Nonsense

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 Read More

This Call May be Monitored

“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 Read More

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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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Representatives passed a bill the same day 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