SCOTUS Rejects Cuomo's Targeting of Orthodox Jews During Lockdowns
Last night, the SCOTUS ruled 5-4 to limit Governor Andrew Cuomo’s actions against houses of worship. In the second page of the ruling it was noted that “statements made [by Cuomo] in connection with the challenged rules, can be viewed as targeting the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community.”
New DOJ Action Against Airmont
Earlier today, the Department of Justice filed a 3-point lawsuit in federal court against the Village of Airmont which is located in Rockland County. The three points are that the village's zoning laws and actions of 2017-2018 have 1) placed an unreasonable burden on Orthodox Jews; 2) have discriminated against Orthodox Jews and 3) are in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).
Expanded Security Funds are Available for Non-Profit Institutions
Following the heinous antisemitic attack in Jersey City over a year ago on December 10, 2019 and the deadly Chanukah stabbing in Monsey, NY the following December 28, OJPAC embarked on a public information and advocacy effort to secure additional funding for security at vulnerable Jewish institutions.