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Challenges in Coalition Building

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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  • Community Relations

  The principal mandate of the Jewish community relations field, as expressed in the JCPA mission statement, involves three interrelated goals including safeguarding the rights of Jews here and around the world, dedicating ourselves to the safety and security of the state of Israel, and advancing a just American society that furthers harmonious intergroup relations. …



Strengthening the Assets of Low Income Households

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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  • Anti-Poverty

  Poverty cannot be understood and defined solely as a lack of income. Families also need assets, which are the building blocks of long-term economic security and the “rungs” needed to climb the economic ladder. They need to be able to rely on responsible financial services that help build and not destroy those assets. Thus,…



Obama Economic Plan Will Take Care of Nation’s Most Vulnerable

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  • Posted on January 9, 2009

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  • Press Releases

WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama’s planned initiatives to stimulate the economy is good news for the nation’s most vulnerable, says a leading Jewish group. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) welcomes President-elect Obama’s economic recovery plan and encourages swift passage by Members of the 111th Congress. On Thursday, Obama released details of the economic…



COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

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  • Education

In order to make responsible, healthy decisions, young people need sexuality education that is proven to be effective and will provide the public health information that will keep them safe. Comprehensive sexuality education programs have been found to be effective in delaying the onset of sexual intercourse, reducing the number of sexual partners, and increasing…



PREDATORY LENDING

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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

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  • Anti-Poverty

Predatory lending, defined as “the practice of a lender deceptively convincing borrowers to agree to unfair and abusive loan terms, or systematically violating those terms in ways that make it difficult for the borrower to defend against” is a rapidly growing problem in America, and is of particular concern as its victims are disproportionately minorities,…



THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS

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Background:   Israelis and Palestinians suffer tremendously.  History has taught us that peace is possible with Israel’s Arab neighbors when, as with Egypt and Jordan, there are partners willing to reach agreements and possessing the means to implement them. We must never stop working for peace until it is realized.    Israel, in accord with…



Other faith communities

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The American religious landscape is continually evolving.  There are growing Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, and other communities.  They often experience many of the same issues that American Jews have faced and continue to face as minority communities of faith.  In addition, xenophobia has complicated life for minority communities. The Jewish community relations field should…



Mormon-Jewish Relations

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The American Jewish community welcomes increased dialogue and understanding with our Mormon neighbors.  The Mormon community has made a significant effort to reach out to American Jews, hailing a long record of support for the Jewish state.  This support is warmly welcomed, too.  The relationship is not without strain.  There is a need to honor…



Mainline Protestant-Jewish Relations

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-In the years following Nostra Aetate, the Mainline Protestant churches took great strides to reframe in a positive manner the theological relationship between Christians and Jews.  Strong statements or study guides have been developed by the Episcopal Church (USA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church, the…



Catholic-Jewish Relations

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The relationship between the Catholic and Jewish communities remains strong on the international, national, and local levels.  The groundbreaking declarations made more than 40 years ago in Nostra Aetate have yielded, more than a generation later, a relationship that is deep and enduring.  The American Jewish community welcomed a Vatican recognition in 2006 that anti-Zionism…