Category Archive for: Press Releases

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…



JCPA condemns two horrific acts of violence in Israel: stabbing of six at the Jerusalem Pride Parade and deadly arson attack in the West Bank.

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  • Posted on July 31, 2015

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Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) condemns two horrific attacks that took place this week in Israel: the stabbing of six people at the Jerusalem pride parade on Wednesday and yesterday’s deadly arson attack in the West Bank that killed 18-month-old Ali Saad Daobasa and wounded three of his family members.…



David Luchins, Advocate for Social Justice, to Receive Prestigious Award at JCPA National Jewish Town Hall.

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  • Posted on July 29, 2015

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Washington, D.C. – David Luchins, Touro College professor, community activist, and lifelong advocate for social justice, will receive the Albert D. Chernin Award from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) at its annual meeting, the 2015 Jewish Community Town Hall, October 10-13, in Washington, D.C. The Chernin Award is given to Jewish leaders whose…