Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

COMBATING TERRORISM AND PROTECTING CIVIL LIBERTIES

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  The Jewish Community continues to enjoy the unprecedented freedoms and opportunities of life in America.  Preservation and advancement of democratic values are central hallmarks of our community relations policies, because these ideals best foster the well-being and security of all citizens.  However, events of recent years – most dramatically the terrorist attacks of September…



Care for Needy Holocaust Survivors

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  • Posted on February 24, 2003

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  • Holocaust

  It has been estimated that there are more than 500,000 Holocaust survivors living throughout the world today many of whom are elderly and infirm and some of whom are living in abject poverty, lacking basic needs including food, shelter and medical care.   This shocking situation has only recently begun to come to the…



Health Care Coverage

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  • Posted on February 24, 2003

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  • Healthcare

According to the latest Census Bureau report, there were more than 41 million uninsured Americans in the year 2001, an increase of 1.4 million after two years of declining figures.  Eight out of 10 were in working families.  In most cases, the primary wage earner in the household either had a job that offered no…



Evangelical- Jewish Relations

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  Working in coalition with other groups/communities to achieve common purposes and establishing dialogues as a means of education and as a possible first step to cooperative efforts are core community relations’ strategies.  In a variety of settings and with diverse points of view, American Jews are today exploring how these strategies apply to Evangelical…



Public Health

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  In the last century, public health measures such as antibiotics, sanitation and vaccination helped wipe out many infectious diseases, adding 25 years to life expectancy in industrialized countries.  Despite modern advances in medicine, many diseases are increasing among our citizens. Today’s health challenges include an epidemic of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes,…



MISLEADING AND AGGRESSIVE PROSELYTIZATION

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The increased aggressiveness of certain missionary Christian groups around the country is a matter of growing concern for the Jewish community.  Utilizing misleading practices, some of these groups misrepresent themselves as Jews in an effort to enhance their proselytizing efforts. Jewish organizations and community centers have been frequent foci of these groups, as have college…



Mental Health Care

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  • Posted on June 10, 2002

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  • Healthcare

    The Jewish Council for Public Affairs has consistently supported comprehensive, accessible, affordable, quality health care coverage for individuals and families regardless of income.  This includes mental as well as physical health care, consistent with our understanding that Judaism concerns itself with the health of the mind and soul as well as the body. …



Resolution on Making Poverty Reduction a Primary Goal of TANF Reauthorization

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  • Posted on February 24, 2002

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  • Anti-Poverty

  The 1996 welfare law transformed the nation’s social policy, changing several welfare-related programs and replacing the entitlement to cash assistance with a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, which made benefits contingent on work. While these laws have helped low-income families move from welfare to work, millions have not received the assistance needed…



Careful Consideration of Judicial Nominees

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The United States has long taken pride in its independent judiciary. The judicial branch of the federal government is responsible for the administration of justice through conducting civil and criminal trials and handling appeals and plays a critical role in interpreting our laws and deciding whether they are constitutional. Our cohesion as a nation depends…



Constitutional Freedoms in the Age of Cybertechnology

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Introduction:  The issue of hate crimes and the internet was selected in February 2000 for an in-depth JCPA review because it juxtaposes two central interests of the Jewish community: our interest in combating anti-Semitism, hate speech and violence; and our strong commitment to free speech, individual rights and privacy.  Between February 2000 and June 2001,…