Category Archive for: Policy Resolutions

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,…



THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

Background:   Israelis and Palestinians suffer tremendously.  History has taught us that peace is possible with Israel’s Arab neighbors when, as with Egypt and Jordan, there are partners willing to reach agreements and possessing the means to implement them. We must never stop working for peace until it is realized.    Israel, in accord with…



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…



CLIMATE CHANGE AND POVERTY

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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

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…



IRAN’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM

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  • Posted on March 27, 2007

  In 2005, the JCPA adopted a resolution urging the United States and the international community to give a high priority to efforts aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. Indeed, the prospect of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons — and developing missiles to launch those weapons against countries throughout the region, Europe and…