Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

OPPOSITION TO MAKING PERMANENT THE RECENT FEDERAL TAX CUTS

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  As Jews and Americans, we are committed to aiding members of our community in need through the work of our synagogues, CRCs and other private organizations, while relying on our federal government to ensure that it has the fiscal means to meet the needs of all its citizens.  To feed the hungry, clothe the…



THE RULE OF LAW

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  The JCPA mission statement recognizes that “the Jewish community has a direct stake and 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.” An important national conversation continues about…



Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  Migration has been a central element of the Jewish experience since biblical times when famine forced the Jewish people to flee Canaan and resettle in Egypt.  This experience has been mirrored in American-Jewish life with the immigration of Jews to the United States in search of religious freedom and economic opportunity.  As a reflection…



Hate Crimes

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  Hate crimes damage the fabric of our society and fragment communities.  The urgent national need for both a tough law enforcement response and education and programming to confront violent bigotry has only increased since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Over the past two years, the FBI has recorded a very substantial increase…



THERAPEUTIC CLONING RESEARCH, JEWISH TRADITION AND PUBLIC POLICY

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  • Posted on February 24, 2004

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  • Healthcare

Society today stands on the threshold of a new era in biomedical research.  The wisdom granted to humans by our Creator has led to our greater understanding and knowledge of the building blocks of human life itself.  Scientists revealed the existence and role of DNA and cellular science many years ago.  Currently, scientists are not…



CIVIL LIBERTIES AND SECURITY

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  Our community understands that, as all other Americans, Jews have a profound and direct stake in the war on terrorism.     As part of a global community that has been a target of hatred and attacks, we recognize that the safety of our society requires the physical security that government is created to provide.  Events…



Promoting Awareness of African-American Heritage and the History of Slavery in the United States

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  • Posted on February 24, 2004

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  • Intergroup Relations

  BACKGROUND The teaching most often repeated in the Torah instructs us to protect the stranger in our midst.  Regrettably, too often in the past the American colonies and the state and national governments rejected the values embodied in this teaching, most notably in the institution and perpetuation of slavery.   Millions of Africans and…



AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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  Jewish tradition teaches that “In one’s home, even a weaver is a ruler.” (B. Talmud, Megilla 12b)  The dignity that comes from having one’s own home is an essential component of a just society.  Increasing the availability of low-income, affordable housing can be a first step towards ensuring that all American have access to…



AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

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  The JCPA has supported government and private sector affirmative action for many years, as long as race is one of many factors considered, only individuals judged to be qualified are accepted or rewarded, and quotas are not utilized.  As recently as 2000, JCPA concluded a lengthy study on race and ethnicity and reaffirmed this…



PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES

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  • Posted on February 24, 2003

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  • Healthcare

Forty million elderly and disabled Americans receive health care coverage through the federal Medicare program.  When Medicare was enacted in 1965, it covered the most important elements of medical care at that time – hospitalization and physician care.  Since then the advance of drug therapies have changed medical care dramatically, but Medicare has not kept…