On Monday, the national board of CAPE, including Agudath Israel of America’s executive vice president, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel,  joined the state representatives. Agudath Israel’s Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, in his role as president of Maryland’s CAPE chapter, shared with the gathering the many activities going on across Maryland under the banner of Maryland CAPE and gave a presentation on the issue of school immunization policies. Recently there have been school administrators and members of their parent body at odds over school immunization requirements, based on religious grounds. The issue has received  increased attention in Annapolis, where legislation was proposed to repeal the language that addresses religious exemption to immunization.

Back in Annapolis on Monday afternoon and Tuesday, Rabbi Sadwin was busy meeting with members of the education budget subcommittees of both legislative bodies to ensure that proposed cuts to the nonpublic school textbook allocation were not accepted. Thankfully, the funding that was cut from the House committee was restored by the Senate committee.