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Preventing Mass Violence

by Administrator

  The Jewish community has a deep and abiding concern for public safety, firmly rooted in Jewish tradition which compels us to uphold the sanctity of life.     In recent years, we have witnessed a profoundly distressing series of mass shootings in schools, shopping malls, theaters, houses of worship, and elsewhere, including the atrocity committed…



Fair Pay

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  • Posted on February 28, 2012

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  • Labor

  The Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires employers to pay employees equal pay for equal work, regardless of the employee’s sex.  So long as a job requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and is performed under similar working conditions, the employer must provide the same rate of pay to men and women who perform…



Gender Segregation in Secular Public Spaces in Israel

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  • Posted on February 28, 2012

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  • Israeli Domestic Concerns

  Israel was founded as a democratic state upon principles of liberty, justice, and the equal rights of all its citizens. The values of freedom and human rights reflect the essence of Israeli society and undergird the strength and resilience of the Israeli people. Israel’s Declaration of Independence provides that Israel will “uphold the full…



Equal Education Opportunity

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  • Posted on February 28, 2012

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  • Education

  In many parts of the country—especially in urban centers and rural areas—too many of the nation’s youth, particularly minority and low-income youth and students with disabilities are not receiving the education they deserve.  There are long-term and persistent racial and ethnic disparities in the rates of dropout, discipline, funding, college application and admittance, and…



Urging Action in Sudan

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  • Posted on January 31, 2012

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  • JCPActs

JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow and Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service, were at the White House today to meet with Samantha Power and Grant Harris of the National Security Council. Raising concerns about the inability of humanitarian aid organizations to reach at risk populations, Gutow and Messinger called on the U.S. to…



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…