Orthodox Union Welcomes Proposed Security Funding for Nonprofits in Federal Appropriations Bill; Amount is Highest Funding Level for NSGP since 2007

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, welcomes the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, introduced in Congress last night, which includes a $20 million appropriation for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Nonprofit Security Grants Program (NSGP)—a $7 million increase over FY 2015 and the highest funding level for the program since FY 2007.
Read More Posted at December 16, 2015 at 10:36 am

A Victory for Jewish Education

December 11, 2015 Dear Friends and Partners of OU Advocacy, I was honored to represent the Orthodox Union and the Jewish community at the White House yesterday as President Obama signed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” into law. Yesterday’s signing … Continued
Read More Posted at December 11, 2015 at 11:35 am

Orthodox Union Present as President Obama Signs “Every Student Succeeds Act” into Law, First Reform to ESEA since “No Child Left Behind”

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauded President Obama for signing the “Every Student Succeeds Act.” The bill includes provisions from the Orthodox Union that a delegation of Orthodox Jewish leaders recommended to President Obama during a private meeting in 2012. Those provisions will greatly improve ESEA’s distribution of equitable services for all students.
Read More Posted at December 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm

The Rabbinical Council of America and Orthodox Union Reject Religious Test for Immigration

The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and the Orthodox Union reject calls to limit immigration to the United States based on religion. Allen Fagin, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, said, "We call on all Americans to reaffirm that discrimination of any group solely upon religion is wrong and anathema to the great traditions of religious and personal freedoms upon which this country was founded."
Read More Posted at December 9, 2015 at 11:45 pm

Orthodox Union Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Review Case that Seeks End of Discrimination Against Religious Minorities through State Blaine Amendments

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Florence Doyle v. Taxpayers for Public Education case and strike down “Blaine Amendments” contained in many state constitutions that bar state aid to parochial schools. The Colorado Supreme Court relied on that state’s Blaine Amendment to invalidate a school voucher program in Douglas County, Colorado.
Read More Posted at December 2, 2015 at 10:26 am

Amicus Curiae Brief: Florence Doyle v. Taxpayers for Public Education

The Orthodox Union filed a "Friend of the Court" brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Florence Doyle v. Taxpayers for Public Education case and strike down “Blaine Amendments” contained in many state constitutions that bar state aid to parochial schools. The case was originally heard in the Supreme Court of Colorado.
Read More Posted at December 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Orthodox Union Calls on Congress to Approve the “Every Student Succeeds Act”; Bill Includes Recommendations from the Orthodox Union that will Greatly Improve ESEA’s Distribution of Equitable Services

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, calls on the United States Congress to pass the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” when it comes to the floor of the House of Representatives this week.
Read More Posted at December 1, 2015 at 11:57 am
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