Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change

by Administrator

  • Posted on October 27, 1997

 In December 1997, the nations of the world will gather in Kyoto, Japan to develop a treaty with binding commitments to address the threat of climate change. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of over 2,000 climate scientists from around the world charged to evaluate the data on climate change to inform…



Persecution of Religious Minorities

by Administrator

  • Posted on June 23, 1997

Consistent with our deep and abiding commitment to the protection of individual human rights, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) holds firm to the fundamental belief that all people should be free to worship as they choose. We are very disturbed by reports of torture and other forms of persecution directed at individuals because…



Opposing Passage of a Flag Desecration Amendment

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  • Posted on June 23, 1997

The American flag is among the most important symbols of our freedoms. It stands for the rights which we cherish, among the most precious of which are those protected by the Bill of Rights of our Constitution. Freedom of speech – which protects the right to speak our political views no matter how unpopular they…



Genetic Testing, Discrimination and the Jewish Community

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  • Posted on June 23, 1997

Recent advances in genetic science have created hopeful new medical possibilities and have also raised serious concerns. As researchers race to map the whole human genome and identify mutations which might be predictive of the onset of disease, genetic tests, utilized within a controlled research environment and now commercially available, may determine whether an individual…



Domestic Violence

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  • Posted on February 19, 1997

The effort to address the problem of domestic violence remains a profound challenge for the organized Jewish community, as well as for our many coalition partners. We are particularly concerned that silence, denial and shame within our community have proven to be serious obstacles to increasing awareness and knowledge of the issue. With domestic abuse…



Strengthening Protections for Endangered Species and Habitats

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  • Posted on February 17, 1997

Torah does not permit a killing that would uproot a species, even if it permitted the killing [of individuals] in that species. -Nachmanides, Commentary on Deuteronomy 22:6. Background: In 1996, the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC) took action in response to the rapid destruction of habitats and species around the world, advocating that…



Ensuring Justice for All: Principles for the Development of Clean Air and other Regulations Affecting Public Health

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  • Posted on February 17, 1997

Background Note: The public has until March 12, 1997 to comment on the new clean air standards proposed by the EPA. It is anticipated that there will be an attempt made in Congress to weaken the EPA proposals by exercising the recently-passed Congressional authority to amend or veto regulations which affect small businesses. Many environmental…



Environmental Leadership and Justice

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  • Posted on October 14, 1996

Recent attacks on environmental protections have raised profound questions about the fulfillment of our solemn moral obligation to serve as responsible stewards of our natural heritage and to bequeath to future generations an improved, rather than a degraded, world. Furthermore, the nation has not engaged in a comprehensive effort to end environmental injustices, leaving some…



The Protection of Biological Diversity

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  • Posted on February 13, 1996

Beginning in the late 1970’s with concerns about US energy independence and its implications for Israel’s security, environment issues, including water pollution, toxic waste clean-up, and environmental justice, have emerged as significant policy concerns of the organized American Jewish community. The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council recognizes the importance of environmental preservation to the…



Legislation to allow concealed deadly weapons

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  • Posted on February 13, 1996

In keeping with its long-standing position supporting enhanced control of firearms through legislation at the national, state, and local levels, the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC) urges strong opposition to recent state level legislative initiatives which would allow the carrying of concealed deadly weapons. Such legislation will not protect American citizens from violence.…