On Tuesday, March 29th, The New York Jewish Agenda hosted our first ever in-person event, a reception with Israel’s Minister for Regional Cooperation, Esawi Frej.
We are writing to thank you for your decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees at private and religious schools, including yeshivas and Jewish schools. While this policy has its critics, we believe it is the kind of bold step New York City needs to keep our children, our educators, and our school staff safe while keeping schools open and allowing children to continue their education. We urge you to implement and enforce it fully, in close coordination with the affected communities.
This op-ed was written by Matt Nosanchuk and appeared in the New York Daily News on October 22, 2020.
Journalist Jacob Kornbluh, New York Jewish Agenda (NYJA), and a group of Orthodox rabbis today called for communities across New York City to comply with public health measures to contain Covid-19 in New York’s hotspots.
The group called for justice for Jacob Kornbluh and other victims of recent violent incidents. Participants also spoke about the need for data-driven, geographically-based public health efforts to contain Covid-19 in New York hotspots and for compliance in all communities, including NYC’s Orthodox Jewish communities.
Matt Nosanchuk and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, co-authored this op-ed in The Forward, writing that public education is a Jewish value.
This op-ed, written by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Matt Nosanchuk, and Rabbi Rachel Timoner, appeared in The Forward.
This article, written by Molly Boigon, appeared in The Forward as a News item. The article notes NYJA’s support for efforts by New York State Attorney General Letitia James to look into reports of unequal enforcement by the NYPD of social-distancing requirements due to coronavirus.
We express our anger and disappointment at Mayor de Blasio’s scapegoating the Jewish community in response to the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Mertz . In the midst of an historic wave of antisemitic hate violence in New York City, our community has been feeling the pain of being singled out and blamed for the spread of this deadly disease.
A d’var Torah for Parshat Beha’alotecha by Matt Nosanchuk, published in T’ruah, the rabbinic call for human rights.
Bail reform has worked, lowering the number of individuals in pretrial detention. During our current public health crisis, in which social distancing is paramount, bail reform helps reduce crowding in our jails and can save lives. At a time of crisis, while attention is diverted elsewhere, and while limiting population density is key, we should not make changes that would put or keep more people in jail, especially those who are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.