Rabbi Moshe Matz, front row, third from the left, marches with other education choice advocates in a rally at the state Capitol in spring 2010.

Editor’s note: To read a recent news story featuring Rabbi Matz, click here.

On this episode, Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill talks with the executive director of Agudath Israel of Florida, the local arm of a century-old advocacy organization committed to protecting and advancing the interests of the Orthodox Jewish community.

The two discuss the importance of education choice within the rabbi’s community and the Hebrew understanding of education as a lifelong endeavor that defines the community as a whole. They also discuss HB 7045, a landmark education choice bill passed this week by the Florida Legislature, and how expanding access to choice programs will greatly benefit Florida and the Orthodox Jewish community.

“I think the options we have in terms of education choices we’ve developed here in Florida are definitely a magnet for people … This is a central part of what our community really needs for its growth.”

EPISODE DETAILS:

·       Rabbi Matz’s history as the son of refugees from the Castro Revolution in Cuba and the grandson of Holocaust victims

·       The role that education choice plays in the Jewish community and how it protects its culture and traditions

·       How choice scholarships such as Florida’s allow large Jewish families greater learning opportunity

·       The passage of HB 7045 in the Florida Legislature and how Rabbi Matz sees choice unfolding in Florida

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