Eight Communities, One Voice
Ohio Jewish Communities December 12, 2016
Legislature passes bipartisan bill banning state contracts with companies engaged in BDS against Israel or others.
Measure also includes potential to increase investment in Israel Bonds by millions.
Ohio Jewish Communities December 13, 2016
Over $7 million to be made available with passage of "target hardening" grant program that makes State a national leader
Statement of Ohio Jewish Communities on Signing of HB 476
December 19, 2016
"With Governor Kasich's signature, Ohio becomes the latest state to stand up against the discrimination based on national origin inherent in efforts to boycott, divest, or sanction Israel. It's also a stand in support of free trade and academic freedom.
"For that alone, we, representing Ohio's Jewish communities statewide and a diverse coalition of business, academic, and faith leaders are profoundly grateful.
"But Ohio went a step further than anyone else. They included an opportunity for positive investment by the state and county treasurers in certain foreign bonds - including Israel's - allowing our state to stand with Israel in a meaningful way, helping to create even more business, trade, and research opportunities.
"Thank you Governor Kasich."
-- Howie Beigelman, executive director, Ohio Jewish Communities
Ohio Jewish Communities January 5, 2017
Yesterday, Governor John Kasich signed HB 384 into law. It had passed both chambers by wide, overwhelming, and bi-partisan margins.
Included in this law is funding of over $7.3 million to help nonprofits “target harden” their facilities against terrorist attack. Ohio is only the second state in the nation (after California) to enact such a program.
Congress Steps in On JCC Security
February 22, 2017
In the wake of some sixty bomb threats against Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions, Congress has stepped in - and up - in a big, and bipartisan way.
In a letter coauthored by Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Joe Crowley, signed by over 150 additional Members - including at least half the Ohio delegation - Congress asks the Attorney General, the Homeland Security Secretary, and the FBI Director to pull out the stops.
They also call for more funds to vulnerable nonprofits that are the classic soft target.
The full letter is