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“Beyond our wildest dreams and expectations.” – Rabbi Nissan Gewirtzman, President, Yeshiva Consulting Services “An event like this… we are amazed and impressed at what Agudah has done and continues to do.” – Rabbi Shmuel Kutten, Assistant to the Executive Director, Torah Vodaath “Professional, and more importantly, useful!” – Yeshiva Read More

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As advocates of school choice and representatives of Jewish day school families, my colleagues and I often find ourselves in statehouses and involved in education policy discussions. However, whenever I’m traveling around the country, I try to make a point of visiting the local Jewish schools  to see the real Read More

The New York City Council recently passed two supplemental funding bills and thanks to the efforts of several councilmembers, Agudath Israel Community Services was awarded several grants to help serve constituents. The new bills fund specific council initiatives. Funding from the Digital Inclusion and Literacy Initiative will be used by Agudath Read More

Marking the successful culmination of a collaborative effort, on Wednesday Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill championed by Agudath Israel of Illinois (AIOI) on behalf of the Hatzalah Chicago volunteer emergency medical service. The legislation, which bans insurers from hiking the premiums of Hatzalah members should they be involved Read More

Agudath Israel of America’s Government Affairs Staff Retreat took place last week in Baltimore/Washington DC. The two day event brought together regional directors and other senior staff members from around the country. Sessions ranged from school choice and the challenges facing private schools to the political landscape and implications for Read More

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Mission Statement

Through its national Office of Government Affairs, its full-time Washington Office, and its regional chapters throughout the nation, Agudath Israel frequently takes advocacy positions before federal, state and local governmental bodies. In so doing, Agudath Israel seeks to protect the rights and advance the interests of observant Jews and their growing network of educational and religious institutions; and to offer a uniquely Orthodox Jewish perspective on contemporary issues of public concern.
The concerns that have elicited Agudath Israel's attention over the past several years can be loosely categorized under four main headings: (1) protecting and advancing religious and civil rights; (2) promoting the interests of religiously affiliated schools and their parent and student bodies; (3) commenting on contemporary social, moral and family issues; and (4) addressing Jewish needs on the international scene, in Israel and in lands of oppression across the globe.

Key People

Rabbi Abba Cohen

Vice President for Federal Affairs and Washington Director and Counsel, Agudath Israel of America

Rabbi A.D. Motzen

National Director for State Relations, Agudath Israel of America