Orthodox Union Delivers 180,000 Letters to White House, Calls for Continued Support for Israel

    Rabbi Moshe Hauer addresses the press conference, flanked by letters.

    New York  – The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union) hand-delivered 180,000 physical letters—all written in the past six days—to the White House demanding the release of hostages from Gaza. The press conference and delivery marked the 180th day of captivity for 130 hostages, including eight Americans.

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    The letters call on President Joe Biden to support Israel materially and morally in its war to eradicate Hamas, combat antisemitism, and increase pressure to achieve the hostages’ unconditional, immediate release. Read the letter here.

    The Orthodox Union was joined by Maurice Shnaider, uncle of Shiri Bibas, who has been held in captivity with her husband, Yarden, and two young children, Ariel and Kfir. Rachel Goldberg-Polin, mother of American hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin, shared her emotional plea for her son’s release via video, and University of Maryland student Keren Binyamin spoke about the explosion of antisemitism on college campuses since Oct. 7.

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