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

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“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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By Esty Mendelowitz Each September, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Non-Public School Education (ONPE) hosts its National Private School Leadership Conference at the Department’s DC headquarters. The conference draws private school leaders from across the country, including national and state representatives of private school coalitions and faith-based groups, who Read More

This week Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Director of New York Government Relations, joined City Councilmembers Chaim Deutsch and Rafael Espinal, along with other advocates at a City Hall rally to call for funding kosher and halal food options in public schools. Last year, Councilmembers Deutsch and Espinal were able to insert Read More

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

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Agudath Israel of America was founded in 1922 to serve as Orthodox Jewry’s umbrella organization on our continent, acting as a voice, guiding light and helping hand for our community’s material and spirit.
Over the past decades, Agudath Israel of America has proudly carried this torch with the guidance and intimate involvement of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of America, a council of leading Torah sages. Agudath Israel of America is keenly attuned to the American Jewish community’s challenges and triumphs, and has helped our communities grow, thrive and advance through changing times.
Since day one, Agudath Israel of America has stayed true to its key goals, including:
· Strengthening Jewish communities
· Strengthening religious education & Torah learning for adults Jewish communities
· Government and legal advocacy
· Comprehensive community based social services
· Inspiring Jewish youth

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Rabbi A.D. Motzen

National Director for State Relations, Agudath Israel of America