Council Member Mark Levine (speaking), chairman of the City Council’s Jewish caucus, stood alongside Council Members Andrew Cohen, David Greenfield and Rory Lancman, calling for UPK legislation to include non-public schools and be “truly universal” at Wednesday’s OU Advocacy-Teach NYS press conference at City Hall.

OU Advocacy-Teach NYS and Elected Officials Call for UPK Legislation to Include Private and Faith-Based Schools

Standing on the steps of City Hall, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, together with a group of elected officials and leaders from faith-based schools, called for the specific inclusion of private and faith-based schools in any universal pre-k (UPK) legislation. Both Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have proposed initiatives for UPK, but neither proposal contains specific language including non-public schools.
Read More Posted at March 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm
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OU Advocacy-MD Hosts UPK Training

Mid-Atlantic Director Karen Barall organized a meeting with Jewish pre-schools of Montgomery and Howard Counties with Rolf Grafwallner, Ph.D., Assistant State Superintendent of the Division of Early Childhood Development at the Maryland State Department of Education, to learn more about … Continued
Read More Posted at March 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Orthodox Union Praises Bipartisan Group of U.S. Representatives for Recommending Renegotiation of Iraqi Jewish Archives Scheduled Return to Iraq

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, commends the group of 18 Members of Congress for introducing House Resolution 505, strongly recommending the United States renegotiate the return of the Iraqi Jewish Archive to Iraq. The bipartisan group of co-sponsors includes Representatives Ros-Lehtinen, Israel, Deutch, Roskam, Nadler, Stivers, Grimm, Lowey, Weber, Chabot, Titus, Franks, Bill Johnson, Peter King, Wolf, Patrick Murphy, Frankel and Schakowsky.
Read More Posted at March 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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NY State Legislators Encourage Five Towns OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Delegation to “Keep Up the Pressure” for Non-Public School Funding Before Budget is Finalized

“Keep the pressure on us” and “the personal touch makes all the difference” were the comments the OU Advocacy-Teach NYS delegation from the Five Towns heard consistently from New York State legislators during their advocacy mission to Albany for Jewish day school education this week.
Read More Posted at March 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Orthodox Union Expresses Concern about Potentially Devastating Effect on Charities from U.S. Rep. Dave Camp’s Tax Reform Plan

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, expressed its concern regarding the impact that House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s recently unveiled tax reform plan could have on the level of charitable giving in America.
Read More Posted at February 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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OU Advocacy-MD Meets with Maryland Delegate Sheila Hixson

Maury Litwack, OU Director of State Political Affairs and Outreach, and Karen Barall, Mid-Atlantic Director for OU Advocacy, met with Maryland Delegate Sheila Hixson in her Annapolis office to discuss support for the legislation to include non-public schools in Maryland’s … Continued
Read More Posted at February 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm
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