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

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
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
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