Agudas Yisroel leaders, including Lakewood's Rabbis Avi Schnall and Shlomo Schorr, spent Tuesday and Wednesday this week in Washington for the 2023 Leadership Mission.
Rabbi Avi Schnall told LNN, "We discussed the lawsuits they filed in Jackson and Toms River, and how serious they take zoning laws. The DOJ said they will continue to monitor other cities, like in upstate New York, so that issues that came up with Jackson and Toms River don't arise there as well, and ensure that people’s religious rights are being fairly protected."
Schnall said they spoke as well with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkes and other high-ranking DOHS officials on non-profit security grants.
A delegation of about 25 members of Agudath Israel of America's lay leadership group, the national board of trustees, converged on the U.S. Capitol to share concerns on a range of pressing issues, including the security of Israel, the alarming rise in global anti-Semitism, homeland security, school choice and social services for the needy.
The group met with and heard presentations from dozens of influential lawmakers from both parties.
Below are photos of U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and James Lankford (R-OK); Chief of Staff of the U.S Attorney General Eric garland, Matt Klapper; U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkes; Melissa Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships; Ellen Germain, Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues; and Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism (SEAS).
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