Next week, the U.S. Senate will likely debate energy policy legislation that has the potential to deliver substantial benefits to non-profit organizations, including our community’s schools and shuls. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has “filed cloture” so that the Senate … Continued
New Jersey families are embracing the Special Ed Bill bills introduced recently to the State Assembly and State Senate and resolving to take action to get the legislation passed. Parents with and without children with special needs gathered at the … Continued
On May 1st, more than 100 people attended OU Advocacy-MD’s educational forum with the five candidates running for delegate in Montgomery County District 19. Candidates held a candid conversation with members of the Jewish community about important issues, including busing … Continued
The New Jersey office of the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center commended New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg for introducing bill S-2042 this week, 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.
Following Passover, OU Advocacy-NY and its coalition partners are coordinating several Schools in Session meetings between New York State Assembly Members and Senators and Jewish day schools in their districts. Each meeting includes a tour of the school facility for … Continued
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
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
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