Orthodox Union Praises Decision of US Court of Appeals Dismissing Challenge to Parsonage Allowance

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.
Read More Posted at November 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Election 2014: What It Means for Jewish Education, by Maury Litwack

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.
Read More Posted at November 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Election 2014: OU Advocacy Analysis

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
Read More Posted at November 5, 2014 at 3:24 pm

OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Applauds New York Voters’ Approval of Smart Schools Bond Act

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.
Read More Posted at November 5, 2014 at 9:07 am

Seizing the Moment

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.
Read More Posted at October 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

OU Advocacy Urges New York City Council Education Committee to Support Reform of DOE’s Management of Special Education Services

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.
Read More Posted at October 29, 2014 at 1:55 pm
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