During its 50 year history (1963 – present) the AOJT has been successful in numerous endeavors. Over the years the organization has developed into a vibrant and respected force in the New York City Public School System. Even today, one of the AOJT’s primary functions is to be vigilant in ensuring that past grievance victories and laws are not violated and that all Jewish educators’ religious rights are protected.
When the AOJT was first organized, the membership was primarily concerned with required absences and loss of pay for educators due to religious days and late session classes on short Fridays, during the winter. They were concerned that religious observance would lead to denial or loss of jobs.
We have an active Grievance Committee that helps resolve individual problems and ensure that your rights are protected. We protect the religious rights of professionals who provide special services, such as OTs, PTs, Speech Therapists, School Psychologists, Social Workers and other Special Ed. professionals. We contact Supervisors on your behalf to intervene when there is a problem. You are not alone!
Over the years, through our Jewish Heritage Essay Contest, many public school students have been made aware of Jewish customs and traditions and our Luncheon Journal proceeds have helped numerous public school students attend summer camps.
Membership is the lifeblood of our organization. We invite you to join the AOJT and help protect your rights and to share with us the mantle of leadership. We urge you to help protect yourself, and future educators by joining the AOJT and participating in all aspects of its work. Our strength relies upon our numbers and dedication both to our profession and to our heritage.