Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

Supporting Comprehensive Early Childhood Care and Education Programs for All

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

  Our Jewish tradition teaches that raising and educating children are among our highest concerns.  Recent neuroscience research tells us that prenatal nutrition and healthcare and the care and education of children from birth to age three are the most important determinants of a child’s future productiveness and success in school and later life. Development…



Criminal Justice Reform

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

  The JCPA mission statement calls for a “just American society,” recognizing that the Jewish community has “an ethical imperative to assure that America remains a country wedded to the Bill of Rights and committed to the rule of law, a nation whose institutions continue to function as a public trust.”  Nowhere is this goal…



Strengthening the Assets of Low Income Households

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

  Poverty cannot be understood and defined solely as a lack of income. Families also need assets, which are the building blocks of long-term economic security and the “rungs” needed to climb the economic ladder. They need to be able to rely on responsible financial services that help build and not destroy those assets. Thus,…



COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

In order to make responsible, healthy decisions, young people need sexuality education that is proven to be effective and will provide the public health information that will keep them safe. Comprehensive sexuality education programs have been found to be effective in delaying the onset of sexual intercourse, reducing the number of sexual partners, and increasing…



PREDATORY LENDING

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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

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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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

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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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

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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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

-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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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

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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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

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…