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JCPA Welcomes Expanded Egalitarian Prayer Space at Western Wall

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  • Posted on February 1, 2016

Washington, D.C., – The decision by the Israeli cabinet to approve an expanded egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall is a welcome step toward improving relations between Israel and the Diaspora and supporting increased participation at Judaism’s holiest site. The JCPA applauds the determination of concerned denominations in Israel and North America, as well…



Support the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act

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  • Posted on January 27, 2016

It is estimated that approximately 1.68 million youth experience homelessness each year in the U.S. For over 40 years, the Federal government has funded programs that provide street outreach, temporary shelter and services, and transitional living to this population. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) looks to improve these programs by:…



Waters of the U.S.

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  • Posted on January 27, 2016

Administration stands behind Clean Water Rule, after Congress sought to repeal  Thank the White House for protecting clean water with this action alert!  Access to clean water is a fundamentally Jewish value.  The Clean Water Act is a key piece of legislation that regulates our water resources, ensuring that all Americans have equal access to…



2016 Frank Fellow Reflection

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  • Posted on January 27, 2016

On January 25, 2016, I curled up on my couch in my downtown St. Louis loft and flipped open my laptop to skim the news.  A story in the Times of Israel entitled “Israeli Man Fights off Palestinian Stabbers with a Supermarket Cart” caught my eye.  It featured an Israeli man named Mordechai Shalem who…



Frank Fellows

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  • Posted on January 27, 2016

Eight emerging leaders hailing from San Francisco, CA; Indianapolis, IA; Atlanta, GA; Mount Laurel, NJ; Virginia Beach, VA; St. Louis, MO, and Pittsburgh, PA traveled to Poland to study Jewish history and Israel to join the JCPA leadership mission.  In Poland, the fellows visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi camps and explored Kraków’s Jewish history.  In Israel,…



Tu’Bshvat – The Jewish Holiday for the Trees

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  • Posted on January 19, 2016

The Jewish holiday for the trees falls on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, which coincides with January 25th this year. The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life has created a whole collection of resources for celebrating this major Jewish environmental holiday.COEJL has sermon starters,source sheets, and articles that can help you…



Implementation Day

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  • Posted on January 19, 2016

In the context of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program, January 16, 2016 was “Implementation Day.” The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran had completed all of the steps outlined in the deal, which means that  sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear activities will be temporarily lifted or waived.…



2016 JCPA Leadership Mission to Israel

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  • Posted on January 19, 2016

Although it might be called the worst of clichés, those who attempt an in-depth understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and realities faced by the state of Israel often say the same thing: it’s complicated. Participants in the JCPA’s recent leadership mission to Israel may well have reached the same conclusion after an intense and informative…



Jewish Community Disappointed by House Vote on Clean Water

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  • Posted on January 14, 2016

Washington, D.C., – Yesterday, the House of Representative voted to repeal the Clean Water Rule under the Congressional Review Act. The House vote follows a similar action in the Senate. The repeal will now proceed to the President, who has threatened to veto it. In response to the vote, the Coalition on the Environment and…



Let’s work together to #EndHumanTrafficking

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  • Posted on January 13, 2016

January marks Human Trafficking Awareness Month and Thursday, January 14th is Jewish Community Day of Action to #EndHumanTrafficking. In 2014 the National Human Trafficking hot line received over 21,000 calls reporting suspected human trafficking yet, the Department of Justice brought just 208 federal human trafficking prosecutions. Within the U.S. women, men, teenagers, and children (both…