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.
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.
Good Afternoon, Just a couple of hours ago, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS and Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD), celebrated a groundbreaking achievement for New York City families with special needs children. We are proud to have worked and … Continued
OU Advocacy’s work with New York state legislators promoting Special Ed legislation culminated with today’s announcement by New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of sweeping changes within the New York City Department of Education (DOE) for families with children with special needs.
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.
Today, the White House made known that President Obama is preparing to issue an Executive Order prohibiting Federal contractors from considering sexual orientation in their employment decisions.
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.
Statement from Nathan Diament, Executive Director for Public Policy - Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
More than 500 members of the Maryland Jewish community attended OU Advocacy-MD’s inaugural legislative breakfast on Sunday to discuss educational affordability with 50 elected officials and candidates running for office. The breakfast was held at Beth Shalom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, Md.
Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America - the nation's largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization - denounced the formation of a "unity government" by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.