Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

Resolution on Renewing Our Commitment to Combatting Climate Change

by tgilden

  • Posted on April 27, 2021

Adopted by the 2021 Delegates Assembly Click here for the PDF. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs has been a strong advocate for combating climate change, which is one of the greatest threats we face. A 2019 United Nations report warns of a looming ecological disaster that will endanger not only countless species, but ultimately…



Principles for Responding to a National or Global Health Crisis

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 Click here for the PDF version. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on communities across the globe. JCPA believes it is critical that the community relations field set policy recommendations for handling public health crises, in order to guide the work of JCPA and the field…



Voting Rights and Elections During a Public Health Crisis

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 Click here for the PDF version. The novel coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has exposed the very real and highly concerning overlap between public health and the way in which our elections are run. In 2020, we have even greater challenges as the coronavirus pandemic compounds pre-existing long-term voter access…



Resolution on Criminal Justice Reform During a Public Health Crisis

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 Click here for the PDF version. In the context of our criminal justice system, the novel coronavirus pandemic has exposed the very real and highly concerning overlap between public health and the way in which our incarceration system operates. Jails and prisons have been described as petri dishes for…



Immigration Concerns During a Pandemic

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 Click here for the PDF version. JCPA believes that people should not be treated as criminals for seeking opportunities for a better life in the United States. They should be treated with dignity and not deprived of basic human rights, including health and safety. JCPA believes that any current…

Adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Antisemitism

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 3, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly Click here for the PDF version. In 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), a consortium of (then) 31 countries—including the U.S. and Israel—developed and formally adopted the Working Definition of Antisemitism. This definition is a useful tool for combating hate and antisemitism in the U.S. and around…

Federal Judicial Nominations

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly Click here for the PDF version. “The world rests on three things: justice, truth, and peace” (Avot 1:18). Our Jewish tradition and American values rely on justice, which is chiefly administered in the United States by the judicial branch. Our cohesion as a nation relies on the legitimacy…

Restorative and Rehabilitative Justice

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly Click here for the PDF version. Beginning in the 1970s with the “War on Drugs” and harsh mandatory minimums, the U.S. prison population exploded—exacerbated by the 1994 Crime Bill—disproportionately harming poor people and people of color. The pervasiveness of mass incarceration has helped shed light on the dehumanizing…

Gun Violence Prevention

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly Click here for the PDF version. Rooted in our belief in the sanctity of life, the Jewish community relations field has fought for decades to prevent gun violence, which has become heart-breakingly, unacceptably common. Gun violence, including mass shootings, have reached epidemic levels, impacting people from every walk…



Amendment to the 2014 Resolution on Increasing the Minimum Wage

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 3, 2019

Adopted by the 2019 JCPA Delegates Assembly Jewish tradition repeatedly calls for social justice, demanding that we not only feed the hungry, but also help those in need become self-sufficient. The Torah repeatedly emphasizes the need to treat workers fairly. According to Deuteronomy 24:14-15, "You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer ... but…