by Haya Luftig
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) spearheaded “A Jewish Statement on Elections and Democratic Principles,” signed by the community relations network–more than 90 Jewish organizations, including 15 national member agencies and 76 local Jewish community relations councils and Federations. Click here to read the statement.
The signatories called upon “government leaders, candidates, and elected officials, Democrats and Republicans, at every level and branch of government to recommit to our nation’s core democratic principles and oppose violence emerging from the far right or the far left.” They further stated “in the case of contested or close elections we ask for patience and trust in the system, as we allow for every valid vote to be counted. We ask civic and faith leaders to set a standard of discourse, oppose violence and encourage peaceful engagement in the political process.”
“We are proud that such a diverse swath of the Jewish community speaks in one voice for democracy and accessible and free elections,” stated David Bernstein, President and CEO of JCPA. “Particularly during a pandemic, we need to make sure that all votes are counted and that we do everything in our power to reinforce our democratic norms and values. American Jews, like all Americans, are deeply committed to democracy.”