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Volume 11, Number 43
December 15, 2008

 

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The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the united voice of the organized Jewish community, was formally established as National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC) in 1944 by the Council of Jewish Federations. NJCRAC, designed to be the public affairs branch of the organized Jewish community, changed its name in 1997 to the Jewish Council for Public Affairs to more accurately reflect its mission.

For over half a century, the JCPA has served as an effective mechanism to identify issues, formulate policy, develop strategies and programs, and has given expression to a strongly united Jewish communal voice. By virtue of the JCPA's unique position and structure, our ability to reach out and motivate Jews and non-Jews alike to action is unparalleled. Through our network of 14 national and 125 local equal and independent partner agencies, the JCPA serves as a catalyst that heightens community awareness, encourages civic and social involvement, and deliberates key issues of importance to the Jewish community.
Insider on Vacation
Insider is going on vacation December 22 and 29.  Wishing you and your families a wonderful Hannukah and a healthy and happy 2009!
Save Darfur
Darfur Groups Pin High Hopes on Obama Team.  Human rights activists waging a high-profile campaign to end the violence in Sudan's western Darfur region are pushing President-elect Barack Obama and his team to re-energize efforts to end the nearly six-year conflict.  Even before Obama takes office next month, advocates want members of the incoming administration - some of whom have intense and personal interests in the issue - to make Darfur a top foreign policy and national security priority and begin identifying top officials to concentrate on the crisis starting on Jan. 20.  To read more, please visit click here.
This Week in Washington
This week in Washington.  This week, President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq where he met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  Congress has adjourned for the 2nd Session of the 110th Congress.  The 111th Congress will be sworn in on January 6, 2009.  The Supreme Court is not in session and will not be hearing oral arguments this week.  

Military Detention and Interrogation Report.  Last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee released a bipartisan report on military detentions and interrogations since the beginning of the War on Terror.  The full report remains classified, but the committee publically disseminated an unclassified executive summery.  The report had several important findings, including that the mistreatment of detainees in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib was directly tied to policies pursued by the top leadership of the Department of Defense including former Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.  

Auto Industry Bailout.  Although the House passed legislation last week (HR7321) to provide $14 billion in bridge loans to rescue the "Big Three" American automakers, the companion bill died in the Senate on Thursday, December 11th. Therefore, the White House stated last Friday that it will consider using some of the funding from the $700 billion financial industry bailout to prevent collapse of the Detroit car companies.

International Climate Talks Conclude.  The United Nations climate negotiations in Poznan ended on Friday, December 12.  The talks featured participation by nearly 11,000 Representatives from 192 countries, including several member of the US Congress.  This conference marks the mid-point for an international climate agreement to be finalized next December in Copenhagan, Denmark.  Participants continue to work toward the goal of reducing aggregate emissions from industrialized countries to 25 to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. 
JCPA Programs
Register for the 2009 JCPA Plenum.  Visit www.jcpaplenum.org to get the most recent updates to the plenum program and reserve your place at the conference that brings together Jewish leaders and activists from across the United States.  The JCPA Plenum is back in the nation's capital, and delegates are invited to a reception featuring key members of Congress in the Senate and House of Representatives.  To register and to learn more please keep checking at www.jcpaplenum.org.     

The 2009 JCPA Plenum will honor one of its own on Sunday, March 1st.  Susan Turnbull, Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, will receive the Chair's Tikkun Olam award.  Susan is an active member of the JCPA and a life-long community activist.  She is viewed by her colleagues and friends as an expert in women's outreach, Jewish outreach, and many other areas of political strategy.  Register for the plenum as we honor Susan and her many accomplishments as a leader and advocate for the Jewish community.
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