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JCPA Congratulates Rabbi Steve Gutow on Appointment to the Presidents Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

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  • Posted on September 25, 2015

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Washington, D.C., September 25, 2015 – In recognition of President Obama’s appointment of Rabbi Steve Gutow to the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is issuing the following statement: We are proud of and deeply appreciative for President Obama’s appointment of Rabbi Steve Gutow to the President’s…



JCPA mourns the loss of life during the Hajj ritual

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Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) mourns the heartbreaking loss of over 700 lives during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mina this past week.  This tragedy comes at a poignant moment – as the Jewish and Muslim calendars coincide the Hajj and the Jewish High Holidays.  We reach out during this time…



The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life Celebrates Popes Speeches in Washington

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Washington, D.C., September 24, 2015 – This week Pope Francis came to the United States to speak to Congress and the United Nations General Assembly. Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, Chair of the Coalition on the Environment in Jewish Life (COEJL), issued the following statement in response to Pope Francis’s address to Congress today and at…



JCPA and COEJL Welcome Pope Francis to the United States for Historic Speech before Congress

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Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and its environmental initiative the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) welcome Pope Francis to the United States for his historic speech before Congress and are issuing the following statement:  It is fortuitous that Pope Francis arrives in the United States while we…



JCPA Calls for Civility in Presidential Elections

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Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) expressed hope that the candidates running for president will speak in a manner befitting the high office they seek. A vigorous debate on the pressing issues of the day is necessary for the success of any democracy. Bias and bigotry are not. Election season has…



The Coalition on the Environment in Jewish Life Applauds Climate Change Resolution

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) and nine other House members introduced H.Res. 424. This resolution acknowledges the impacts of climate change, and expresses a commitment to addressing its causes. Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, Chairperson of the Coalition on the Environment in Jewish Life (COEJL), issued the following statement: “Today in Congress we…



JCPA Statement on the refugee crisis in Europe

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Washington, D.C. – An urgent international response is needed to address the crisis of  migrants trying to reach safe haven in Europe. Where a single human being suffers, we all suffer. Thousands of individuals are fleeing from violent and dangerous situations in parts of Africa and Asia.  Syria is now the top source of forcibly displaced…



Time for Congress to focus on “day after”

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Focus should shift to enforcement of Iran deal, rebuilding relationships Washington, D.C. – In recent days, several Senators have announced their support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement between the P5+1 nations and Iran.  It is now clear that Congress will not be able to override a Presidential veto of a resolution…



JCPA Condemns Comments by Lehava, an Extremists Group in Israel

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Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Rabbi Bentzi Gopstein, a leader in Israeli extremist group Lehava, in support of the arson attack of the Church of the Multiplication in the Galilee. “The JCPA strongly condemns the abhorrent distortion of the founding…



JCPA Honors Outgoing President, Advocate for Disability Rights, and Local Federation Leader Philanthropist at Annual Town Hall Meeting.

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  • Posted on July 31, 2015

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Washington D.C. – Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is honoring outgoing President Rabbi Steve Gutow on his ten years of service, and presenting Disabilities Advocate Vivian Bass and local Jewish community leader and philanthropist Stuart Kurlander with the Tikkun Olam award at its annual Town Hall meeting on Sunday October 11.  During his ten…