January 01, 2006
About the IPA
As the public policy arm of the nation's largest representative Orthodox Jewish organization -- with over 1,000 member synagogues nationwide -- the IPA works to protect Jewish interests and freedoms by providing government officials with informative policy briefings, advocating legislative and regulatory initiatives, and coordinating our constituency's grass-roots political activities.
Importantly, the IPA works to bring the unique perspective of Jewish law and tradition to bear upon the widest range of public policy issues confronting American society at-large, thus seeking to fulfill our mission to work for the betterment of the world -- tikkun olam -- for all of humankind.
Within the Jewish community, the IPA serves as the Orthodox community's link to the Conference of President's of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the World Jewish Congress, and other umbrella entities. The IPA also serves as the Orthodox Union's link to the broader international community through its recognized non-governmental organization (NGO) observer status at the United Nations.
In addition to its day-to-day activities, the IPA sponsors an annual National Leadership Mission to Washington, D.C., and the IPA Summer Internship Program -- placing Orthodox Jewish college students in key governmental offices.
The OU's IPA invites you to become an active participant in our programs and to become a partner in working for tikkun olam today. You can contact the Institute for Public Affairs at (212) 613-8123 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OU Thanks Olmert for Clarification on Jerusalem Negotiations
February 13, 2008
UOJCA APPRECIATES PRIME MINISTER OLMERT'S PROMPT CLARIFICATION ON JERUSALEM NEGOTIATIONS
Reiterates call that Jerusalem remains the united, eternal capital of Israel and the Jewish people
Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation's largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, issued a statement in response to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's comments to reporters that Jerusalem would remain the last issue to be resolved with the Palestinians and to reports that construction will continue on Jewish projects in East Jerusalem.
UOJCA President Stephen J. Savitsky, Executive Vice President Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb and Director of Public Policy Nathan J. Diament stated:
We are appreciative of Prime Minister Olmert's swift response to our call for clarification to media reports regarding the status of Jerusalem. We are equally appreciative of his government's decision to continue approval and construction of Jewish projects in "East Jerusalem".
The Orthodox Union continues to believe that Jerusalem must remain the united and eternal capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish People, a position held both by a majority of Israeli Jews and American Jews, across political affiliation and religious denomination. We also hope that Prime Minister Olmert will further clarify that there are no secret talks concurrently occurring on Jerusalem.
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