Orthodox Union Responds to Framework Agreement for Non-Public Schools; Calls on NY Assembly, Senate to Approve

Today, Governor Cuomo and New York State legislative leaders announced a framework agreement that will allocate an unprecedented $250 million of new funding to the state’s non-public schools for mandated services—the largest amount ever allocated to this program. OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, has historically fought for funding increases to the mandated services program.
Read More Posted at June 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Orthodox Union Applauds Senate Subcommittee Boost To DHS Security Grants to Nonprofits

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauded the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Homeland Security for approving a proposal to increase the funding allocation for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) to $25 million for Fiscal Year 2016.
Read More Posted at June 16, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Give Our Families A Chance, by Maury Litwack and Jeff Leb

In Judaism, we are accustomed to counting down (or up) toward a deadline: the 49 days of the Omer leading to Shavuot and the Asseret Yemai Teshuvah leading to Yom Kippur, to name two. Right now, we’re counting down to another deadline that could have a significant impact for Jewish day school parents and all non-public school parents in New York: the end of the legislative session in Albany on June 17.
Read More Posted at June 11, 2015 at 10:31 am

Give Our Families A Chance: Pass The Education Tax Credit, by Maury Litwack and Jeff Leb

In Judaism, we are accustomed to counting toward a deadline: for example, the 49 days of the Omer leading to Shavuot and the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah leading to Yom Kippur, to name two. Right now, we’re counting down to another deadline that could have a significant impact for Jewish day-school parents and all non-public-school parents in New York: the end of the legislative session in Albany on June 17.
Read More Posted at June 11, 2015 at 10:29 am

Trio of Jewish Groups Calls for Passage of Historic Education Tax Credit Bill

Three major Jewish organizations joined together Monday to push for the passage of New York’s Parental Choice in Education Act. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed legislation would offer tax credits to families sending children to private school and those contributing to scholarship funds for these schools.
Read More Posted at June 8, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Orthodox Union Expresses Disappointment in Supreme Court Striking Down Jerusalem Passport Law

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, expressed disappointment with this morning’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a law permitting U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to have “Israel” listed as their birthplace in their U.S. passport. The ruling was 6-3 in the case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry.
Read More Posted at June 8, 2015 at 11:34 am

National OU Leaders Meet with U.S. Leaders in DC, Focus on Iran and Key Domestic Concerns

With less than a month remaining until the June 30 deadline for a deal between the U.S. and its allies and the Iranian regime, U.S. Senators and Representatives as well as White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough insisted—throughout Wednesday’s Orthodox Union Leadership Mission in Washington, D.C.—that any deal with Iran must be verifiable and prevent the regime from developing nuclear weapons.
Read More Posted at June 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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