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  • The Israel conversation we should be having

    May 12, 2014 | 11:01 am

    The recent vote by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations rejecting J Street’s membership bid was not entirely surprising. J Street had been reaching out to conference members and community contacts for weeks. We knew that gaining the necessary...

  • To frack or not to frack: is that a Jewish question?

    By Roger Price

    October 23, 2013 | 1:02 pm

       Did you know that fracking, the industrial process of extracting natural gas from shale rock is treif, that it violates Jewish values? Who knew? You could read the entire Torah, study the Mishnah and Gemara too, go through the commentaries of the rationalist Maimonides and the...

  • The Shutdown

    By Rob Eshman

    October 1, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    What the $%#@ is happening?

    I’m writing this 17 minutes after the Federal government shut down — for the first time in 17 years.  I remember clearly the last time this happened.  It was stupid and superfluous and self-destructive then.  It’s stupid, superfluous and...

  • With deal struck, pro-Israel groups suspend lobbying for Syria strike

    September 16, 2013 | 2:50 pm

    Pro-Israel groups suspended their high-profile lobbying effort for a strike on Syria now that the United States and Russia have struck a deal to strip the Assad regime of its chemical weapons.

    A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which organized a Capitol...

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  • Senate bids to add kosher food to emergency food distribution

    June 13, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    An amendment under consideration in the U.S. Senate would add kosher food to emergency food assistance.

    The amendment, introduced last month by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), earned the endorsement of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the umbrella body for Jewish...

  • Jewish groups urge Senate to pass gun control legislation

    April 11, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Twenty-three national Jewish organizations signed on to a letter to the U.S. Senate urging members to pass gun control legislation.

    In the letter addressed to Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the minority leader, the Jewish groups...

  • Congress passes more expansive Violence Against Women Act

    March 1, 2013 | 9:07 am

    Congress approved the more expansive version of an extension of the Violence Against Women Act that an array of Jewish groups had backed.

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Senate version of the bill after it had rejected a Republican rewrite that omitted...

  • Jewish groups praise immigration reform proposals

    January 30, 2013 | 11:44 am

    Jewish organizations praised President Obama’s immigration reform proposals, as well as similar measures offered by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators.

    In addressing the problem of the 11 million undocumented people in the Unitd States, Obama at a speech Tuesday in Las Vegas...

  • Broad Jewish support for Obama’s gun proposals

    January 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    President Obama's new gun control proposals drew broad Jewish communal support.

    The uniformity of the Jewish response to the proposals unveiled Wednesday stood in contrast to Republican opposition to many of the suggested measures, including a ban on assault weapons and tighter...

  • After Newtown, some gun owners ready to consider control measures

    December 31, 2012 | 10:01 am

    The day Eric Schaefer learned that a .233 caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle -- a type of weapon he owned -- was used to kill 26 people in Newtown, Conn., he sold his rifle to local law enforcement near his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Schaefer, a 40-year-old commercial real...

  • Jewish groups push for action on gun control

    December 18, 2012 | 9:16 am

    In the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., Jewish groups are looking to build alliances and back legislation to strengthen gun control laws.

    Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), said his group is assembling a...

  • JCPA to Congress on budget: Remember the most vulnerable

    November 26, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    The Jewish Council for Public Affairs is calling on Congress to think about “the most vulnerable among us” as it works on creating a budget and avoiding the fiscal cliff.

    “We believe that deficit reduction should be carefully calibrated to ensure that the most vulnerable among us...

  • Religious groups urge understanding following Sikh Temple shooting

    August 6, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Religious groups are calling for tolerance after six people were killed in a shooting attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

    The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, the...

  • In Jewish fracking debate, it’s the environment vs. energy independence—and energy’s winning

    January 30, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    To frack or not to frack?

    As concerns mount over the environmental and public health consequences of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, Jewish groups are coalescing around a strategy that supports efforts to extract natural gas from shale rock while seeking to mitigate its...

  • Jewish groups praise Obama’s jobs plan

    September 12, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    U.S. Jewish groups praised aspects of President Obama’s jobs proposal.

    “Congress should begin work on the President’s recommendations for improvements to our homes, schools, and roads without delay,” the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the public policy umbrella group, said in...

  • Jewish groups condemn House budget proposal

    April 6, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    Jewish groups and a key Jewish lawmaker condemned the U.S. House of Representative’s budget proposal for 2012, saying it will hurt the Americans most in need.

    The Jewish Council for Public Affairs said in a statement released Wednesday that the Republican-backed budget proposal...

  • Glenn Beck under fire over George Soros comments

    November 16, 2010 | 9:46 am

    Fox News provocateur Glenn Beck spent spent several days taking aim at billionaire businessman and philanthropist George Soros, but so far—at least within Jewish circles—the barrage appears to be backfiring.

    On his radio and TV shows last week, Beck portrayed Soros as running a...

  • Civility statement on political discourse to be unveiled

    November 1, 2010 | 1:05 pm

    A Statement on Civility in national political discourse is set to be unveiled by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

    The statement, the first step of a multi-part campaign led by the JCPA to inspire more civility in national political discourse in the United States, will be...

  • Activists Stand Firm on Warrant for Sudan Leader

    March 18, 2009 | 4:44 am

    Hours after an international court issued a warrant for his arrest, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir kicked humanitarian aid groups out of his country. Nevertheless, Jewish activists who backed the indictment are standing behind their decision.

    The world community cannot allow...

  • Jewish Groups Back U.S. Stand on Iraq

    By Matthew E. Berger

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish groups are supporting a resolution from their umbrella organization backing the Bush administration's use of force against Iraq "as a last resort."

    The resolution from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, released Oct. 12, expresses support for...

  • Security vs Civil Liberty

    By James D. Besser

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As the United States intensifies its war against terrorism at home and abroad, the Jewish community may be poised to serve as a bridge between the Bush administration and some of its critics in the civil liberties community.

    That was evident at last week's Jewish Council for Public...