Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, praised the decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissing a challenge to the law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances. The Court said that the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the organization behind the lawsuit, did not have the standing to challenge the law.
The sweeping and surprising electoral results from last week’s election transformed the makeup of the U.S. Senate, overturned several gubernatorial races and introduced entire ideological shifts in state legislatures. People and pundits throughout the country are debating the factors that led to the Republican sweep, including economic issues and the President’s popularity, or lack thereof. What isn’t being discussed, however, is the impact this election will have on future funding for Jewish education.
Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Fagin recently met with Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller and the leadership of the Lakewood Jewish community. The meetings were arranged by Josh Pruzansky, Regional Director of OU Advocacy-NJ.
With the election results in and all the races decided, OU Advocacy provides you with our analysis of the elections and how they impact the issues we work on for the Jewish community. Federal The midterm elections delivered control of … Continued
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Following a full-scale Get Out the Vote campaign urging the New York Jewish community to vote yes for the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS applauds the voters’ choice to pass the referendum, which can provide up to $32 million to New York Jewish day schools and yeshivas for technology equipment and upgrades.
Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the 2002 law passed by the U.S. Congress, which ordered the State Department to allow U.S. citizens … Continued
Representatives of more than 30 New York City Jewish day schools and yeshivas convened this week at a community forum sponsored by OU Advocacy-Teach NYS to voice their frustrations about New York City’s universal pre-K (UPK) program and suggest ways … Continued
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.
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.