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THE RISE OF EUROPEAN AND GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM

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  • Posted on February 24, 2004

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  • World Jewry

  The past three years have seen a marked increase in the rise of anti-Semitism throughout the world and particularly in Europe.  This anti-Semitism has manifested itself in violent attacks and vandalism against synagogues, cemeteries, schools, and other Jewish institutions, properties, and individuals; in anti-Israel rhetoric bordering on anti-Semitism by public figures, the media, and…



THERAPEUTIC CLONING RESEARCH, JEWISH TRADITION AND PUBLIC POLICY

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  • Posted on February 24, 2004

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  • Healthcare

Society today stands on the threshold of a new era in biomedical research.  The wisdom granted to humans by our Creator has led to our greater understanding and knowledge of the building blocks of human life itself.  Scientists revealed the existence and role of DNA and cellular science many years ago.  Currently, scientists are not…



CIVIL LIBERTIES AND SECURITY

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  Our community understands that, as all other Americans, Jews have a profound and direct stake in the war on terrorism.     As part of a global community that has been a target of hatred and attacks, we recognize that the safety of our society requires the physical security that government is created to provide.  Events…



GLOBAL AIDS

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  The AIDS emergency is fast becoming one of the worst health catastrophes in human history. Already, twenty five million people have died from AIDS. Around the world, more than forty-two million people are now infected with the virus that causes AIDS.  Every day 14,000 people are infected and 8,500 people die.  In Sub-Saharan Africa…



Promoting Awareness of African-American Heritage and the History of Slavery in the United States

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  • Posted on February 24, 2004

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  • Intergroup Relations

  BACKGROUND The teaching most often repeated in the Torah instructs us to protect the stranger in our midst.  Regrettably, too often in the past the American colonies and the state and national governments rejected the values embodied in this teaching, most notably in the institution and perpetuation of slavery.   Millions of Africans and…



AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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  Jewish tradition teaches that “In one’s home, even a weaver is a ruler.” (B. Talmud, Megilla 12b)  The dignity that comes from having one’s own home is an essential component of a just society.  Increasing the availability of low-income, affordable housing can be a first step towards ensuring that all American have access to…



AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

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  The JCPA has supported government and private sector affirmative action for many years, as long as race is one of many factors considered, only individuals judged to be qualified are accepted or rewarded, and quotas are not utilized.  As recently as 2000, JCPA concluded a lengthy study on race and ethnicity and reaffirmed this…



PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES

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  • Posted on February 24, 2003

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  • Healthcare

Forty million elderly and disabled Americans receive health care coverage through the federal Medicare program.  When Medicare was enacted in 1965, it covered the most important elements of medical care at that time – hospitalization and physician care.  Since then the advance of drug therapies have changed medical care dramatically, but Medicare has not kept…



COMBATING TERRORISM AND PROTECTING CIVIL LIBERTIES

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  The Jewish Community continues to enjoy the unprecedented freedoms and opportunities of life in America.  Preservation and advancement of democratic values are central hallmarks of our community relations policies, because these ideals best foster the well-being and security of all citizens.  However, events of recent years – most dramatically the terrorist attacks of September…



Care for Needy Holocaust Survivors

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  • Posted on February 24, 2003

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  • Holocaust

  It has been estimated that there are more than 500,000 Holocaust survivors living throughout the world today many of whom are elderly and infirm and some of whom are living in abject poverty, lacking basic needs including food, shelter and medical care.   This shocking situation has only recently begun to come to the…