Seizing the Moment

For anyone who thinks that his or her vote doesn’t count, pay attention to Assemblyman Pichardo’s election. And for anyone who only votes in presidential races, pay attention as well. Elections for local, city, and state office are at least as important as presidential elections and affect our daily lives even more. Our local, city, and state legislators work on issues that affect our communities. The most fundamental – and easiest – way to ensure that the best people serve our interests is by showing up at the polls and voting.
Read More Posted at October 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

OU Advocacy Urges New York City Council Education Committee to Support Reform of DOE’s Management of Special Education Services

In his testimony before the New York City Council Education Committee and the Subcommittee on Non-Public Schools, Jake Adler, OU Advocacy’s New York City Director of Political Affairs, urged the City Council to consider even greater reforms for New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) in how it manages its special education services than those included in Proposed Intro 435.
Read More Posted at October 29, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Orthodox Union Condemns Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Senior P.A. Advisor’s Praise of Jerusalem Terrorist

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, condemned the praise showered on the perpetrator of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Sultan Abu-Einein, a senior aide to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. A three-month-old baby was killed in the attack and seven people were injured.
Read More Posted at October 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Orthodox Union Urges Broad Ruling by U.S. Supreme Court to Reject Limitations on Male Facial Hair in Prison

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, called for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against the Arkansas prison regulations that compel religiously observant men to violate their beliefs and either shave their beards entirely or limit the length of the beard to one half-inch. The high court is scheduled to hear the case in question, Holt v. Hobbs, on Tuesday, October 7.
Read More Posted at October 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Orthodox Union Calls on U.S. Court of Appeals to Require Florida Dept. of Corrections to Provide Kosher Food to its Religious Jewish Inmates

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, called for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to reject the Florida Department of Corrections’ appeal claiming that it can refuse to provide kosher food in its prisons on financial grounds.
Read More Posted at October 6, 2014 at 8:07 am

TSA and U.S. Customs Guidance for Travelers for the 2014 Sukkot Holiday

  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have released their guidelines for travelers carrying Lulavim and Etrogim. TSA Per the TSA, the TSA’s screening procedures do not prohibit the carrying of the four … Continued
Read More Posted at October 6, 2014 at 1:10 am

Orthodox Union Rejects Harsh Rhetoric of Obama White House and State Department Spokesperson Regarding Jerusalem Housing Plans

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation's largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, strongly rejected statements made by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki with regard to Israeli plans for housing construction in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat HaMatos and Israeli Jews purchasing houses in the neighborhood of Silwan.
Read More Posted at October 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

Amicus Curiae Brief: Holt v. Hobbs

The Orthodox Union joined with other leading Jewish organizations to argue that Arkansas prison regulations should not be allowed to compel religiously observant men to violate their beliefs and shave their beards–nor should the regulations be allowed to prohibit beards longer … Continued
Read More Posted at October 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Orthodox Union Commends United Nations Address by Prime Minister Netanyahu

Today, the leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America issued the following statement commending Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for his address to the United Nations General Assembly: “Yesterday, before the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister of … Continued
Read More Posted at September 30, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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