The headline above is a quote of Agudath Israel’s New Jersey director’s reaction to the latest court decision addressing a New Jersey township which faced charges of discrimination against the Orthodox community.

In finding that Toms River Township discriminated against a local Chabad house, the judge invoked several laws including RLUIPA (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act), a law which Agudath Israel of America helped draft nearly two decades ago.

The court victory is just one of several things happening in New Jersey, including our upcoming legislative breakfast – see below for more details.

As we reported last week, thanks to the strategic advocacy efforts led by Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, Maryland will now allow taxpayers to receive a tax deduction for contributions to a 529 plan and use the funds in the account for K-12 expenses. See the poster below for answers to your questions or email 529@agudathisrael-md.org for more information.

The inclusion of a “yeshiva” provision into the New York State budget deal, brought out a heated discussion about the role of government oversight in private religious schools. My colleague Avrohom Weinstock penned an op-ed in the Jewish Press which I encourage you to read here.

Agudath Israel of Illinois is hosting its annual dinner May 27th in Chicago, followed two days later by the national dinner in NYC honoring our chairman Mr. Shlomo (Sol) Werdiger and Mr. Mendy (Robert) Klein. I hope all of you can support and attend one, or both of those important events.