More than 125 lay and rabbinic leaders of Orthodox Jewish communities from across the country convened on Capitol Hill and at the White House June 15 for the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center’s annual Leadership Mission to Washington, D.C.
Orthodox Union President Mark Bane stated:
“The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center works year-round to advocate for the values and interests of the Orthodox Jewish community, and coming to Washington is a very visible reminder of our commitment to those we represent and our appreciation for this country’s leaders who work tirelessly on behalf of the Jewish people and Israel.”
Throughout the day-long mission, the delegates focused on advocating for three issues critical to the Orthodox Jewish community:
- greater funding for the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program to protect Jewish day schools, synagogues and other nonprofits from attacks;
- passing the Taylor Force Act, which will suspend U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority until it ends its practice of paying financial stipends to the families of terrorists;
- advancing school choice policies to empower parents to provide their children with a high- quality K-12 education.
OU Advocacy Executive Director Nathan Diament stated:
“We are grateful that so many prominent leaders of our community came to Washington and successfully advance the critical policy priorities of security for Israel, security for American Jewish schools and synagogues and school choice.”
The day’s events kicked off with an opening session featuring Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), chair of the Education Committee. Chairwoman Foxx spoke of her deep commitment to school choice policies. Rep. Engel spoke of his commitment to pass bipartisan legislation – like the Taylor Force Act – to put an end to the Palestinian Authority’s terrorist stipends.
Orthodox Union delegates then met with their…