Torah Umesorah Hosts Presidential Candidate Rand Paul
Torah Umesorah, formally known as the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools, representing over 900 Jewish day schools across the United States, hosted U.S. Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky.
Senator Paul, who is a close friend of Rabbi Nate Segal, a well-known and respected leader of Torah Umesorah, was in New York City, and at Rabbi Segal’s invitation, he agreed to meet with Jewish leaders in dialogue.
After an introduction by Dr. Richard Roberts, who hosted lunch, a Q&A session on a host of issues, ranging from Iran to school-choice, commenced.
“After enunciating his positions on negotiations with Iran and elaborating how we need to understand the ramifications of war versus negotiations, the audience understood the thoughtful approach of Rand Paul and how the media often distorts his careful deliberations about this crucial issue, which is very refreshing in contrast to the one-size-fits-all responses often given by candidates running for public office,” said Ezra Friedlander, CEO of the Friedlander Group, who has often hosted Senator Paul at events in Washington that his firm coordinates.
Kathleen Rice’s Statement On Yom HaAtzmaut
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Israel’s independence. On this day, Yom HaAtzmaut, we celebrate Israel’s establishment as a sovereign state and as a homeland for the Jewish people.
Rising from the ashes of the Holocaust, Israel has come to embody the true meaning of perseverance and resilience. Since its declaration of independence in 1948, Israel has overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges, defending itself time and again against enemies seeking to destroy it. Today, Israel stands proudly alongside the world’s most developed nations and as the Middle East’s sole true democracy–one rooted in equality and freedom of speech and religion.
However, this prosperity has come at a high price, as over 20,000 brave Israeli men and women have given their lives in service to their country. That is why this week we also observe Yom HaZikaron, to pay tribute to the Israeli service members who made the ultimate sacrifice and to thousands of Israeli civilians who lost their lives in senseless acts of terror.
Sadly, in the post-9/11 world, the United States has also grown familiar with the threat of terrorism and we have watched our own men and women give their lives to defeat it. This common struggle has created yet another bond between our nations, as we both understand the indiscriminate, unjustifiable evil of terrorism, the irreparable pain it causes, and the swift, unequivocal response necessary to destroy it.
So today, we celebrate more than just 67 years of Israeli independence–we celebrate 67 years of strong and unwavering U.S.-Israeli relations.
I am proud to have visited Israel as a citizen of the United States, and I look forward to returning this summer as a member of Congress representing New York’s fourth district, which is home to many people of the Jewish faith and has a special bond with the State of Israel and the Israeli people. During my time in Israel, I saw firsthand the prosperity that this great nation has built, as well as the fear that accompanies the daily threat of terrorism. On Israel’s 67th year of independence, I want to congratulate the Israeli people and assure them that the U.S. will forever remain committed to their security, their survival, and their prosperity.
Assemblyman Goldfeder Urges Release
Of Important Funding
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) is calling on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to release $60 million in state aid for law-enforcement safety upgrades. The funds, which were allocated in the 2015-2016 State Budget, are currently with the State Division of Budget.
“This state funding will keep our men- and women-in-blue safe as they risk their lives to keep our neighborhoods crime-free,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “I urge Governor Cuomo and the Division of Budget to release this money to the NYPD immediately.”
In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Assemblyman Goldfeder requested the state expedite the release of $60 million in funds earmarked for municipal law enforcement agencies statewide to purchase safety upgrades for officers, including bulletproof vests and bulletproof glass for patrol cars. The need for improved safety equipment is great enough that some NYPD officers have resorted to replacing outdated equipment themselves, Goldfeder wrote. The assemblyman emphasized that any delay could potentially endanger officers as local communities in the city face increases in criminal activity coming into the summer months.
“Our local NYPD officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe,” concluded Goldfeder. “We have an obligation make sure they have the tools and resources they need, not only to do their jobs, but to come home to their families safe and sound.”
OU Advocacy-Teach NYS And Yachad Launch Online Education Resource
OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, together with Yachad, the flagship program of the OU’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities, has launched an online education resource for parents in New York State. The Parent Education Resource Center, www.ouadvocacy.org/teachnys, is the only website that covers the full array of government-funded educational programs and services available to students attending private and parochial schools.
Using an easy-to-follow question-and-answer format, the Parent Education Resource Center site is a “one-stop shop” for reliable, detailed information for parents, including:
-Â Learning differences, disabilities, and evaluations
-Â Common Core state standards and how to help your child succeed
-Â Reading resources
-Â Accessing the New York City Department of Education Special Education Services
-Â IDEA and Title I Services
-Â High school resources
-Â Transition planning
“Private-school parents deserve to have a simple and clear resource with essential information about publicly funded education resources for their child,” said Sam Sutton, co-chair of OU Advocacy-Teach NYS. “While much of this information is already ‘out there’ on the Internet, it is extremely difficult to find. The Parent Education Resource Center cuts search time down to a few seconds and helps ease the frustration of parents who could not previously find answers to their concerns.”
“The Parent Education Resource Center is an incredibly important resource for parents, particularly parents of children with special needs. With all this information available literally at their fingertips, the Resource Center will help parents become confident and well informed advocates for their children,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, international director of Yachad. v