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.
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.
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
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.
By Michael Orbach In a quiet office in the Capital building in Albany, NY, Maury Litwack, OU Advocacy’s Director of State Political Affairs and Outreach, gave three members of Brooklyn’s Jewish community a quick run-down on the possibilities of government … Continued
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
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.
Speaking before a crowd of Jewish community, synagogue and day school lay leaders from across the state who convened for the second of OU Advocacy-PA’s gubernatorial candidate forums, Governor Tom Corbett discussed his positions on the economy, the state of Pennsylvania’s education system and the future of the state.
Continuing its series of mini-advocacy missions, OU Advocacy-NJ led a delegation from Elizabeth and Hillside to Trenton on Thursday.
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 Security Grant Program (NSGP)—a $3 million increase from last year’s budget. The NSGP delivers federal financial aid to nonprofits to upgrade the physical security of their facilities. Since its creation, OU Advocacy and our partners have secured more than $100 million in security grants—the majority of which has gone to Jewish community institutions.