A Three Point Memo Regarding Hasidic Yeshiva Education
09/12/2022 Press Release
A three-point memo regarding Hasidic Yeshiva education and the changes to education regulations adopted by the New York State Department of Education.
NY Times Reporters Still Blame Orthodox Jews for Second COVID-19 Wave in NYC a Year Later
12/05/2021 Press Release
In an early December 2021 news report, New York Times reporter Emma Fitzsimmons suggested that Orthodox Jews of Brooklyn and Queens led to the second Coronavirus wave in October 2021. The article also gives incomplete COVID-19 vaccination numbers of Hasidim in Borough Park and Williamsburg. Here is a letter that we sent to the reporter.
OJPAC Statement Following Dangerous, Public Comments of Running Over Orthodox Jews with a Vehicle
11/12/2021 Press Release
During a November 10, 2021 public meeting in Haverstraw, New York, someone said “there is a certain sect of people that tend to walk in the street and nobody is wearing any reflective gear. So if I run one of them over and of course I will back over them again.” OJPAC distributed the video which led to massive condemnation and media reports. Here is our statement.
Video and Statement: Misleading Comments by Dr. Fauci Against “Hasidic Jewish People” in NY
08/25/2021 Press Release
In a recent CBS interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed herd immunity and he mentioned Measles, saying that “when vaccinations get below that (herd immunity) number you start to see outbreaks like we saw some time ago in the NYC area with Hasidic Jewish people who were not getting vaccinated.”
OJPAC Calls on Governor Cuomo’s Office to Release Accurate, Age-Based Coronavirus Vaccination Rates
06/07/2021 Press Release60% of the Hasidic population is under the age of 18 as opposed to only 20% of the general population in New York being of this young age. Most Orthodox Jewish adults are under the age of 50;...
The Coronavirus Vaccination Rate in Hasidic-Majority Borough Park Surpasses Many NY City Neighborhoods
05/31/2021 Press Release
Brooklyn - A look at vaccination data shared by the NYC Department of Health reveals that Borough Park, Brooklyn is doing better than many communities in vaccinating against the Coronavirus.
The Latest Bill by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski is Undemocratic, Crushes Civil Liberties of Minorities and Leaves East Ramapo Schools Underfunded
05/09/2021 Press Release
A proposed bill by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski calls for the appointment of a monitor armed with veto power over the democratically-elected board of the East Ramapo Central School District...
OJPAC Re-Launches Push to Restore Full Patient Rights in Hospitals
02/21/2021 Press Release
New York. - The advocacy and policy organization OJPAC launched a new round of advertising and outreach advocating that full patient rights should be restored at all hospitals, at all times, through expanding the number of hours that patients can have loved ones at their bedside for practical and emotional support.
Expanded Security Funds are Available for Non-Profit Institutions
01/20/2021 Press Release
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.
New DOJ Action Against Airmont
12/02/2020 Press Release
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).
SCOTUS Rejects Cuomo's Targeting of Orthodox Jews During Lockdowns
11/26/2020 Press Release
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.”
NYC is Playing Games with COVID-19 Data in Orthodox Jewish-Populated Neighborhoods
10/26/2020 Press Release
5-6 weeks ago, the NYC Health Department rushed to release weekly COVID-19 data of predominately Orthodox Jewish-populated zip codes. It showed the case load rising (as a result of a pre-high holiday test rush). However, more recently when the numbers are much better per the state’s Zone data, the city changed the setting and is now releasing zip code data only on a 28-day rolling average.
STATEMENT on Odd Cuomo Line as to Why There is Outrage
10/16/2020 Press Release
Governor Cuomo keeps repeating an odd line that Orthodox Jews are upset because the current restrictions while softer than the ones in the spring are being enforced but back in the spring there was no enforcement.
Coronavirus is Rising Across NY in Areas with no Orthodox Jews. Cuomo Still Blames Jews
10/11/2020 Press Release
On Friday October 9th, 2020, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said in an interview that “the cluster is predominantly an ultra-orthodox [Jewish] cluster.” This echoes his week-long rhetoric of blaming the recent statewide resurgence of COVID-19 on Orthodox Jews, but here are the facts:
Houses of Worship and Clothing at Big Box Stores
05/20/2020 Press Release
On Wednesday, May 20th, Governor Cuomo announced that religious services are now permitted but with a limit of 10 people. The specific number of ten people represents a Minyan, a quorum, needed for services.
VIDEO: Short Summary of the OJPAC 2020 Appreciation Event
02/18/2020 Press Release
On the eve of February 17, 2020, OJPAC hosted its 2020 Appreciation Event in Westchester, New York. This is a short summary video of it.
OJPAC Statement Regarding NYAG Action in Chester, NY
12/05/2019 Press Release
The New York State Attorney General filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit against the Town of Chester and against Orange County in New York regarding their treatment of the Jewish Community.
Regarding the Rise in Attacks on Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn
08/31/2019 Press Release
We urge the Brooklyn District Attorney to announce and implement stepped up prosecutions of those who commit bigoted-driven attacks against Orthodox Jews.
Regarding the Anti-Hasidic Video Published by a Political Committee in Rockland
08/29/2019 Press Release
The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) Released the following Information and Statement Regarding an anti-Hasidic Video Published by a Major Political Committee in Rockland County.
Hey Media. Please Stop Promoting Bigots. Thanks!
07/16/2019 Press Release
Today afternoon (July 16, 2019), CNN aired an interview with Richard Spencer. No one has done more for the PR of White Nationalists since 2015 than some media networks such as CNN. Spencer has been active for many years but few outside his bubble knew of him until media networks started giving him outsized attention.
Text and Video Regarding the 2018-2019 Measles Outbreak
03/29/2019 Press Release
In October 2018, a Measles Outbreak started in Rockland County, New York primarily in the Orthodox Jewish community. The outbreak is also in Orange County and in Brooklyn which are both in New York State, and in Ocean County, New Jersey
Regarding the Increase in Heated Policy Rhetoric Nationally
02/11/2019 Press Release
In our great country, it is expected and accepted to criticize any individual; organization; country or movement one disagrees with. However, it is deeply troubling when people focus most or all of their criticism on a specific person; group; organization or country - most recently the singling out of Jewish organizations and Jewish activists
OJPAC Timeline and Comment Regarding NJ AG’s Action in Mahwah
10/24/2017 Press Release
A Mahwah law banning non-New Jersey residents (appearntly aimed at Hasidim from New York) from using Mahwah parks was supposed to go into effect but was stopped at the last minute by the Burton County Prosecutor. Mahwah is in Bergen County
Video: A Message to Haters and Losers
06/21/2017 Press Release
On Saturday morning June 17th, someone discovered Swastika graffiti on a realtor "for sale" sign and on the sidewalk in front of 3 Second Avenue in Clarkstown.
A Win for All Women in NYC; a Defeat for Agitators
07/07/2016 Press ReleaseThe City of New York will permit women-only hours at two of its 55 public swimming pools. Four hours a week at one place; two hours a week at the other place. The changes at the two NYC pools...
WNYC Strikes Again; This Time on Lakewood
06/27/2016 Press ReleaseOnce again, the publicly-funded WNYC released a report against a portion of the Orthodox Jewish community; this time the community of Lakewood.The headline of the report...
An Urgent Request by OJPAC
04/03/2016 Press Release
Blaming the Orthodox Community for a Tragic Death
07/23/2015 Press ReleaseA few have argued that the Orthodox Jewish community is to blame for the tragic suicide death of Faigy Mayer. The aspiring entrepreneur was 30 years old and reportedly left the Orthodox Jewish...
OJPAC Welcomes Apology by "The Record" Regarding Outrageous Anti-Hasidic Letter
07/09/2015 Press Release"OJPAC welcomes the apology issued by the RecordOnline regarding the outrageous letter headlined 'Hasidic community growth detrimental.' The letter was, surprisingly, on the Record's website for more...
Removing Illegally-Posted Yiddish Signs in Monsey, NY
05/22/2015 Press ReleaseOJPAC thanks members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Monsey, NY for removing illegally-posted, Yiddish signs and stickers from their neighborhood. One of the attendees at OJPAC's Thursday roundtable...
An Open Letter to the NYC Bar Association
05/18/2015 Press ReleaseThe NYC Bar Association decided to support NYS Assembly Bill 0A5355A aimed at the East Ramapo Central School District; a district 40 miles north of NYC. Below is an open letter in response:1)...
OJPAC Statement Ahead of Lag B'Omer 2015
05/06/2015 Press ReleaseBecause bonfires are in center of the Lag B'Omer celebrations, some teens tend to light fires on their own. It is imperative that parents and guardians warn the youth that these fires are dangerous...
Facebook Page Makes Drastic Changes Following Release of OJPAC Video
03/29/2015 Press ReleaseThe ‘BLOCK the BLOCK VOTE’ Facebook page unabashedly aimed its venom at the Orthodox Community of Rockland County and beyond. It openly blamed Orthodox Jews for Rockland’s ‘entire’...