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November 20, 2014: JCPA Appreciates Effort to Provide Certainty and Security for Millions of Undocumented Immigrants, Calls on Congress to Follow Suit

NEW YORK – In a move to prevent about 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported, President Barack Obama announced that he will sign an executive order tomorrow in Las Vegas, NV that will allow individuals who meet requirements based on longevity in the United States and family ties to remain in the country. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), which has been dedicated to a just immigration system since its creation 70 years ago, supports the result of the President’s actions and reaffirms its call on Congress to pass permanent and comprehensive immigration reforms.  Earlier in this Congress, the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) to fix the broken immigration system was passed by the Senate with a vote of 68-32.

“Today, millions of our neighbors and community members have the security and certainty that they will be able to stay with their families – at least temporarily-- without the fear of deportation,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow, “but no Presidential action can fix our broken immigration system.  We reaffirm our commitment to a comprehensive, legislative solution.  Congress has the ultimate power and must act.  In Leviticus 19:34, we are commanded ‘You must love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.’  We must remember our tradition, teachings, and history as we work towards making the future brighter for ... 


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November 18, 2014: JCPA Condemns Horrific Terror Attack at Jerusalem Synagogue

NEW YORK – In the wake of Tuesday’s morning terror attack at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) expressed horror at the slaying of innocent worshippers and called upon Palestinian leaders to pave the way towards peace, rather than violence and incitement.

“This appalling attack on a place of worship represents pure evil,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “The horrific scene of finding innocent worshippers wrapped in prayer shawls and slaughtered in a synagogue is reminiscent of dark times in the Jewish people’s past. Palestinian leaders have a choice between good and evil, to lead their people towards peace or violence, and they must choose life. There is no place for such violence in a civilized world and we call upon all the peoples of the world to condemn such actions. We support the people of Jerusalem and the entire nation of Israel in their right to defend themselves and bring those responsible to justice.”



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November 13, 2014: JCPA and COEJL Applaud Historic U.S.-China Pact to Reduce Carbon Emissions

NEW YORK – Following the announcement of a historic U.S.-China pact to reduce carbon emissions, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and its initiative the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) applauded the agreement as an encouraging sign of international cooperation towards protecting the environment.

“Simply and obviously, global climate change is a global problem. Every nation has a role to play in addressing this challenge, but no nation can solve it alone,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “The agreement between the United States and China, the two largest economies in the world, demonstrates that we can work together to address worldwide problems.  We hope that this historic pact between the U.S. and China will inspire the world and set a precedent for the upcoming meetings in Lima and Paris and result in other countries committing to environmental justice by battling climate change.”



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