FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Howie Beigelman
September 16, 2009
ORTHODOX UNION’S NEW JERSEY DELEGATION MEETS WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN WASHINGTON, DC
Discuss Iran, Education and Other Key Issues
A group of Orthodox Union leaders from New Jersey met with Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5) and Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7), whose districts are both home to major OU congregations, to discuss education and other key issues relevant to the Orthodox community. The meetings were held in tandem with the Orthodox Union’s (Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, Leadership Mission to Washington.
The leaders, representing both Congressional districts, discussed ways to aid non-public education, including tax credit programs, such as those in place in several states, as well as better ways to provide for special education needs. Increased funding for homeland security and energy efficiency programs was also discussed.
Congressman Lance, having recently returned from his first ever trip to Israel, briefed the group on that trip. The leaders thanked him for his outstanding support in addressing the Iranian nuclear threat, as well as his support for Israel, including his recent statement that the President of the United States ought not to be a zoning officer in East Jerusalem.