by Reuvain Borchardt, Hamodia
The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) on Thursday hosted its annual “Policy Conference and Appreciation Event” dinner, honoring those who publicly defend the religious liberties of the orthodox community.
OJPAC was founded by askanim Aron Spielman, Mayer Berger, and Yossi Gestetner for the purpose of countering disparaging media coverage of the Orthodox Jewish Community, and promoting civil liberties impacting the community. It has released data-driven reports and conducted media and advocacy campaigns in defense of the community, and Gestetner in particular has become an influential and ubiquitous presence on traditional and social media rebuffing negative narratives of the community.
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This year’s awards went to Rabbi Yeruchim Silber of Agudath Israel and to Rabbi Yaakov Menken of the Coalition for Jewish Values (Senior Askan Awards); Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder (Askan in Government Awards); Shimon Rolnitzky of Kol Mavaser and Der Gluck (Askan in Media Awards); Rabbi Yisroel Kahan of Oyzrim and of the Anti-Defamation League (Organizational Askan Award); Jeff Ballabon and Lee Brewer (Independent Askan Awards).
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