Earlier this week I posted a picture of our first ad in a series and received many positive comments. While we are not a law firm, the first ad highlights Agudath Israel’s role in defending the religious rights of Orthodox Jews and their institutions in state and federal courts. I take no credit for the marketing campaign, but I’ll share it again here and look forward to your feedback. More importantly, if you are an attorney who wishes to join our pro bono network please contact us at staterelations@agudathisrael.org with your practice area and bar admissions information.

Knowing who to call in Maryland (i.e., Rabbi Sadwin) recently helped a Jewish woman receive a timely burial in a military cemetery (see here). It was the most unique, yet just one of many highlights from Annapolis this week.

And on the topic of burial, for the second time in three months I participated in a discussion about Jewish beliefs and practices surrounding death and autopsy at the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario. This week’s meeting included more than twenty regional supervising coroners and senior staff from across Ontario. It was the latest and largest in a series of meetings arranged by Gesher Canada, an organization dedicated to building bridges between the Orthodox community and governmental bodies. Since the initial meeting in November, Gesher has worked with coroners to help ensure that religious needs were taken into account to the maximum extent possible in several cases. More importantly, they have created an excellent working relationship and spirit of cooperation between the Orthodox community and the coroner’s office.