Agudath Israel of America

Orthodox Fear Repercussions From Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Supreme Court ruling sets off anxiety about lost funding, limits on free speech and labels of bigotry.

07/06/2015 - 20:00
Associate Editor

The Supreme Court decision affirming same-sex marriage as a constitutional right set off celebrations across the country, not least among Jews, many of whose Facebook photos – like the White House itself – were soon overlaid with the multi-hued stripes associated with gay rights. But while it was widely reported that Orthodox Jews continued to oppose the legal redefinition of marriage, what was less reported was how fearful the Orthodox are. Not so much from the redefinition of brides and grooms but from the redefinition of bigotry and traditional religion.

Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate in front of the Supreme Court the day of the landmark ruling. Getty Images

Charedi Leader Opens Door On Metzitzah

Agudah’s Zwiebel suggests practice of only using mohels who test negative for herpes 'worth looking into.'

03/02/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

In what appears to be a crack in the united charedi front on metzitzah b’peh, an influential Orthodox leader said this week that the idea of only using mohelim who test negative for herpes for the risky circumcision technique is “worth looking into.”

Will the city's new education campaign aimed at postpartum mothers cut down on metzitzah b'peh circumcisions? Getty Images

Jewish Groups Lend Legal Support To Hijab-Wearing Teen Denied Job

When Abercrombie & Fitch said the head scarf was a no-go, Jewish groups responded.

12/15/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Should an American business be allowed to deny a job to a Muslim teenager who wears a hijab head covering for religious reasons?

Jewish groups lend legal support to Hijab-wearing teen. Getty Images.

Orthodox, Reform Groups Differ On Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Call

10/07/2014 - 20:00

Washington — Reform and Orthodox Jewish groups had opposite takes on the Supreme Court decision not to hear gay marriage cases, effectively extending the right to a majority of the states.

Top Agudath Israel Rabbi Slams Reform, Conservative Movements

05/29/2014 - 20:00

The rabbinical leader of the haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America said the Conservative and Reform movements “will be relegated to the dustbins of Jewish history.”

Haredi Jews Rally In N.Y. Against Israeli Draft Proposal

03/09/2014 - 20:00

NEW YORK — Tens of thousands of haredi Orthodox Jews rallied in New York against a proposed Israeli law that would draft more young haredi men into the military.

OU, Agudah Announce Pre-Election Legislative Breakfasts

Christie to keynote OU event in Teaneck; CIA's Woolsey at Agudah in Manhattan.
09/15/2013 - 20:00

Politicos will munch kosher bagels with Orthodox leaders at two major events planned just prior to local elections.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will keynote at the second annual Legislative Breakfast of the Orthodox Union's Advocacy Center on Sunday, Oct. 6.

 Christie, a Republican, will address an Orthodox audience in Teaneck one month before he stands for re-election. Getty Images

Kosher Soup Kitchen Serves Up Voter Registration Forms

Thousands of needy clients urged to meet Friday's deadline.
08/14/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Hundreds of needy New Yorkers who will visit three kosher soup kitchens today will get something more than a hot chicken meal. So will hundreds more who receive family food packages.

They'll get a chance to have a voice.

A side order of democracy: Masbia wants needy clients to be heard. Adam Dickter

Summer Of Supplication

Two scandal-plagued Jewish pols seek forgiveness in a primary that falls during the Days of Awe.

07/09/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

New York’s primary election this year falls on Sept. 10, almost exactly between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, a period known as Aseret Ymai Tshuva, or the Ten Days of Repentance.

For Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, the political and spiritual calendars are in rare harmony. Michael Datikash

The Most Important Funding for Jewish Schools That You've Never Heard Of

03/13/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The challenge of day school affordability is not just an economic but an existential one; it is about the continuity and vitality of the next generation of Jews. While enrollment is at an all-time high, so are tuition bills. 

Jeff Leb is the Director of Political Affairs for the Orthodox Union’s Teach NYS' Initiative.
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