Category Archive for: Policy Resolutions

Antisemitism (2015 Plenum)

by Administrator

  • Posted on October 8, 2015

  • Comments Off on Antisemitism (2015 Plenum)

  • World Jewry

 In 2014 and the first part of 2015, there were three deadly terrorist attacks on European Jewish institutions: the Jewish museum in Brussels, a kosher grocery store in Paris, and a synagogue in Copenhagen. In the United States, while the total number of anti-Semitic incidents remains at historically low levels, there were some particularly violent…



 Anti-Semitism and Other Threats to Jewish Communities in Europe

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 8, 2014

  • Comments Off on  Anti-Semitism and Other Threats to Jewish Communities in Europe

  • World Jewry

  European Jewish communities face increasing threats from anti-Semitism and challenges to religious practices which are basic to Jewish religious identity.  The underlying forces driving expressions of anti-Semitism and campaigns against religious freedom vary among countries but can be found across Europe.  Anti-Semitic attacks on individuals, synagogues, cemeteries and schools occur with disturbing frequency.  Of…



Inclusion and Disabilities

by Administrator

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

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 8, 2014

  • Comments Off on Combating Human Trafficking in the United States

  • Labor

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

by Administrator

  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

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 28, 2012

  • Comments Off on Fair Pay

  • Labor

  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…



Gender Segregation in Secular Public Spaces in Israel

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 28, 2012

  • Comments Off on Gender Segregation in Secular Public Spaces in Israel

  • Israeli Domestic Concerns

  Israel was founded as a democratic state upon principles of liberty, justice, and the equal rights of all its citizens. The values of freedom and human rights reflect the essence of Israeli society and undergird the strength and resilience of the Israeli people. Israel’s Declaration of Independence provides that Israel will “uphold the full…



Equal Education Opportunity

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 28, 2012

  • Comments Off on Equal Education Opportunity

  • Education

  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

by Administrator

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

by Administrator

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,…