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.
By Hillel Fendel and Chaim Silberstein Originally published in The Jewish Press, September 12, 2012 Once again we see that no matter what happens, Yerushalayim keeps popping up in the center of world events. Just last week, the Democratic Party … Continued
By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz Originally published on the Jewish Journal, October 21, 2012 In religious Jewish communities, the affordability of day schools is one of the most discussed social challenges. Supporting vibrant, successful, viable Jewish day schools is no … Continued
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU) today expressed its appreciation to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as she announced her resignation from the post to become president of the University of California system.
Yesterday, the OU Advocacy Center, in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council and other Jewish, Catholic, and Baptist organizations, organized a lobbying mission to Capitol Hill to advocate for federal disaster assistance fairness for houses of worship. The Federal … Continued
Addressing a crowd of Jewish community, synagogue and day school lay leaders who convened at the Orthodox Union for the first meeting in a series of leadership forums with the mayoral candidates, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn agreed to work with the community on the issue of security for non-public schools.
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU) today expressed its appreciation to U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.) for their introduction of a bipartisan bill this week—the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013—that … Continued
In reaction to the announcement by Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu appointing Ron Dermer as Israel’s new ambassador to the United States―succeeding Hon. Michael Oren, who recently announced he will step down from that post in September―the following statement was issued by Nathan Diament, the Orthodox Union’s Executive Director for Public Policy:
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, praised the state of Pennsylvania as it nears passage of a bill (SB 10) that increases funding for school safety from $500,000 to $8.5 million.
Today, the leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 rulings: