Amicus Curiae Brief: Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Lew

The Orthodox Union joined with other leading Orthodox Jewish organizations to defend the constitutionality of the federal tax code’s “parsonage” allowance for clergy in federal court. OU Advocacy joined an amicus brief drafted by the noted attorney Nathan Lewin. The … Continued
Read More Posted at April 11, 2014 at 9:50 am
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Meet & Greet with Delegates Kaiser and Zucker

OU Advocacy-MD hosted a meet and greet event with Delegate Anne Kaiser (D-14) and Delegate Craig Zucker (D-14)  in Olney, MD.  Kaiser and Zucker spoke to a packed room of Olney residents about their roles in Annapolis and how they … Continued
Read More Posted at April 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm

UPDATED: OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Commends NY State Leadership for Reaching a Budget Consensus that is Extremely Beneficial to Non-Public Schools

The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center-Teach NYS applauds Governor Cuomo, State Senate Co-Leaders Jeff Klein and Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for reaching an agreement on the state budget in today’s early morning hours, which includes legislative items that provide an unprecedented amount of funding for non-public schools.
Read More Posted at March 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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OU Advocacy Launches National Rabbinical Advocacy Network

As part of an effort to enhance the ability of Orthodox pulpits Rabbis to properly engage in advocacy on behalf of their community’s needs, OU Advocacy officially launched its National Rabbinical Advocacy Network yesterday in Washington DC. As part of the launch, a small group of Rabbinic leaders came together in our nation’s capital to discuss the opportunities this new initiative has to offer and engage in high level meetings with Senators, Congressmen and members of the Administration. Members of the National Rabbinical Advocacy Network include Rabbis from major Orthodox synagogues in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, South Carolina and Ohio.
Read More Posted at March 28, 2014 at 11:27 am

OU Advocacy 2014 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Webinar

Earlier this year, the OU Advocacy Center, in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and congressional allies, secured a $13 million allocation in the FY2014 federal budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the Nonprofit … Continued
Read More Posted at March 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm

OU Advocacy-NJ Commends Introduction of Special Ed Bill in NJ State Assembly

The New Jersey office of the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center commended New Jersey State Assembly Members Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary Schaer, Amy Handlin, Patrick Diegnan, Joseph Cryan and Annette Quijano for introducing bill A-3055, which will allow school districts to assign a student with special needs to an accredited special education non-public school program—even if that program is sectarian—as long as the funds are used only for non-sectarian programs and services.
Read More Posted at March 26, 2014 at 6:04 pm

OU Schools in Session Initiative: Winter 2014

OU Advocacy-NY and its coalition partners kicked off the new year with its first Schools in Session event at Hebrew Day School of Sullivan & Ulster Counties with Senator John J. Bonacic. The program included a brief tour of the … Continued
Read More Posted at March 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Delegations From Brooklyn And Manhattan, Riverdale And Westchester Advocate For Non-Public School Funding With NY State Legislators

Noting the short time frame until the April 1st deadline to pass the New York state budget, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and several other legislators urged the OU Advocacy-Teach NYS delegations that came to Albany this week to “keep up the pressure” on elected officials and remind them to support the initiatives that help Jewish education with consistent and persistent lobbying until the budget is passed.
Read More Posted at March 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm
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