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JCPA Grants for Hunger Advocacy

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  • Posted on January 31, 2012

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  • JCPActs

The JCPA is delighted to offer significant support for JCRC engagement in anti-hunger activism and advocacy related to the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. The JCPA will be awarding Micro-Matching Grants to selected JCRCs to support their engagement in anti-hunger education, programming, and advocacy as part of the Confronting Poverty campaign.  Recipient communities will use…



IAN on Alert

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  • Posted on January 31, 2012

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  • JCPActs

In the coming weeks, the Israel Action Network will be working with a number of communities facing events and campaigns designed to isolate and demonize Israel. This coming week, a national BDS conference will take place at the University of Pennsylvania, however a new campus-community endorsed positive campaign to educate students about Israel has formed…



IAN Consultation in North Carolina

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  • Posted on January 24, 2012

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  • JCPActs

IAN’s latest community mobilization took place last week when Associate Managing Director Julie Bernstein traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina. As part of the consultation, Julie led a community wide event, Federation/CRC staff training and met with lay leaders to present strategies and messages that will aid their work in combating assaults made on Israel’s legitimacy.…



State of the Union

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  • Posted on January 20, 2012

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  • JCPActs

Tonight is President Obama’s third State of the Union Address. As we watch the President’s remarks tonight, we will listen for several specific issues.   First, the JCPA is listening for the President’s proposals to accelerate job creation, economic growth and alleviate poverty. Unemployment remains unacceptably high at 8.5%. The JCPA is committed to strong…



New HHS Contraceptives Rule

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  • Posted on January 20, 2012

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  • JCPActs

Contraceptives for women must now be covered under most health insurance plans, according to a new rule by the Department of Health and Human Services. The rule, issued last week, requires that contraceptive and preventative services be provided to all women with health insurance coverage, but allows an exemption for certain religious non-profit organizations.  It…



Hydrofracking

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The onset and evolution of hydrofracking processes have triggered rapid growth in natural-gas and light crude oil extraction from deposits deep underground.  The processes involve horizontally drilling into shale rock, inserting steel and concrete reinforced wells, and injecting water, sand and various chemicals deep underground to fracture the shale rock formations that hold deposits. In…



Countering Anti-Jewish and Anti-Israel Activity on Campuses

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The mission statement of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs expresses a profound commitment to fostering support for Israel and promoting Jewish security.  JCPA is similarly committed to protecting freedom of speech and furthering civil discourse.  Most Jewish students live and study on campuses on which they feel secure in both their person and identity.   However,…



Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector

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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

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Both in spirit and in practice, religious commandments in the Torah and Talmud relating to the employment of workers are imbued with respect for labor rights.[1]  Jewish religious laws pre-date current secular labor laws by thousands of years.   The American Jewish community has been supportive of worker and trade union rights for over a…



Youth Bullying

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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

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  • Education

The many forms of bullying affect one-third of our youth today.  Bullying and harassment is a continuing problem for school districts, parents, students and communities across the nation.  The impact of bullying has been well documented – studies have shown that difficulty making friends, loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, poor academic achievement, truancy and even suicide…



Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

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President Obama has made resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a high priority in the first years of his administration, appointing former Sen. George Mitchell as a special Middle East envoy on his first day in the White House.  Positive developments in the West Bank Palestinian political landscape – particularly the nation and institution building led by…