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New HHS Contraceptives Rule

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  • Posted on January 20, 2012

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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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

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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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

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

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

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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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

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…



Immigration Enforcement

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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

The United States is a nation of immigrants. While immigration laws are necessary, they should be respectful of human rights and never become a tool for hate and discrimination.  The U.S. Constitution and numerous acts of Congress provide the federal government with preeminent authority over immigration. Immigration policy has been the exclusive purview of the…



Genocide

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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

Despite a collective commitment, the failure of the world community to stop genocidal violence and humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur and other areas of the world has raised the question of whether the United States and the international community have the political will and capacities necessary to deter or stop genocide and other mass atrocities.  The U.S. Senate,…



Elections

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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

The cornerstone of democracy is the election process.   The mission statement of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs recognizes that Jewish security is linked inexorably to the strength of democratic institutions and that the Jewish community has a direct stake and an ethical imperative to assure that America remains a country wedded to the Bill…



Birthright Citizenship

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  • Posted on February 28, 2010

The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affirmed the concept of birthright citizenship, i.e., determining a person’s citizenship by place of birth.  Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment provides “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they…