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Urge Congress to Expand EITC and CTC Provisions

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The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are among the nation’s strongest tools to help working families escape poverty and achieve greater self-sufficiency. Together, they lifted 9.4 million people out of poverty – and made 22 million others less poor – in 2013. They also lift 5 million children out of…



Urge your Senator to Support Sentencing Reform

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On Tuesday, October 15, JCPA adopted a policy on Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform that urges a shift from punitive prohibitionist policies and toward sensible regulatory policies that advance public safety and health. The policy calls for reformation of marijuana laws which are disproportionately enforced against minorities, causing significant fiscal and social costs including…



Frank Fellows Reflection

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By Deborah Price On January 25, 2016, I curled up on my couch in my downtown St. Louis loft and flipped open my laptop to skim the news.  A story in the Times of Israel entitled “Israeli Man Fights off Palestinian Stabbers with a Supermarket Cart” caught my eye.  It featured an Israeli man named…



JCPA Welcomes Expanded Egalitarian Prayer Space at Western Wall

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Washington, D.C., – The decision by the Israeli cabinet to approve an expanded egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall is a welcome step toward improving relations between Israel and the Diaspora and supporting increased participation at Judaism’s holiest site. The JCPA applauds the determination of concerned denominations in Israel and North America, as well…



Support the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act

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It is estimated that approximately 1.68 million youth experience homelessness each year in the U.S. For over 40 years, the Federal government has funded programs that provide street outreach, temporary shelter and services, and transitional living to this population. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) looks to improve these programs by:…



Waters of the U.S.

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  • Posted on January 27, 2016

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Administration stands behind Clean Water Rule, after Congress sought to repeal  Thank the White House for protecting clean water with this action alert!  Access to clean water is a fundamentally Jewish value.  The Clean Water Act is a key piece of legislation that regulates our water resources, ensuring that all Americans have equal access to…



2016 Frank Fellow Reflection

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  • Posted on January 27, 2016

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On January 25, 2016, I curled up on my couch in my downtown St. Louis loft and flipped open my laptop to skim the news.  A story in the Times of Israel entitled “Israeli Man Fights off Palestinian Stabbers with a Supermarket Cart” caught my eye.  It featured an Israeli man named Mordechai Shalem who…



Frank Fellows

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  • Posted on January 27, 2016

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Eight emerging leaders hailing from San Francisco, CA; Indianapolis, IA; Atlanta, GA; Mount Laurel, NJ; Virginia Beach, VA; St. Louis, MO, and Pittsburgh, PA traveled to Poland to study Jewish history and Israel to join the JCPA leadership mission.  In Poland, the fellows visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi camps and explored Kraków’s Jewish history.  In Israel,…



Tu’Bshvat – The Jewish Holiday for the Trees

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  • Posted on January 19, 2016

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The Jewish holiday for the trees falls on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, which coincides with January 25th this year. The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life has created a whole collection of resources for celebrating this major Jewish environmental holiday.COEJL has sermon starters,source sheets, and articles that can help you…



Implementation Day

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  • Posted on January 19, 2016

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In the context of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program, January 16, 2016 was “Implementation Day.” The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran had completed all of the steps outlined in the deal, which means that  sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear activities will be temporarily lifted or waived.…