NJ Jewish community leaders unite in support of nonpublic school security funding

Over the last few weeks, Agudath Israel’s New Jersey office has engaged in an extensive grassroots advocacy effort to promote “The Secure Schools for All Children Act”- Bill A-2689.

The bill, which passed the Assembly’s education committee unanimously and now heads for a full Assembly vote, would provide $144 per child for school safety. 

Dr. George Corwell, Director of the Office of Education of the NJ Catholic Conference, discussing how vital the security funding is to all religious schools.

Dr. George Corwell, Director of the Office of Education of the NJ Catholic Conference, discussing how vital the security funding is to all religious schools.

Rabbi Avi Schnall, Agudath Israel’s NJ director, has been working together with bill sponsor, Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) to coordinate events throughout the state with local legislators and community leaders.

On March 17th, local Assemblymembers, Jamel Holley (D-20) and Annette Quijano (D-20), Jewish community leaders, and staff from the Catholic Conference, met at the Jewish Educational Center (JEC) of Elizabeth, to discuss security funding for nonpublic schools. At the end of the meeting both Assemblymembers pledged their full support of the bill.

Rabbi Avi Schnall, Agudath Israel's NJ director; Monmouth County Councilman Jeff Cantor; Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic); Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R-13); Mr. Leon Goldenberg, chairman of the board Shalom Torah Academy and member of the Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel of America.

Rabbi Avi Schnall, Agudath Israel’s NJ director; Monmouth County Councilman Jeff Cantor; Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic); Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13); Mr. Leon Goldenberg, chairman of the board Shalom Torah Academy and member of the Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel of America.

On March 29th, Agudath Israel’s New Jersey office continued its community engagement effort by hosting an event together with Shalom Torah Academy in Marlboro. At that event, Assemblymembers Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) and Gary Schaer met with more than twenty local community leaders and day school parents. “We are very grateful to the Assemblymembers who met with us these past few weeks for their support of the bill,” said Rabbi Schnall, “and for their recognition of the importance of protecting all New Jersey students.”

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 Listen to Rabbi Schnall and Assemblyman Schaer discuss the bill on Nachum Segal’s JM in the AM program (begins a 47:40)