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

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 24, 2004

  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

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 24, 2004

  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

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 24, 2004

  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

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 24, 2003

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

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 24, 2003

  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

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 24, 2003

  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…



Boycotts

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 24, 2003

  With increasing frequency, Jewish individuals and organizations are being called upon to participate in boycotts and other economic measures intended to change the behavior of companies, institutions, media outlets and countries deemed to be hostile to Israel or other Jewish interests.  In many communities, the grassroots boycott efforts have been specifically directed at newspapers…



Social Justice in Israel

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 24, 2003

  American Jews have a sense of profound pride in the State of Israel and its accomplishments since its establishment in 1948.  As Jews, we all share in Israel’s destiny and share responsibility for maintaining Israel’s survival and security as well as her democratic, spiritual, and moral character.   Israel’s Declaration of Independence promises a…



Israel

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 24, 2003

Israel is facing an increasingly difficult and painful period, in which our Israeli brothers and sisters are bombarded daily with terror attacks, which have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent men, women, and children, and the wounding of thousands more.  We stand in solidarity with Israel and her people, in support of…



Health Care Coverage

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 24, 2003

According to the latest Census Bureau report, there were more than 41 million uninsured Americans in the year 2001, an increase of 1.4 million after two years of declining figures.  Eight out of 10 were in working families.  In most cases, the primary wage earner in the household either had a job that offered no…