Tuesday September 4th, 2012
OU Contact: Jesse Hervitz
Deputy Director of Political Affairs
(917) 510-3726; firstname.lastname@example.org
JLCSC Contact: Elliot Schreiber
South Florida Chapter Director
(305) 791-7038 ; Elliot@federationforchildren.info
For Immediate Release
The Orthodox Union (OU) and the Jewish Leadership Coalition for School Choice (JLCSC) are pleased to announce a joint, non-partisan voter registration campaign in South Florida.
The purpose of the campaign is to increase the level of participation and engagement by Jewish Floridians in the upcoming federal, state and local elections.
Florida’s Jewish community is certainly mindful that the presidential and congressional election will impact key national policies – including U.S. policy toward Israel, the economy, and the healthcare system. However, many Jewish voters often overlook important issues decided by state and local governments. Such issues as tuition scholarships for their children and critical aid for Jewish day schools are often directly influenced by elections at the state and local level.
Jesse Hervitz, Deputy Political Director for the Orthodox Union has made the Jewish day school community’s involvement in state and local government one of the OU’s main focuses in South Florida.
“There are many issues of importance in state and local governments on which the Jewish community’s voice must be heard. This will not take place until our community as a whole makes the most of their civic responsibility. Through this joint effort we strive to empower our community to take action and have a say in the political decisions that most affect their daily lives.”
Sept. 10th through the 24th will be designated for Voter Registration in local organizations, synagogues, and schools. At these locations, voter registration forms, instructions, and eligibility resources will be available.
Elliot Schreiber, Director of the South Florida Chapter of the JLCSC noted the potential impact of the Jewish community in local races, as it pertains to issues of importance to the local Jewish schools.
“A number of races of importance to the Jewish communities in North Miami and Miami Beach were decided upon by only 800 or so votes. The Jewish community needs to understand how important each vote is. We need to get more involved and send the message that our community values this fundamental American right and takes it seriously