Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

PREDATORY LENDING

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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

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  • Anti-Poverty

Predatory lending, defined as “the practice of a lender deceptively convincing borrowers to agree to unfair and abusive loan terms, or systematically violating those terms in ways that make it difficult for the borrower to defend against” is a rapidly growing problem in America, and is of particular concern as its victims are disproportionately minorities,…



Other faith communities

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The American religious landscape is continually evolving.  There are growing Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, and other communities.  They often experience many of the same issues that American Jews have faced and continue to face as minority communities of faith.  In addition, xenophobia has complicated life for minority communities. The Jewish community relations field should…



Mormon-Jewish Relations

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The American Jewish community welcomes increased dialogue and understanding with our Mormon neighbors.  The Mormon community has made a significant effort to reach out to American Jews, hailing a long record of support for the Jewish state.  This support is warmly welcomed, too.  The relationship is not without strain.  There is a need to honor…



Mainline Protestant-Jewish Relations

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-In the years following Nostra Aetate, the Mainline Protestant churches took great strides to reframe in a positive manner the theological relationship between Christians and Jews.  Strong statements or study guides have been developed by the Episcopal Church (USA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church, the…



Catholic-Jewish Relations

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The relationship between the Catholic and Jewish communities remains strong on the international, national, and local levels.  The groundbreaking declarations made more than 40 years ago in Nostra Aetate have yielded, more than a generation later, a relationship that is deep and enduring.  The American Jewish community welcomed a Vatican recognition in 2006 that anti-Zionism…



GENDER IDENTITY DISCRIMINATION

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The struggle for equality has taken many forms over the years as different groups have sought full participation in American society.  The inclusion of a group in anti-discrimination or hate crimes legislation is nothing more than recognition that the promise of economic freedom and physical security still eludes many Americans.  Legislation prohibiting discrimination based on…



CLIMATE CHANGE AND POVERTY

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In 2007, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that warming of the climate system is “unequivocal.” Climate change has already led to observable increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising sea levels.  Eleven of the last twelve years (1995-2006) rank among the twelve warmest…



LANGUAGE AND IDENTITY CHARTER SCHOOLS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

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  • Education

Without taking a position on the value of charter schools, we acknowledge an increasing trend in public education is the creation of schools designed to draw together students of similar interest or background.  There is an understandable allure to such schools, as they promise to help students gain better skills in second languages, understand diverse…



HANDGUN VIOLENCE

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The Jewish community relations field has a long standing concern with issues of quality of life and public safety. It is out of this concern, as well as the belief that Jewish tradition compels us to uphold the sanctity of life and the commandment against murder, that the JCPA has supported a wide range of…



Immigration Reform

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  Comprehensive reform of the United States immigration system is long overdue.  The current morass of illegality, human suffering, and violence must be ended.   In 2004, the JCPA adopted a resolution in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.  Since that time, the lack of federal movement has caused state governments, local municipalities, and individual citizens…