014-2015 school year, in the amount of $112,000. Alef Bet’s pre-K program is one of only three such programs in Montgomery County to be awarded a grant and one of only 24 such programs throughout the state to receive a grant.
Read More Posted at August 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm
Pictured (l to r): NYS Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Senate Majority Co-Leader Jeff Klein and  State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

Orthodox Union Applauds NY Gov. Cuomo, State Leadership for Israel Solidarity Mission

The Orthodox Union applauds New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement yesterday that he will travel to Israel on Tuesday for a two-day solidarity mission. New York State Senate Majority Co-Leaders Jeff Klein and Dean Skelos as well as State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will join the governor on the trip to show support for Israel and the Israeli people.
Read More Posted at August 11, 2014 at 11:46 am

Amicus Curiae Brief: Zivotofsky v. Kerry

The Orthodox Union joined with other leading Jewish organizations on the issue of whether an American citizen who was born in Israel may identify his place of birth as "Israel", rather than "Jerusalem, Israel" on his passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
Read More Posted at July 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Orthodox Union Applauds 2014 Security Funding

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella, applauds the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for this year’s allocation of security funds through its Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). This year, $13 million has been awarded, with nearly 90 percent of the 186 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 July 28, 2014 at 11:00 am
Pictured (l to r): OU Executive Vice President Allen Fagin, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), OU President Martin Nachimson, and OU Executive Director for Public Policy Nathan Diament

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

Today, top leaders of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America—the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization—met in Washington, DC with leading U.S. Senators and White House officials to urge their ongoing support for Israel and discuss the recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe.
Read More Posted at July 23, 2014 at 7:56 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

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
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