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Jewish Values in Action: 2016 JCPA Election Guide

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 12, 2016

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A resource for the community relations field and Jewish advocates to organize election and get out the vote activities.  Important elections at the federal, state, and local levels are just months away, with vital issues at stake.  The Jewish community relations field has a rich tradition of civic engagement and voted engagement.     In…



Jewish Values in Action
Israel

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

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    Israel

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The United States plays a vital role in negotiating a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The only viable path forward is through a two state solution: the Jewish State of Israel and a State of Palestine, existing side-by-side in peace and security. While recent peace talks have not moved forward, violence on Israel’s borders…



Jewish Values in Action
International Human Rights

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

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    International Human Rights

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The vigorous protection of human rights, based on human dignity, is a core tenet of Judaism. There are armed conflicts, genocides, mass atrocities spurring one of the worst refugee and displaced persons crisis in its history, with more than 60 million people now displaced by violence and war. While the majority of refugees are Syrian,…



Jewish Values in Action
Gun Control

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

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    Gun Control

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With mass shootings occurring nearly every day, gun violence in America has reached epidemic levels. Americans are 25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries. Though the United States makes up just 4.4% of the world’s population, we own almost half of all guns in the world.…



Jewish Values in Action
Climate Change

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

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    Climate Change

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Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our generation. As global temperatures increase, extreme weather patterns and rising sea levels will exacerbate conflict, the spread of disease, habitat destruction, and species extinction. We are already experiencing many of these harmful impacts. Last year, representatives from 196 nations agreed to a historic climate accord,…



Jewish Values in Action
Education

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

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    Education

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Education is one of the most important determinants of lifetime earnings, social mobility, and health outcomes. Yet our nation’s public schools are chronically underfunded and under performing, especially within low-income and rural communities. In society that prides itself on being the “land of opportunity,” poverty should not be the deciding factor in a child’s prospects…



Jewish Values in Action
Immigration

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

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    Immigration

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We are a nation of immigrants, yet our immigration system is broken. For centuries, people from all over the world have come to the United States seeking a better life, free from persecution and marginalization. They have brought with them rich and diverse cultures that have become our nation’s greatest strength. However, an estimated 11…



Jewish Values in Action
Hunger

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

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    Hunger

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Food insecurity is one of the most acute hardships many Americans, including children, face across the country. In 2014, the most recent year for which we have data, over 48 million people—including more than 14 million children—suffered from food insecurity, lacking either sufficient food or sufficiently nutritious food. Millions of people rely on federal nutrition…



Jewish Values in Action
Poverty

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

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    Poverty

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The dramatic disparity in wealth distribution across the United States has been a driving force throughout this election season, but income inequality has been increasing for decades with profound consequences for society. Studies show that high social and economic inequalities are a major factor in determining physical and mental health, as well as overall social…



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Criminal Justice

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

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    Criminal Justice

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Criminal justice reform is the new frontier of the Civil Rights Movement. Since the 1970s, incarceration levels in the United States have skyrocketed. Between federal and state facilities, the United States. incarcerates more than two million men, women, and juvenile—more than any other nation in the world. Among this population, low-income and people of color…