Synagogue Security: OU Advocacy Efforts

As anti-Semitism increases around the globe, OU Advocacy continues to work to ensure the safety and security of our community. OU Advocacy has been at the forefront of this issue for years. This page provides a guideline for Jewish day schools, yeshivas and synagogues about available funding for security.
Read More Posted at December 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Orthodox Union Applauds U.S. House passage of “ABLE Act”

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauded the passage today of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act of 2014 in the House of Representatives. The bill passed by a vote of 404-17. The OU Advocacy Center, together with Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities—also an agency of the Orthodox Union—has supported the ABLE Act for several years.
Read More Posted at December 3, 2014 at 6:48 pm

OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Welcomes Half-Day UPK Announcement from Mayor Bill de Blasio; Seeks Clarification on State of UPK and Jewish Day Schools Going Forward

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to release a new Request for Proposals through which schools may seek government funding for half-day Universal Pre-K (UPK) programs. Since the inception of the Mayor’s expanded UPK program in January, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS has been advocating for full inclusion for all Jewish day school students—through this type of half-day program, but also through an accommodating full-day UPK program.
Read More Posted at December 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Orthodox Union Rejects Incendiary Rhetoric

We join in the outrage expressed throughout the Jewish community—and by people of good will everywhere—in reaction to the heinous murders committed last week by Palestinian terrorists in a Jerusalem synagogue. ... At the same time, we cannot countenance a response to terror that resorts to wholesale demonization, advocates for the collective punishment of Israeli Arabs, or calls for the destruction or dismantling of Muslim holy places.
Read More Posted at November 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

Orthodox Union Statement On Extension Of Negotiations With Iran

The Orthodox Union is concerned about the extension given to the negotiations process between the P5+1 and Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons capability, but recognizes that an extension is preferable to signing a bad deal that would endanger Israel and the Middle East. We trust that this extension will enable the negotiators to obtain an agreement that will preclude —now and forever—Iranian nuclear weapons capability.
Read More Posted at November 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Staying Home On Election Day Is Too Expensive, by Josh Pruzansky

Only 35 percent of New Jerseyans showed up at the polls this year – and that was more than last year. Imagine if our community came out in force and everyone voted. That would send a clear message to our elected officials that they should pay attention to our needs.
Read More Posted at November 23, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Three Pennsylvania Jewish Day Schools Receive Grants To Hire School Police Officer

OU Advocacy, the non-partisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, congratulates Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia, Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh and the Silver Academy in Harrisburg for receiving a School Police Officer Grant for the 2014-15 school year. Each school will receive $40,000 that they can use to hire a security officer.
Read More Posted at November 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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
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