The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, welcomes the U.S. Congress’ 2014 omnibus appropriations bill, which includes a $13 million appropriation for the Nonprofit Security Grants Program (NSGP). Religious institutions and other nonprofits will use these grants for target hardening and preparedness training to ensure the safety and security of their buildings and communities. The House of Representatives passed the measure Wednesday and the Senate is expected to act swiftly to do the same.
OU Advocacy works with federal policymakers to strengthen the security and safety of our community’s synagogues and day schools.
On Monday, July 15th, Michelle Twersky, Associate Regional Political Director for OU Advocacy-PA, was given the opportunity to testify before the Pennsylvania House Select Committee on School Safety. In her testimony, Michelle spoke about school safety and security, how nonpublic schools work with local law enforcement (or school districts), and the planning and prevention strategies nonpublic schools employ. She also made some recommendations for the Legislature to take into consideration when acting on the issue of school safety for private schools.
In the wake of September 11th and explicit terror threats against Jewish institutions, the OU Advocacy Center joined with the Jewish Federations of North America and other Jewish community groups to spearhead the creation of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program … Continued
This past Wednesday, the President’s Budget Request for the 2014 Fiscal Year was released, and it proposed no funding of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. Since the efforts of the OU/IPA and our coalition partners creating it seven years ago, … Continued
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2013 Contact: Nathan Diament 202-513-6484 Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – commended the U.S. Senate for its passage of a Continuing Resolution (CR) … Continued
For Immediate Release: January 17, 2013 Contact: Nathan Diament, 202-513-6494 Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization — commended the President’s plan for new measures to reduce gun violence and increase school … Continued
The leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America expresses its profound sorrow over the senseless violence perpetrated against innocent children and adults in their Newtown, Connecticut schoolhouse. We offer our deepest sympathy to the families and the … Continued