We’ve already seen the power of our voices being heard. The entire tone of the Obama administration toward Israel shifted after Bob Turner won the special election for Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat. It didn’t matter that the seat was soon lost to redistricting. The Orthodox community voted Republican and people took notice. Small events carry a ripple effect that travels all the way to the top.

As someone active in this area I can confirm that politics is indeed a colossal pain in the neck. But it makes no sense to write a check to a frum charity and then fail to vote for a candidate who will help advance the goals of that charity. Especially when the candidate, and the organization standing behind the candidate, can do far more than anything we can do on our own. Give charity. But give some of your time as well.

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Uri Kaufman is a trustee of the Lawrence Public School District and the executive leader of the Lawrence Republican Club.

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