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509, 2019

Double Simcha at Camp Agudah, as Worldwide Daf Yomi Program and Campers Celebrate Siyumim

By |September 5th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects, Youth Services|

Inclement weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the lomdei hadaf who gathered in Liberty, New York to celebrate Agudath Israel of America’s siyum of Maseches Eruchin at Camp Agudah. The sparks of excitement in the air were further fueled by the knowledge that just seven masechtas remain until the global Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi on January 1st, 2020 at New [...]

509, 2019

147 Days and Counting: Historic Wave of Torah Learning Gains Momentum as Siyum Nears

By |September 5th, 2019|Categories: Daf Yomi, Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

By: Sandy Eller Close to 100 leaders of the Daf Yomi community flocked to Flatbush to learn more about the Agudah’s upcoming Global Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi taking place at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, January 1st, 2020. Agudah executive vice president Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel welcomed participants warmly at Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin, introducing Agudah chairman of the board Shlomo Werdiger who spoke about the unprecedented wave of hasmada that has taken place in recent months, as excitement for The Siyum continues to build in every corner of the world. Numerous global [...]

109, 2019

Yeshiva-Educated Education Professionals Reject Proposed NYSED Regulations

By |September 1st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

“As yeshiva graduates with advanced training in diverse areas of educational theory and practice, we can state with confidence that yeshivas provide students across all levels of ability with enriching educational experiences that stimulate their cognitive, intellectual, practical, social, and moral development.” This sentence, included in a letter sent today to the New York State Board of Regents, belies the notion that Yeshiva education requires government intrusion and control. Signed [...]

2708, 2019

Chayim Aruchim and the Brooklyn Community Welcome Dr. Yashar Hirshaut to Maimonides Hospital

By |August 27th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

A large prestigious group gathered at the Boro Park Center in honor of Dr. Yashar Hirshaut upon the opening of his new office in affiliation with Maimonides Medical Center. Members of Chayim Aruchim a Project of Agudath Israel of America and local health care leaders were on hand for the luncheon, which focused on challenges facing providers and patients in the world of modern medicine especially when the patient is [...]

2708, 2019

Over 200 Rabbis to Chancellor Rosa on Proposed NYS Education Department Regulations: “Untenable and Unnecessary“

By |August 27th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

In a strongly worded letter addressed to New York State Board of Regents’ Chancellor Betty Rosa, over 200 rabbanim from around the country registered a protest to the regulations proposed by the education department. In unequivocal terms, the rabbis called the new regulations “untenable and unnecessary.” They noted the contribution to society Yeshiva graduates have made, and that “the Jewish passion for knowledge has produced not only great Torah scholars [...]

2508, 2019

Jewish Community Unites to Protect Yeshiva Independence

By |August 25th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

Leading rabbonim representing different groups within the frum community declare: we are all one community! Submit your comment to the NYS Education Department today!  https://voice.yeshivosbychoice.org/ or text 646.766.1110.                   Our rabbinic leaders have called upon all people who use the internet to use a strong filter. This video is appropriate for a Torah audience. However, some filters block ALL videos. If your filter [...]

2508, 2019

A Very Special Year is Coming… Join Up Now for the 2019 – 2020 Agudah Calendar

By |August 25th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|Tags: |

https://vimeo.com/352787472 Watch the Calendar Video by Clicking on the Player Above! There can be no more appropriate year for Klal Yisroel to celebrate the completion of the 13th Cycle of Daf Yomi than Taf Shin Peh. Sign up to get yours at: http://www.agudahcalendar.org

2208, 2019

147 Days and Counting: Historic Wave of Torah Learning Gains Momentum as Siyum Nears

By |August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Daf Yomi, Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

By: Sandy Eller Close to 100 leaders of the Daf Yomi community flocked to Flatbush to learn more about the Agudah’s upcoming Global Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi taking place at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, January 1st, 2020. Agudah executive vice president Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel welcomed participants warmly at Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin, introducing Agudah chairman of the board Shlomo Werdiger who spoke about the unprecedented wave of hasmada that has taken place in recent months, as excitement for The Siyum continues to build in every corner of the world. Numerous global initiatives [...]

2108, 2019

Conference of Midwest Agudah Rabbonim Meet to Discuss Critical Issues of the Day

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|Tags: , |

In our ever-changing and ever-challenging society, a Rav needs to be proactive to confront the issues of the times and to inspire and lead his Kehilla. This is the goal of the annual conference of the Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim. Sixty rabbis joining together, to work together, to learn about the latest advancements in medicine, mental health and technology and to discuss solutions and strategies to protect [...]

2108, 2019

Yeshiva Crisis: Final Days for Commenting on Proposed NYSED Regulations

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

September 2nd, Labor Day, is the last day to comment on the New York State Education Department (SED)’s proposed regulations that subject yeshivas to rigid state oversight, extended secular study hours, and unwanted coursework. The State Education Department must, by law, read and consider every single comment that the public makes during a public comment period. That comment period is the time for us, the tzibbur concerned with the government’s overreach in our Yeshivas, to make our [...]

1908, 2019

Monsey Mosdos Unite to Oppose Proposed Regulations; Commenting Campaign Underway

By |August 19th, 2019|Categories: Daf Yomi, Home Page Agudah News, Torah Projects|

By: Sandy Eller With the window to comment rapidly closing regarding regulations that subject yeshivas to rigid state oversight, extended secular study hours, and unwanted coursework, nearly a hundred Monsey school representatives turned out on August 8th for an emergency meeting organized by Agudath Israel of America and PEARLS to strategize regarding preserving the integrity of our mosdos. Private schools statewide first found themselves in dangerous waters last November when NYSED Commissioner Maryellen Elia proposed [...]

1608, 2019

Agudath Israel’s Bnos Bikur Cholim Makes a Shidduch

By |August 16th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Photo credits: Purino/Shutterstock.com Meet Sadie G., 87 years young and a resident of a nursing home in Flatbush. Sadie’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren live nearby and visit her often. Until the summer comes. Then, kids go to camp, families go to the country and couples go on vacation. Sadie, unfortunately, can’t go away, and her days suddenly become long and lonely. And here’s Tali H., a rising third grader with [...]

908, 2019

Photos: Siyum Hashas Delegation Meets with Rabbi Dovid Feinstein

By |August 9th, 2019|Categories: Daf Yomi, Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

A special delegation visited the Rosh HaYeshiva, Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah member, HaRav David Feinstein to give a report and discuss 13th Global Siyum Hashas related issues. The Rosh Yeshiva gave his warm bracha to the success of the Siyum and encouraged all of klal Yisroel to take part in this great Kiddush Hashem. From left to right: Rabbi Avrohom Nisan Perl, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, HaRav David Feinstein shlita, Rabbi [...]

808, 2019

Nearly 250 Prominent Mental Health Professionals Oppose the Proposed Regulations:

By |August 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

NYSED’s proposed guidelines remain an ongoing threat to the chinuch of our children. Our community’s mental health professionals think so too – We thought this letter would be of interest to your readers  

708, 2019

Upholding All Standards: NYS Employees, Thanks to Agudath Israel, Have Another Option

By |August 7th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

A screenshot from Agudath Israel's "Respect in the Workplace" Training Program, now available to New York State employees. What does a company do when following the law means compromising its moral standards? In the spring of 2018, both New York State and New York City enacted new legislation to discourage gender-based harassment. Under N.Y. Labor Law Section 201-g, all NY employers, regardless of size, must adopt and distribute [...]

2907, 2019

Double Simcha at Camp Agudah, as Worldwide Daf Yomi Program and Campers Celebrate Siyumim

By |July 29th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects, Youth Services|

Inclement weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the lomdei hadaf who gathered in Liberty, New York to celebrate Agudath Israel of America’s siyum of Maseches Eruchin at Camp Agudah. The sparks of excitement in the air were further fueled by the knowledge that just seven masechtas remain until the global Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi on January 1st, 2020 at New [...]

2207, 2019

Advance Ticket Reservations Launched for True Heroes of The Siyum

By |July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, the Novominsker Rebbe and Rosh Agudas Yisroel, at the 12th Siyum Hashas Mazel Tov! Shehechiyanu Veki’yimanu vehigi’anu lazman hazeh! As we approach the upcoming 13th Global Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi, Klal Yisroel is gearing up to celebrate the monumental achievement of the lomdei haDaf. The Novominsker Rebbe Shlit”a, Rosh Agudas Yisroel, marked this occasion by writing a special letter to the Daf Yomi Maggidei [...]

1707, 2019

Statement from Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel of America

By |July 17th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Leaders of Agudath Israel of America were recently contacted by a number of Roshei Yeshiva, Mechanchim and Rabbanim from across America who expressed concerns about the “Siyum App” introduced by the Agudah in conjunction with the upcoming 13th Global Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi. The original intent behind the Siyum App was להגדיל תורה ולהאדירה: to encourage and facilitate Torah learning among the broad hamon am by making Daf Yomi shiurim [...]

1707, 2019

Chicago Siyum Event Generates Excitement

By |July 17th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, News Page, Torah Projects|

The energy was palpable and the enthusiasm tangible. What greeted a delegation of Agudas Yisroel representatives who traveled to the Windy City to strategize and discuss preparations for the upcoming 13th Global Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi, which will take place on January 1, 2020 at MetLife Stadium, was nothing short of invigorating. “Wherever I go, the one thing on everybody’s mind is The Siyum,” Shlomo Werdiger, Chairman of [...]

1906, 2019

Chicago’s Mayor Visits the Orthodox Jewish Community

By |June 19th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, News Page, State Advocacy|

Chicago's new mayor, Lori E. Lightfoot, walked the streets of West Rogers Park neighborhood over Shabbos in a visit coordinated by Agudath Israel of Illinois (AIOI). The mayor engaged hundreds of Orthodox Jewish families on a nearly mile-long tour of the neighborhood led by Rabbi Shlomo Soroka, AIOI's director of government affairs, and Rabbi Yaakov Robinson, who in addition to serving as the executive director of AIOI's Midwest Council of [...]

1706, 2019

Our Children’s Shidduchim, Our Responsibility: Agudah’s Inaugural Compass Event Tackles Shidduchim

By |June 17th, 2019|Categories: Constituent Services, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Whether you like the term or not, the Shidduch Crisis is arguably the most painful and sensitive issue that the frum community is grappling with today. Singles, their parents, educators and shadchanim are wracking their brains to help more singles build a bayis ne’eman b’yisroel, but so far their efforts have been individualized, and have yet to be introduced to a wider audience. On Sunday morning, June 2nd, more [...]

1706, 2019

IRS SALT Notice: A Significant Step in the Right Direction

By |June 17th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

Agudath Israel of America welcomes the notice that accompanied final regulations issued Tuesday by the US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Tuesday’s notice ensures that in limited situations, certain taxpayers contributing to scholarship tax credit programs will not be penalized for their donation. This is good news for the hundreds of thousands of students across the country receiving tuition scholarships funded through tax credit programs. More [...]

1406, 2019

Agudath Israel: The $25 Million Mistake and How It Was Fixed

By |June 14th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

Eric Weinbaum, Senior Director of Operations of the Office of Nonpublic Schools at the NYC DOE, speaking at Agudah's SSBA Workshop in June 2019. Eric Weinbaum, Senior Director of Operations of the Office of Nonpublic Schools at the NYC DOE, speaking at Agudah's SSBA Workshop in June 2019. Partial View of the Crowd, Agudah's SSBA Workshop, June 2019. Mistakes happen. Most mistakes, though, don’t cost $25 million. This [...]

1406, 2019

NYS Eliminates Religious Exemption for Vaccinations: Agudath Israel Statement

By |June 14th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America has previously described that, with a measles vaccination rate in NY Orthodox Jewish schools of 96%, vaccination is our “clear societal norm” and that “it is imperative to build on the Orthodox Jewish community’s already high vaccination rate.” It has also decried an anti-vaccination rally held amidst the outbreak, and the inflammatory and senseless musings shared therein. Agudath Israel has proactively organized multiple, free vaccination clinics [...]

1306, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Naso

By |June 13th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. Which animals from the Korbanos brought by the Nesi'm allude to the Avos HaKedoshim? 2. Which animals from the Korbanos brought by the Nesi'm have a connection to Shavuos? What is the connection? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Naso Click Here. For Black and [...]

606, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Bamidbar – Shavuos

By |June 6th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week  1. How was boaz related to Naami? Hint: naami was married to her uncle. 2. Wear do we find reference in Megillas Rus to wearing special clothing designated just for Shabbos? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Bamidbar Click Here. For Black and White Version Click [...]

506, 2019

Big Budget, Big Wins for Agudah in Illinois

By |June 5th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, News Page|

Left to right: Rabbi Shlomo Soroka, Rabbi AD Motzen, state Sen. Ram Villivalam, state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, Eli Davis, state Rep. Bob Morgan, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton, state Rep. Yehiel Kalish. Jewish day school students in Chicago will once again have yellow buses to transport them safely to school next year, and community members can look forward to new and improved community infrastructure projects. [...]

506, 2019

Scholarships Saved

By |June 5th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, News Page|

State Senator Ram Villivalam with scholarship parents and school leaders. Thousands of Illinois families were able to breathe a collective sigh of relief after Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker made a surprise announcement Friday morning that he would not cut a private school tax credit scholarship program if the state budget included adequate public education funding. The final verdict awaited a vote on the budget. Dramatic budget negotiations forced an unanticipated [...]

506, 2019

Pirchei Agudas Yisroel Western Regional Siyum Mishnayos 2019

By |June 5th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Chizuk, ruach and Limud Mishnayos on Shabbos Parshas B’har for the Western Regional Siyum Mishnayos. The event, which began Thursday night, May 23, with dinner, continuing on Friday with a day-long trip and culminating Motzoei Shabbos with the grand Melava Malka, took place at Yeshiva Toras Chaim of Denver and was coordinated by Ezriel and Dovid Abrams. The month long Mishnayos contest [...]

506, 2019

Brooklyn Rabbonim Energized to Take Part in Worldwide Wave of Learning in Preparation for the Siyum Hashas

By |June 5th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Excitement continues to build at an exponential pace for the 13th Global Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi, an event that has galvanized the Torah community throughout the world. In addition to celebrating seven and a half years of daily limudim, the Siyum Hashas has sparked numerous ongoing learning initiatives while also inspiring countless people to embark on new journeys in Torah in the months and years ahead. That was the [...]

306, 2019

NYSED to Publish Equivalency of Instruction Regulations: Agudath Israel to Comment

By |June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

The New York State Education Department announced today that it is following the court’s finding that the previously released Guidelines regarding equivalency of instruction for nonpublic schools were not in compliance with procedural law. NYSED will instead publish proposed new Commissioner’s Regulations in the State Register on July 3rd and will hold a public comment period through September 2nd. The final Regulations are then expected to come before the Board of [...]

306, 2019

Daily Commitment, Daily Impact

By |June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Daf Yomi, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

By Esty Mendelowitz Yossi Gleiberman has heard every excuse in the book.  And he doesn’t fall for any of them. The Flatbush native, a father, grandfather, and businessman, has been learning Daf Yomi for more than 30 years, 20 of those as a Daf Yomi maggid shiur, and producing popular rhyming review videos of a number of masechtos (see songsofshas.com). He says if he can stick to the Daf Yomi [...]

3005, 2019

Agudah Delegation Overseas Trip Promotes Torah and Achdus

By |May 30th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Group Visits Mexico, Panama, Paris and Antwerp in Advance of the Siyum HaShas Mexico Panama Paris and Antwerp With preparations for the upcoming 13th Global Siyum HaShas well underway, the excitement for this monumental kiddush Sheim Shamayim has gone international, with [...]

2905, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Bechukosai

By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week from previous editions 1. Why is Yaakov written with an extra "ו" five times in Tanach and אֵלִיָ־הוּ is missing the "ו" five times in Tanach? 2. Why does the evaluation of a man who is 60+ years old diminish more than that of a woman who is 60+ years old? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and [...]

2805, 2019

Agudah Camps to Participate in USDA Summer Food Service Program

By |May 28th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page, Summer Camps|

Camp Agudah and Camp Bnos, divisions of Agudath Israel of American Community Services, Inc., continuing their practice of ensuring campers receive healthy and nutritious food, will once again be participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally-funded, state-administered program. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years and under without charge. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights [...]

2805, 2019

No (Special Needs) Child Left Behind

By |May 28th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page, Project LEARN|

Dovy stands on the curb, watching the school bus pull away without him. Again. A few minutes ago, the bus pulled up to his home with twenty empty seats. But while his brother, Yossie, climbed aboard, Dovy was not allowed to get on. Instead, his parents spend $800 a week or more for private transportation to school. That sounds ridiculous, right? Yet that’s the exact situation faced by another [...]

2405, 2019

Photos: 56th Annual National Siyum Mishnayos of Pirchei Agudas Yisroel al shem harav Yehoshua Silbemintz zt”l

By |May 24th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

30 years from now every attendee will remember the inspiration and excitement of one of the most unique events of his childhood! On Sunday, May 19th, 1,000 boys from around the NY/NJ and Philadelphia area attended Pirchei Agudas Yisroel’s 56th Annual National Siyum Mishnayos. The siyum took place at the Kol Yaakov Hall in Flatbush, and was chaired by Rabbi Avi Frank, Rebbe, Yeshiva of Spring Valley, and director, [...]

2205, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Behar

By |May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week from previous editions 1. How does the Shofar blowing on Yom Kippur of Yovel differ from the Shofar blowing on Rosh Hashanah of any year? 2. Why did the Levi'im have more lenient rules regarding the sale of their property? 3. What is the comparison between earned monies through Ribis and הקב״ה killing the firstborn Egyptians? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank [...]

2105, 2019

Nonsense

By |May 21st, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, Uncategorized, weekly window|

I have to admit, the statement’s headline surprised me. Agudath Israel is no stranger to calling out those who claim to speak in the name of Judaism. However, it is not often that we feel compelled to publicly rebuke and disassociate ourselves from statements made by Orthodox rabbis. Yet, earlier this week, in response to comments made at an anti-vaccination gathering, Agudah released a statement that the speaker in question’s “assertions [...]

2105, 2019

Ohio Budget Update

By |May 21st, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Ohio, State Advocacy|

On May 9th,  the Ohio House of Representatives passed its version of the state budget, House Bill 166,  by a vote of 85 to 9. Agudath Israel advocated for several measures included in the House version which directly benefit families choosing to attend Jewish day schools. The House bill increases security funding for non-profit organizations and authorizes funds from security levies to be used  to protect students in nonpublic schools. [...]

1605, 2019

Agudath Israel Hails Court Ruling Nullifying NYS “Substantial Equivalency” Guidelines

By |May 16th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

A New York State Supreme Court judge in Albany has invalidated the State Education Department (SED)’s recently enacted guidelines for evaluating the education provided at private schools. Agudath Israel of America, one of the plaintiff groups that challenged the SED guidelines in court, welcomed the ruling as “a major victory in the battle to preserve the educational autonomy of yeshivos and other nonpublic schools.” Under New York State law, nonpublic [...]

1605, 2019

Agudath Israel of Colorado brings Orthodox Jewish nonprofits together for a “Day at The Capitol”

By |May 16th, 2019|Categories: Colorado, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

With Senator Dominick Moreno, Senate District 21 On Wednesday, Feb 13, representatives of several Denver Orthodox Jewish institutions joined Agudath Israel in meetings with elected officials. The "Day at The Capitol" event is an annual event for nonprofits hosted by the Colorado Association of Non Profits, but this was the first time that it featured a large Orthodox presence. Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet (D-Commerce City) was happy to see the [...]

1605, 2019

Agudath Israel Participates in National Day of Prayer Hosted by President Trump

By |May 16th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel of America's Vice President for Government Affairs and Washington Director and Counsel, was honored to participate yesterday, May 2, 2019, in a National Day of Prayer hosted at the White House by President Trump. The evening before, Rabbi Cohen sat at President and Mrs. Trump’s table at a White House dinner held in honor of the National Day of Prayer. The text [...]

1605, 2019

A Day of Celebration and Advocacy in Harrisburg

By |May 16th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Rabbi Sadwin and Rabbi Yechiel Shaffer, mid-Atlantic regional director for the Orthodox Union, at the EITC rally in front of the PA State Capitol building  On Tuesday, hundreds of nonpublic school children from across the state, traveled to the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg for the 18th annual celebration of the EITC - Education Improvement Tax Credit - program. The timing was perfect, as the PA House of [...]

1605, 2019

Agudath Israel Of America Statement On San Diego Attack

By |May 16th, 2019|Categories: California, Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

Once again, a Jewish house of worship was the scene of hate-fueled bloodshed, when a man, reportedly a white supremacist, attacked those gathered for prayers at a Poway, California synagogue on the final day of Passover. Agudath Israel extends its condolences to the family and friends of Lori Gilbert Kaye, killed in yesterday’s attack, and prays for the speedy recovery of those wounded, including the synagogue’s leader, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein. [...]

1605, 2019

Illinois Legislation For Synagogue Security Funding Gains Momentum

By |May 16th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, News Page, State Advocacy|

Following the deadly attack in the Poway Chabad synagogue on the last day of Passover, an Illinois bill that would fund security personnel for houses of worship was thrust into the spotlight. The measure, championed by Agudath Israel of Illinois (AIOI) and sponsored by Representative Yehiel Kalish (D-Chicago) calls for funding an anti-terror security grant program for at-risk nonprofits. The program, which has yet to be funded, was passed into law in [...]

1605, 2019

Nonsense and Insults at a Recent Monsey Gathering

By |May 16th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

Countless rabbinical figures and leaders, including leading rabbis in the Agudath Israel movement and doctors serving these communities, have repeatedly encouraged vaccination in the strongest possible terms. A recent gathering in Monsey, NY, heavily promoted in Orthodox Jewish areas, featured figures in the anti-vaccination circuit, including a pediatrician who uses “cranial-sacral therapy, homeopathy, essential oils, aromatherapy, yoga, Reiki, meditation, reflexology, and mindfulness”; a television producer who has sported a large [...]

1505, 2019

Agudath Israel of America Lauds Introduction of New Security Bill in New Jersey

By |May 15th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News Page|

Left to Right: Duvi Gross, Co Chairman Agudath Israel NJ office, Moshe Gross, Rabbi Avi Schnall, Senator Paul Sarlo, Ralph Zucker, Co Chair Agudath Israel NJ Office, Mordechai Schron Agudath Israel of America commends New Jersey State Senator Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen/Passaic) for his introduction of S3647, a bill which aims to make hiring security personnel more accessible and affordable for houses of worship and nonpublic schools in the [...]

1505, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Emor

By |May 15th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. How do we know that we take only ONE Lulav from the word Kappos, which is (or seems to be) in the plural? 2. What 2 reasons does Rashi offer to explain what prompted the Ben Ish Mitzri to speak with such anger against הקב״ה? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous [...]

1305, 2019

This Call May Be Monitored

By |May 13th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, Uncategorized, weekly window|

“How did you know we were involved?” That’s what a shocked Rabbi Moshe Matz, Agudath Israel’s Florida director, asked the customer service representative. Beatrice, working at a call center in California, had just finished helping Rabbi Matz with his phone issues when she surprised him by thanking him for his work on school choice, and specifically  in Florida. She explained that she struggles to make ends meet, but is passionate [...]

805, 2019

NSN features Rabbi Labish Becker

By |May 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America is proud to be a member of the United Task Force, a coalition of forty Orthodox Jewish agencies tirelessly serving the community. The Task Force is partnering with the Nachum Segal Show to highlight activities of the Task Force agencies specifically as to how they relate to helping Holocaust survivors. We are pleased to present the inaugural broadcast featuring Agudath Israel of America Executive Director, and [...]

805, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Kedoshim

By |May 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. If a person used an animal for a sin, why was the animal put to death? 2. What should a Jew say instead of “I am repulsed by non-kosher food, Shatnez, …”? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Kedoshim Click Here. For Black and [...]

805, 2019

Community Organizations Collaborate to Provide Free Measles Vaccinations to Affected NYC Areas

By |May 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

  Agudath Israel of America, in conjunction with Hatzolah of Borough Park, Flatbush, and Williamsburg, and other community organizations and health care providers, is pursuing a coordinated, community-wide effort in New York City to make measles vaccinations available. In light of the ongoing outbreak, vaccinations will be made available with no fee, appointment, or insurance required. The events will take place simultaneously at Hatzolah garages in Borough Park, Flatbush, and Williamsburg [...]

805, 2019

Photos: Agudath Israel Participates in Councilman Deutsch Press Conference Calling for Security Funding for Houses of Worship

By |May 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel, addressing the press conference called by Councilman Chaim Deutsch, with Councilman Kalman Yeger calling on Mayor Bill DeBlasio to provide security funding for houses of worship in light of recent deadly attacks on synagogues. Also attending were Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Agudah's Director, NY Government Relations, and Agudah Board of Trustees Member Chaskel Bennett.

805, 2019

Agudath Israel Hails New Regulations Enhancing Religious Rights in the Federal Workplace

By |May 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

Washington -- Agudath Israel of America, a national Orthodox Jewish organization, is applauding a new rule issued by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that will strengthen the ability of federal employees to take compensatory time off for religious observances. President Trump highlighted the development at the White House event honoring the National Day of Prayer. The OPM action was also strongly endorsed by Attorney General William Barr, who stated that [...]

605, 2019

Agudath Israel Commends US Support for Israel’s Self-Defense

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Hamas has fired 600 rockets into Israel from Gaza since the start of the Jewish Sabbath. Three Israelis have been killed and 131 Israeli civilians are being treated for injuries. The rockets have hit a kindergarten, a factory, and homes. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis are in shelters. The Israeli airstrikes to defend its citizenry from indiscriminate aggression by bloodthirsty sworn enemies is the legitimate response of any responsible government. [...]

205, 2019

Agudath Israel of Florida Applauds the Passage of a New Scholarship Bill

By |May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Florida, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Rabbi Moshe Matz, Agudath Israel of Florida's Executive Director, marching with Martin Luther King III and other school choice advocates, in a rally in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2016 The Florida State Legislature has passed a bill creating a new scholarship program to benefit low and middle income families. The Family Empowerment Scholarship would provide scholarships to families with incomes up to 300% of the federal poverty level, greatly [...]

205, 2019

State of Florida Takes a Proactive and Unanimous Stand Against Anti-Semitism

By |May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Florida, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Left to Right: Senator Jason Pizzo (D-38), Rabbi Moshe Matz, Executive Director, Agudath Israel of Florida, and Senator Joe Gruters (R-23). Senators Pizzo and Gruters were sponsors of the bill. Rabbi Moshe Matz , Executive Director, Agudath Israel of Florida, leading the prayer at the Florida Senate, prior to the passing of HB 741. Unified. Moving. Inspiring. Those may not be typical words describing a state [...]

205, 2019

Statement of Agudath Israel of Maryland Upon the Election of Maryland’s New House Speaker

By |May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Maryland, News Page|

Rabbi Ariel Sadwin presenting an award to Delegate Adrienne Jones at Talmudical Academy of Baltimore's 100th anniversary dinner, September 2017. Agudath Israel of Maryland extends warm congratulations to Delegate Adrienne Jones on being elected and sworn-in as Speaker of Maryland’s House of Delegates. In a unanimous vote cast yesterday by her legislative peers, Speaker Jones made double-history by becoming the first woman and first African-American to be elected [...]

3004, 2019

Agudath Israel Convenes Dialogue Between NYC DOE and Special Ed Yeshiva Administrators

By |April 30th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page, Project LEARN|

Clockwise around the table: Dr. Judah Weller, P’Tach; Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Agudah's Director, New York Government Relations; Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Agudah's Executive Vice President; Mrs. Leah Steinberg, Director, Project LEARN, Special Education Affairs, Agudath Israel of America; and Howard Friedman, Esq., General Counsel, NYCDOE. On Monday, April 15, shortly before Pesach, Project LEARN, Agudath Israel’s special education division, hosted a meeting of New York City special education [...]

1504, 2019

Infectious Hatred

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, weekly window|

Recently, the measles outbreak and the reactions of different government officials made headlines in New York and around the country. Agudath Israel released a statement (see here) expressing its deep concern about the outbreak and also spoke out about the infectious hatred of anti-Semitism that has spread as well.  My colleague Avrohom Weinstock was quoted extensively on this topic in a Fox news article and provided a responsible and reasonable voice to [...]

1204, 2019

Chayim Aruchim: Emotional Stability in Difficult Times

By |April 12th, 2019|Categories: Chayim Aruchim, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

The notion was so bizarre and horrific that Jesse Fink had trouble believing his own eyes and ears. R’ Fink’s wife, Edna, had been hospitalized with multiple health issues. In addition to suffering from cancer of the small intestine, she was also experiencing liver problems, and as days went by Mrs. Fink continued to deteriorate. While doctors had put in a feeding tube because Mrs. Fink was unable to eat, R’ Fink [...]

1204, 2019

Agudah’s Overseas Passover Campaign: Decades of Help for Yidden Overseas

By |April 12th, 2019|Categories: Constituent Services, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Imagine baking matzah with chometz flour. For Jews living in the former Soviet Union and other communist countries during the 1950s, observing Pesach with kosher matzah and wine was virtually impossible. Although many did try to observe the yom tov properly, they were unable to because of the limited resources available to them. During that era there were instances in which well-intentioned but spiritually deprived Jews actually baked matzah with [...]

1204, 2019

Agudath Israel Files Supreme Court Brief: Is Excluding Religious Schools from a School Choice Program Constitutional?

By |April 12th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

When Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, decided that they wanted their playground resurfaced with car tire scraps, they probably didn’t think that Agudath Israel of America would end up invoking their experience in a brief filed before the Supreme Court. Agudath Israel has filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in a case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, [...]

1104, 2019

Statement from Agudath Israel of America on the Measles Outbreak and “Infectious Hatred”

By |April 11th, 2019|Categories: Constituent Services, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America is deeply concerned about the recent outbreak of measles and the threat it poses to communities around the country. For that reason, countless rabbinical figures and leaders, including leading rabbis in the Agudath Israel movement and doctors serving these communities, have repeatedly encouraged vaccination in the strongest possible terms. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of children enrolled in Jewish schools are vaccinated. Governmental records indicate that the [...]

804, 2019

Agudath Israel of Illinois’ Mission to Springfield

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, News Page|

What could possibly motivate fifty people to venture out into the cold, pre-dawn Chicago night this past Wednesday? Well before sunrise, the dedicated men and women left the comfort of their warm beds to attend Agudath Israel of Illinois’ (AIOI) annual mission to the state capital of Springfield. Rabbi Shlomo Soroka, AIOI’s director of government affairs, led the mission which included represented a broad spectrum of community participation - [...]

804, 2019

Where Can I Get an Agudah Pin?

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, weekly window|

Agudath Israel is a grassroots movement, and nowhere is that more evident than when my colleagues and I join lay leaders in meeting with elected officials. In the last five weeks I’ve joined Agudah missions to three statehouses and two trips to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. This week, I joined our Illinois director of government affairs, Rabbi Shlomo Soroka, and about fifty community members in their state capital [...]

804, 2019

Statement of Agudath Israel of Maryland upon passing of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Maryland, News Page|

Agudath Israel of Maryland joins the leaders and citizens across our state in mourning the loss of House Speaker Michael Busch. Speaker Busch dedicated his life to public service and to making a difference in the lives of others. He always warmly welcomed the members of our community when we would engage him in conversation, and he constantly strove to provide Marylanders with their needs and interests. We extend our [...]

804, 2019

Agudath Israel of Illinois Congratulates Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, News Page|

Agudath Israel of Illinois congratulates Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot on her recent victory in Chicago’s mayoral runoff election. As part of Agudath Israel’s advocacy and outreach efforts, both candidates were invited to meet with our organization. Last Monday, April 1, in a visit organized by Agudath Israel, Ms. Lightfoot met with Jewish community leaders to discuss various issues of concern to the community. She demonstrated a keen understanding of the issues [...]

504, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Tazriah

By |April 5th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. For what purpose was the Metzorah obligated to call out to passerby, "Tamei! Tamei!"? 2. Why is a Metzorah singled out to live in solitary confinement? Why was it Midah Kineged Midah? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Tazriah Click Here. For Black and White [...]

404, 2019

Inherent Sanctity

By |April 4th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, weekly window|

Should physician-assisted suicide be legal? Agudah has opposed it vigorously in many states as we believe life possesses inherent sanctity, and we fear the potential abuses of legalizing suicide.  As a society, we have better ways to give people greater control and relief from suffering than by making it easier for patients to commit suicide or to obtain a lethal injection. Two states held votes on the issue this [...]

404, 2019

Agudath Israel of America Applauds NJ Attorney General for Upholding Religious Rights in Housing Discrimination Case

By |April 4th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News Page|

Rabbi Avi Schnall, Agudath Israel's New Jersey Director, with New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal Can a homeowners’ association adopt protocols that would force Orthodox Jewish residents to choose between adhering to their religious beliefs or being able to come and go freely on Shabbos? Yet another Garden State locale has found itself forced to retract regulations that infringe on the religious rights of its Jewish residents, with [...]

304, 2019

Agudah to NJ Assembly: Increase Funding to Nursing in Nonpublic Schools

By |April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News Page|

“What happens to the child that needs his medicine on a day that the nurse is not there?” queried Rabbi Avi Schnall in his testimony before the New Jersey State Assembly Budget Committee in Trenton on March 27th. “He is forced to stay home. What happens to a child that has an allergic reaction on a day that the nurse is not there? These are the scary realities which many of our [...]

204, 2019

Agudah Girds for Greater Battle Ahead After Mixed Results for the NY Orthodox Community in the 2019 Budget

By |April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

New York State lawmakers completed voting on the 2019 budget early Monday morning, which includes both victories and disappointments for the Orthodox Jewish community. There were headline developments of general interest: agreement to an MTA overhaul; the introduction of congestion pricing in Manhattan, the first in the nation; a 2020 plastic bag ban; and recreational marijuana not (yet) legalized. The developments of acute interest to the Orthodox Jewish community included: [...]

2803, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Shemini

By |March 28th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. What was the reward that Aharon received for remaining silent after the sudden death of two of his sons? 2. What is the name of the bird that shares its food only with its friends? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Shemini Click Here. For Black and [...]

2603, 2019

Agudath Israel of New Jersey Decries Passage of Assisted Suicide Bill

By |March 26th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America’s New Jersey office decried the state legislature’s passage of a bill today allowing doctors to write lethal prescriptions for terminally ill patients who say they wish to end their lives. The state Assembly and Senate voted today to send the bill to Governor Phil Murphy for his signature. If he signs it into law, New Jersey will be the eighth state permitting “aid in dying.” The [...]

2003, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Tzav

By |March 20th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. Which three categories of Kohanim are disqualified from eating Kodshim? 2. When was the only time that the Shoik HaYimin , the right leg, of a Korban Shlomim was burned on the Mizbeiach? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Tzav Click Here. For previous editions on Pesach Click Here. [...]

2003, 2019

Bill Text and Analysis on Education Freedom Scholarship Bills

By |March 20th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

The Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act, was recently introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (S.634) and Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) (H.R. 1434) (as of the sending of this newsletter only the House version text was uploaded on the Congress.gov website). For additional analysis, Rabbi Abba Cohen was interviewed by Hamodia (here) about the Education Freedom Scholarship proposal (which was then quoted by US Secretary DeVos in a Tweet) and [...]

2003, 2019

Scholarship Bills Introduced in Florida

By |March 20th, 2019|Categories: Florida, Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

The Florida Senate and House recently introduced bills to expand school choice options. The Corporate Tax Scholarship Program which currently provides low income students with a tuition scholarship has reached capacity, and there are currently around 15,000 students on a waiting list. The House Education Committee filed a bill that would eliminate the waiting list and help about 28,000 students in the 2019-2020 school year.The House bill is known as [...]

2003, 2019

Maryland CAPE Rally in Annapolis

By |March 20th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Maryland, News Page, State Advocacy|

1,200 nonpublic school students lobby Annapolis for continued state funding. On Tuesday, Maryland's nonpublic school community once again came out in droves to the State capitol in Annapolis for the annual student rally hosted by Maryland CAPE (Council for American Private Education). More than 1,200 students, teachers and parents from across faith communities, gathered to express their appreciation for the state-funded programs that benefit their schools and their families. [...]

2003, 2019

Sanctuaries of faith, not fear

By |March 20th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, weekly window|

Houses of worship should be warm and welcoming places but instead, some of them have become mini-fortresses where strangers are looked at with suspicion and armed guards or police stand watch outside. These sentiments were expressed on Wednesday by Agudath Israel delegates to the nearly 30 members of Congress and their staff with whom we met throughout the day. We spoke about fear, and about feeling targeted and discriminated against [...]

1903, 2019

Court Upholds Constitutionality of Parsonage Allowance Agudath Israel Hails Decision

By |March 19th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

L to R: Shlomo Werdiger, chairman of Agudah's Board of Trustees, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Agudah's Executive Vice President, together with Nat Lewin, noted constitutional attorney who drafted the amicus curiae brief, at the Agudah's recent Washington Mission. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that the parsonage allowance, an allowance provided for housing expenses to members of the clergy that is exempt [...]

1903, 2019

New Technology Funds Coming to NYC/Upstate Yeshivos Through Agudah Advocacy

By |March 19th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

Nine months after the Smart Schools Review Board formally corrected classification errors that deprived nonpublic schools in New York State of millions of dollars in technology funds, new, corrected allocations are about to be released. The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA), passed in 2014-15, provided a one-time, $2 billion infusion for technology and other spending to improve education in schools statewide, including a percentage of funds for certain technology items [...]

1903, 2019

Statement from Agudath Israel on Terror Attack in Shomron

By |March 19th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

The news of the vicious murders in Shomron of IDF First Sergeant Gal Keidan and Rabbi Achiad Ettinger, a civilian by-stander and father of 12, has left all caring people reeling. It is especially galling to read the statements of celebration emanating from the terrorist entity, Hamas, for this brutal attack. Acts of premeditated violence like that which occurred yesterday must be seen as part of their larger ongoing terror campaign. [...]

1803, 2019

Agudah’s Washington Mission: Effecting Positive Change Through Advocacy

By |March 18th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, Washington DC|

What would prompt dozens of men and women from all across the country to leave their homes, their families and their businesses behind and to travel hundreds of miles in order to spend two intense days rushing from meeting to meeting in Washington D.C.? The answer, in a word, is responsibility. “Each one of us has the ability to make a difference in the lives of so many others by [...]

1503, 2019

Masmidei HaSiyum: Children take an active part in the Siyum HaShas

By |March 15th, 2019|Categories: Daf Yomi, Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Have You Heard? If not, you will. It is on its way - to your yeshiva, your school, your child. What is it? Agudas Yisroel’s learning initiative that is changing the world for our children:  The Masmidei HaSiyum Program. Recently unveiled at yeshivos and chadorim everywhere, this ground-breaking program has already been met with tremendous enthusiasm.  A Look Back - A Look [...]

1503, 2019

Pirchei Agudas Yisroel of America Midwest Regional Siyum Mishnayos 2019

By |March 15th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

On Shabbos Parshas Pekudei, at the Annual Midwest Regional Siyum Mishnayos of Pirchei Agudas Yisroel of America, Pirchim from 13 cities across the country were inspired. The siyum was hosted this year by the Cleveland branch and held at the Telshe Yeshiva in Wickliffe, OH. The program was coordinated by the directors of Pirchei Agudas Yisroel of Cleveland: Rabbi Hillel Drazin, Rabbi Moshe Berger, Rabbi Binyomin Levi and Nochum [...]

1503, 2019

Statement from Agudath Israel on Terror Attack at New Zealand Mosques

By |March 15th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

The brutal murders of 49 worshipers in two mosques in New Zealand today is a personal tragedy for the relatives and friends of those who were killed, and yet another in the long list of murderous acts born of religious or racial hatred. This horrific act is not a crime against Muslims alone, but against humanity. Agudath Israel of America extends its condolences to the families of the worshipers killed, and condemns all such evil acts [...]

1403, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Vayikrah

By |March 14th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. Why does the Torah not use the word "HaKodesh" regarding the Paroches when discussing an inadvertent sin committed by all of Klal Yisroel? 2.Why would the word "Asher" — when, in "Asher Nasi Yechetah" be related to "Ashrei" — fortunate? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Vayikrah Click Here. [...]

1403, 2019

Religious Discrimination Top Priority Says Longtime Ally AG Barr, as Agudah’s Washington Mission Continues

By |March 14th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, Washington DC|

27 years after he was honored with the Humanitarian Award at Agudath Israel of America’s 70th annual dinner for taking a strong stance against religious discrimination in a Rockland County village, Attorney General William Barr once again proved himself an ally by assuring delegates to the Agudah’s Washington mission of the federal government’s commitment to upholding the religious rights of every United States citizen. Attorney General Barr met with the [...]

1303, 2019

Agudath Israel Washington Mission: Delegates Prepare to Meet Government and Elected Officials

By |March 13th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

“One person can make a difference!” This theme, the ability of the very few to make things better for so many others, was the rallying cry of last night’s orientation for Agudah’s annual Washington Mission. The two day lobbying event began on Tuesday afternoon and will include numerous meetings with elected officials and others in the high government positions who work closely with the Agudah’s leadership and regional directors throughout [...]

1103, 2019

Agudath Israel Guides Yeshivos as Lawsuits are Filed on Equivalency of Instruction

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

Agudath Israel continues to work towards a resolution of the NY Substantial Equivalency issue. We thought you and your readers would be interested to see the below email sent by Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Agudah's Executive Vice President, to all New York Yeshivos. In it, Rabbi Zwiebel details the lawsuit filed by Agudath Israel this past week, along with Torah Umesorah and PEARLS, and a number of other stakeholders. You [...]

1103, 2019

Strengthening Relationships and Advocating for the Community: Agudath Israel Promotes Legislative Agenda in Albany

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

“Attending Agudah’s Albany Day was an eye-opener for me,” said Mrs. Tsivia Yanofsky, School Principal of Manhattan High School for Girls, a first-time attendee of Agudath Israel’s annual Albany Day last Wednesday. “It was empowering for me to see how even laypeople’s presence can impact policy that is so crucial for Klal Yisroel. Observing the legislators take our concerns seriously was a clear indication for me that Agudah’s strenuous efforts [...]

803, 2019

Am Echad Statement On Women of the Wall at the Kotel Hama’aravi

By |March 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Am Echad, which was founded to represent the views of Orthodox Jewry in America to the Israeli Government and public, is extremely dismayed at the public desecration of one of the holiest sites to Jews around the world, the Kotel Hama’aravi, by “Women of the Wall” (WOW). This group has used the holy site as a public square for protest and furtherance of a political agenda. The few members of [...]

603, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Pekudei

By |March 6th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. Why was no one able to lift up the heavy beams of the Mishkan except Moshe? 2. With what Bracha did Moshe bless the Bnei Yisroel after they completed the Mishkan, which is now part of our Tefilos? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Pekudei Click Here. [...]

403, 2019

Agudath Israel Federal Advocacy

By |March 4th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

We asked. They listened. Over the last few months, you received several action alerts from Agudah about security grants. We asked our members and the wider Jewish community to contact Congress about the importance of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. We asked Congress to fully fund this critical program, and a few days ago, they listened. The new spending bill included $60 million for the program! Now it’s time to [...]

103, 2019

Pirchei Agudas Yisroel Mid-Atlantic Regional Shabbos Shel Achdus 2019

By |March 1st, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Pirchei Agudas Yisroel of Scranton hosted the Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Shabbos Shel Achdus at Khal Machzikei Hadas on Shabbos Parshas Ki Sisa. Over 100 Pirchim from Washington Heights, Philadelphia, Flatbush and Far Rockaway attended. The event began on Friday afternoon with an Ice skating trip and culminated with a grand Melave Malka. A hasmodo program ran throughout the whole Shabbos with a Siyum on Seder Moed. Speakers included Rabbi [...]

2802, 2019

Fresh Start: Agudah’s Parnassah Program Gives People a Second Chance

By |February 28th, 2019|Categories: Employment & Training Divisions, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Was it depression? Did she have family issues which were distracting her? Medical problems? Chana’s instructors and counselors at Agudah’s Fresh Start program were at a loss. Chana, a mother of three, had seemed like one of the most promising students in the digital literacy class. Always early, staying after class to practice, but she just did not progress at the same rate as her classmates. But Fresh Start’s staff, [...]

2802, 2019

Agudath Israel Welcomes Education Freedom Scholarships

By |February 28th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, Director, Agudath Israel's Mid-Atlantic Region, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudah's Vice President for Government Affairs and Washington Director and Counsel. Agudath Israel of America applauds U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and congressional sponsors Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) for leading the effort to increase school choice for families nationwide. The Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity [...]

2802, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei

By |February 28th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. What do we learn from the fact that the Torah places Ahaliav, from the less distinguished שֵׁבֶט דָן, on the same level as Betzaleil, from the more distinguished שֵׁבֶט יְּהוּדָה, regarding building the Mishkan? 2. Why was only Moshe able to lift up the heavy beams of the Mishkan? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. [...]

2602, 2019

Agudath Israel of America Applauds the Chestnut Ridge Board of Trustees

By |February 26th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America notes, with appreciation, the recent zoning law change in the Village of Chestnut Ridge. This new set of zoning laws, passed by the Village last Thursday, makes it possible for local faith communities, including Orthodox Jews, to establish houses of worship in residential areas, subject to meeting village requirements. This matter has been contentious in Chestnut Ridge, as it has been in a number of municipalities [...]

2602, 2019

Pirchei Agudas Yisroel of Montreal Siyum Mishnayos 2019

By |February 26th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Pirchei Agudas Yisroel of Montreal The Bob Ament branch held its 37th Annual Siyum Mishnayos on Februrary 14th -16th, Shabbos Parshas Tezaveh, at the Yeshiva Gedolah Mercaz Hatora. The event ran from Thursday evening to Sunday Morning. About 500 boys from cities such as Toronto, Passaic, Providence and Montreal spent the weekend inspired by rabbonim and mechanchim of the Montreal community. Speakers included Rabbi Moshe Mendel Glustein, Rosh Yeshiva, [...]

2602, 2019

80 Years Ago This Week

By |February 26th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, weekly window|

Last week I said that not much has changed in regard to anti-Orthodox and anti-Semitic sentiment in 25 years. But looking back at the events of 80 years ago, a lot has changed.  As you can see in the video here, our New Jersey director, Rabbi Avi Schnall, delivered brief, but passionate remarks this week referencing a February 20, 1939 pro-Nazi rally in Madison Square Garden and what has changed in [...]

2502, 2019

Celebrating the Anniversary of The 11th Siyum HaShas and Getting Ready for The Upcoming 13th Siyum HaShas (New Video)

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Today, Monday, 20 Adar I, February 25, marks the anniversary of Agudath Israel’s 11th Siyum Hashas of the Daf Yomi which took place in 2005. Because of the then unprecedented sold-out attendance, Klal Yisroel celebrated the 11th Siyum in two locations: Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey. The overwhelming surge of new attendees demanded that a third location to be added, the Jacob [...]

2502, 2019

We asked. They listened.

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

Over the last few months, you received several action alerts from Agudah about security grants. We asked our members and the wider Jewish community to contact Congress about the importance of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. We asked Congress to fully fund this critical program, and a few days ago, they listened. The new spending bill included $60 million for the program! Now it’s time to say thank you. Hundreds [...]

2102, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Ki Sisa

By |February 21st, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week from previous editions 1. What important lesson do we learn from the fact that Bnei Yisroel became frightened to even look at Moshe's face? 2. What is the order in which the Torah was transmitted from Moshe to Bnei Yisroel? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Ki Sisa Click Here. [...]

2002, 2019

Rabbi Abba Cohen Named Agudah’s Vice President for Government Affairs, Reflecting Three Decades of Achievement in National Orthodox Advocacy

By |February 20th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

Rabbi Abba Cohen, Vice President for Government Affairs and Washington Director and Counsel Agudath Israel of America is pleased to congratulate Rabbi Abba Cohen, Washington director and counsel and long-standing vice president for federal affairs, on being named to the broader position of vice president for government affairs. Appointed to the Agudah’s fledgling office in Washington D.C. thirty years ago by Rabbi Moshe Sherer z’l, Rabbi Cohen has distinguished himself as an [...]

1802, 2019

Deja Vu

By |February 18th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, Uncategorized, weekly window|

As I watched a 1992 video clip of Agudath Israel’s late president Rabbi Moshe Sherer presenting then-Attorney General Bill Barr an award at our 70th anniversary dinner, I couldn’t help but think that unfortunately he could have delivered nearly the same speech today. Rabbi Sherer spoke passionately about zoning laws in Airmont, New York meant to keep out Orthodox residents as he thanked Mr. Barr for directing the U.S. Justice Department [...]

1802, 2019

PCS: Celebrating 6,000 Job Placements this February

By |February 18th, 2019|Categories: Employment & Training Divisions, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

A PCS class on business enrichment, taught by Shlomo Werdiger, CEO of Outerstuff Eliezer Martin, MS Accounting, CPA, is an unlikely brand ambassador for PCS. A good husband, a proud father, and an active member of his kehillah, Eliezer is also constantly busy with his job as CFO of a real estate management company. But he will always stop to talk about PCS. “I credit PCS with providing me [...]

1502, 2019

Agudath Israel Commends Congress For Including Security Funding in Spending Bill

By |February 15th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

Among the many allocations listed in the 1,159 page omnibus bill passed yesterday by Congress and expected to be signed by President Trump is $60 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. Agudath Israel has spent more than a decade working with other Jewish groups at the forefront of creating and maintaining the program which currently provides funding for security enhancements for nonprofits that are at high risk of terror attacks. “To individuals and institutions – synagogues, schools [...]

1202, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Titzaveh

By |February 12th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Yeshiva Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week for Parshas Titzaveh 1. Which words hinted that the sons of אַהֲר۬ן would die at the time of the Hakomas Hamishkan? 2. כִּתְרֵי תּוֹרָה כְּהוּנָה וּמַלְכוּת were represented in the crown border of three Kilei Hamishkan. Which Keili's border represents כֶּתֶר כְּהוּנָה? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version and additional Divrei Torah on Parshas Titzaveh below. [...]

1202, 2019

Agudath Israel COPE and PCS Employment Divisions

By |February 12th, 2019|Categories: Employment & Training Divisions, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

COPE COPE’s educational programming is designed for the person who appreciates the value of a professional education, as well as the nurturing environment of a warm, supportive classroom setting, the close camaraderie of like-minded students, passionate, personally invested faculty, and the fine-tuned sensitivity to the community’s no-compromise values and rigorous standards. Click here to learn more about COPE. PCS Professional Career Services (PCS) was founded in 1994. The Brooklyn, New York [...]

1102, 2019

Antithetical to American Ideals

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, weekly window|

President Trump's State of the Union address covered many topics, including a brief, but direct message about the need to pass school choice legislation. In its post-SOTU statement (below) Agudah focused on the President's message that anti-Semitic hatred and violence is antithetical to American ideals and must be aggressively fought in thought, speech, and deed. The President's speech came on the same day that news broke that Elan Carr, of Los [...]

802, 2019

Director of New York Government Relations, Testifying at the New York State Legislature Budget Hearings

By |February 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

This Wednesday, the New York State legislature held its annual joint Senate and Assembly budget hearings on the topic of education in New York State. These hearings directly impact the final budget allocations for education-related expenses in the state. The legislature heard testimony from State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, and other stakeholders. Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Agudath Israel’s Director of New York Government Relations, [...]

802, 2019

COPE: The School That Is Not a School

By |February 8th, 2019|Categories: Employment & Training Divisions, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

A historic picture from 1880 of a laborer sitting at his Shabbos table. There is an intriguing black-and-white picture in the Agudah’s historical archives. Dating back to 1880, it shows a laborer sitting at his Shabbos table on the Lower East Side. Some things about the shomer Shabbos community have stayed the same for hundreds of years: There’s a braided challah, what looks like a salt shaker, and [...]

602, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Terumah

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week from previous editions 1. What word had a ו in Rashi’s Sefer Torah that does not have a ו in our Sefer Torah? 2. Rashi was not sure that the word Yisaidos means pegs; he thought that maybe it means something else. What was it? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas [...]

602, 2019

Statement From Agudath Israel Following President Trump’s State of the Union Address

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America notes with appreciation that in his State of the Union address President Trump pointed to the anti-Semitic dangers the Jewish people have faced and the reality that even today our people live under a shadow that threatens our security and well-being. The President spoke of the horrors of the Holocaust death camps and their liberation by American troops. He also spoke of the genocidal intent of [...]

502, 2019

Agudath Israel of America Welcomes Selection of Mr. Elan Carr As Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

By |February 5th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

L to R: Howard Winkler, Elan Carr, Yonathan Berdugo, and Stanley Treitel Agudath Israel of America welcomes President Trump’s selection of Mr. Elan Carr to the position of State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Mr. Carr is an experienced and distinguished public servant and a prominent leader in the Jewish community of Los Angeles Mr. Carr’s commitment and his unique skills make him an excellent [...]

102, 2019

Nuanced

By |February 1st, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, weekly window|

Abortion laws across the country have recently made headlines which has led to renewed discussions about the Orthodox view on this complicated issue and how it translates into public policy. Agudath Israel has a nuanced, but clear position. It has long opposed the central holding of Roe v. Wade, that the right to abortion protected under the Fourteenth Amendment's personal liberty/due process clause is uniformly "fundamental", yet supports a woman's [...]

3001, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Mishpatim

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week from previous editions 1. What is the connection between a father and the beautiful season of spring? 2. What do we learn from the fact that Moshe spent six days in preparation before he entered the Machaneh Shichenah? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Mishpatim Click Here. For [...]

3001, 2019

Contact Congress Today – Help Secure Jewish and Other At-Risk Institutions Against Terrorism

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

Last year, Congress took a significant step forward in improving security for our community institutions - shuls, yeshivas, religious facilities, charitable and social service centers - when it more than doubled funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. In FY 2018, Congress appropriated $60 million for the program, which provides various types of equipment to better secure nonprofits at high risk of terrorist attack. Facing an increasing threat, the Jewish [...]

3001, 2019

Statement of Agudath Israel of America on the NY Reproductive Health Act

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

In a move designed to maintain and even exceed the sanctioning of abortion in the event the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn its longstanding Roe v. Wade decision, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) into law. The law removes the need for a doctor to perform some abortions, moves abortion from the criminal code into the realm of public health issues and allows abortions [...]

2901, 2019

Statement of Agudath Israel of America on the Passing of the Child Victims’ Act

By |January 29th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

On Monday, the New York State Legislature passed the Child Victims Act, and Governor Cuomo is expected to sign it into law. The bill expands the time criminal charges may be brought against an accused perpetrator until the victim reaches age 28, and allows civil suits to commence until the accuser’s 55th birthday. It also creates an 18-month window during which no civil claim will be deemed untimely under any statute [...]

2901, 2019

When did he die?

By |January 29th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, weekly window|

While some of our schools are off for winter break, and nearly 500 people enjoyed a week of Torah study in Israel at Agudath Israel’s Yarchei Kallah program, many of our schools celebrated National School Choice Week. In the courts, we celebrated a victory for religious freedom in a landmark end-of-life case related to the definition of death and the issuing of a death certificate. To read the decision and [...]

2801, 2019

An Oasis of Torah: Agudah’s Yarchei Kallah Leaves Participants Forever Transformed

By |January 28th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

From its opening moments at the Yikvei Zion winery in Maale Adumim to the final goodbyes at the tzeischem l’shalom banquet, the 19th annual Agudath Israel of America’s Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah was a truly spectacular experience, leaving an indelible impression on participants who returned home enthralled, inspired and even more firmly entrenched in their learning. A project of the Agudah’s Torah Projects Commission, the Yarchei Kallah has grown exponentially with every [...]

2801, 2019

Chazak, Chazak, V’Nischazek: Agudah’s 19th Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah Culminates on a High Note

By |January 28th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

The symphony of Torah that has uplifted and inspired more than 500 participants at Agudath Israel of America’s annual Yarchei Kallah concluded in an exhilarating crescendo of learning last Thursday, leaving participants eagerly looking ahead to taking their places next winter in the Yarchei Kallah beis medrash. As with every previous day, the morning began with Shachris at the Kosel or the Yarchei Kallah hotel and Daf Yomi shiurim, [...]

2501, 2019

Rav Belsky’s Influence on Your Limud Torah: A Torah Projects Story

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Brooklyn, New York: Winter 1978. Countless violent crimes in New York City that year. 1,504 murders. And batei medrash and batei knesses were closed each evening, as soon as Maariv was over. Except for a handful of Shuls, there was no reason for them to stay open – no one was there anyway. Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt”l, whose third yahrtzeit, 19 Shvat, is today, was terribly bothered by [...]

2501, 2019

Kol Torah Echoes in the Beis Medrash as the Agudah Yarchei Kallah Marches Onward

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Much like the true beauty of a diamond is revealed after being polished by expert hands, participants at Agudath Israel of America’s Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah are finding themselves mesmerized by the brilliance of the sugya d’kallah unfolding before their very eyes under the guidance of the luminaries of the Torah world. Drawn deeper and deeper into the depths of the sugya, concepts and issues that were discussed during the first [...]

2401, 2019

Momentum Grows at Agudah Yarchei Kallah as Sea of Learning Continues Unabated

By |January 24th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

The enthusiasm was palpable as the second day of Yarchei Kallah learning opened on Tuesday, delving even more deeply into the subtleties of permitted and forbidden foods, deeply nuanced parameters enacted by Chazal to preserve the integrity of the Jewish nation. After early morning Daf Yomi shiurim, said respectively in Yiddish and in English by HaRav Naftali Prizant, Rosh Mesivta, Yeshiva Gedola Chechnov, Maggid Shiur Daf Yomi, Tiferes Menachem, [...]

2301, 2019

Chayim Aruchim Celebrates Landmark Legal Victory for Religious Accommodation in Hospitals

By |January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Chayim Aruchim, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

You can download a PDF of the Judge Cohen's decision by clicking on the image above. On Tuesday, January 15th, Justice of Supreme Court, Hon. Devin P. Cohen ruled that the declaration of death and the death certificate issued for Yechezkal Nakar on May 31, 2017 must be rescinded and replaced by one with the date of his actual death recorded as June 22, 2017. In this landmark [...]

2201, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas B’shalach

By |January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week from previous editions 1. The Torah tells us that HaKadosh Baruch Hu punishes children for the sins of their fathers. Why? Can a child redeem himself? 2. What are two reasons that the stones of the Mizbeiach cannot be hewn with metal? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. For Black and White Version Click Here  

2201, 2019

Tu B’Shvat Heralds New Beginnings in Limud HaTorah as Participants Pack the Beis Medrash at the Agudah Yarchei Kallah

By |January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Tu B’Shvat, the new year for the trees, marked an auspicious beginning for the intense limudim of Agudath Israel of America’s Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah. The day started early, particularly for those who took advantage of the opportunity to leave the hotel 75 minutes prior to neitz hachama to daven at the Kosel. For those who remained behind, there was Shacharis at the hotel, after which participants lined up at the Yarchei [...]

2101, 2019

19 Years Young, Agudath Israel of America’s Expanded Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah Opens with Inspiring Sunday Program

By |January 21st, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

It was an extraordinary start for Agudath Israel of America’s 19th Annual Yarchei Kallah, with hundreds of people from all over the world participating in back to back events on Sunday, a prelude to the four day intense learning program that has significantly grown with every passing year. The Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah, the Agudah’s Torah Projects Commission’s most eagerly anticipated annual event, began in 2001 under the guidance of Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman zt”l, who wanted to provide chizuk to those living in Eretz Yisroel during the intifada. The inaugural Yarchei Kallah lasted three days [...]

2101, 2019

TEST WATCH: The Yom HaShishi Series: featuring Rabbi Daniel Glatstein

By |January 21st, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

About Yom Hashishi When describing Hashem's completion of creation, the Torah says, “Vayehi Erev Vayehi Boker Yom HaShishi - And it was evening and it was morning The Sixth Day.” Why the emphasis of The Sixth Day, an emphasis given to no other of the seven days of creation? Rashi quotes the famous Chazal that although [...]

2101, 2019

WATCH: Looking Back to Look Forward: The 88th Anniversary of the first Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi

By |January 21st, 2019|Categories: Daf Yomi, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

This Tu B’Shevat marks the 88th anniversary of the very first, Global Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi, which took place in Lublin, Poland, on Tu B’Shevat 5691- February 2, 1931. Torah learning thrived in pre-war Europe. However, the early 1930s were also a difficult time for many Jews. Jewish communities struggled with financial burdens, and the challenges of living far from each other. The announcement of the siyum [...]

1801, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas B’shalach

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week from previous editions 1. How did Moshe teach by example Yehi Chivod Talmidicha Chaviv Ahlecha Kishelach - your student’s honor should be as dear to you as your own [honor]? 2. Why did Moshe Rabeinu choose to sit on a hard stone during the war with Amalek? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. PW bshalach

1801, 2019

WATCH: The Yom HaShishi Series: featuring Rabbi Daniel Glatstein

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Parashas Beshalach: Rabbi Daniel Glatstein from Agudath Israel on Vimeo. About Yom Hashishi When describing Hashem's completion of creation, the Torah says, “Vayehi Erev Vayehi Boker Yom HaShishi - And it was evening and it was morning The Sixth Day.” Why the emphasis of The Sixth Day, an emphasis given to no other of the seven days of creation? Rashi quotes the famous Chazal that although Hashem seemingly finished creating [...]

1801, 2019

YAFFED Lawsuit Dismissed; Concerns Over State Ed Guidance Remain

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

In what some are celebrating as a victory for yeshivos, a federal judge dismissed on Wednesday a lawsuit filed by YAFFED, which attempted to overturn the Felder Amendment to Education Law Section 3204. The court threw out the case because YAFFED had no standing, meaning YAFFED could not challenge the Felder Amendment because it was not legally impacted by it. The recent Felder Amendment established core math, English, science, and [...]

1801, 2019

Governor’s Budget Proposal to Increase Aid to Nonpublic Schools

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

This past Tuesday New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released his executive budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year which contains a number of positives for the yeshiva and nonpublic school community. The budget increases mandated services reimbursement to over $115 million, an increase of 3.6% over last year, and allocates over $77 million for the Comprehensive Attendance Policy (CAP) which includes a large payment on a longstanding debt for these [...]

1801, 2019

Out of the ashes

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: News Page, State Advocacy|

This week's newsletter includes executive budget updates from New York and Maryland. Thankfully, both governors included significant funding for nonpublic school students. In advance of National School Choice Week (see more here), Rabbi Soroka provided an exciting update on the communal effort to apply for millions of scholarship dollars in Illinois. I am often asked, "which state has the best school choice program in the country?" We actually created a chart (here) just [...]

1801, 2019

Race to the finish(on)line

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, News Page|

It was time for round two. The date: January 15, 2019 Time: 7:00 p.m. The prize: Scholarships for private school tuition worth up to $13,366 per child. In a warehouse in Chicago, 500 computer stations were occupied with anxious mothers and fathers, many of them reciting prayers while waiting for instructions. The challenge was daunting, but unlike last year's application event, there was a different feeling permeating the room. There [...]

1801, 2019

National School Choice Week 2019

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

National School Choice Week (NCSW), which will be held from January 20 to January 26, 2019, is a positive and enthusiastic celebration of all educational options, including private, religious education. Agudath Israel has co-sponsored many NSCW events over the years and encouraged Jewish schools and community members to host or participate in local events. To find about events in your state go to https://schoolchoiceweek.com/ To find out more about school [...]

1801, 2019

Record education funding in Maryland budget proposal

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Maryland, News Page|

One day after being sworn-in as only the second two-term GOP governor in Maryland's 230-year history, Governor Larry Hogan presented his operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020. True to his word, the Governor provided record allocation increases for all areas of education, including K-12 public school funding  and the vital programs that benefit families who choose nonpublic schools. Notably, the budget proposal increased funding for the BOOST (Broadening Options and [...]

1301, 2019

Grievous statute

By |January 13th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, weekly window|

Agudath Israel of America expressed its grave concern this week over the ban in the Flanders region of Belgium that effectively prohibits the slaughter of animals according to kosher ritual requirements. Our statement (see here) expressed hope that the Belgian courts will strike down this "grievous statute," that restricts the religious liberty of the Jewish community. Last week, we reported on the landmark RLUIPA settlement in Clifton related to zoning discrimination. [...]

1001, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Bo

By |January 10th, 2019|Categories: News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week from previous editions 1. Where do we find that one is rewarded even for walking to a Divar Mitzvah (Sichar Halichah)? 2. What word (an everyday item) in the Torah is composed of two separate words, neither of which are Lashon HaKodesh? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas [...]

1001, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Bo

By |January 10th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week from previous editions 1. Where do we find that one is rewarded even for walking to a Divar Mitzvah (Sichar Halichah)? 2. What word (an everyday item) in the Torah is composed of two separate words, neither of which are Lashon HaKodesh? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas [...]

901, 2019

VIDEOS: #AgudahLive – latest on NYSED Guidelines with Rabbi Yeruchim Silber

By |January 9th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|Tags: , , |

All #AgudahLives episodes below --- Update from Albany: Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Agudah’s representative in Albany, updates the Agudah Live audience on the new legislative session that just started. Cohosts Rabbi Shai Markowitz and Rabbi Avi Schnall discuss with him Agudah’s activities in the state capital, and get an update on the status of the New York State Education Department’s Substantial Equivalency issue. Substantial Equivalency: We’ve heard so much about it, [...]

801, 2019

Agudath Israel Statement on Belgium Shechita Ban

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America expresses its grave concern over the ban in the Flanders region of Belgium that effectively prohibits the slaughter of animals according to kosher ritual requirements. The new law places a substantial burden on religious liberty and on Jewish life in Belgium and other affected European countries. We are hopeful that the constitutional court will recognize this serious infringement on the rights of the Jewish community and [...]

801, 2019

Stepping Up to Protect Nonpublic School Students, Governor Murphy Doubles Security Funding for Current School Year

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News Page|

Left to Right: NJ Assembly member Gary Schaer, Commissioner of Education Dr. Rapolet, and Rabbi Avi Schnall, Director of Agudath Israel of America's New Jersey Office It was a giant step forward for nonpublic school safety as Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill dedicating an additional $11.3 million towards school security measures. Previously, the state had allocated just $75 in security funding for every child registered in New [...]

801, 2019

Bnos Agudath Israel is the “Write” Place for Fun with a Purpose

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: News Page, Youth Services|

"I get to meet a new person. I get to write to someone and it's as if I'm playing with a friend."  ~Tova, 3rd grade Once again, Bnos members from across the country are being paired up as pen pals. No texts, emails or messaging in this program! The girls take pen (or pencil!) to paper and write actual letters to their new friends. Imagine how exciting it is for the [...]

801, 2019

Landmark Settlement

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

The knowledge that "if you zone out Orthodox synagogues, you zone out Orthodox Jews" has been an ugly reality that our families and communities have had to face. Among the most formidable obstacles to the free exercise of religion today relates to the limitations imposed upon houses of worship by local zoning and land use laws. Restrictions on places to worship and other religious entities have been sought and utilized in [...]

801, 2019

Agudath Israel Lauds the RLUIPA Settlement Announced for Congregation Shomrei Torah of Clifton, NJ

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News Page, Uncategorized|

At conclusion of Mediation, at offices of former Attorney General Chris Porrino: L to R: Barry Gross, Duvy Gross, Yehudah Buchweitz, Bob Sugarman Agudath Israel of America hailed yesterday's unanimous decision by the Clifton (New Jersey) City Council to settle their decade-old zoning discrimination case with Congregation Shomrei Torah. The $2.5 million settlement is one of the largest-ever recoveries under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act [...]

801, 2019

Agudath Israel Shares SED Letter to Suffern School District: Provide Equitable Services to Nonpublic School Students

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

As the Orthodox Jewish community in Monsey grows, it is expanding beyond the borders of Monsey and Spring Valley. New challenges have arisen, including one from the Suffern School District. Agudath Israel’s offices received a number of complaints over the past few years regarding this particular district's failure to provide certain basic services to yeshiva students in their jurisdiction, such as transportation, special education services, and others. As the problem [...]

601, 2019

Illinois News 1

By |January 6th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, News Page|

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601, 2019

Illinois News 1

By |January 6th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, News Page|

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601, 2019

Illinois News 1

By |January 6th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, News Page|

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401, 2019

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Va’eira

By |January 4th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week from previous editions 1. How did Moshe convey to Pharoh the precise time when Makkas Barad would happen? 2. According to the Midrash, for which Makkah did הקב״ה lift Moshe above the heavens? Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Va'eira Click Here. For Black and White Version Click Here

2812, 2018

I admit, I was wondering.

By |December 28th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

Last night at the Midwest Agudah Convention, two Jewish community leaders were honored with the Mendy Klein Midwest Leadership Legacy Award. In his brief remarks, Yoni Klein explained why the family allowed his father's name to be used despite turning down many requests from other organizations to name buildings and other projects after Mendy. Anyone who knew Mendy was aware that while he gave thousands of hours and millions of [...]

2712, 2018

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Shemos

By |December 27th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. How did Yisro know that the “Egyptian” who had saved his daughters was from Yaakov’s family? 2. Which animal did Moshe use that was from Avraham’s time and that will live until the time of Moshiach? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Shemos Click Here. For Black and [...]

2712, 2018

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Shemos

By |December 27th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. How did Yisro know that the “Egyptian” who had saved his daughters was from Yaakov’s family? 2. Which animal did Moshe use that was from Avraham’s time and that will live until the time of Moshiach? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Shemos Click Here. For Black and [...]

2612, 2018

Chayim Aruchim Event Highlights Conscience and Religious Freedom in Healthcare

By |December 26th, 2018|Categories: Chayim Aruchim, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Roger Severino, director of the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, was the guest speaker at an informative briefing presented by Chayim Aruchim, a project of Agudath Israel of America, championing every individual’s right to exercise their religious freedom even when faced with life-threatening illness. Physicians, executives, board members, lawyers and healthcare providers representing more than 15 medical institutions and communal organizations in the [...]

2512, 2018

Bnos Agudath Israel Leaders Hold the Line

By |December 25th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

How does Bnos give its members the greatest experience possible? It provides support and resources to its leaders and advisors, too. The all-new Bnos Info Line is the latest innovation. The Info Line is a national hotline that leaders from all over the country can call. Each week the hotline features an advisor or branch leader from a different city. The featured speakers give tips and tricks, offer ideas for [...]

2112, 2018

Not good enough

By |December 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

Last week, we reported on the New York State Education Department's nonpublic school guidelines and our grave concerns with government overreach. In response to the public outcry, including a petition signed by more than 50,000 parents, the state issued a correction and clarification of a few of the requirements. As our statement (see here) makes clear, the correction (to a problem they were informed about nearly a yearly ago, yet [...]

2112, 2018

Agudah Welcomes NYC Council letter to State Ed Commissioner

By |December 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America hails the publication of a letter sent by 28 members of the New York City Council, expressing concern about the new substantial equivalency guidelines for nonpublic schools. The letter, spearheaded by Councilman Chaim Deutsch and cosigned by a majority of his colleagues on the council, was addressed to State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. It stressed the impact these rules would have on the schools in their [...]

2112, 2018

The Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky ZT”L Global Chullin Initiative: Bringing Chullin to Life

By |December 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

The Siyum is just a little more than a year away and The Agudah is gearing up for the greatest Torah celebration in recent Jewsih history. Since Rav Meir Shapiro initiated the learning of Daf Yomi at the Agudah Knessiah Gedolah in Vienna in 1923, The Agudah has been at the forefront of expanding Torah learning through the Daf. Since the churban in Europe, there has been an exponential increase [...]

2012, 2018

NYSED Guidelines: Progress Made is Not Enough

By |December 20th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

The New York State Education Department (SED) released today, informally, a correction to their guidelines which threaten the Torah education of our children. It reduced the number of hours of required study per day, in the seventh and eighth grades, from seven hours to 3.5 hours. It also removed the time requirement from the fifth and sixth grades, clarifying that those grades have the same requirements as grades one through [...]

2012, 2018

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Vayechi

By |December 20th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. Why was Eisav referred to with the unbecoming title of Emori in the posuk: "Asher lakachti miyad haemroi" (2 reasons)? 2. Which two brothers never carried the aron of Yaakov? Why? Who took their places? Rashi: Questions of the week from previous editions 1. From which action of Yaakov Avinu do we learn that a person is required to give honor to royalty? 2. How does רש״י deduce which two of [...]

2012, 2018

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Vayechi

By |December 20th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. Why was Eisav referred to with the unbecoming title of Emori in the posuk: "Asher lakachti miyad haemroi" (2 reasons)? 2. Which two brothers never carried the aron of Yaakov? Why? Who took their places? Rashi: Questions of the week from previous editions 1. From which action of Yaakov Avinu do we learn that a person is required to give honor to royalty? 2. How does רש״י deduce which two of [...]

1712, 2018

Bill to Double Security Funding to NJ’s Nonpublic Schools Clears Legislature, Awaits Governor’s Signature

By |December 17th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News Page|

Left to Right: Mr Duvy Gross, co-chairman, Agudath Israel of New Jersey, Moshe Gross, Rabbi Avi Schnall, Director, Agudath Israel of America's New Jersey Office, Senator Paul Sarlo, Ralph Zucker, Chairman, Agudath Israel of New Jersey, and Mordechai Schron New Jersey yeshiva parents will be able to breathe a little easier as a bill that will significantly increase security funding for nonpublic schools has passed the Legislature and makes its way to the governor's [...]

1712, 2018

Governor Murphy Signs Bill Initiated by Agudath Israel to Protect NJ College Students

By |December 17th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News Page|

Rabbi Avi Schnall, Director, Agudath Israel of America's New Jersey Office (Left) and Assembly Deputy Speaker Gary Schaer (Right) Thanks to a bill initiated by Agudath Israel of America in response to an incident at a local college last Yom Kippur, New Jersey students will no longer be forced to choose between observing their religion and facing academic penalties. Under previous New Jersey law, college students who miss an exam [...]

1412, 2018

We won’t have it

By |December 14th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

"We won't have it." That was the message of  Rabbi Elya Brundy and Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, deans of two large and prestigious yeshivas, in an unprecedented op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this morning (see here). Their strongly worded piece was a response to the attempt of the New York State Education Department "to commandeer" the curricula of private schools. Mishpacha magazine interviewed our own Avrohom Weinstock, and asked him if [...]

1412, 2018

Exciting news on MD Match for 529 Tuition Benefits

By |December 14th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Maryland, News Page|

On the last day of Chanukah, the Jewish day school community in Maryland was treated to some very welcome news from the office of Governor Larry Hogan  (click here for press release). The news about fully funding the Maryland Match program paved the way for a lot of extra "Chanukah gelt" (cash) for hundreds and perhaps thousands of Jewish day school households. Earlier this year, over a four week period, private school families diligently  opened 529 accounts for each of their children (or [...]

1412, 2018

IRS Issues guidance for new tax on nonprofits, but it isn’t enough

By |December 14th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

Earlier this week, the IRS issued new guidance for determining a tax on fringe benefits offered by nonprofits, but Agudath Israel and other nonprofits want the entire tax eliminated. Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel's Vice President for Federal Government Affairs was quoted in the Jewish Week and Jewish Insider explaining the organization's opposition to the tax and support for an effort to repeal it in its entirety. "The added tax is not only a [...]

1412, 2018

The Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah are asking all shuls…

By |December 14th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

The State of New York has published new guidelines to ensure that nonpublic schools, including Yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs, provide an education that is “substantially equivalent” to that of the public schools. What this means is that every single Cheider, Yeshiva Ketanah, Yeshiva Gedolah and Bais Yaakov, from elementary through high school, has to meet specific government standards about what they teach and how long they teach it for. The [...]

1312, 2018

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Vayigash

By |December 13th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. What 2 food items did Yosaif send Yaakov that are known to calm down a[n elderly] person? 2. From where do we learn that listening to Lashon Horah can cause one to have Sinah against the person who is being slandered? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Vayigash Click Here. [...]

1112, 2018

Tears at the White House Chanukah Party

By |December 11th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

Yesterday, I attended the White House Chanukah party as a guest of US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Other attendees at the party included Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel's chairman Mr. Shlomo Werdiger, and several board members. Many people have asked me to name the highlight of the event. Before I do, allow me to highlight some recent Agudah activities and accomplishments included in this newsletter. The week started with [...]

1012, 2018

Agudath Israel Congratulates President Trump on the Nomination of William Barr as U.S. Attorney General

By |December 10th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

William Barr with Rabbi David Zwiebel, Agudath Israel's executive vice president, at the Agudah's 70th anniversary dinner in 1992. Mr, Barr received the organization’s Humanitarian Award Rabbi David Zwiebel, Rabbi Moshe Sherer, zl, William Barr. Agudath Israel of America congratulates President Trump on his nomination of William Barr to serve as the next Attorney General of the United States. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Barr served [...]

612, 2018

Pirchei Weekly for Parshas Mikeitz – Chanukah

By |December 6th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1.What bracha did Yosaif bestow upon his brother Binyomin that the other brothers had received at an earlier time? 2. What stirred Yosaif's compassion towards his brother [as opposed to his brothers]? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Mikeitz Click Here. For Black and White Version Click Here

612, 2018

Pirchei Weekly for Parshas Mikeitz – Chanukah

By |December 6th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1.What bracha did Yosaif bestow upon his brother Binyomin that the other brothers had received at an earlier time? 2. What stirred Yosaif's compassion towards his brother [as opposed to his brothers]? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Mikeitz Click Here. For Black and White Version Click Here

412, 2018

Security Funding Bill Moves Forward in NJ Legislature: Agudah Encourages Constituents to Make Final Push

By |December 4th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News Page|

Rabbi Ezra Malitzky, Sharei Tzion Yeshiva, Edison, Rabbi Zalmen Goldberg, Yeshiva Even Yisroel, Senator Patrick Deignan, and Rabbi Avi Schnall, following the vote of the senate budget committee Agudath Israel welcomes the news that NJ Bill S3080, a bill to double nonpublic school security funding, passed unanimously in the Senate Budget Committee yesterday. The funding increase was Agudath Israel’s top legislative priority for this session and was the [...]

312, 2018

Agudath Israel of America Joins in Our Nation’s Grief Over the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

By |December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

A warm moment between Agudath Israel's Rabbi Moshe Sherer, z"l, and then-Vice President George H.W. Bush in the White House in 1988 Letter from then-Vice President George H.W. Bush to Rabbi Moshe Sherer Dated September 8, 1983 President Bush’s entire life was devoted to serving the United States, its people and its ideals — during war and peace, at home and abroad, in Congress and the [...]

3011, 2018

We lost our general.

By |November 30th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

Just a few short hours ago, Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Levin zt"l, was laid to rest. In his role as Rosh HaYeshiva (Dean) of Telshe Chicago for nearly 60 years, he was the beloved rebbi (teacher) of thousands of students. In his role as a member of Agudath Israel of America's Council of Torah Sages, rabbinic leader of Agudath Israel of Illinois, and the chairman of Torah Umesorah's rabbinic board, Rabbi [...]

3011, 2018

Ohio Senate Approves Anti-BDS Resolution

By |November 30th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Ohio|

On November 28th, the Ohio Senate approved House Concurrent Resolution 10 which condemns the BDS movement and activities that are harmful to Israel and Jewish people. Rep. Andy Thompson meeting at the Agudath Israel of Ohio office with Rabbi Yitz Frank. Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson), recently elected to serve as Ohio's next Secretary of State, said the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has been tied to an increase in anti-Semitic activities. [...]

2911, 2018

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Vayeishev

By |November 29th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. How did Hashem squelch the slanderous libel spread by Potifar's wife against her faithful servant Yosaif? 2. We learn from the words of the last Pasuk that the Sar Hamashkim “forgot” Yosaif twice. When were these 2 “forgetful” occasions? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas Vayeishev Click Here. [...]

2611, 2018

D-20 Confirmation

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Thank you for registering for the D-20 Certificate of Fitness Course. You will be receiving a confirmation email with instructions within the next two days. If you do not receive a confirmation email within two days, please contact us at YeshivaServices@agudathisrael.org.  

2611, 2018

Photos, Video and Report: Taking Stock, Taking Action: The Agudah Convention

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: Convention, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

“If we were to immerse ourselves in everything that Agudas Yisroel stands for, we’d be better people!” This call to action, stated with feeling by HaRav Yaakov Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe and Rosh Agudas Yisroel, resonated among the packed crowd at last night’s Motzoei Shabbos keynote session of the Agudah Convention. Mr. Shimon Lefkowitz, son of Agudah stalwart Rabbi Yisroel Lefkowitz z”l, and – together with the illustrious Lefkowitz family – [...]

2611, 2018

Agudah Convention 2018: Thursday Night Photo Highlights

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: Convention, Home Page Agudah News, image, News Page|

Where does the Torah world in the United States go to discuss its challenges, find solutions, and forge a path forward? The annual Agudah Convention. This year’s convention, which began last night in the Crowne Plaza Stamford, was attended by over a thousand people, and almost ten thousand more watched on the livestream broadcast. This year’s convention theme, “Moving Forward,” was the common thread of the evening: Moving forward with [...]

2111, 2018

Agudath Israel Files Friend of Court Brief in Support of Anti-BDS Boycott Law

By |November 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America, together with StandWithUs, a pro-Israel educational organization, has filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in a case in federal court. The case, Jordahl v. State of Arizona, currently before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, involves a law passed by the State of Arizona that prohibits the state from doing business with businesses that are engaged in boycotting Israel and [...]

2011, 2018

Generations of Bnos in the Spotlight at National Convention in Cincinnati

By |November 20th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

For the first time ever, the national Bnos Agudas Yisroel convention was hosted by Cincinnati, Ohio. A fabulous weekend for Bnos leaders transpired, offering motivational messages, hands on tips and a golden opportunity to connect with their peers nationwide. The theme of this year’s annual convention in Cinsunati was the Passsuk of Vaohavov Katzeis Hashemesh Bigvuraso. We focused on how leaders are similar to the powerful and glowing sun, and [...]

2011, 2018

Respected Mechanech to Direct Pirchei Agudas Yisroel of Denver

By |November 20th, 2018|Categories: Colorado, Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rabbi Raphael Schnall keeps the students engaged during a Night Seder session. Also pictured is "Gershon the Giraffe", Pirchei of Denver's new mascot. Pirchei Agudas Yisrael of Denver recently announced that Rabbi Raphael Schnall, the 8th-grade rebbi (teacher of Judaic studies) at Hillel Academy of Denver (HAOD), has been hired as Director of all Pirchei activities. Pirchei is a world-wide movement that was created early in the 20th century [...]

1911, 2018

Agudath Israel Names New California Director

By |November 19th, 2018|Categories: California, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Agudath Israel of California is pleased to announce the hire of Rabbi Yisrael Gelb as its new executive director. Rabbi Gelb previously held leadership positions at other Jewish organizations and was a dedicated volunteer with the Agudah before taking on this new role. As a JD candidate at Southwestern Law School, Rabbi Gelb's legal background will benefit the community in both government affairs and constituent services. Passionate about community service, Rabbi [...]

1511, 2018

Consequences

By |November 15th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

The election is over...in most states. Control of the US House and the New York State Senate has switched to the Democratic Party, and in other parts of the country Republicans scored major election victories. In other words, elections have consequences -- which is why Agudath Israel expresses its appreciation to all the volunteers who worked on voter registration and voter mobilization efforts in the Orthodox Jewish community and to those who took [...]

811, 2018

Am Echad’s Leadership meets with Israeli Media Representatives

By |November 8th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

On Monday, November 5th, a group of Orthodox Jewish community leaders representing Am Echad and other organizations met with members of the Israeli media. The meeting, one of a series of meetings coordinated by the Ruderman Foundation to introduce Israeli opinion makers to Jewish leaders in the United States, was hosted by Shlomo Werdiger, co-chair of Am Echad, and chair of Agudath Israel’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Werdiger, who also [...]

611, 2018

Agudah to Department of Treasury: Don’t Let SALT Jeopardize Scholarship Tax Credit Programs!

By |November 6th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel's Vice President for Federal Affairs and Washington Director and Counsel WASHINGTON -- Agudath Israel of America testified today before the U.S. Department of Treasury, asking the IRS to ensure that recently proposed tax regulations do not negatively impact school choice programs across the country. The proposal was meant to block attempts by certain states that were trying to get around the new federal [...]

611, 2018

Am Echad Letter to MKs Re Government Recognition of Reform and Conservative Movements in the Wake of the Pittsburgh Massacre

By |November 6th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

This letter was sent today by Am Echad, Preserving One Jewish People, to Members of the Israeli Knesset encouraging them to not recognize Reform and Conservative movements in the wake of the Pittsburgh massacre. To download a copy of the letter in PDF format, click here or on the image below. The Am Echad statement following the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh on October 27th is available here.

511, 2018

Pirchei Weekly For Parshas Toldos

By |November 5th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Youth Services|

Rashi: Questions of the week 1. Shlomo HaMelech davened that any non-Jew’s request in the Bais HaMikdash be accepted, even if he might be unworthy. From where did he learn this? 2. What similarity was there between the dish that Yaakov served to Yitzchak and the Man? To receive the Pirchei Weekly straight to your inbox send a blank email to pircheiweekly@agudathisrael.org. Black and White version below For previous editions on Parshas [...]

511, 2018

Moving Forward: Agudah’s 2018 Convention Program Announced

By |November 5th, 2018|Categories: Convention, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

The Agudah’s annual convention has long been the key venue for members of the Jewish community to convene together with Torah leaders and community askanim to discuss and address the critical issues facing the klal today. A direct descendent of the First Knessia Gedolah in 1923, 95 years later the Agudah Convention’s content may have changed, but its mission has remained the same: To gather under the banner of our [...]

211, 2018

Devastated and heartbroken

By |November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

"Devastated and heartbroken". Those were the opening words of our condolence message to the Pittsburgh Jewish community which was placed in the local Jewish paper and in newspapers across the country. My children have always loved visiting the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Tragically, it will now be remembered as the site of the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States. We mourn for the victims [...]

211, 2018

Action Alert for New Jersey Residents

By |November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News Page|

(L-R) Mr. Duvi Gross (co-chairman, Agudath Israel New Jersey office), Mr. Moishy Gross, Rabbi Avi Schnall, Senator Paul Sarlo, Mr. Rephael Zucker (co-chairman, Agudath Israel New Jersey office), Mr. Mordechai Schron Following our previous call-to-action where we asked you to reach out to the Senate President and Assembly Speaker to ask that they support Bill S3080/A4597 , which would increase nonpublic school security funding,  Agudath Israel's New Jersey [...]

211, 2018

If It Ain’t Broke – Make It Better!

By |November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Yeshiva Services|

Second Agudah Yeshiva Summit Draws Record-breaking Number of Yeshiva Executive Directors, Administrators, and Government Officials Across the State for a Day of Learning “Last year, coming to the Agudah Yeshiva Expo saved our school half a million dollars!" – Rabbi Moshe Benayon, Associate Executive Director, Yeshivat Shaare Torah Creating an event that reaps results like that is a tough act to follow. But Agudath Israel of America wanted to deliver [...]

211, 2018

Photos: Signing of the Contract at MetLife Stadium for the 13th Siyum Hashas

By |November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Daf Yomi, Home Page Agudah News, image, News Page|

The Siyum. Nothing brings back more potent memories for Torah Jews than flashing back to August 2012 as they stood 90,000 strong, led by our gedolim, the words Shema Yisrael piercing the very heavens. Those unforgettable moments came to life again on October 30th at MetLife Stadium, as a group of community leaders, askanim, and Gedolei Yisrael joined together to sign the contract for The 13th Siyum, which will be held on January [...]

2910, 2018

A Public Service Message from Agudath Israel of America

By |October 29th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Tuesday November 6th is Election Day across the country. Voters will choose who will represent them in congress as well as determine over 30 US senate races and many gubernatorial races. They will also choose state legislators in many states throughout the country. In New York State, elections will be held for every statewide office including governor, attorney general, comptroller and one US senate seat. There will be contests for every congressional [...]

2910, 2018

Statement of Agudath Israel of America on Murder During a Shabbos Service in a Pittsburgh Synagogue

By |October 29th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

The murder of eleven people during a Shabbos service this morning in a Pittsburgh synagogue is a horrific tragedy and an outrage.  Our deepest sympathies go out to the mourning families and friends of the victims who were targeted because they were Jews. We extend our deepest  gratitude to the law enforcement personnel who arrived at the scene and captured the murderer. We  also thank law enforcement across the country [...]

2610, 2018

“You saved our school half a million dollars!”

By |October 26th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, weekly window|

As I sat in the front of the room listening to New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia talk about supporting the right of parents to make decisions about their child's education, I looked around and was amazed at what I saw. I was surrounded by 300 executive directors and yeshiva administrators, more than 50 state and local government officials, and many other attendees at our 2nd annual New York [...]

2610, 2018

Security Funding Increase Proposed by NJ Legislature

By |October 26th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News Page|

After several years of advocacy efforts led by Agudath Israel and others, the New Jersey Legislature recently introduced a pair of bills which would increase security funding for nonpublic school students. Sponsored by Senators Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth) and Jospeh Lagana (D- Bergen and Passaic) Senate Bill S3080 would increase the per-pupil security funding from $75 to $150 per child. While this is still significantly less than the amount allocated for public [...]

2510, 2018

As Jewish Federations Gather in Tel Aviv, Am Echad Makes Its Voice Heard

By |October 25th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

As the Jewish Federations of North America opened their annual “General Assembly” in Tel Aviv on October 22, Orthodox activists acting under the banner Am Echad had already launched a media campaign to present a more accurate picture of American Jewry than the one offered by the umbrella group of American Jewish Federations. The theme the federation group chose for their gathering this year is “We need to talk” – [...]

1910, 2018

“Delivers for our community”

By |October 19th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy, weekly window|

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin In a week where Jews were called termites, and Orthodox Jews were beaten on the streets of New York, Rabbi Zwiebel stood shoulder to shoulder with elected officials and faith leaders in front of NYPD headquarters (video here) to speak out against anti-Semitism. Anti-Orthodox discrimination was also one of the topics discussed with New York attorney general candidate Tish James as part of Agudath [...]

1910, 2018

Agudath Israel Meeting with Tish James

By |October 19th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

This week as part of its ongoing series of meetings with candidates for elected office, Agudath Israel welcomed NYC Public Advocate and Democratic candidate for NYS Attorney General Letitia (Tish) James to its Manhattan headquarters. Ms. James is no stranger to Agudath Israel having served in government for the last 15 years first as a NYC Councilmember representing a district that includes Crown Heights and then as Public Advocate. The [...]

1910, 2018

Overflow Crowd Celebrates Agudath Israel of Maryland ’s Decade of Impact

By |October 19th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Maryland, News Page|

As the founding director of Agudath Israel of Maryland (AIMD), Rabbi Ariel Sadwin has been able to channel the organization's efforts to accomplish in one short decade what many larger entities have not over longer spans of time. In recognition of Rabbi Sadwin and AIMD’s outstanding leadership in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region, an estimated overflow crowd of 700 + gathered at Baltimore’s Beth Tfiloh Congregation on Sunday evening, October [...]

1910, 2018

Agudath Israel Applauds Ruling to Revisit Constitutionality of Michigan Nonpublic School Program

By |October 19th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America expressed optimism in light of Tuesday's Michigan Court of Appeals’ ruling ordering the Court of Claims to revisit its decision on the state’s nonpublic school reimbursement program. In her original decision, Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens said the program violates the state constitution’s “Blaine amendment” language prohibiting direct or indirect aid to nonpublic schools. The $2.5 million program to reimburse nonpublic schools for state mandates that [...]

1810, 2018

Agudath Israel Calls on IRS to Narrow Scope of Proposed Regulations: “Don’t Undermine the Scholarships of Thousands of Students”

By |October 18th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Washington DC|

Agudath Israel of America's letter to the Internal Revenue Service Agudath Israel of America urged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last week to revise proposed regulations that could undermine school choice programs in many states and jeopardize the scholarships of thousands of students. This would include the approximately 6500 students currently using tax credit scholarships to attend Jewish schools. Scholarship tax credit programs, which at present operate in eighteen states, offer taxpayers a state tax credit, [...]

1610, 2018

Watch: Rav Meir Shapiro’s Yartzheit

By |October 16th, 2018|Categories: Daf Yomi, Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Rav Yehuda Meir Shapiro, Rav of Lublin, revolutionized limud haTorah in a way few have in recent history. He developed a revolutionary program, Daf Yomi, that has turned thousands of simple Jews into talmidei chachamim, knowledgeable in all of Shas. The Chofetz Chaim once shared his appreciation of Daf Hayomi with Rav Meir. "I am especially fond of you. Do you know why?" asked the Chofetz Chaim. "Because of what [...]

1510, 2018

Quid pro quo

By |October 15th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

Over the last few weeks, Rabbi Abba Cohen and I have spent countless hours reading tax regulations and learning all we never wanted to know about charitable deductions, SALT, and the exact legal meaning of terms like "quid pro quo." Why? Because the scholarships of the 6500 students currently attending Jewish schools across the country with the help of state tax credit scholarship programs could be at risk if regulations proposed by the [...]

1010, 2018

Bill Initiated by Agudath Israel to Protect College Students Moves Forward in NJ Legislature

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News Page|

Rabbi Avi Schnall, Director, Agudath Israel of America's New Jersey Division (Left) and Assembly Deputy Speaker Gary Schaer (Right) Thanks to a proposed bill initiated by Agudath Israel of America in response to an incident at a local college last Yom Kippur, New Jersey students may no longer be forced to choose between observing their religion and facing academic penalties. Under current New Jersey law, college students who [...]

1010, 2018

Statement of Agudath Israel of America on the Resignation of Nikki Haley US Ambassador to the United Nations

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America expresses its appreciation to Ambassador Nikki Haley, whose service in the United Nations over the past nearly two years has been exemplary. Ambassador Haley's voice was clear and consistent in championing the causes of human rights and democracy across the globe. Her strong support of Israel and articulate defense of its security made her a deeply respected figure in the Orthodox Jewish community Agudath Israel represents [...]

510, 2018

WATCH: Introducing The Yom HaShishi Series 1: featuring Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff

By |October 5th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

In this week’s parsha, when describing Hashem completion of creation, the Torah says, “vayehi erev vayehi boker yom Hashishi - And it was evening and it was morning The sixth day.” Why the emphasis of The Sixth Day an emphasis given to no other of the seven days of creation? Rashi quotes the famous chazal that explains that although Hashem seemingly finished creating the world, the creation wasn’t fully stable. Creation was conditional [...]

310, 2018

AGUDATH ISRAEL ADVOCACY CONTINUES TO EASE WAY FOR ARBA MINIM 2018/5779

By |October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

As in past years, Agudath Israel of America’s Washington Office has worked closely with agencies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help avoid potential problems for travelers carrying arba minim. Both the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have notified their respective field personnel about the upcoming Sukkos holiday and the increased level of travel by persons of the Jewish faith, many of whom will be carrying arba minim. [...]

310, 2018

WATCH: ASHES TO RENEWAL

By |October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

  Yesterday I joined several Agudah colleagues at the U.S. Department of Education’s National Private School Leadership Conference hosted by the Office of Non Public Education. Agudath Israel was honored with the “Association Spotlight” slot in the packed schedule, which was an opportunity to share the story of our organization and the schools it represents. Rabbi Zwiebel used the time to showcase a new three-minute video titled “Ashes to Renewal: [...]

2109, 2018

WATCH: Ashes to Renewal

By |September 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, State Advocacy|

(Left to Right): Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, Director, Agudath Israel's Mid-Atlantic Region, Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel's Vice President for Government Affairs, Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Agudath Israel's Executive Vice President, and Rabbi A.D. Motzen, Agudath Israel's National Director for State Relations, not shown: Rabbi Ami Bazov, Agudath Israel's coordinator of education affairs. Yesterday I joined several Agudah colleagues at the U.S. Department [...]

2109, 2018

Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission Testimony

By |September 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Ohio|

On Friday, September 14th, Agudath Israel's Ohio director Rabbi Yitz Frank provided invited testimony to the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the topic of school funding and civil rights. While the testimony was focused on Ohio's school funding system, Rabbi Frank made the argument for the continued implementation of student based funding and the expansion of school choice policies. To read his testimony click here.

2109, 2018

Agudath Israel Advocacy Continues to Ease Way for Arba Minim 2018/5779

By |September 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|Tags: , , |

As in past years, Agudath Israel of America's Washington Office has worked closely with agencies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help avoid potential problems for travelers carrying arba minim. Both the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have notified their respective field personnel about the upcoming Sukkos holiday and the increased level of travel by persons of the Jewish faith, many of whom will be carrying arba minim. [...]

2009, 2018

VIDEO: Ashes to Renewal: Agudath Israel and the Growth of Jewish Education in America

By |September 20th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

U. S. Department of Education Shines Spotlight on Agudath Israel at National Conference (Left to Right): Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, Director, Agudath Israel's Mid-Atlantic Region, Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel's Vice President for Government Affairs, Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Agudath Israel's Executive Vice President, and Rabbi A.D. Motzen, Agudath Israel's National Director for State Relations, not shown: Rabbi Ami Bazov, Agudath Israel's coordinator of [...]

1709, 2018

AUDIO: Aseres Yimei Teshuva Teleconference Series – All Previous Recordings

By |September 17th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Scroll down for previous years shiurim. [To download any session right click on the title and “Save Link As…”] 5779 Wednesday 3 Tishrei/September 12 Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky- English [jwplayer player="3" mediaid="19511"] Rabbi Shaul Yehuda Prizant- Yiddish [jwplayer player="3" mediaid="19512"] Rabbi Aryeh Zev Ginsberg- English [jwplayer player="3" mediaid="19525"] Rabbi Gerson Neumann- Yiddish [jwplayer player="3" mediaid="19526"] Rabbi Moshe Scheinerman- English [jwplayer player="3" mediaid="19527"] Rabbi Avrohom Schorr- Yiddish [jwplayer player="3" mediaid="19528"] Rabbi Moshe Scheinberg- English [...]

1409, 2018

Agudath Israel Congratulates Winners of New York Primaries

By |September 14th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America congratulates all the winners in last night’s New York primaries. We salute as well all who competed as win or lose each candidate is playing an important role in the democratic process. We are fortunate to live in a thriving democracy where at least one day a year it is the peoples chance to use their collective voices at the ballot box. Now that the people have [...]