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Jewish Values in Action
Hunger

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

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

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…



Jewish Values in Action
Criminal Justice

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

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…



The Dilemmas of Fighting Anti-Semitism

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on August 18, 2016

To go public or not? Whenever someone does or says something anti-Semitic or anti-Israel or both, we face a quandary: should we speak out or hold our tongue?   One school of thought says “sunlight is the best disinfectant” and that we must always publicly condemn such actions and statements, lest we allow such sentiments to…



AJC Panel Examines Changing Electoral Demographics

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on August 2, 2016

July 26, 2016By: Jon Marks | JE Staff If our children are indeed our future — as Whitney Houston once sang and as First Lady Michelle Obama spelled out repeatedly while addressing the Democratic National Convention on July 25 — then the upcoming presidential election will go a long ways in shaping it. That was…



Panelists discuss shifting demographics at AJC discussion

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on July 20, 2016

MICHAEL C. BUTZ | CJPC LIFESTYLES EDITOR mbutz@cjn.org The Pew Research Center projects that by 2055, the U.S. won’t have a single racial or ethnic majority. And in terms of religion, Pew reports the religiously unaffiliated have surged seven percentage points in that time span to make up 23 percent of U.S. adults – a…



Don’t believe their hype: BDS is a marginal phenomenon

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on July 14, 2016

JTA Op-Ed: July 13, 2016 5:36pmBy David Bernstein NEW YORK (JTA) — Ever since the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel began picking up steam three years ago, its proponents have brazenly declared the movement’s inevitable triumph. In April, for example, a pro-divestment group at the University of Chicago issued a statement proclaiming that by…