Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

Inclusion and Disabilities

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  • Posted on February 8, 2014

In Genesis 1:27, we read that Adam, and by extension, all people, was created in “the image of God.”  This teaches us that there is holiness in all people, regardless of their physical, sensory, emotional or intellectual abilities.  Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.   Each individual can contribute in some…



Combating Human Trafficking in the United States

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  • Posted on February 8, 2014

Human Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery. Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, and/or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor and, under federal and state law, does not require movement of people across borders. It is believed there are currently 27 million slaves worldwide. The U.S. State…



Preventing Mass Violence

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  • Posted on February 28, 2013

  The Jewish community has a deep and abiding concern for public safety, firmly rooted in Jewish tradition which compels us to uphold the sanctity of life.     In recent years, we have witnessed a profoundly distressing series of mass shootings in schools, shopping malls, theaters, houses of worship, and elsewhere, including the atrocity committed…



Fair Pay

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  • Posted on February 28, 2012

  The Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires employers to pay employees equal pay for equal work, regardless of the employee’s sex.  So long as a job requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and is performed under similar working conditions, the employer must provide the same rate of pay to men and women who perform…



Equal Education Opportunity

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  • Posted on February 28, 2012

  In many parts of the country—especially in urban centers and rural areas—too many of the nation’s youth, particularly minority and low-income youth and students with disabilities are not receiving the education they deserve.  There are long-term and persistent racial and ethnic disparities in the rates of dropout, discipline, funding, college application and admittance, and…



Hydrofracking

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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

The onset and evolution of hydrofracking processes have triggered rapid growth in natural-gas and light crude oil extraction from deposits deep underground.  The processes involve horizontally drilling into shale rock, inserting steel and concrete reinforced wells, and injecting water, sand and various chemicals deep underground to fracture the shale rock formations that hold deposits. In…



Countering Anti-Jewish and Anti-Israel Activity on Campuses

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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

The mission statement of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs expresses a profound commitment to fostering support for Israel and promoting Jewish security.  JCPA is similarly committed to protecting freedom of speech and furthering civil discourse.  Most Jewish students live and study on campuses on which they feel secure in both their person and identity.   However,…



Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector

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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

Both in spirit and in practice, religious commandments in the Torah and Talmud relating to the employment of workers are imbued with respect for labor rights.[1]  Jewish religious laws pre-date current secular labor laws by thousands of years.   The American Jewish community has been supportive of worker and trade union rights for over a…



Youth Bullying

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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

The many forms of bullying affect one-third of our youth today.  Bullying and harassment is a continuing problem for school districts, parents, students and communities across the nation.  The impact of bullying has been well documented – studies have shown that difficulty making friends, loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, poor academic achievement, truancy and even suicide…



Immigration Enforcement

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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

The United States is a nation of immigrants. While immigration laws are necessary, they should be respectful of human rights and never become a tool for hate and discrimination.  The U.S. Constitution and numerous acts of Congress provide the federal government with preeminent authority over immigration. Immigration policy has been the exclusive purview of the…