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2109, 2020

Agudath Israel Advocacy Continues to Ease Way for Arba Minim

By |September 21st, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Washington DC|Tags: , , , , , |

For the TSA notice click here. For the CBP notice click here. To download a copy of the handout click here. As in past years, Agudath Israel of America's Washington Office has worked closely with agencies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help avoid potential problems for travelers carrying arba minim. Both the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have notified their respective [...]

2109, 2020

Agudath Israel’s PCS Division is Proud to Announce an Expansion to Their Small Business Consultation Program

By |September 21st, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Over the past two months, Agudath Israel’s PCS Division has been offering free consultations for small businesses in New Jersey. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, PCS is delighted to announce an expansion of this service to include small businesses in New York. Join the many business owners that have benefited from this program. Sign up for this service at https://pcsnynj.org/small-business-consulting/. This program is chaired by Yossi Schuck, Partner, Bernath [...]

1609, 2020

Calling all girls! Bnos has Exciting Programming Planned for the Upcoming Year

By |September 16th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Fall is here. Kids are back in school. Yom tov is coming. And Mrs. Chana Baila Hass and the Bnos team are busy cooking up exciting new programs and ideas for this new Bnos season. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store:   This year’s Bnos will be jam-packed with incredible virtual opportunities like Bnos in a Box, newsletters, the Bnos Hotline, and virtual Tehillim groups, as well as Bnos programming. [...]

1609, 2020

Photo: Mr. Shlomo Werdiger, Chairman of Agudath Israel’s Board of Trustees, at the UAE, Bahrain, and Israel Peace Accord Signing

By |September 16th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Mr. Shlomo Werdiger, chairman of Agudath Israel's Board of Trustees, Mitch Silk Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Markets, and Joe Lieberman, former United States Senator at the White House yesterday at the signing ceremony for new accords between Israel and two Gulf nations, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.

1509, 2020

Bnos Agudath Israel Presents Giving is Gaining, an Aseres Yemei Teshuvah Program for High School Girls

By |September 15th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Youth Services|Tags: , |

As Yom Kippur approaches and Klal Yisroel readies themselves for these yemei teshuvah, Bnos Agudath Israel is proud to present a tailor-made Aseres Yemei Teshuvah program for high school girls. The program, Giving is Gaining, will take place from Monday, September 21st until Thursday, September 24th and will feature: Mrs. Yael Kaisman, teacher and Life Coach; Rebbitzen Tobi Teller, Menaheles of Hanna Sachs Bais Yaakov of Chicago; Mrs. Shuli Bengigi, [...]

1509, 2020

Agudath Israel’s Torah Projects Commission Presents Teshuvah, Tefilah, Tzedakah, a Four-Part Series on Tefilos Yom Kippur

By |September 15th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Yom Kippur is the spiritual highpoint of our year. On this day we appeal to our Hakadosh Baruch Hu to remember us fondly in the coming year and erase our past misdeeds. Klal Yisroel has 25 hours to make their case for the upcoming months; it is of the utmost importance that we ensure our tefilos carry weight. This Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, as Klal Yisroel readies themselves for this intense day, Agudath Israel’s Torah Projects Commission presents Teshuvah, Tefilah, Tzedakah, a four-part series on Tefilos Yom Kippur. This unique, eye-opening, series will take place Monday September 21st at 10:00 PM EDT through Thursday September 24th and [...]

1509, 2020

Photo: Mr. Sol Werdiger, Chairman of Agudath Israel’s Board of Trustees, Meets with Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi

By |September 15th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

The above photo was taken last week when Mr. Sol Werdiger, Chairman of Agudath Israel of America's Board of Trustees, and Rabbi Aaron Kotler, President and CEO of Beth Medrash Govoha, presented a shofar to Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi, Consul General of Japan in New York, in appreciation of the heroism of Japanese diplomats during World War II. The actions of these diplomats saved countless Jewish lives in the midst of [...]

1509, 2020

Glossary

By |September 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

  Boruch Hashem – Thank G-d   chas v’sholom – G-d forbid   kavod hatefila – proper prayer decorum   kedusha -- holiness   ksiva v’achasima tova  -- May you be inscribed and sealed in the book of life   bein adam lachaveiro – laws pertinent to our relationship with G-d   bein adam lamakom – laws pertinent to interpersonal relations   Simchos – celebratory occasions   tichleh shona v’kililosaho [...]

1509, 2020

Yomim Noraim Reminders: Statement from Agudath Israel

By |September 15th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Unfortunately, the uptick in COVID-19 cases in our communities, noted in Agudath Israel of America’s recent statement regarding simchos, continues its upward trajectory. While there have been hospitalizations, boruch Hashem most of the recent cases have not been as serious as those in March and April. Theories to explain this phenomenon abound, and much remains unclear. Some medical experts see the slow rise in cases now in our community as echoing [...]

1409, 2020

Agudath Israel Welcomes Rabbi Yehoshua Pinkus as New Director of Yeshiva Services

By |September 14th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Rabbi Pinkus Welcome from Agudath Israel on Vimeo. Mrs. Deborah Zachai, longtime director of Agudath Israel’s Yeshiva Services division, has announced her plan to retire at the end of this calendar year. Recognizing the importance of maintaining the high standards of yeshiva advocacy and representation established by Mrs. Zachai throughout her tenure, the Agudah is proud to welcome Rabbi Yehoshua Pinkus as the organization’s new Director of Yeshiva Services. The [...]

1309, 2020

Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah Adds Members and Releases Kol Korei in Advance of Rosh Hashanah

By |September 13th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, News, News Page|Tags: , |

Agudath Israel of America, today, shared a Kol Korei from the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America, as we are poised to enter the New Year. At the time of Agudas Yisroel’s founding in Katowitz in 1912, it established a body known as the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, consisting of gedolim from across Europe to stand at the helm of the movement. It has always been the hallmark of the Agudah, whether [...]

1109, 2020

Agudath Israel’s COPE Division is Proud to Introduce a New Accounting Semester

By |September 11th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

A career in accounting or business is a great step to a stable financial future. Agudath Israel’s COPE Division is proud to introduce a new accounting semester starting next week. Whether you are interested in the Junior Accounting/Business Essentials Course or looking to continue on to the Business and Accounting Degree program, COPE ensures a quality education in a frum/supportive environment. Enroll now for online classes; women’s classes begin September [...]

1009, 2020

Test

By |September 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

This past Monday, September 7th, Agudath Israel’s Torah Projects Commission partnered with Hakhel and Torah Anytime to host a Pre-Rosh Hashana Labor Day learning event. The event focused on welcoming the new year by invigorating the participants with shiurim and divrei chizuk. Hundreds participated in-person and via livestream, strengthening themselves with presentations by renowned talmidei chachamim: Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, Rav, Agudath Israel of Madison, Rabbi Elya Brudny, Rosh Yeshiva, Mir [...]

1009, 2020

Agudath Israel’s Torah Projects Commission Partners with Hakhel for a Pre-Rosh Hashana Labor Day Event

By |September 10th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

This past Monday, September 7th, Agudath Israel’s Torah Projects Commission partnered with Hakhel and Torah Anytime to host a Pre-Rosh Hashana Labor Day learning event. The event focused on welcoming the Yamin Noraim by invigorating the participants with shiurim and divrei chizuk. Hundreds participated in-person and via livestream, strengthening themselves with presentations by renowned Talmidei Chachamim and Merbitzei Torah. The program began with Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, Rav, Agudath Israel of [...]

1009, 2020

Agudath Israel Partnering to Host an Additional Plasma Drive in Flatbush

By |September 10th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America is partnering with the COVID Plasma Initiative, the New York Blood Center, and the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition to host a COVID-19 plasma drive in the heart of Flatbush. The drive will take place Thursday, September 17th, 1:30 PM-7:30 PM, at the Kingsway Jewish Center, 2902 Kings Highway. Click here to register for a time slot to donate. This drive will be run by appointment only. [...]

1009, 2020

Agudath Israel Reissues Kaporos Kol Korei

By |September 10th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Reissuing a Rabbinic statement (Kol Korei) that was first published 13 years ago and that remains relevant today, Agudath Israel of America is calling upon the community to exercise care regarding the custom of kapporos before Yom Kippur. Given the size of the community, and the large volume of chickens that will be handled in the upcoming days, the practice of kapporos needs to be conducted in a manner that [...]

909, 2020

Making a Difference in Sixty Minutes

By |September 9th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Youth Services|

What can you do in an hour?   Take a walk. Catch a nap. Read a book.   OR make a difference in a younger girl’s life.   Bnos One on One is an incredible program from Bnos Agudas Yisroel that pairs high school Big Sisters with middle school Little Sisters. Big Sisters meet with their 6th, 7th, or 8th grade Little Sisters once a week to connect and have fun. [...]

909, 2020

Tonight: Agudath Israel’s PCS Division to Host IT Desktop and Network Support Course Open House

By |September 9th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Wondering which career path to take? Join the sought after field of information technology, a field that has been rated one of the top career choices for 2020.   Sign up for this course at Professional Career Service (PCS) and receive hands-on training in computer hardware and configuration, operating systems and software, network hardware and technologies, active directory, and much more.   PCS will be hosting an open house for [...]

809, 2020

Agudath Israel is Delighted to Introduce The 5781/2020-2021 Calendar

By |September 8th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

This has been a fateful year for Klal Yisroel. As a nation, we have experienced a rollercoaster of emotions, ranging from a unifying Siyum HaShas to an unprecedented pandemic. Agudath Israel joins the Klal in welcoming the new year this Rosh Hashanah, and is proud to introduce our 5781/2020-2021 calendar. To request a calendar, go to agudah.org/calendar, or call 212-797-9000, extension 200. We look forward to a happy, healthy, and [...]

809, 2020

Safa Berura: The Halachos of the Yomim Noraim

By |September 8th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Torah Projects|

The Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim is pleased to present a sefer that includes the halachos of the Yomim Noraim. The content for the sefer was compiled and written by Rabbi Yaakov Robinson, Executive Director, Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbanim, and reviewed by Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst, Dayan, Agudas Yisroel of Illinois. View the sefer below, or click here to download the printable pdf.  

409, 2020

Agudath Israel’s Torah Projects Commission is Proud to Partner with Hakhel to Present a Labor Day Learning Event

By |September 4th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

This year, the Torah Projects Commission, in conjunction with Hakhel, is proud to present a Labor Day learning event in advance of the Yomim Noraim.   This special event will take place Monday, September 7th, at Agudath Israel of Madison, 2122 Ave S. The program will begin at 9:00 AM with Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, Rav, Agudath Israel of Madison, and will continue through 1:00 PM with speeches by Rabbi Elya Brudny, Rosh Yeshiva, Mir, Rabbi Reuven Feinstein, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva of Staten Island, Rabbi Moshe [...]

3008, 2020

Agudath Israel Statement on Uptick in COVID-19 Cases

By |August 30th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Nationally, in recent days and weeks, Agudath Israel of America has received concurrent reports of an uptick in COVID-19 cases in communities in Lakewood, Cleveland, Rockland County, Five Towns, Brooklyn, Passaic, and Baltimore. With yeshivos imminently reopening for the school year, it is critical to bring this trend under control. For months, COVID-19 rates in many areas have, boruch Hashem, been low. But our communities are tight-knit and closely linked. [...]

3008, 2020

A Letter from the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah

By |August 30th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, News, News Page|

The Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah released the following letter in advance of the Agudah's Vital Partner's Campaign: In English Translation: All Jews know that one of the most vital organizations for the Jewish people is Agudas Yisroel of America. The reason for this is obvious: It is the organization that is effective and successful in strengthening the institutions of Torah in America, and is the only organization that works for all [...]

2808, 2020

A Note About an Unfortunate Article

By |August 28th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

By: Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel   A number of people have called my attention to an anti-Agudath Israel screed that was recently published as an op-ed column in a Jewish periodical. The article defames Rabbi Moshe Sherer z’l, distorts the words of my colleague Rabbi Avi Shafran, and slanders the Agudah. I feel I must respond.   The article insinuates that the Agudah, going back to 1980 when Rabbi Sherer [...]

2708, 2020

From the desk of Rabbi Labish Becker

By |August 27th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

  One of my passions during my years here has been creating and expanding the national network and regional offices. This short video, recorded in 2016, will give you an idea of the Agudah’s scope across the country. With YOUR help, we can grow and expand the vital services that Agudas Yisroel offers to the Klal. On Tuesday September 1st, the Agudah will be having a crowdfunding campaign. Klal Yisroel’s need for Agudas Yisroel to continue strong cannot be overstated – I know you appreciate that. Please join [...]

2708, 2020

Bnos Agudath Israel to Host a Virtual Elul Event for High School Girls

By |August 27th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Youth Services|

We are already a week into chodesh Elul, a time dedicated to self-reflection before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Tonight, in preparation for these Yomim Noraim, Bnos Agudath Israel is hosting a virtual event for high school girls.   The event will take place at 8:30 PM EDT and will feature Mrs. Elana Farbstein. The program will focus on preparing yourself for the Yom Hadin in an enjoyable, relatable way. [...]

2608, 2020

From the desk of Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel

By |August 26th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

  Please donate generously today to our fundraising campaign. Your support of the Agudah, in turn, supports you, your family, and your community as we continue to work on your behalf. I am grateful for your support and I look forward to the day when we are all b’agudah achas with the coming of Moshiach and the complete geulah.   Warmly,   Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel

2608, 2020

Agudath Israel to Partner with RELIEF to Host a Back to School Event

By |August 26th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

This Sunday, August 30th at 8:00 PM EDT, Agudath Israel, in conjunction with Torah Anytime and the Flatbush Community Fund, will partner with RELIEF to host a virtual event for the upcoming back to school period.   The event will feature Rabbi Elya Brudny, Rosh Yeshiva Mir Brooklyn and Chaver Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah, and Dr. Shmuel Mandelman, and will discuss the process of reintegrating ourselves into this new and different school session. The event will also a feature a Q&A session moderated by Duvie Kessner, Director of Operations at [...]

2608, 2020

FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Convalescent Plasma Agudath Israel Welcomes Announcement

By |August 26th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Agudath Israel's Director of New York Government Relations, donating blood plasma.   The U.S Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for the Emergency Use Authorization of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 this week. This decision, based on the FDA’s evaluation of the evidence of the potential risks and benefits of using plasma to treat COVID-19, is seen as a milestone. Previously, convalescent plasma was safely given [...]

2608, 2020

Agudath Israel’s New Jersey Office Applauds New Jersey’s Decision to Allow In-Person Early Intervention Therapy

By |August 26th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News, News Page|

Photo Credits: Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com   Agudath Israel’s New Jersey office applauds the New Jersey Department of Health’s decision to allow in-person early intervention therapy. “This is an amazing step forward for children with early intervention needs,” says Rabbi Avi Schnall, Director of the New Jersey office of Agudath Israel of America. “Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been receiving numerous calls from parents worried about their child’s lack of adequate services.”   In-person early intervention therapy has been at the forefront of Agudath [...]

2608, 2020

Request an Absentee Ballot

By |August 26th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|

Last week Governor Cuomo signed legislation that ensures every registered New Yorker has options on how to vote in November in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation signed into law also takes steps to ensure that every vote is counted.   All registered voters can request an absentee ballot if they are concerned about COVID. All Boards of Elections in New York State must count:   All ballots [...]

2508, 2020

Agudath Israel’s PCS Division Presents a Career Workshop for Women

By |August 25th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Agudath Israel’s PCS Division is proud to present a career workshop for women. This is a unique career workshop geared towards women and seminary graduates, which will answer relevant questions including, is there a need for a degree? What are lucrative career options? How can I avoid a dead-end job?   Join PCS on Wednesday, August 26th at 8:00 PM. For the Zoom link or call-in information, email nj@nj.pcsjobs.org. For more information about [...]

2408, 2020

Agudath Israel’s Torah Projects is Proud to Present Yerach Ha’eysonim: A Virtual Yarchei Kallah Program for Hilchos Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkos

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Throughout the COVID-19 period, Agudath Israel’s Torah Projects Commission has prioritized uplifting Klal Yisroel with inspiring virtual learning programs. This Elul, the inspiration continues with a virtual Yarchei Kallah dedicated exclusively to inyanei Elul v’Tishrei.    The Yarchei Kallah will focus on hilchos Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkos. The program will continue throughout Elul beginning this week with renowned Maggidei Shiur, Rabbi Asher Weiss, Rabbi Avi Weisenfeld, Rabbi Dovid Cohen, Rabbi Yosef Elefant, and Rabbi Nisan Kaplan.   This year elevate your Elul, join us for an inspiring season of Yerach Ha'eyosnim.   To connect: via zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83528677424 via phone: 1-646-558-8656 login: 83528677424#  

2408, 2020

Thoughts and Zichronos Upon the Petira of My Rebbi, HaRav Chaim Dov Keller ZT”L

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

By: Rabbi Labish Becker   The news came like a thunderbolt! We had all been davening for weeks and months for the Rosh Yeshiva, Horav Chaim Dov Keller zt”l, to recover and return to his shtender. But, it was not to be. As Talmidim whose weltanschauung was greatly shaped by the Rosh Yeshiva we are left to contemplate his greatness and his influence on us and all of Klal Yisroel.   I had the Zechus of attending Telshe Yeshiva in the late 1960’s [...]

1908, 2020

Agudath Israel’s Torah Projects Celebrates a Successful Season of the Summer of Torah Women’s Lecture Series

By |August 19th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim, Torah Projects|

For over three decades, the Agudath Israel’s Summer of Torah women’s lecture series has been an integral part of the summer season. The biweekly shiurim are held at the Regency Estates in Woodridge, New York, and have drawn crowds of women, who come to expand both their social and hashkafic horizons. As one participant explained, “The Summer of Torah lecture series is the highlight of my summer. It allows [...]

1708, 2020

Agudath Israel’s Daf Yomi Commission Unites Lomdei HaDaf in a Siyum that Celebrates Months of Sacrifice

By |August 17th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim, Torah Projects, Uncategorized|

All those who participate in the limud of Daf HaYomi can attest to the joys and challenges of learning the daily Daf. The dedication and commitment required to complete a mesechta in regular circumstances is impressive, but in the COVID-19 era it is nothing short of exceptional.   This past Tuesday, August 11th, Agudath Israel’s Daf Yomi Commission hosted a Siyum celebration devoted to these unsung heroes of our communities. These are Daf [...]

1408, 2020

Agudath Israel of America Condemns the Democratic Socialists of America for their NYC Candidate Questionnaire

By |August 14th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page|

Agudath Israel strongly condemns the New York City Democratic Socialists of America (NYC-DSA) Council candidate questionnaire asking candidates to pledge not to travel to Israel and to support BDS. Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East, a country which grants full rights to all its citizens. To single out Israel and hold her to a different standard than any other country, including repressive regimes around the globe, [...]

1308, 2020

Agudath Israel of America Welcomes Israel-UAE Peace Accord

By |August 13th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

Agudath Israel of America welcomes the historic agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The agreement comes at a critical time in the Middle East and we pray it will bring the region’s nations closer to peaceful coexistence.   Since its founding, Israel has reached out to the Arab world in its quest to live in peace with its neighbors. Indeed, its desire for friendly relations with [...]

1308, 2020

Agudah Files Brief Flagging Anti-Orthodoxy Infiltrating East Ramapo Case

By |August 13th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

Photo Credits: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock.com   The Protocols of the Elders of Zion has never been quoted in an Agudah legal brief – until last Friday. What changed? “In this case,” said Mr. Nathan Lewin, who wrote and filed the brief on behalf of the Agudah, “it was important to bring to the attention of the court that cloaked anti-Semitism is infiltrating the court room, and must be called out.”   The case at hand is [...]

1108, 2020

Agudath Israel of Ohio’s Project Gesher to Embark on a Comprehensive Community Study

By |August 11th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Ohio|

With support from the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, Gesher will begin the effort in October 2020   Cleveland, Ohio: Gesher, a public resource organization dedicated to helping the Jewish community, today announced that it will embark upon a year-long effort to understand the unique challenges and opportunities of the Orthodox Jewish community in the Greater Cleveland area.   The study will measure the social sustainability of the community - [...]

1108, 2020

A Message from Agudath Israel’s Chayim Aruchim Division: Using Your Halachic Medical Directive

By |August 11th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Chayim Aruchim, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Photo Credits: Sfam_photo/Shutterstock.com   A Halachic Medical Directive is a very important protection for every Jewish patient. It indicates that you want to receive medical care according to halachah. By signing this document, you have chosen a particular agent and a particular Rabbi to make health care decisions on your behalf in case you are unable to do so; for example, if you were to become unconscious. This will protect [...]

1008, 2020

WATCH: Hilchos Shabbos Halachah L’maaseh Series

By |August 10th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Daf Yomi, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim|Tags: |

Rabbi Simcha Bunim Lodinsky 8-2-2020 דיני הדלקת הנרות קידוש והבדלה Click Here For Audio   Rabbi Boruch Hirschfeld 8-3-2020 דיני חולה ורפואה בשבת Click Here For Audio   Rabbi Zev Smith 8-4-2020 דיני בישול והטמנה Click Here For Audio   Rabbi Moshe Heinemann 8-5-2020 דיני מוקצה וטלטול Click Here For Audio   Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen 8-6-2020 דיני בורר סחיטה ותיקוני מאכל Click Here For Audio

808, 2020

Agudath Israel of America’s Daf Yomi Commission is Proud to Present a Siyum Celebration on Meseches Shabbos

By |August 8th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Torah Projects|Tags: |

Mesaches Shabbos is coming to a close and despite the unprecedented events taking place around the world, Daf Yomi learners continue to display unparalleled dedication to the Daf. To honor the dedication displayed by these Daf Yomi learners, Agudath Israel of America’s Daf Yomi Commission is proud to present a exciting program lichvod the celebration of Siyum Maseches Shabbos. Hosted by Camp Agudah’s Masmidim Program, the siyum will be"H take place on Tuesday August 11th at 9:00 PM EDT on Camp Agudah’s campus. The program will be livestreamed for all who [...]

608, 2020

The Shabbos Shabbos Tish and B’dibur Echad: Experience the Joy and Meaning of Shabbos With Shabbos

By |August 6th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Daf Yomi, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Dear Chaver,   In honor of the momentous upcoming Siyum on Maseches Shabbos, we invite you to join us in celebrating Shabbos Shabbos!   A few short months ago we reveled in the massive Siyum, our collective heart thumping at the glorious display of Kavod Hatorah.   It feels like eons ago. But the momentum of The Siyum continues to reverberate in homes, shuls, and communities worldwide.   And now, [...]

508, 2020

Nonpublic School Advocacy Expands As Seventh-day Adventists Join NYC’s Committee of Religious and Independent School Officials

By |August 5th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Photo: Archival photo (pre-COVID) of the Committee of NYC Religious and Independent School Officials meeting at Agudath Israel of America's headquarters. The collective voices of nonpublic school children in the five boroughs have been amplified, as leaders of Seventh-day Adventist schools join the Committee of NYC Religious and Independent School Officials. The announcement of the Committee’s expansion was made earlier this week by Committee chairman Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive [...]

508, 2020

Amid the Turmoil of COVID, Halachic Medical Directive Proves Essential

By |August 5th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Photo Credits: Sfam-photo/Shutterstock.com As a prominent Flatbush rov, Rabbi Yehuda Metzger* was often asked to lend his name to many a kol korey or other proclamation, but putting his signature on items being circulated never sat well with this respected talmid chochom. Ironically, the one paper that Rabbi Metzger did sign was something he believed to be of vital importance, ultimately proving to be a tremendous gift to his family [...]

308, 2020

From Schoolgirls to Seniors: Bnos Nine Days Virtual Programs

By |August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

  What does summer mean to you? Swimming, camp, or maybe a vacation? But for THOUSANDS of seniors in NY and NJ nursing homes, summer means Bnos Bikur Cholim’s (BBC) annual camp visit. Each summer, particularly during the Nine Days, BBC connects ruach-filled campers with nursing home residents. The girls interact with the seniors by distributing hand-made cards and doing activities such as choirs, skits, and games. Mrs. Chana Baila [...]

208, 2020

Agudath Israel Partners to Host One of the Largest Plasma Drives Yet, This Tuesday

By |August 2nd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, featured post, Home Page Agudah News, New York, New York COVID-19 Update, News, News Page|

Continuing their coordinated campaign to bring lifesaving antibodies to COVID-19 patients in need, Agudath Israel of America is partnering yet again with the COVID Plasma Initiative, Refuah Health, Catskills Hatzolah, Kiryas Joel Volunteer EMS, and the New York Blood Center to host a COVID-19 plasma drive. The all-day plasma drive will take place this Tuesday, August 4th, 9 AM – 9 PM, at the Raleigh Hotel in South Fallsburg, NY. [...]

3107, 2020

Complete the 2020 Census and Get a Chance to Win $2500

By |July 31st, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, featured post, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

2020 is the year of the census. Every ten years the United States Government is tasked with counting every single U.S citizen. While this may seem like needless red tape, the census is actually a crucial event that can greatly impact our community’s growth and prosperity. Over the next ten years, the Federal Government will determine its aid packages directly based on the results of the census. Many of the [...]

3107, 2020

Agudath Israel’s Daf Yomi Commission Presents a Hilchos Shabbos Halachah L’maaseh Series in Honor of Siyum on Meseches Shabbos

By |July 31st, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Torah Projects, Uncategorized|Tags: |

It may be more than six months since the 13th Siyum HaShas, but around the globe daf yomi learners continue to inspire Klal Yisroel with their unyielding commitment to the daf. For over half a year, and through the COVID-19 pandemic, these individuals and their families have made sacrifices to ensure the flame of Torah continues to burn. In honor of these individuals and the approaching Siyum on Meseches [...]

2907, 2020

Friend of Court Brief Filed in Federal Case Involving Aid to Private School Students

By |July 29th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

Agudath Israel of America Joins Effort to Advocate for Equitable Funding for Private School Students Photo Credits: Gimas/Shutterstock.com   Agudath Israel of America joined 38 national and state organizations in an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief filed today in Michigan v. DeVos, a case which will determine the fate of hundreds of millions of dollars for private school students.   The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed the brief [...]

2907, 2020

Bnos Agudath Israel Presents a Special Virtual Tisha B’Av Program

By |July 29th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized, Youth Services|

The three weeks are times of mourning, times when Klal Yisroel reflects on all the devastation this Galus has wrecked on our nation. On Tisha B’Av our mourning peaks, as a nation we unite to relive the sorrows of the former years while yearning for the Geulah that we hope will be here soon.   In order to enhance this time for our teenage girls, this Tisha B’Av at 2:00 pm, Bnos Agudath Israel will host a unique program designed to inspire and uplift our teens in this journey towards the final redemption. Mrs. Devorah Goldberg will begin the program with an uplifting story of triumph, followed by Divrei Chizuk from Mrs. Nechama Demo. [...]

2907, 2020

Summer of Torah

By |July 29th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim, Torah Projects|

"Truly Great...Jewish Women Then and Now" Rabbi Y. Y. Rubenstein - Monday, July 13, 2020     "Letting Go of What We Never Had to Hold Onto" Mrs. Chani Juravel - Monday, July 20, 2020 "Healthy Attachments..First to Hashem, Then to Others" Mrs. Esther Wein - Monday, July 27, 2020 "Happiness - Catch Me If You Can" Rabbi Jonathan Rietti - Monday, August 3, 2020

2907, 2020

Agudath Israel of California Statement on Schools

By |July 29th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, California, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Agudath Israel of California represents the Orthodox Jewish community in the State, including more than 25 Orthodox Jewish day schools with over 7000 students in an effort to reopen K-12 schools for face to face learning in the fall. The Orthodox Jewish community fully understands the threat of the COVID -19 virus in the State of California. We place safety first in any action we take. During the first months [...]

2807, 2020

Agudath Israel Statement Regarding Participation in the 2020 Census

By |July 28th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, featured post, Government, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , |

Agudath Israel of America, upon consultation with its rabbinic leadership, issued the following statement regarding participation in the 2020 Census:   Every 10 years the United States Government is required by law to conduct a census of everyone living within its borders. The 2020 United States Census is currently underway.   It is of the utmost importance for the good of the community that we fully participate in this project. Filling out [...]

2707, 2020

The New York State Education Department Releases Reopening Guidance

By |July 27th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page, Yeshiva Services|

Agudath Israel’s Yeshiva Services Department Guides Mosdos to Reopening in an Enlightening Webinar Late last night, the New York State Education Department released its guidance for reopening nonpublic schools.  Nonpublic schools, including yeshivas, are required to submit plans for safely reopening, and were anxiously awaiting this guidance.   In anticipation of the release of the guidance, Agudath Israel’s Yeshiva Services Department hosted an informative webinar for Yeshivas, outlining what they need [...]

2707, 2020

Tisha B’Av Shiurim

By |July 27th, 2020|Categories: featured post, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sunday 7/26 HaRav Asher Weiss: Cholim on Tisha B'Av Shiur Audio Mareh Mekomos Hachana Shiur Sunday 7/26HaRav Elya Brudny: Divrei Chizuk Shiur Audio Monday 7/27 Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman Inyanim of Tisha B'Av Shiur Audio Tuesday 7/28Rabbi Shlomo GottesmanInyanim of Tisha B'Av Shiur Audio Wednesday 7/29 [...]

2707, 2020

VIDEOS: #AgudahLive – Yeshivos, Seminaries and Kollelim [COVID RESPONSE 09]

By |July 27th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|Tags: , , |

All #AgudahLives episodes below --- 7/21/2020- Agudah Live: Breaking News from Israel for Yeshivas, Seminaries, and Kollelim Join us for a special session of #AGUDAHLIVE discussing the latest development regarding American students coming to learn in Eretz Yisroel. We will be joined by Rabbi Yitzchok Pindrus, Yoshev Rosh of Yahadus Hatorah and Rabbi Nechemya Malinowitz, Director of Eretz Hakodesh as they share the inside story and the real details. See [...]

2307, 2020

School Reopening Update and Webinar

By |July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Yeshiva Services|

Yeshiva Services hosted a webinar outlining what a school needs to know in order to submit to the Department of Health and the State Education Department its required plan outlining the measures it will take in reopening school.  The information presented was based on the Department of Health's guidance which was issued last week.   Webinar:     The two webinar panelists -- Rabbi Leib Kelman of Prospect Park Bnos Leah School [...]

2307, 2020

Agudah Live 7/22/2020

By |July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

7/22/2020- Agudah Live: Breaking News from Israel for Yeshivas, Seminaries, and Kollelim See the video below or call 718-298-2077, press 9 followed by 118990# 6/24/2020- Agudah Live: The Secret Sauce Behind Free Lunches (and will it continue)? Join Rabbi Yitz Frank and Yaacov Brisman, Esq., for a school's-eye view of a topic that is of vital importance to thousands and thousands of people in our community. See below for details. [...]

2107, 2020

Jewish Organizations Urge Supreme Court to Address Religious Accommodation in the Workplace

By |July 21st, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized, Washington DC|

Photo Credits: Gimas/Shutterstock.com   A coalition of Orthodox Jewish groups urged the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday to hear two cases that deal with the issue of accommodation of religious observance in the workplace. The petition to the Court was written by noted constitutional scholar, Nathan Lewin, on behalf of the National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (COLPA), in Small v. Memphis Light, Gas and Water, and Dalberiste v. GLE Associates,   [...]

2107, 2020

Agudath Israel Applauds the US DOJ for Action Against Village of Airmont

By |July 21st, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized, Washington DC|

Photo: Representatives of Agudath Israel of America meeting with Attorney General Barr last year. Photo Credits: Agudath Israel of America Archives Yesterday the United States Department of Justice authorized the filing of a lawsuit against the Village of Airmont for actions that “unreasonably limits the practice of religion by the village’s Orthodox Jewish Community.” In a letter to the Village, Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York [...]

2007, 2020

July 20 Update

By |July 20th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|

New York City Enters Phase 4   Beginning Monday July 20th, New York City will enter Phase 4 of reopening, joining the rest of New York State. Phase 4 allows for the reopening of, among other things, media production, low-risk outdoor entertainment, and schools (with restrictions). However indoor activities at malls, restaurants or cultural institutions will not be permitted yet   Nursing Home Visitations   Starting July 20th, New York will allow visits [...]

1607, 2020

Our Schools and Families are Hurting and Need Your Help!

By |July 16th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Washington DC|

Dear Friends: Congress is entertaining billions of dollars for K-12 scholarships and they need to hear from you today. Our yeshivos, Bais Yaakovs and Jewish day schools have been devastated by the effects of the novel coronavirus and, even with our most valiant efforts, our children’s education has taken a terrible hit. It is a blow experienced by many private and religious schools, with the possibility of hundreds of these [...]

1607, 2020

Agudah Moves to Join as Co-Defendant With Village of Chestnut Ridge in Federal Court

By |July 16th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

Agudath Israel has filed a motion in Federal District Court to intervene as a co-defendant in a lawsuit against the Village of Chestnut Ridge. The lawsuit followed the Village's adoption of an ordinance that would give greater flexibility for building houses of worship within the Village.   Prior to the adoption of the ordinance, the Village’s zoning laws made it practically impossible to build a shul or other house of [...]

1507, 2020

Agudath Israel Continues National Blood Plasma Campaign with Drive in Fallsburg, NY

By |July 15th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page|

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in many states, Agudath Israel partnered with Refuah Health Center, Mount Sinai Hospital and the Town of Fallsburg to host another antibody blood plasma drive. The event took place on Sunday, June 12th in the Fallsburg Senior Center. The drive is a continuation of efforts by Agudath Israel’s national and regional offices and partners throughout the country to help save lives through the administration [...]

1507, 2020

Bnos Agudath Israel is Proud to Announce a Special Nine Days Virtual Program

By |July 15th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized, Youth Services|

The month of Av is one of growth and self-reflection. It’s a time when we work to bring ourselves closer to Hakodosh Baruch Hu and Zman Hageulah. For these Nine Days, Bnos Agudath Israel is proud to present a unique program designed to enhance our girls’ approach to these serious days.   This year, Bnos has created a virtual hotline experience. Every day from Rosh Chodesh Av to Tisha B’AV there will be a different Middah, story, and challenge that will inspire the girls in a fun, interactive way. [...]

1407, 2020

Update from Agudath Israel of Ohio- 7/14/20

By |July 14th, 2020|Categories: featured post, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Ohio, Regional Offices|

This week, Rabbi Yitz Frank, Director of Agudath Israel of Ohio, shared a brief video update on the goings-on in his branch of Agudath Israel of America.   Rabbi Frank provides insight into some of Agudath Israel of Ohio’s projects post COVID-19, such as the food distributions and other funding projects designed to help those struggling in the community post lockdown.   Rabbi Frank also details Agudath Israel of Ohio’s efforts to expand Ohio’s Education Choice Scholarship Program.   The update ends with Rabbi [...]

1407, 2020

Attention Day Camps: These Nine Days, Enhance Your Campers’ Summer with Bnos Agudath Israel’s Senior Visitation Virtual Program

By |July 14th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Youth Services|

Over the course of the pandemic many of us have suffered from isolation and the difficulty of being separated from our friends and family. Unfortunately, no one has quite felt the brunt of the extended shutdown like our nursing home seniors. For months on end, our elderly have been deprived of seeing their families while also missing other visitors and activities that bring simchah into their lives.   Now is your chance to do something about this. This summer, Agudath Israel’s Bnos Division is proud to present the first ever Senior Visitation Virtual Program. This Nine Days, day camps will perform for nursing homes - virtually! This unique program provides the seniors [...]

1307, 2020

Board of Regents Meets on Substantial Equivalency

By |July 13th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Today the New York State Board of Regents met to once again discuss the issue of “substantial equivalency” – the legal requirement that private schools provide an education that is at least substantially equivalent to that offered by local public schools. At their meeting this past February, the Regents acknowledged the over 140,000 comments generated in response to the regulations they had proposed last July -- the overwhelming majority in [...]

1007, 2020

Agudath Israel’s Torah Projects Division is Proud to Present the Summer of Torah Women’s Lecture Series

By |July 10th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Torah Projects|Tags: , , |

Over the last couple of months plans for the summer were unclear. Vacations, camps, and exciting trips have been put on hold due to the uncertainty this unstable pandemic has thrust upon our lives. Thankfully, Agudas Yisroel’s Torah Projects Commission will stop at nothing to ensure ruchniyos thrives with the return of their popular Summer of Torah Women’s Lecture Series. The series will begin this Monday, June 13th, 10:15AM at [...]

907, 2020

Two by Two with Bnos One on One

By |July 9th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized, Youth Services|Tags: , , , |

From the beginning of the year until the end,   A lot of time together we did spend   Rollerblading to baking to playing on my rug,   Social distancing meetings wearing masks and gloves,   A good listening ear you did make,   Fun conversations together it did create.   Who spent time together? Who had fun conversations? Who baked and played and rollerbladed?   Bnos One on One [...]

907, 2020

U.S Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Greater Autonomy for Religious Institutions- Agudath Israel Welcomes Decision as a Victory for Religious Freedom

By |July 9th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Photo Credits: Andrey Poppov/Shutterstock.com   In a much-anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that, under what has come to be known as the “ministerial exception,” courts may not interfere in employment disputes that arise between employees who perform vital religious duties and their faith-based employers.   In consolidated cases involving elementary school teachers who were terminated by the Roman Catholic school that employed them, the Court asserted [...]

807, 2020

Agudath Israel, Refuah Health and Mount Sinai Partner to Host COVID-19 Plasma Drive in Fallsburg, NY

By |July 8th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Unfortunately, COVID-19 hasn’t quit.   And neither have our efforts to combat it. Continuing their coordinated campaign to bring life-saving antibodies to COVID-19 patients in need, Agudath Israel of America, Refuah Health Center and Mount Sinai Hospital are partnering with the Town of Fallsburg to host a COVID-19 Plasma Drive.   The Plasma Drive will take place this Sunday, July 12th, 10 AM – 2 PM, at the Fallsburg Senior Center. Schedule an appointment today at www.covidserum.com and select REFUAH HEALTH on the [...]

707, 2020

Staying On The Playing Field

By |July 7th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page, Summer Camps, Uncategorized|

By Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel of America   The unhappy news arrived late yesterday afternoon that a federal judge had denied a motion to prohibit Governor Andrew Cuomo from closing down overnight camps across New York State, thereby putting the proverbial nail in the coffin on this summer’s overnight camping season in New York.   While it is true that some of the [...]

707, 2020

Agudath Israel Applauds NYC Board of Health Decision to Allow Childcare Programs

By |July 7th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page, Yeshiva Services|

Photo Credits: Dmitri Ma/Shutterstock.com   After weeks of intense advocacy by Agudath Israel and others, the New York City Board of Health is expected to vote today to allow childcare programs to reopen effective Monday July 13th with safety guidelines in place.   When Governor Cuomo released the NYS Pause Executive Order on March 20, the order allowed for childcare programs with final decisions left to local municipalities. Unfortunately, New York City  maintained that childcare should be only for children of essential workers. New York City’s programs under Article 43 (School-Based [...]

607, 2020

Federal Judge Declines to Issue Restraining Order to Allow Overnight Summer Camps to Open

By |July 6th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page|Tags: , , , , |

Agudath Israel of America expresses its deep disappointment with Chief U.S. District Judge, Glenn Suddaby’s ruling to keep New York State overnight camps closed this summer. The impact on children is devastating. Instead of looking forward to a summer of growth, filled with learning experiences and preparation for an upcoming school year, many children of our community will now be forced to endure a continuation of the long-lasting lockdowns imposed [...]

607, 2020

Agudath Israel’s PCS Division is Offering Free Consultations for Lakewood Small Businesses

By |July 6th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Agudath Israel's PCS of Lakewood is offering free consultations for small businesses in distress. Many businesses have already benefited from the expert guidance of this initiative.   The Chairmen of this program are Yossi Schuck, Partner, Bernath & Rosenberg, Elliot Zaks, Principal, Madison Title, and Shlomie Zeldes,  CEO, Avacare Medical LLC.   As of now, these services are only available for Lakewood businesses.   To sign up for this service: https://pcsnynj.org/small-business-consulting/   Applications accepted via online form [...]

607, 2020

[FREE DOWNLOAD] שפה ברורה – The Halachos of The Three Weeks

By |July 6th, 2020|Categories: Conference Of Synagogue Rabbonim, featured post, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

The Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim is pleased to present a sefer on the halachos of Shiva Asar B’Tamuz, the Three Weeks, and Tisha B’Av. The Kuntres covers a wide-range of topics and halachos that occur over this time period. The content for the sefer was compiled and written by Rabbi Yaakov Robinson, Executive  Director, Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbanim, and reviewed by Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst, [...]

607, 2020

Bnos Sefiras Haomer Shmiras Halashon Program Ends with Over Two Months of Constant Growth and Improvement

By |July 6th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized, Youth Services|Tags: , |

Sefiras Haomer is a time for growth and inspiration. Unfortunately, in today’s virtual world that inspiration can be hard to tap into. Which is why Mrs. Chana Baila Hass, Director of Bnos Agudath Israel, came up with a unique and interactive Shmiras Halashon sefirah program. “I wanted to give the girls a different experience” she said, “I didn’t want the girls to just call in to a hotline and listen to a halachah; I wanted it to be captivating.”   And captivating it was. The program was easy to follow, every day the girls [...]

307, 2020

Agudath Israel of Ohio Commends Governor DeWine for School Reopening Guidelines

By |July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Ohio, State Advocacy|Tags: , |

Yesterday, July 2nd, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced new guidelines and orders for the reopening of schools this September. At the press conference following the release of the guidelines the Governor made it clear that the state has “an obligation to educate our children and to keep them safe." The Governor also stressed that the schools have the autonomy to adjust the guidelines to what works best for their environment [...]

207, 2020

Agudath Israel Welcomes Significant Expansion of FEMA’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program Which Will Include New Areas and More Institutions

By |July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, State Advocacy|Tags: , , |

Photo Credits: hallojulie/Shutterstock.com The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the final allocations and awards for the FY2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The announcement reflects the implementation of Congress’s landmark FY2020 appropriations bill, which allocated a record $90 million dollars for the program – $50 million directed to specified “at risk” urban areas and $40 million to go to other locations. The announcement was shared with members of [...]

207, 2020

Agudath Israel of America’s PCS is Proud to Offer a Principles of Real Estate Course This Summer

By |July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

PCS/ Agudath Israel is now offering it’s acclaimed “Principles of Real Estate course” with 12 remote sessions, starting iy’H Wednesday, July 15th. Course is geared to those who have started out or would like to go into Real Estate.   Course topics include single-family, multi-family, management, real estate concepts, law, investment properties, foreclosures, rehab, short sales, development, financial modeling, HUD properties, and due diligence.   For more information contact, raizy@nj.pcsjobs.org or 732-905-9700 [...]

107, 2020

Video: Agudath Israel Updates Leadership on Activities Since Siyum HaShas in Nationwide Video Conference

By |July 1st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

 Last week, Agudath Israel of America hosted a virtual event for its Board of Trustees, National Officers, Vaad Hanhalah and nationwide contacts. The purpose of the meeting was to update Agudath Israel’s key contacts across the country on the efforts and successes the organization has had throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which featured Divrei Bracha from Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz, Chaver Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah and Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivas Beis [...]

107, 2020

Outstanding Mandated Services Aid Claims to be Paid for 2018-2019 After Repeated Urging from Agudath Israel

By |July 1st, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Yeshiva Services|

Mandated Services Aid (MSA) is the reimbursement the State Education Department provides to non-public schools for complying with state mandates for education such as testing, attendance taking and other services. In excellent news for Yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs, the Division of Budget has authorized the New York State Education Department to issue payment for 80% of the outstanding Mandated Services Aid claims from the 2018-19 school year.   These payments were for schools who's annual MSA reviews were not completed until this past March. By [...]

107, 2020

Agudah Live 07/01

By |July 1st, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Tune in to Agudah Live today at 3:00 PM EDT – join Rabbi Shai Markowitz and Rabbi Avi Schnall as they discuss with Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel how yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling can impact our community Join online at Agudah.org, TorahAnytime.com/agudahlive, or TheYeshivaWorld.com and Matzav.com Listen at 718-298-2077 access code 52 if you’re in the US, or 647-797-0056 access code 52 if you’re in Canada.

107, 2020

Meeting our Community’s Needs: During the Pandemic and Beyond

By |July 1st, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Photo Credits: Tuzemka/Shutterstock.com By Esty Mendelowitz   The current reality has tested each of us in unprecedented ways. But for those in our community who were already dealing with personal challenges prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the level of difficulty has been compounded exponentially.   In keeping with its mission of strengthening Torah life, advocating for the community, and serving each individual, Agudath Israel of America, represented by Executive Director Rabbi [...]

3006, 2020

AJCO Presents Oral Arguments in Camp Case Against New York State Governor Cuomo

By |June 30th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

This morning, a plaintiff group led by the Association of Jewish Camp Operators, AJCO, as well as parents of potential campers, presented oral arguments in their case against New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo. AJCO, founded by Agudath Israel of America to represent the interests of the Orthodox Jewish summer camp community, and parents, are requesting a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction allowing overnight camps to open this summer. [...]

3006, 2020

Agudath Israel Hails Supreme Court Ruling That Religious Schools May Not Be Barred from Scholarship Program

By |June 30th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

The United States Supreme Court today issued a landmark ruling saying that states may not discriminate against religious schools in state aid programs. This will have a significant positive impact on families choosing to attend religious schools around the country.   “Agudath Israel has played a leading role in advocating for programs that make it easier for parents to choose private and religious schools,” said Rabbi A. D. Motzen, Agudath Israel of America’s [...]

3006, 2020

Agudath Israel of California Opposes Los Angeles City Council’s Motion to Reassign LAPD Budget

By |June 30th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, California, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

Photo Credits: heliopix/Shutterstock.com   On Wednesday, July 1st, the City Council of Los Angeles will vote on a motion to cut 150 million dollars from the LAPD budget. The proposal represents a significant cut in the $2 billion Police Department budget while allocating those funds to other civic agencies.   This motion was written to address the racial bias minority communities suffer at the hands of the police.  The City Council [...]

2906, 2020

June 26 Update

By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|

Victory for Our Shuls   In a major victory for religious liberty, a federal court has blocked  Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio from enforcing both indoor and outdoor limitations on prayer. This is an issue that Agudath Israel has been advocating for, for weeks. Specifically, the judge ordered the current limitations on houses of worship, which in Phase 2 limits indoor attendance to 25% of capacity, be changed to 50% capacity, equal to the limits on allowed businesses. The judge also barred all restrictions on outdoor gatherings. [...]

2606, 2020

Court Blocks NY Executive Authority to Limit Shuls, Vindicating Agudah’s Claim

By |June 26th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, featured post, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page|

In a powerful legal vindication of a rallying cry Agudath Israel has made for over a month now, a federal court today substantially blocked New York Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio from enforcing both indoor and outdoor limitations on prayer.   Specifically, the judge ordered that the current limitations on houses of worship, which in Phase 2 areas limits indoor attendance to 25% of capacity, be changed to 50% of capacity, equal to the limits on allowed businesses. The judge also barred [...]

2606, 2020

Agudath Israel of Florida Welcomes Major School Choice Expansion

By |June 26th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, featured post, Florida, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Regional Offices|

Rabbi Moshe Matz, Executive Director of Agudath Israel of Florida, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in May of 2019 Yesterday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, signed a major expansion of the state’s newest scholarship program into law. Enacted in 2019, the Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) provides vouchers to low- and middle-income students to attend the private school of their choice. House Bill 7067 increases the number of students eligible to receive the FES [...]

2506, 2020

New Education Rule Safeguards Fair Treatment of Private Schools in Coronavirus Relief; Agudath Israel Hails Measure

By |June 25th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, featured post, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Photo Credits: Dmitry Pistrov/Shutterstock.com   Agudath Israel of America commends U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education for announcing today’s Interim Final Rule, which provides fairness for America’s school children in receiving the federal support they need to overcome the educational obstacles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.   For decades, the mandate of “equitable participation” in federal education programs has been a fixture in our [...]

2406, 2020

Agudath Israel of America’s Torah Project Commission Presents a Webinar Discussing the Intersection of Mental Health and Yiddishkeit

By |June 24th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Torah Projects|Tags: , , |

Agudath Israel of America’s Torah Projects Commission is delighted to announce a unique webinar discussing the intersection of Mental Health and Yiddishkeit. We are pleased that the webinar’s presenter is Rabbi Yitzchok Zilberstein, Av Beis Din of the Ramat Elchanan neighborhood of Bnei Brak, Rosh Kollel of Kollel Bais Dovid in Holon, and the Rav of Mayanei Hayeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak. The webinar will be followed by a special [...]

2406, 2020

Agudath Israel of America Presents a Unique Webinar: What Employers, Employees, and the Self Employed Should Consider As Businesses Reopen

By |June 24th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , |

The COVID-19 period has left many of us with financial queries and concerns. Questions regarding government aid and unemployment have been pouring in to Agudath Israel offices all over the country. Which is why Agudath Israel of America is proud to partner with The Lakewood Resources and Referral Center to present a unique webinar: What Employers, Employees, and the Self-Employed Should Consider as Businesses Reopen.The webinar took place on Tuesday, [...]

2406, 2020

Video: Watch Maasei Oreg, a Video Presentation on the Shabbos Melachos of Sewing and Weaving

By |June 24th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Torah Projects|Tags: , , |

  Watch the video below or call 718-298-2077 and press 9 followed by 115949#.   The Daf Yomi Commission of Agudas Yisroel is delighted to present a timely and fascinating video titled "Masei Oreg" highlighting the melachos of Shabbos dealing with weaving and sewing. This video will capture the interest of the entire family and will introduce a brand new appreciation for these melachos.   The video will become available [...]

2406, 2020

Agudah Live 06/24

By |June 24th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

Agudah Live: The Secret Sauce Behind Free Lunches (and will it continue)? Join Rabbi Yitz Frank and Yaacov Brisman, Esq., for a school's-eye view of a topic that is of vital importance to thousands and thousands of people in our community. See below for details.   Watch below or call in 718-298-2077 and press 9 followed by 116152#   

2306, 2020

Agudath Israel Welcomes DOJ Letter to Mayor de Blasio Highlighting Constitutional Inequities in NYC

By |June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, featured post, Government, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page, Washington DC|

This past Friday the U.S Department of Justice issued a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expressing concern over the double standard seen in New York City in regards to freedom of religion. The letter, signed by Eric S. Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, cautioned the Mayor regarding his actions in restricting religious gatherings due to the threat of the spread of COVID-19, [...]

2306, 2020

Camp Agudah is Proud to Celebrate 10 years of Camp Agudah Day Camp

By |June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, featured post, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Summer Camps, Youth Services|

This year allow your son to experience a summer of a lifetime in Ruach Country. Camp Agudah Day Camp is returning for its 10th year of fun, excitement, and growth. Camp Agudah Day Camp runs as a full-day program, with breakfast, lunch, and supper served. This year the grades will be expanded, with campers from 1st to 7th grade. For only $2,800 you can give your son a summer that [...]

2306, 2020

Agudath Israel of America’s COPE Division is Pleased to Announce a New Accounting Semester

By |June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Due to the current situation, COPE, a division of Agudath Israel, has moved its Junior Accounting course to live, online classes. We are pleased to announce the opening of our next men’s day class, starting Monday, July 6th.   The course runs 3.5 months, giving participants a strong background in business, accounting and bookkeeping. Those who complete the training are invited to join our Bachelor’s degree program, where students graduate with 150 [...]

2306, 2020

Agudath Israel is Excited to Launch a Unique Camping Experience: Camp Bnos Day Camp 2020

By |June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , , |

Agudath Israel presents a great option for your daughters this summer: Camp Bnos Day Camp. It will be a summer she will never forget! This brand new Camp Bnos program is not to be missed. The lucky campers will get to experience all the fun, excitement, and ruach that Bnos is famous for. With the workshops, sports, drama, and all the surprises that characterize Camp Bnos, this will be the [...]

2206, 2020

Another Amazing Initiative from Bnos Bikur Cholim

By |June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Bnos Bikur Cholim (BBC) is excited to announce the launch of its second new program in under a month. Thanks to a generous grant from Elie Wiesel Holocaust Survivors Initiative, sponsored by City Council of New York, BBC will be distributing much needed food and clothing vouchers to seniors. Food delivery will be available for seniors who prefer not to go into a grocery store. “With COVID19 still drastically impacting [...]

2206, 2020

Agudath Israel, In Conjunction with Roth & Co, Presents a Webinar on PPP Loan Forgiveness

By |June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

  Business owners across the country have had a rough year. COVID-19 has left many institutions struggling to plan and organize their future finances. That is why Agudath Israel is proud to introduce another webinar in conjunction with Roth&Co: The New PPP Loan Forgiveness Application.   On Tuesday, June 23rd, Roth&Co hosted a webinar on the topic of the new Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness applications. It was presented [...]

2206, 2020

Video: “No” is Not an Answer

By |June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

  Today, the Association of Jewish Camp Operators (AJCO), took the extraordinary move of requesting a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to ask the court to immediately open overnight camps in New York State.   AJCO, an umbrella organization formed by Agudath Israel years ago to represent the interests of Orthodox Jewish camps, made its request in the US District Court for the Northern District of New York following the filing of a legal complaint this past Thursday against Governor Cuomo.   [...]

1906, 2020

Agudath Israel to the Court: Open Our Shuls!

By |June 19th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, featured post, Government, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

With New York State now boasting one of the lowest percentages of daily positive COVID-19 tests (0.96%) in the nation, and as cases continue to Baruch HaShem decline, Agudath Israel again voices its opposition to unevenly applied governmental laws that impede our religious freedoms and parental autonomy. The Agudah has said this to governmental officials and has said it publicly in our May 19 and June 12 statements: The state [...]

1806, 2020

Jewish Camp Group Files Lawsuit: Open Overnight Camps

By |June 18th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, Legal Services, New York, News, News Page, State Advocacy, Summer Camps|Tags: , |

Following New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's crushing decision this past Friday to disallow overnight camps this summer, the Agudath Israel of America-led Association of Jewish Camp Operators (AJCO) and several parents filed suit today in federal court to overturn that decision. Camp is essential to children and families. Parents enroll their children in Jewish camps because they want their children to be immersed in an environment where they live [...]

1806, 2020

Mrs. Leah Steinberg, Director of Agudath Israel’s Project LEARN Division, Appointed to New York State Education Department’s Reopening Schools Regional Task Force

By |June 18th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, featured post, Government, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page, Project LEARN|

Photo credits: Agudath Israel Archives/Moshe Gershbaum   While New York State continues to grapple with the various stages of reopening, Mrs. Leah Steinberg, Director of Agudath Israel’s Project LEARN Division, has been appointed to New York State Education Department’s Task Force on Reopening Schools.   Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and Interim Commissioner of Education Shannon Tahoe created this task force in order to bring multiple perspectives to the policy table as the State works on reopening educational [...]

1706, 2020

June 17 Update

By |June 17th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update, Uncategorized|

Camp Fallout Continues Last Friday’s disastrous decision by Governor Cuomo and his Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to not allow overnight camps to open continues to reverberate. Camps are now contemplating their next moves, whether to open in neighboring states, convert to day camp only, or consider other options. Immediately after the decision Agudath Israel issued a strong and powerful statement decrying this decision. Most of the media outlets are [...]

1706, 2020

Virtual Open House for PCS Software Development Course

By |June 17th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Employment & Training Divisions, featured post, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

Agudath Israel’s PCS Division is proud to begin a new semester in their software and web development course. Certification by PCS goes a long way, with benefits that hone the skills needed to enter the workforce. Incoming students can graduate with a qualified bachelor’s degree in 15 months. With classes for men and women, and options for live and remote classes, this program is open to a wide range of [...]

1706, 2020

A Public Service Message from Agudath Israel of America

By |June 17th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page|

Tuesday June 23rd is Primary Day across New York State. There will be primaries for Congressional, State Senate and Assembly seats as well as delegates to the presidential nominating conventions. Early voting period is from June 13th to June 21st. This year there will be a major change in how New Yorkers vote. Under an executive order, to help prevent the community spread of COVID-19, all registered, eligible voters may [...]

1606, 2020

FEMA Enhances Participation of Houses of Worship in Disaster Aid

By |June 16th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Conference Of Synagogue Rabbonim, featured post, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Washington DC|

The Federal Emergency and Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that houses of worship can create accounts on the agency’s Grants Portal, and that it is hosting a series of "how-to" webinars to instruct local community leaders on how to navigate the portal system. FEMA will also be conducting overview webinars on the application process for COVID -19 assistance. The portals will allow houses of worship, in the midst of a [...]

1506, 2020

June 12 Update

By |June 15th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|

Early Voting Begins This Weekend Tuesday June 23rd is Primary Day across New York State. There will be primaries for Congressional, State Senate and Assembly seats as well as delegates to the presidential nominating conventions. Early voting begins this weekend and goes through June 21st. To vote in person and to find your poll site call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) or e-mail your complete home address to vote@boe.nyc.ny.us and they will e-mail [...]

1506, 2020

Yarchei Kallah Continued 6/7 – 6/11

By |June 15th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim, Torah Projects, video|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

HaRav Asher Weiss 6-7-2020 יסוד בברכת המצות   HaRav Aaron Lopiansky 6-8-2020 ברכת המצות HaRav Chanoch Posey 6-9-2020 ברכת המצות   HaRav Yosef Elefant 6-10-2020 עובר לעשיתן בברכת המצות   HaRav Shraga Kallus 6-11-2020 עיונים בדין זימון  

1406, 2020

Agudah Webinar for School Administrators Provides Clarity Amidst the Confusion

By |June 14th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, featured post, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Regional Offices, State Advocacy, Yeshiva Services|

 The video of the presentation is above, and the slides from the presentation can be found by clicking this link.   “Crystal Clear. Productive. Informative. Helpful.”   Those were just some of the words used by school administrators and other participants to describe Agudath Israel of America’s recent webinar. Clarity in this case was critical, as the presentation focused on $13 billion of federal funding included in the Coronavirus Aid, [...]

1406, 2020

Virtual Bnos Leaders’ Event Unites Girls Around the Country

By |June 14th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Youth Services|Tags: |

Anyone who has worked as a Bnos leader can tell you that it’s not an easy job. And in the last few months Agudah’s Bnos leaders rose to the additional challenges that COVID-19 brought by doubling their efforts and providing the homebound girls in their community with meaningful, virtual engagement. Which is why Mrs. Chana Baila Hass, National Director of Bnos Agudath Israel, put together a special event for her [...]

1206, 2020

Summer Camps Shuttered for 2020: Statement by Agudath Israel

By |June 12th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page, Summer Camps, Youth Services|Tags: , , |

Agudath Israel of America expresses its deep disappointment in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration for shuttering overnight camps for tens of thousands of children. The news, released in a late Friday news dump in the form of a statement by State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, will be a blow to the physical, socioemotional, and psychological well-being of children who have already endured forced quarantine for nearly three [...]

1106, 2020

Carrying it Forward: Asifas Rabbonim Highlights Lessons of Coronavirus

By |June 11th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Torah Projects, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

By: Sandy Eller Shul Rabbanim from across the US and Canada participating in Agudath Israel of America’s Virtual Asifas Rabbanim Top: L-R Rabbi Avrohom Nisan Perl,Rabbi Eliyahu Simcha Bamberger,Rabbi Chaim Meir Roth Middle: L-R Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum,Rabbi Labish Becker,Rabbi Shmuel Zvi Berkowicz Foot: Rabbi David Ozery A high res version of the images above is available for download here or by clicking on the image. Sometimes the best lessons [...]

1006, 2020

An Update From Agudath Israel of Illinois – June 10th, 2020

By |June 10th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, featured post, Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, News, News Page|

Yesterday, Rabbi Shlomo Soroka, Director of Government Affairs for Agudath Israel of Illinois, shared a brief video update on the goings-on in his branch of Agudath Israel of America. Rabbi Soroka relates many of the projects Agudath Israel of Illinois has been working on this past week, including the efforts put in place to reopen yeshivos and mesivtas in Illinois and his being the Orthodox Jewish representative on the city [...]

1006, 2020

How to Earn Millions of Dollars in Less Than Ten Minutes

By |June 10th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

   Community Leaders Unite in Urging the Public to Complete the Census   Millions of dollars in less than ten minutes? That’s no exaggeration.   The 2020 Census is here. And while many people see the form as yet another government annoyance, in truth, filling it out has direct consequences for their personal and community life.   Why the Census Matters   It's all about the money. The government uses Census [...]

1006, 2020

June 10 Update

By |June 10th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|

New York Reopening Continues New York City moved into Phase one of reopening on Monday June 8th. The Mid-Hudson Valley moved into phase two of reopening yesterday June 9th and Long Island is on track to enter phase two today. Click here for guidance and allowable activity for each phase. Houses of worship will be permitted to reopen with 25 percent occupancy with all social distancing protocols in place [...]

906, 2020

Executive Order on International Religious Freedom Signed; Agudath Israel Commends President’s Action

By |June 9th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

In an action that is seen to have important ramification for U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has signed an “Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom.” The EO is intended to make religious liberty around the world a central feature of American diplomacy. “The President’s directive reflects the meaningful engagement the State Department has had in the arena of international religious freedom,” noted Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel of [...]

906, 2020

Bnos and the Modeh Ani Movement Encourage an Attitude of Gratitude

By |June 9th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Youth Services|

With so many people in our lives putting in extra effort- think teachers, parents, friends, or neighbors- the time seemed right for a Bnos Agudas Yisroel program that focused on hakaras hatov, gratitude. But how? Mrs. Chana Baila Hass, National Director of Bnos Agudath Israel, was looking for a structure to inspire girls to give thanks. And then she got a call from the Modeh Ani Movement. The Modeh [...]

806, 2020

Agudath Israel of America Hails Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order Allowing In-Person Special Education Services

By |June 8th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, featured post, Government, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page, Project LEARN|

This Friday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order allowing in-person special education services for the upcoming summer months. This order offers great relief to worried parents all across the state. The period of COVID-19 was difficult for special needs children as essential therapies and programs were abruptly cut-off, leaving parents fearful for their children’s general wellbeing and growth. Agudath Israel’s Project LEARN has been hard at [...]

806, 2020

Agudath Israel of California Lauds Governor Newsom’s Decision to Reopen Schools and Camps

By |June 8th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, California, Government, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Regional Offices|

This past Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced guidelines for the reopening of schools, day camps, and childcare institutions, in the State of California.   The guidelines, set to go into effect on Friday June 12th, allow for the reopening of these essential institutions as long as the appropriate health precautions are put into place. The document includes healthy hygiene practices such as intensified cleaning, disinfection, and social distancing.   The [...]

806, 2020

Yarchei Kallah Continued 5/31 – 6/4

By |June 8th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim, Torah Projects|Tags: , , , , , , , |

HaRav Asher Weiss 5-31-2020 'ברכת המזון חלק ב   HaRav Zev Smith 6-1-2020 :דברים הבאים בתוך הסעודה DESSERT CAKES AND VIANESE TABLES HaRav Uri Deutsch 6-2-2020 ברכת שהחיינו   HaRav Nisan Kaplan 6-3-2020 עיונים ברכת המזון   HaRav Shlomo Gotteman 6-4-2020 :ברכת הגומל Corona Survivors  

706, 2020

Camps in New York State: An Urgent Message

By |June 7th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, featured post, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page, Summer Camps|

As you may know, the question of summer overnight camp opening is still being debated in Albany. The date of overnight camp is fast approaching, and camps have still not received the green light from Governor Cuomo to open camp. AJCO, a group of camp directors and a medical team (including top infectious disease doctors) have developed a detailed plan that will allow camps to open safely. Agudath Israel asks [...]

506, 2020

New York Day Camps Allowed to Open

By |June 5th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, featured post, Government, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page|

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that Day Camps throughout New York State will be allowed to operate this summer beginning June 29. This, after a coordinated advocacy campaign by camp operators and other activists to map out a safe reentry point for our children. The Governor’s announcement was indeed welcome as camps will provide much needed structure to children who have been home from school for nearly 3 months [...]

506, 2020

Bnos Bikur Cholim to Distribute Much-Needed Supplies to Home-Bound Seniors

By |June 5th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Youth Services|

COVID19 pulled the rug out from under Bnos Bikur Cholim’s (BBC) usual programming. No more visits to Holocaust survivors by high school volunteers. No more weekly nursing home visits by high school volunteers.   But BBC is still in full swing, and Mrs. Chana Baila Hass, National Director of Bnos Agudath Israel, is as busy as ever. “We had to change our model in response to the times,” explains Mrs. [...]

506, 2020

Agudath Israel Welcomes New Flexibility on Paycheck Loans

By |June 5th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Government, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Washington DC|

The Senate yesterday passed legislation extending and expanding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a key component of the federal government's response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. The action follows the House’s passage of the bill last month, and the bill is headed to the President's desk for signature. “We applaud these further steps taken by Congress on legislation so vital to all Americans, including the Jewish community,” [...]

406, 2020

Coalition Of Jewish Organizations Files Brief In Supreme Court Religious Freedom Case

By |June 4th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, State Advocacy|

A coalition of Orthodox Jewish organizations has filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the United States Supreme Court in a case, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, that could have important ramifications for freedom of religion in the country. As explained by Rabbi Mordechai Biser, Esq., special counsel to Agudath Israel of America – one of the organizations on whose behalf the brief was filed – the [...]

406, 2020

June 6 Update

By |June 4th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|

Curfew in NYC Due to the current pockets of unrest, New York City has imposed a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am through Sunday June 7. We have received many inquiries as to how that effects Maariv minyanim, early Shacharis, and mikvah attendance. Agudath Israel reached out to Captain Richard Taylor of the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau who has informed us that religious services are considered essential and are [...]

306, 2020

Statement on These Troubled Times

By |June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

We live in a fractured society. Racial, religious and ethnic tensions are tearing away at the fabric of American life and the American soul. And, amidst it all, we are still reeling from a devastating pandemic.   As in all matters, and at all times, our Torah guides the way.   Kol hamerachem al habrios, merachamim olov min hashomayim. Whoever extends mercy to his fellow Man, is extended mercy from Heaven.      (Tractate [...]

206, 2020

Attention NYC Residents: NYC Imposes 8:00 PM-5:00 AM Curfew Through June 7th

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page, Regional Offices|Tags: |

Attention New York City residents – Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Agudah's director of New York government relations, has this important message for you: New York City has imposed a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am starting tonight through Sunday June 7.   We have received many inquiries as to how that effects Maariv minyanim, early Shacharis, and mikvah attendance. Agudath Israel reached out to Captain Richard Taylor of the NYPD [...]

206, 2020

Bnos Chessed Week Follow Up

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Youth Services|Tags: , , |

Chessed Heard ‘Round the World with Bnos   From Monsey to Detroit, from Lakewood to Baltimore, from Brooklyn to Australia, phone lines were humming in the week leading up to Shavuos. Starting Thursday, May 21, Bnos Agudas Yisroel launched Bnos Chessed Week, inviting all girls in 2nd to 6th grades to cheer up a friend or family member with a daily 5-minute phone call. The participants would log their time [...]

206, 2020

Bnos-“Make it Count”

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Youth Services|Tags: , , , |

Girls Share 10 Ways They Made It Count with Bnos   "Every night before I go to sleep, I think - I can't wait for tomorrow to call the hotline!" Which hotline? The Bnos Agudath Israel “Make It Count” Sefirah program hotline, of course. Right after Pesach, Bnos launched the new hotline for girls to call in to learn about shmiras halashon and participate in the activities and contests. The [...]

2805, 2020

Calendar Correction: Pirkei Avos

By |May 28th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

It has been brought to our attention that on the Agudath Israel calendar for 5780 (2019-2020), indicates that the next cycle of Pirkei Avos begins on Shabbos, 7 Sivan/May 30. However, as this is the second day of Shavuos, Pirkei Avos is not said on that Shabbos. Therefore, please mark your calendar with the updated corrected schedule of Pirkei Avos, found below, for the remainder of 5780.

2805, 2020

Houses of Worship to Reopen in California

By |May 28th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, California, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , , |

This Monday Governor Gavin Newsom released guidelines for safely reopening religious institutions in the State of California. The guidelines allow for up to 25 percent of a building's capacity capped at 100 people. The plan also contains 12 pages of safety measures that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in religious communities. Yesterday, the guidelines became operative in the city of Los Angeles.   These guidelines have been released at an opportune time for California Jews. At the end of this week, Jews all over the state [...]

2705, 2020

Video: Agudath Israel’s Project LEARN Presents a Webinar on Parenting Your Child With Special Needs During the Covid-19 Pandemic.

By |May 27th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Project LEARN|Tags: , , , , |

  It isn’t easy to be a parent. It’s challenging to be a parent to a special needs child. It’s difficult enough to be a parent during the COVID-19 pandemic, with illness and lockdowns disrupting our routines and taking away the support systems we’ve come to lean on while we raise and educate our children. It is beyond difficult to be a parent to a special needs child under those [...]

2605, 2020

Urgent Call from the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah: Conduct in Regards to the Holiness of Shul and Prayer

By |May 26th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, Torah Projects|Tags: , , |

The Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah issued the following statement today: In English Translation: An Urgent Call from the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah: The Hand of Hashem has struck us twice, with a terrible pandemic and a difficult decree, incomparable to anything in recent memory: a plague in which thousands of our brethren fell, among whom were great Torah scholars and community leaders; and by being removed from Hashem's Presence by having shuls [...]

2605, 2020

Bnos Programs

By |May 26th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , |

Bnos Bikur Cholim Bnos Bikur Cholim (BBC) set up girls and women to connect with senior friends by phone. Bnos now has over 250 BBC pairs! There are still seniors who need phone mates. If you’d like to be a part of this tremendous mitzvah, contact Bnos at cbhass@agudah.org. Virtual Tehillim Groups Bnos reinvented Shabbos afternoon groups for today’s reality. Bnos advisors communicate with their girls through email, phone, and text and [...]

2605, 2020

What Can You Do in 35 Minutes? Find Out with Bnos This Week!

By |May 26th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News|

EVERYONE is so, so, so busy. School from home. Work from home. Yom tov is coming. EVERYONE is living on top of each other, wishing for some private space, with no extra time. EVERYONE? What about the elderly or at-risk? The people who are living alone? The seniors who haven’t left their homes for two months? They’re not at work, they’re not at school, and they might have a lot [...]

2605, 2020

Yarchei Kallah Continued 5/24

By |May 26th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim, Torah Projects|Tags: , , |

HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi 5-24-2020 דברי חיזוק   HaRav Asher Weiss 5-24-2020 ברכת התורה   HaRav Malkiel Kotler 5-25-2020 דברי חיזוק   HaRav Dovid Cohen 5-25-2020 והגיתה בו יומם ילילה    HaRav Moshe Tuvia Lieff 5-27-2020 שלא ברכו בתורה תחילה: חידוש יחשק בתלמוד תורה    HaRav Boruch Dov Povarsky 5-27-2020 דברי חיזוק    HaRav Dovid Schustal 5-28-2020 יסוד דין תלמוד תורה: הירהור, ברכה ופסק דין

2605, 2020

May 25 Update

By |May 26th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|

Special update regarding primary elections and absentee ballots: Please be advised that Tuesday June 23rd is Primary Day across New York State. There will be primaries for Congressional, State Senate and Assembly seats as well as delegates to the presidential nominating conventions. Early voting period is from June 13th to June 21st. This year there will be a major change in how New Yorkers vote. Under an executive order, to [...]

2205, 2020

Families to Receive Debit Card Funds to Purchase Food While Schools are Closed

By |May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Constituent Services, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits to households with children who would have received free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Act, if not for a school closure. The P-EBT program will provide eligible households with the amount that would have been spent by the government for free breakfast and lunch which equals [...]

2205, 2020

Take Advantage of Your Free Time! Learn Skills That Will Get You Ahead! PCS Launching Business Enrichment Course

By |May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, COPE, Employment & Training Divisions, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , |

Photo Credits: Agudath Israel of America Archives   Gain valuable skills that will help you get a good job, become a valuable employee, and start your own business.   PARTIAL LISTING of topics include:  Marketing, E-commerce,  Business Management,  Business Administration, Sales, Project Management,  Negotiation,  Money Finance,  Business Law,  Accounting, Interviewing Skills, Presentations Skills, Business Plan, Investments,  Management, Purchasing a Business, Real Estate,  QuickBooks,  Amazon   Since 2005 many of the graduates of this course have gone on to prestigious positions in [...]

2105, 2020

שפה ברורה – The Halachos of the Month of Sivan and Shavuos

By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: Conference Of Synagogue Rabbonim, featured post, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

The Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim is pleased to present a sefer that includes the halachos of the month of Sivan and Shavuos. View the sefer below, or click here to download the printable pdf.

2105, 2020

Agudath Israel Applauds the US DOJ for Filing Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Jackson Township

By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Anti-Semitism, Home Page Agudah News, New Jersey, News, News Page|

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Jackson Township, New Jersey alleging the township illegally discriminated against Orthodox Jews through zoning laws that restricted religious schools and outlawed dormitories, intending to keep Orthodox Jews from moving to Jackson. The lawsuit charges that Jackson Township both passed and applied the ordinances in a manner that discriminated against the Orthodox Jewish community. Both ordinances [...]

2105, 2020

Pirchei Agudas Yisroel is Proud to Introduce a New Pirkei Avos Program

By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Torah Projects|Tags: , , , |

Pirchei Agudas Yisroel is proud to announce a brand new Pirkei Avos program. Every Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday evening, dazzle your young boys with interactive lessons on Mishnayos Avos. The program runs from 7:00-7:45 PM EDT for boys in the second and third grades. This unique learning experience focuses on learning Pirkei Avos while improving your child’s learning skills and midos tovos. Don’t miss out on this great program, be [...]

2105, 2020

May 21 Update

By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|

Governor Announces Reopening of Shuls Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that beginning today religious gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed statewide, as long as strict social distancing measures are enforced and all participants wear masks. This announcement follows meetings between Agudath Israel leaders with senior members of Governor Cuomo's staff and Agudah's recent statement calling on the governor to place a focus on the safe reopening of shuls, [...]

2105, 2020

Regarding the Provenance of the Guidelines for Reopening Shuls

By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

The Agudah, today, has released the attached letter signed by three senior members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, and Rabbi Aharon Feldman, for purposes of clarification. In English Translation: We write in response to slander and to publicly declare that the Guidelines released by the leadership of Agudath Israel of America – on the subject of how and when to reopen the doors of [...]

2105, 2020

Watch: Rabbi Yeruchim Silber Gives the Opening Prayer at the Bruderhof Virtual Garden Brunch

By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

Today, May 20, 2020, Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, our New York director of government relations, was asked to give the opening prayer at the Bruderhof Virtual Garden Brunch. Here is a video and transcript of his prayer: Our Father in Heaven, As we prepare to enjoy this virtual brunch with our friends at the Bruderhof, elected officials and other colleagues, we must take stock of the kindness You have shown us [...]

2005, 2020

Agudath Israel Welcomes NYS Religious Gatherings Update

By |May 20th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Government, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page|Tags: , , , |

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that beginning Thursday, May 21st, religious gatherings of up to 10 people in a house of worship will be allowed, statewide, if strict social distancing measures are enforced and all participants wear masks. This announcement follows meetings between Agudath Israel leaders with senior members of Governor Cuomo's staff and Agudah's recent statement calling on the governor to place high priority focus on the safe reopening of shuls, [...]

1905, 2020

Agudath Israel Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Hospital Visitation Pilot Project

By |May 19th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page|

Agudath Israel of America is grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo for instituting a pilot program towards eventually allowing visitors in hospitals statewide. Sixteen hospitals across the state will take part in the two-week pilot program and will allow visitation for family members of patients, with the visitors wearing PPE and being checked for COVID-19 symptoms. A number of the hospitals in the pilot program serve Agudath Israel’s constituency, and we [...]

1905, 2020

Statement on Schools, Synagogues, and Camps in New York State

By |May 19th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page|

Yesterday, a Jewish school in Brooklyn, NY was found hosting students learning in apparent violation of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order. While Agudath Israel of America neither runs nor controls any yeshivos, if any yeshiva violated the Executive Order as it stands, there are no excuses for such behavior. Period. That said, this incident speaks to a larger issue. Courts in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Kansas have struck down Executive Orders [...]

1905, 2020

Agudah Live- 5/20

By |May 19th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Torah Projects|Tags: , , |

Agudah Live is back! Tomorrow night at 8:30 pm EDT, join Rabbi Shai Markowitz and Rabbi Avi Schnall as they talk with Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, executive director of Agudath Israel of Maryland, and Rabbi Yehudah Kazsirer, director of Lev Rochel Bikur Cholim of Lakewood, as they discuss COVID Medical Initiatives and Plasma Testing.   Join online at Agudah.org, TorahAnytime.com/agudahlive, or TheYeshivaWorld.com.   Call in at 718-298-2077 access code 52 if you're in the US, or 647-797-0056 access [...]

1805, 2020

Agudath Israel’s Daf Yomi Comission Brings Together Hundreds of Daf Yomi Maggidei Shiur at a Virtual Asifa

By |May 18th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Torah Projects|

Top L-R: Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Friedman, Rabbi Eliyahu Simcha Bamberger Center L-R: Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger, R’ Kalman Frisch Bottom L-R: Rabbi Yitzchok Margareten, Rabbi Avrohom Nisan Perl   By Gavriel Levy  Even as we experience a world shut down in this era of the novel coronavirus, there is one fire that continues to burn brightly: Limud Daf HaYomi! Whether via telephone or video conference, thousands upon thousands of shiurim are taking place as usual. But [...]

1805, 2020

May 15 Update

By |May 18th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|

New York Opens Five Regions – Others Remain on Pause   Yesterday Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.31 which extended NY on PAUSE until May 28th. This order extends the restrictions on businesses and  requires postponement or cancellation of all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason such as parties, celebrations, games, meetings or other social events. At the same time, the governor announced that five regions of the state (all in upstate) [...]

1705, 2020

Agudath Israel to Iran: Protect Jewish Sites and Jewish Lives

By |May 17th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized, Washington DC|

Agudath Israel of America is deeply concerned by reports that the site in Iran traditionally thought to be the tomb of Mordechai and Esther was set aflame last week. Although the Iranian government asserts that it was the action of a rogue arsonist, last February, the Basij militia, part of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards – itself part of Iran’s military structure – threatened to raze the shrine. Iran has a responsibility [...]

1505, 2020

Pirchei Sunday Live

By |May 15th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized, Youth Services|Tags: |

This Sunday evening, May 17th, at 5:00 pm EDT there will be a Pirchei Sunday Live event. Rabbi Yosef Pruzansky of Wonder Words will join us at 5:00 pm EDT and Rabbi Avi Pekier, menahel of Torah Day School of Dallas, will join us at 5:30 pm EDT. The call in number is 425-436-6277, pin 533200.

1505, 2020

Holocaust Education Bill Passed by Senate

By |May 15th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Agudath Israel, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized, Washington DC|Tags: |

This past Wednesday, in a voice vote, the Senate adopted the House of Representatives’ version of the Never Again Education Act, which now goes to the White House for the President Trump’s signature.   The legislation provides assistance for Holocaust education and other programs promoting the importance of preventing hatred and bigotry. The bill, whose lead sponsors were Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) in the House, was sponsored [...]

1405, 2020

Let the Learning Continue: Masmidei HaSiyum Extends Their Hasmada Program

By |May 14th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

  Agudath Israel’s Masmidei HaSiyum is proud to announce an extension to their special Hasmadah program.  Over the last turbulent months, our masmidim have managed to rise above the current crisis by learning over 400,000 minutes of Gemara, Mishnayos and Chumash. Invigorated by this feedback, Masmidei has added an additional phase to their programming with even more tickets and prizes.   The final phase of Masmidei HaSiyum will be taking place through Shavuos. This extended program includes a one of a kind Kabalas HaTorah special in which all learning earns double the amount of tickets and 3 grand prize winners every week. To top it all [...]

1405, 2020

Video: Roth and Co Webinar- Maximizing PPP Loan Forgiveness

By |May 14th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

  A big Thank you to Roth & Co for their partnership with us in keeping people up-to-date with what they need to know to deal with their financial situation during the COVID-19 outbreak.   On Monday, May 12th, Roth&Co hosted a webinar on the topic of maximizing Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness. It was presented by Ahron Golding, our in-house tax controversy attorney, and moderated by Zacharia Waxler, Roth&Co [...]

1205, 2020

Class Codes- New Learning Program

By |May 12th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim, Youth Services|Tags: , , , , |

We just wanted to share that over 1000 Rebbeim/Moros signed up and  in  the first 48 hours over 24,000 students called in. (Note the 24,000 students that called in correlating to the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva that were niftar during this time.)   Dear Dedicated Rabbeim and Moros, Learning at home can be distracting and challenging…but with the new and innovative Class Codes contest it’s now exciting! Welcome to [...]

1205, 2020

Changing Lives, Ten Minutes at a Time

By |May 12th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , |

We must do something!” the email began. Mrs. Chana Baila Hass, National Director of Bnos Agudath Israel, continued reading, “There are many elderly who have nothing to eat and no one to shop for them and don’t have technology to connect them with outside volunteers. An elderly person needs people to call them and ask them what they need. WE CANNOT WAIT FOR THE ELDERLY TO REACH OUT!”   The [...]

1105, 2020

Eis L’kol Neshama- Agudah Partners with Time 4 Mishna

By |May 11th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: |

There are, sadly, many niftarim from COVID-19 who don't have anyone to learn mishnayos l'zeicher nishmasam. The Agudah has partnered with Time4Mishna in a new program called Eis L'kol Neshamah, in which people can join and are assigned the same few mishnayos to learn each day for specific niftarim. See below for a short video intro and visit time4torah.org/neshama for more information.  

1105, 2020

Virtual Asifa for Magedei Shiur

By |May 11th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim|Tags: , |

Virtual Asifa for Daf Yomi Maggidei Shiur, May 10, 2020 Rabbi Yisroel Reisman sharing divrei chizuk v'his'orerus, and a panel discussion and Q & A session with Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Friedman, R' Kalman Frisch, and Rabbi Yitzchok Margareten. Divrei berachah from Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger, chairman of the Daf Yomi Commission.    

1105, 2020

May 11 Update

By |May 11th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|Tags: , , , |

Reopening our Kehilos   Last Friday Agudah released guidelines, under the direction of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah. Agudah worked closely with prominent rabbanim and infectious disease specialists to develop a roadmap towards reopening our kehillos. The goal of this comprehensive document is to lay out a plan to return to davening b’tzibbur in a safe and halachically sanctioned way through 3 different phases. In New York State, according to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202:10, as well as Empire State Development Guidance, no congregate services of [...]

1105, 2020

Agudah NJ Director Rabbi Avi Schnall Appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Advice Council

By |May 11th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , |

Rabbi Avi Schnall, Director of Agudath Israel of New Jersey   Photo Credits: Agudath Israel of America Archives   As New Jersey’s government contemplates it’s decisions on how to reopen the State, it invited Agudah’s New Jersey director Rabbi Avi Schnall to advise on the process vis-à-vis reopening it’s faith-based and social service institutions, giving the frum community a seat at the table. On Friday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy [...]

1105, 2020

Agudath Israel Joins Federal, State and City Officials in Urging Hospitals to Implement Volunteer Programs to Support Coronavirus Patients

By |May 11th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Washington DC|Tags: , |

Even heroes need some help every now and then.   With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers found themselves stretched thinner than ever by the unprecedented number of hospital admissions This has left them with little time to interact with patients and families. The already difficult realities of COVID-19 have been further exacerbated, with no visitation policies leaving patients isolated during their often-lengthy hospital stays, while their loved ones [...]

1005, 2020

As NYC Prepares for Reopening, Mayor Appoints Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel to Educational Guidance Committee

By |May 10th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, New York, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

By: Sandy Eller Photo Credits: Agudath Israel of America Archives Yeshiva parents will have a seat at the table when Mayor Bill de Blasio’s dedicated task force meets to discuss reopening schools during the coronavirus recovery period, with Agudath Israel of America’s executive vice president Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, named to the city’s sector advisory council on education and vocational training. The mayor announced the creation of ten sector [...]

805, 2020

Agudah Issues A Roadmap for Rabbonim and Community Leaders to Safely Reopen Our Kehillos

By |May 8th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|

We are all encouraged to see several states ease, or begin talks of easing, the long and difficult quarantine which has successfully slowed the progress of COVID-19. We pray that the trajectory witnessed in several states continue its downward trend until this menace is totally eradicated. Notwithstanding our eagerness to “return to normal,” Agudath Israel of America reminds our constituents that the road to recovery [...]

805, 2020

Video- Maintaining Tranquility in our Homes: A Symposium

By |May 8th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim|

Agudah is proud to be hosting a symposium devoted exclusively to the issue of identifying the balance of maintaining a functional household in these pandemic times. For many of us, the way we are living now has upended comfortable lifestyles and organized schedules and has been clouded with uncertainty. Aside from the health effects of COVID-19, many of us are concerned of the negative effects this new existence will have [...]

805, 2020

Video: Rabbi Ariel Sadwin Reciting Prayer at White House National Day of Prayer

By |May 8th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Government, Home Page Agudah News, Maryland, News, News Page, Regional Offices, Washington DC|Tags: , , |

This past Thursday, Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, director of Agudath Israel of Maryland, was honored to recite a prayer at the White House in honor of the National Day of Prayer. Rabbi Sadwin, who was introduced by President Trump, said the following prayer: King Solomon, in his great wisdom, writes in the second chapter of Song of Songs: “There He stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the [...]

805, 2020

Bnos Launches a Virtual Tehillim Program

By |May 8th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Youth Services|Tags: , , , |

Long summer Shabbos afternoons are the perfect time for girls to get together in Bnos groups. Except when they can’t. That’s where Bnos Agudath Israel’s newest program comes in. In response to requests from many Bnos advisors, Bnos is launching a brand-new program this Shabbos: Virtual Tehillim Groups. Bnos is reinventing Shabbos afternoon groups for today’s reality. Not only will the girls have “something to do,” but they’ll be productive [...]

705, 2020

Keep Your Sons Engaged With This List of Pirchei Programs

By |May 7th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized, Youth Services|Tags: , , , |

We are living through unique times. Our daily life has slowly been redefined. Perhaps the most difficult hurdle of this time has been keeping our children busy. Our days are filled with providing our tinokos shel beis rabban with a meaningful schedule that is appropriate for their neshamah. Agudath Israel of America is ensuring that, in addition to the programs their yeshivos are providing, that there are fulfilling programs [...]

505, 2020

May 5 Update

By |May 5th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|Tags: , , |

Re-Opening New York Governor Cuomo announced yesterday his plan to reopen New York. The state will monitor four core factors to determine if the region can re-open. Here are some highlights:   ·     New Infections: Based on guidelines from the CDC, regions must have at least 14 days of decline in total net hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average. ·     Health Care Capacity: Every region must have the health care capacity to handle a potential [...]

405, 2020

Speeches from the Azkarah of the Novominsker Rebbe

By |May 4th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim, Torah Projects|Tags: , |

To view the individual speeches from the azkarah please see the videos below. Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky   Rav Aharon Feldman   Rav Yosef Frankel, Vyelipol Rebbe   Rav Elya Brudny   Rav Elisha Horowitz   Rav Yehoshua Perlow Rav Chaim Dovid Zwiebel

105, 2020

May 1 Update

By |May 1st, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update, Uncategorized|

Testing Update Governor Cuomo has announced  that New York State is now conducting an average of 30,000 diagnostic tests for COVID-19 per day. Last week, the Governor announced the state will work with the federal government to double New York's testing capacity from 20,000 tests per day to 40,000 tests per day over several weeks. On the City Level Mayor de Blasio announced that the city will offer antibody tests for over 150,000 healthcare workers [...]

2904, 2020

Maspidim Remember Klal Yisroel’s Rebbe, The Novominsker Rebbe

By |April 29th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, featured post, Home Page Agudah News, Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

See the recording of the azkarah below.      By: Sandy Eller Harav Elya Brudny, Rosh Yeshiva, Mir Yeshiva and Chaver Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah 22 days later it still seems impossible to believe. As Klal Yisroel continues to mourn the loss of the Novominsker Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Perlow ztvk’l, Rosh Agudas Yisroel, chaverim of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah and family members offered deeply emotional divrei hesped for [...]

2904, 2020

Statement From Agudath Israel

By |April 29th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , , |

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tweets last night about a large funeral that took place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn created a maelstrom of protest. They gave the impression that he saw the Jewish community, in particular, as flouting rules of social distancing in this challenging time. The mayor expressed regret this morning for the way his words were taken. We agree with that sentiment. No matter how well-intentioned the Mayor [...]

2804, 2020

Agudah Hosts Virtual Coronavirus Discussion with Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and Ambassador Dani Dayan

By |April 28th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|

Virtual Coronavirus Discussion with Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, Ambassador Dani Dayan and Agudath Israel from Agudath Israel on Vimeo. Israel’s Consul General in NY, Ambassador Dani Dayan, speaks with Agudath Israel of America leaders. By: Sandy Eller   Where do we go from here? With coronavirus numbers slowly starting to decline, elected officials and medical professionals throughout the United States are all wrestling with the same issues [...]

2804, 2020

Blood Plasma Donations: A Lifesaving Story of Achdus and Dedication

By |April 28th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , |

Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, center, together with participants at the Maryland Blood Plasma Drive   On Wednesday, April 23, thousands of Orthodox Jewish people across several states participated in special blood-antibodies screening events. The two things all participants had in common: having recovered from the dreaded COVID-19 virus, and the burning desire to help those currently suffering from it.   With no cure or vaccine yet available, and with all potential [...]

2804, 2020

April 28 Update

By |April 28th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|

Azkarah for Novominsker Rebbe ZT”L This Tuesday, 4 Iyar, April 28,Agudath Israel of America will be hosting an Azkarah in memory of the Novominsker Rebbe, HaRav Yaakov Perlow Z’’TVKL, Rosh Agudas Yisroel, at 7:30 pm EDT. We will be addressed by members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah: Harav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rosh HaYeshiva, Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia; Harav Aharon Feldman, Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshivas Ner Yisroel of Baltimore; Harav Yosef Frankel, Vyelipoler [...]

2704, 2020

April 24

By |April 27th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update|

Azkarah for Novominsker Rebbe ZT   The Agudah will be convening an azkarah in memory of the Novominsker Rebbe ZTVKL, Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, Rosh Agudas Yisroel. It will be held this Tuesday evening, April 28th, at 7:30 pm EDT. More details forthcoming.   Opening Up America   President Trump has announced Guidelines for Opening Up America; it involves a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help [...]

2604, 2020

Azkarah in Memory of Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, the Novominsker Rebbe ZTVK”L

By |April 26th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News Page|

 US- (774) 298-9022, (319) 527-4510, (857) 314-9244 US- (718) 298-2077, access code #52 UK - 44 33 0154179 UK- 0330-1170305, access code #52 Israel - 972 516503799 Israel- 723-982-980, access code #52 Canada 647-797-0056, access code #52   This Tuesday, 4 Iyar, April 28, Agudath Israel of America will be hosting an Azkarah in memory of the Novominsker Rebbe, HaRav Yaakov Perlow Z’’TVKL, Rosh Agudas Yisroel, at 7:30 pm [...]

2304, 2020

In the Dark No More: Lenox Hill Hires Liaison to Convey Information to Patients’ Families

By |April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Chayim Aruchim, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , |

By Sandy Eller Amid the ongoing chaos and confusion, a Manhattan hospital is ensuring that coronavirus patients’ families are kept apprised of their medical conditions during the COVID-19 outbreak, bringing in a liaison to compile patient information and share it with their loved ones. Lenox Hill Hospital, part of the Northwell Health System, has become a prime destination for coronavirus patients in recent weeks, a distinction earned for its stellar [...]

2204, 2020

“Make it Count” with Bnos Agudath Israel’s Virtual Sefiras HaOmer Program

By |April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Youth Services|Tags: |

“Welcome, welcome, welcome. . .” So begins the cheerful greeting for Bnos Agudath Israel’s “Make It Count.” Anticipation is in the air as Bnos welcomes all girls to its brand new exciting and interactive virtual Sefiras HaOmer program. Beginning now, girls are invited to call the Make It Count phone line at 641-715-3800, access code 806845#. Once on the line, they can be a part of all the fun and inspiration: [...]

2204, 2020

Ten Minutes of Tehillim Program

By |April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , , |

At precisely 6:00 pm every evening (except Shabbos), your son can recite any pirkei tehillim for 10 minutes. After 6:10 pm, call the Pirchei Agudas Yisroel Hotline at 718.663.0212, and, using option 9 (message box), leave his name and phone number and state it is for the tehillim program. He will be entered into the raffle of the day. Your son has until 6:00 pm of the next tehillim day [...]

2204, 2020

Thank You, Responsible Media

By |April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , |

Orthodox Jews are accustomed to being portrayed unfairly in the media. In challenging times, we prove to be particularly enticing targets.   The current crisis, no exception, spawned the usual negativity aimed at our community, presented by writers who cherry picked instances of individuals’ irresponsible actions and portrayed them as characteristic of charedi attitudes and actions, painting our community in ugly colors with the broadest of brushes.   Agudath Israel [...]

2204, 2020

Agudath Israel Partners with Largest New York Blood Bank To Encourage Potentially Lifesaving Blood Plasma Donations

By |April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , |

NEW YORK, NY — One of New York's largest blood banks is partnering with the national Orthodox Jewish umbrella group Agudath Israel of America and a network of dedicated volunteers to bring potentially lifesaving blood plasma to patients suffering from coronavirus.   New York Blood Center, a nonprofit with locations throughout the tristate area, will work with the Jewish nonprofit to encourage survivors of the deadly virus to donate their [...]

2104, 2020

April 21 Update

By |April 21st, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update, Uncategorized|

Kosher Grab and Go   New York City has announced that they will be providing three kosher "grab and go" meals per day for any New Yorker that requests them. This announcement comes after a major push by Agudath Israel along with other groups for kosher meals for Orthodox Jewish children and their families in NYC during the pandemic. There will be ten sites in Brooklyn and Queens that will provide these meals free [...]

2104, 2020

Back by Popular Demand: Yarchei Kallah Shuirim Videos

By |April 21st, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim|Tags: , |

 Rabbi Gottesman Hachanah Shiur 4-19-20 Rabbi Asher Weiss 4-19-2020 Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky 4-19-2020 Rabbi Cynamon 4-19-2020     Rabbi Gottesman Hachanah Shiur 4-20-2020 Rabbi Cohen 4-20-2020 Rabbi Cynamon 4-20-20   Rabbi Gottesman Hachanah Shiur 4-21-2020 Rabbi Schustal 4-21-2020 Rabbi Cynamon 4-21-2020     Rabbi Gottesman Hachanah Shiur 4-22-2020 Rabbi Sorotzkin 4-22-2020 Rabbi Cynamon 4-22-2020     Rabbi Gottesman Hachanah Shiur 4-23-2020 Rabbi Kallus 4-23-2020 Rabbi Cynamon 4-23-2020

2004, 2020

Dr. David Pelcovitz – The New Role of the Home School Parent

By |April 20th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim, Uncategorized|

Are you, due to COVID-19, a brand new home school parent? The Agudah, in conjunction with the United Task Force, hosted a talk featuring Dr. David Pelcovitz about creating structure for our kids and home, at a time when there is no structure. The recording can be found below. You can also dial in to listen to the recording at 605-313-5165 with the code 827269#.  

2004, 2020

Blood Plasma Donations

By |April 20th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , |

    Your blood can save lives!   Agudath Israel is coordinating with volunteers, organizations, and a network of hospitals to identify eligible donors and bring this potentially lifesaving therapy to COVID –19 patients. Please complete the short survey below to see if you are eligible to donate blood plasma (the portion containing antibodies) to someone critically suffering from COVID-19. Click here to fill out the survey!   Saving lives [...]

1404, 2020

Hatred of Jews Deserves our Condemnation

By |April 14th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , |

Over recent weeks and days, anti-Semitic graffiti has been scrawled on the facades of a number of buildings and walls across the country: A Chabad Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, a private structure in nearby Bedford; a park wall in Ames, Iowa; a public school in Toronto; a shul in Los Angeles; and, most recently, a Conservative congregation and a Chabad Center in Huntsville, Alabama.   Such vile demonstrations of hatred [...]

804, 2020

Agudath Israel Applauds Inclusion of Faith-Based Nonprofits and Religious Liberty Protections in Covid-19 Assistance Programs

By |April 8th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, New York COVID-19 Update, News|Tags: , , |

Agudath Israel of America commends the Trump Administration and Congress for their determined and tireless efforts to bring relief to the American people from the manifold ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are particularly grateful that they have worked to incorporate within the CARES Act, and subsequent regulation and guidance, provisions that include faith-based institutions as beneficiaries of the vital programs the federal government will implement to address the severe [...]

804, 2020

Statement on Burial Guidelines: Honor the Dead: Stay Home

By |April 8th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , |

Among the many trying challenges we face in these dire times is the sorrow of disconnection from one another, added to the deeper one of personal loss, as we accompany those beloved to us to their resting places.   Just as the current times demand that we now pray and study at home, the way to give honor to the dead during this pandemic is by staying at home. That [...]

704, 2020

VIDEOS: The Virtual Yarchei Kallah Continues with a Chol Hamoed Program

By |April 7th, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Shuirim, Torah Projects|Tags: , |

Agudas Yisroel’s pre-pesach Yarchei Kallah was a tremendous success. The program blended beautifully as the Maggidei shiur delivered fiery shiurim to passionate participants eager to learn.   With the learning and growth of the past weeks invigorating us, we are delighted to announce an additional extension to our program for this Chol Hamoed. This coming Sunday through Tuesday, world renowned Maggidei Shiur will be learning with us on Hilchos and Inyanei Sefiras Haomer. Rabbi Asher Weiss and Rabbi Lipa Geldwerth will begin the program, on Sunday at 11:30 AM EDT. Following later in the week will be Rabbi Meir Tzvi Spitzer on Monday  at 11:30 AM EDT, and Harav Shraga Kallus, Tuesday 10:30 AM EDT.  These special Chol HoMoed Yarchei Kallah are l’zeicher nishmas R’ Yaakov ben R’ Nochum Mordechai, ZTVK”L, the Novominsker Rebbe, Rosh [...]

704, 2020

“Davka Achshav”: The Novominsker Rebbe’s Final Message to Klal Yisroel

By |April 7th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: |

  By: Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president, Agudath Israel of America   I had the zchus, for over 35 years, to work closely with the Novominsker Rebbe ztvk'l in the vineyards of Agudas Yisroel. Many of those interactions were memorable, and I had frequent occasion to marvel at the brilliance, compassion and vision of this great leader.   But perhaps the project the Rebbe undertook that will remain [...]

704, 2020

April 7 Update

By |April 7th, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update, Uncategorized|

We are devastated and broken-hearted over the petirah of the Novominsker Rebbe Horav Yaakov Perlow, זצוק'ל. The Rebbe was a longstanding member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America, and served as Rosh Agudas Yisroel for the past 22 years. The loss to Klal Yisroel, and Agudas Yisroel, is incalculable. Updated Guidance Please click here for our updated guidance regarding coronavirus aid - it has been updated to include information [...]

704, 2020

Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe, Rosh Agudas Yisroel, ztvk”l

By |April 7th, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: |

Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe and Rosh Agudas Yisroel, Z"tl, at Agudah's 97th National Convention in 2019. High res versions of the photos above are available to download here or by clicking on the images. Photo Credits: Agudath Israel of America Archives We are devastated and broken-hearted to report the petirah of the Novominsker Rebbe Horav Yaakov Perlow, זצוק'ל. The Rebbe was a longstanding member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah [...]

604, 2020

In the Age of Coronavirus, Halachic Living Wills an Essential Element in Medical Care

By |April 6th, 2020|Categories: Chayim Aruchim, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: , , |

By Sandy Eller With lifesaving medical equipment in short supply and pressures increasing to forego treating elderly patients, Chayim Aruchim is urging every member of the Jewish community to sign a halachic medical directive to ensure that their religious rights are protected should they become critically ill, rachmonah l'tzlan. An unprecedented number of people have found themselves dealing with a gravely ill family member as the coronavirus continues to spread [...]

504, 2020

Executive Directors Network: Ltoeles Harabim

By |April 5th, 2020|Categories: Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, Lefkowitz Leadership Initiative, Legal Services, News Page, Uncategorized|

DISCLAIMER: information below is NOT legal advice - it is for informational purposes only so that you can be more knowledgeable when discussing with your own accountant and lawyers your own particular situation Please note that Agudath Israel is not a law firm and does not dispense legal advice. Please reach out to your own attorney for official legal guidance. Special Thank You to Rabbi Eliyahu Stern for all the [...]

304, 2020

VIDEO: The Latest on the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

By |April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Employment & Training Divisions, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, News Page, Regional Offices|

Dear All, As part of the follow up to tonight's webinar, I'm sharing a link to the recording, some useful links and more: EDN Updates can be found here https://agudah.org/edn-ltoeles-harabim/ They are also hosting a webinar tomorrow midday The Jewish Federation has a wonderful website with resources that keep getting updated. It can be found here https://www.jewishtogether.org/sba-loan-information Agudah offices across the country have set up hotlines and email addresses for [...]

304, 2020

Action Alert: Tell Mayor DeBlasio That Jewish Children Need Kosher Grab & Go Meals

By |April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

NYC has been providing three "Grab and Go" meals a day for all children under the age of 19 for many weeks now. However, according to NYC "all" does not appear to include children who keep kosher. NYC is in the midst of a health and economic crisis. Families who keep kosher are struggling alongside the rest of NYC. Yet NYC leadership has not yet provided meals for the children [...]

304, 2020

April 3 Update

By |April 3rd, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update, News, News Page|Tags: , , |

Guide to Finances The New York Office of Agudath Israel of America has put together a guide for NY residents regarding finances and coronavirus. Click here to view and download the guide. Please reach out to covidfinances@agudah.org if you have any questions. New York City Offering Assistance for Individuals. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on New York City's workforce, the City of New York has developed a list of resources for those who may be [...]

204, 2020

Agudah Hails Passage of No Hate In Our State

By |April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Anti-Semitism, Government, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, New York, News, News Page, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

In the New York State 2020-21 budget passed today and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the legislature included a key piece of legislation proposed by Governor Cuomo and strongly supported by Agudath Israel of America. This bill, entitled the “No Hate in Our State Act” was originally introduced by the governor in his State of the State Address back in January which was attended by representatives of Agudath Israel. Coming [...]

204, 2020

Agudah COVID Resources by State

By |April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Constituent Services, Employment & Training Divisions, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, Illinois, Legal Services, New Jersey, New York, News Page, Ohio, Regional Offices, Uncategorized, Washington DC|

NEW JERSEY: The New Jersey Office of Agudath Israel of America has worked with a team of professionals to put together a comprehensive document with guidance for NJ individuals, businesses, and non-profits regarding finances during coronavirus. Please click here to view and download the guide. Should you or anyone you know need any guidance, please reach out to us by sending an email to njcovid19@agudah.org with your name, phone number [...]

204, 2020

“Staying Home for Pesach” Video

By |April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Agudath Israel, Home Page Agudah News, News, News Page|Tags: |

We are all impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in big ways and small. For many couples and families, one of the biggest challenges is making Pesach for the first time, and for many others, the challenge is not having their children and grandchildren with them at their Yom Tov table. The Agudah reached out to people in different communities and asked them to share their thoughts on this. Please watch, [...]

104, 2020

April 1 Update

By |April 1st, 2020|Categories: New York COVID-19 Update, Uncategorized|Tags: |

New Resource:   The federal government has created temporary financial assistance programs to help individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits during the coronavirus pandemic. Many state governments - like New York - have implemented their own programs. To provide an overview of some of the available options, Agudath Israel has consulted with a team of professionals to provide this guidance document. To that end we have set up a dedicated email [...]

104, 2020

How to Make Tax-Free Payments to Your Employees This Holiday Season

By |April 1st, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Government Advocacy, Home Page Agudah News, Legal Services, State Advocacy, Yeshiva Services|

On Thursday, Agudath Israel partnered with Roth & Co to present a webinar on the Corona Stimulus package making its way through Congress. The video and audio of the webinar can be accessed here. On Friday, the staff at Roth & Co have prepared a prepared a summary of the presentation as well as responses to some of the many questions they received which can be seen here. Yesterday, they sent [...]