Key Orthodox Union lay and synagogue leadership in the Cleveland, Ohio community met yesterday with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in a meeting facilitated by the Orthodox Union’s Institute for Public Affairs (IPA). The discussion was hosted by the Fuchs Mizrachi School in Cleveland, whose students enjoyed a session with the Senator following the leadership meeting.
During the leadership meeting, community members expressed their concerns regarding key issues, including economic initiatives to assist the non-profit sector in the economic downturn; US-Israel relations; and the Senator’s work in support of increased sanctions on Iran.
Gary Weiss, president of Fuchs Mizrachi School, remarked:
I thought it was a wonderful opportunity for the school and community that a United States Senator would come to Fuchs Mizrachi School to listen to the issues concerning our parents and our high school students.
Nathan J. Diament, director of public policy for the Orthodox Union, commented:
We thank Senator Brown for his time and candor in our discussion yesterday. We appreciate his willingness to look at making federal resources available to faith-based schools in Ohio, and look forward to continued dialogue and partnership between Senator Brown, the OU and the Jewish community across Ohio.
This meeting is part of a nationwide effort by the IPA to facilitate discussion between our synagogue leadership and their elected officials. The IPA has connected other Ohio elected officials with their constituencies, including Reps. Steve Driehaus and Marcia Fudge.
Senator Brown listens as Nathan J. Diament, director of public policy for the Orthodox Union, speaks
Senator Brown with Rabbi Binyamin Blau, Head of Fuchs Mizrachi Upper School
From L to R: Alvin L. Gray, Fuchs Mizrachi School Guardian of Zion recipient; Tali Kuhel, Student Council Secretary; Senator Brown
Senator Brown speaks to students at Fuchs Mizrachi School