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August 14, 2014: JCPA Mourns the Death of Leonard "Leibel" Fein

NEW YORK - The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) joins mourners worldwide today in grieving the loss of Leonard “Leibel” Fein, founder of the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and co-founder and editor of Moment Magazine.

“The world has lost one of its great lights. Leonard“Leibel” Fein was a rare human being – a visionary, a thinker, a teacher, and a doer,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow.  “A giant of justice has passed to wherever giants go. “He was a dear personal friend and an important part of the JCPA familya vibrant presence at our annual Plenum.  It was heartening to be with him last month at his 80th birthday when many of the leaders of the Jewish world came together to show our love and admiration for someone who has given so much to so many. While his earthly presence will no longer grace our dinners and our conversations, his consistent drive to do all we can to make the world better than it is will linger in our minds and hearts as we continue to pursue the dreams he dreamed.”



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August 13, 2014: Jewish Council for Public Affairs Calls for Impartiality in UN Human Rights Council Probe

NEW YORK – As concerns mount around the appointment of William Schabas to head the United Nations Human Rights Council’s probe into Operation Protective Edge, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) offers the following statement:

“The Human Rights Council is charged with investigating issues without prejudice,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “A thorough, comprehensive investigation is absolutely necessary – but it must be fair. It is essential that each member of the panel be unbiased so that the integrity of the process cannot be called into question by either party. We are deeply concerned about the appointment of William Schabas to lead the UN Human Rights Council probe into Operation Protective Edge. The fact that Schabas has previously called for a war crimes trial of the Israeli Prime Minister and President calls into question this appointment. We’ve been to this rodeo before.”



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August 12, 2014: Jewish Council for Public Affairs Offers Support for US Intervention in Iraq

NEW YORK – In response to the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq and President Obama’s efforts to bring military and humanitarian aid amidst ongoing political turmoil, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) offered the following statement:

“We commend President Obama andU.S. efforts to deliver military and humanitarian aid to victims of extremist violence in Iraq,” said JCPA President Steve Gutow. “We are grateful that the United States is answering the cries of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities who are being brutally targeted by extreme Islamist terrorist groups. We call on the nations of the world to speak and act now to protect these besieged communities that are being targeted solely because of their faith.”



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