About Teach Coalition

Teach Coalition, a project of the Orthodox Union, advocates for equitable government funding for nonpublic schools.

Teach Coalition works to make nonpublic schools better, safer and more affordable through advocacy and grassroots activism.

Teach Coalition advocates on behalf of approximately 90% of Yeshivah and day school students nationwide.

Our Team

Maury Litwack

Executive Director, Teach Coalition

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Maury Litwack

Executive Director, Teach Coalition

As Founder & Executive Director of the TEACH Coalition, Maury Litwack has grown the organization from a single staffer to a multi-state network responsible for billions of dollars in new state funding to non-public schools. He leads TEACH’s advocacy on every issue of import for schools and families: tuition subsidies, STEM advancement, health and nutrition programs and the priority issue of school safety. Today TEACH is hundreds of schools strong and counts a national core of over 500 politically active lay leaders and thousands of engaged parent and student activists to deliver their message to elected officials and candidates both at the statehouse and back home.

Through Litwack’s strategic approach to policy and leadership, Teach Coalition has forged groups of Jews, Muslims and Catholics into a singular, cohesive force for change. The organization’s policy meetings, rallies, and press conferences represent a cross-section of the diverse non-public school community, reflecting Litwack’s view that meaningful impact requires collaboration that transcends religious boundaries. The results include a doubling of New York State funding to non-public schools and increasing the per-pupil security funding to non-public students in New Jersey also by two times. The added state funding is directly credited with impacting the budgets of schools in multiple states. His work has helped move long stalled legislation in California, Pennsylvania and Maryland to benefit children and schools in those states. It has also meant a historic series of firsts: the first-ever funding for security guards in non-public schools, the first ever Kosher and Halal pilot program for all, the first ever STEM teacher grant for non-public schools in the nation, and the first time summer camps were named eligible for security grants.

A sought-after expert in lobbying and education, Litwack is a go-to source for journalists. His work has generated coverage across the media landscape, from New York Times and Wall Street Journal to Hamodia and Mishpacha, where he is the subject of a recent cover story. Litwack was named to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s transition team and in 2020 to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Interfaith Advisory Council. In 2020, Litwack was recognized for his outstanding work in advocacy by Insider NJ magazine’s “Insider 100: Policymakers” list, as well as being named to City & State’s “Education 100” and “Responsible 100” publications – the magazine’s annual lists of the 100 most influential people in New York State’s education policy and public policy arenas.

Litwack has presented in more than 25 cities and keynoted national conferences. He has also published numerous articles. Prior to joining the Orthodox Union, Litwack was a federal affairs lobbyist for Miami-Dade, the sixth largest county in the nation.  He also served as a legislative staffer in the United States Congress, specializing in foreign affairs and education policy.

Mimi Jankovits

National Grassroots Director, Teach Coalition

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Mimi Jankovits

National Grassroots Director, Teach Coalition

From 2016-2020, Mimi was the first Executive Director of Teach Florida, which became a major statewide advocate for school choice and nonpublic school security funding, and is now supported by 20 member schools, a strong voting bloc and more than 10,000 people receiving updates.

As an appointee to Governor DeSantis’ Education Transition Taskforce in 2018 and the Florida Covid-19 Opening Policy Commission in 2020, Mimi was a strong voice for the needs of nonpublic schools and families.

Prior to joining Teach Florida, Mimi worked for seven years as the Executive Director of Thank Israeli Soldiers, a multi-national organization providing gratitude and support to more than 40,000 soldiers a year during and after their army service.  Her commitment to the Jewish people and Israel included previous employment as Regional Director of One Family Fund and Public Relations and Special Events Director for Aish HaTorah. Mimi has a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and lives with her family in Hollywood, Florida, where her husband is a Rabbi.  Their love of the Jewish people extends to hosting many guests for Shabbos and holidays, whether they are living in Florida, Israel or Brazil.

Yosef Kanofsky

Director of Government Programs, Teach NY

Dan Mitzner

National Director of Policy and Political Affairs

Sydney Altfield

Grassroots Engagement Director, Teach NYS

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Sydney Altfield

Grassroots Engagement Director, Teach NYS

Sydney Altfield serves as the Director of Grassroots Engagement for Teach NYS. Previously, Sydney served as a Development Fellow at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She is a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida where she received her bachelors degree in Event Management and earned a minor in Leadership Studies.

Katie Katz

Executive Director, Teach NJ

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Katie Katz

Executive Director, Teach NJ

As Teach NJ’s executive director, Katz oversees Teach NJ’s annual campaign, community engagement and mobilization efforts across the state. She joined Teach NJ from the Englewood Health Foundation where, as a major gifts officer, she managed a portfolio of major donors and cultivated philanthropic partnerships between donors, physicians, and Englewood Health. Prior to her time at Englewood Health, Katz worked at The New Jewish Home in Manhattan as associate director of capital campaigns.

A third-generation New Jersey resident and Jewish day school alumna, Katz holds an MBA from Brandeis University in nonprofit management as well as a master’s degree in Jewish professional leadership. She lives in Teaneck with her husband Ezra and their three children.

Contact Information

We are here to help. If you are a lawmaker, school, or someone who wants to know more about what we do and how you can make a difference, feel free to reach out.
Teach PA
2100 Arch Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Teach NYS
11 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
Teach NJ
259 Cedar Lane
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Teach FL
450 N Park Road
Suite 710
Hollywood FL 33021
Teach Coalition
11 Broadway
New York, NY 10004