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Supreme Court Delays Action on Climate Change

February 10, 2016 Washington, D.C.,  – Yesterday, Supreme Court of the United States issued a stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan which is designed to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants, the largest single source of carbon pollution. In response to this, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) has issued the following statement:

There is no other way to say it, the Supreme Court of the United States’ stay is a setback in addressing the dangers of climate change through the Clean Power Plan. While this decision is unfortunate, it is not a final ruling on the legal merits of the case, rather it delays the implementation timetable while the U.S. Court of Appeals considers the issues.  As we await the decision from the appeals court, we urge state legislators to continue their important and necessary work to ensure reduce carbon emissions.  Confronting Climate change does not need to wait for the D.C. Circuit’s decision.  

Our Jewish values teach us that it is incumbent upon us to be stewards for God’s creation. In the Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabba (7:20) it we read: “Pay heed that you do not corrupt and destroy my world; for if you corrupt it there is no one to repair it after you.” The Clean Power Plan is a critical element of our obligation as Jews and as Americans to protect the ... 

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05:39 PM Feb 10, 2016 - 0 comments permalink


JCPA Welcomes Expanded Egalitarian Prayer Space at Western Wall

 February 1, 2106, Washington, D.C., - The decision by the Israeli cabinet to approve an expanded egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall is a welcome step toward improving relations between Israel and the Diaspora and supporting increased participation at Judaism’s holiest site.

The JCPA applauds the determination of concerned denominations in Israel and North America, as well as other dedicated participants, particularly the Women of the Wall, for their unwavering commitment to the realization of this goal. We also recognize the efforts of the prime minister’s office, Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit, and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky for developing the proposal, which will allow for a larger egalitarian prayer space with a more prominent entrance under the control of a pluralistic committee. 

According to David Bernstein, President and CEO of the JCPA, “This decision is a testimony to a spirit of compromise and partnership that is vital to the relationship between Israel and Jews around the world. It is imperative that we work to end those conflicts ... 

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07:50 PM Feb 01, 2016 - 0 comments permalink


Jewish Community Disappointed by House Vote on Clean Water

Washington, D.C., – Yesterday, the House of Representative voted to repeal the Clean Water Rule under the Congressional Review Act. The House vote follows a similar action in the Senate. The repeal will now proceed to the President, who has threatened to veto it. In response to the vote, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) issued the following statement:

The Clean Water Rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, restores protections and clarifies the applicability of the Clean Water Act to streams, wetlands and other bodies of water. The Rule would help prevent flooding, filter pollution, and help supply one in three Americans with clean drinking water. Access to clean water, free of pollutants, is an issue of equity and environmental stewardship that speaks directly to our Jewish values.

“For us as Jews, water and humanity are both sacred. People’s access to ... 

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10:56 AM Jan 14, 2016 - 0 comments permalink


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