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Volume 13, Number 16
May 03, 2010

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Don't Fund Terror.  This week, the JCPA and a coalition of 17 national Jewish organizations sponsored a full page advertisement in the New York Times calling for a national energy strategy to help stop Iran's nuclear program and support of terror.  We simultaneously launched our  Don't Fund Terror campaign  webpage (www.dontfundterror.org) where you can  sign our petition urging Congress to act to end our reliance on foreign oil.  Energy independence will deprive Iran of $100 million a day in oil money, which will significantly impact its ability to arm Hizballah, advance its nuclear program, and threaten Israel.  So please, go to www.dontfundterror.org and sign the petition to help make the US and Israel safe from a nuclear Iran.
Iran Initiative

Debate on Iran at AJC. New York Times Columnist Roger Cohen and Wall Street Journal Deputy Editorial Page Editor Bret Stephens debated U.S. and Israel's policies towards Iran at the American Jewish Committee's annual meeting. Topics included Iran's nuclear program and whether diplomatic efforts or military action against Iran were appropriate.  Following the debate, Gabriela Shalev, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations spoke about Israel's current relationship with the U.S. and the Middle East peace process. To see the video, click here.

Nuclear Talks at U.N. Open with Focus on Iran. The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accused the United States and other nuclear powers on Monday, May 03, of trying to intimidate non-nuclear countries and said the Americans were the "main suspect" in the stockpiling, spread and threat of nuclear weapons.  Ahmadinejad took a defiant posture as the United Nations opened a conference to strengthen the 40-year-old Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. He called for the world's nuclear powers to disarm, said there was no credible evidence that Iran was seeking to develop nuclear weapons and did not present any plan to break the impasse over his nation's nuclear program. As Ahmadinejad spoke, members of delegations from a number of countries, including the United States and many members of the European Union, walked out of the General Assembly. Earlier that morning, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, urged Iran to cooperate with the international community's effort to curb its nuclear program. Read the article from the New York Times here.

Israel Advocacy Initiative

Obama's Mideast Envoy Arrives in Israel Ahead of Proximity Talks. U.S. President Barak Obama's special Middle East peace envoy arrived in Tel Aviv on Monday, May 3, days before indirect Israeli-Palestinian negotiations were set to begin. Hours before envoy George Mitchell flew into Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak conferred in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh about the upcoming U.S.-mediated negotiations. Obama's peace efforts received a boost on Saturday, May 1, when Arab states approved four months of "proximity talks", which were expected to begin in March but suffered a delay due to Israel's announcement of a settlement project in East Jerusalem. Defense Ministry strategist Amos Gilad said that the indirect negotiations would begin on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear when the envoy would hold talks with the Palestinian side. A senior official told Haaretz that Netanyahu intended to open the indirect talks with the Palestinian Authority with a discussion of the security arrangements in the West Bank and of water resources. Read the article from Haaretz here.

Israeli Company Develops Through-Wall Vision System. The Israeli company Camero has developed a piece of equipment that will greatly help soldiers and law enforcement officials throughout the world. The device enables you to know where people are located in a room in real time before having to enter it. The Xavier 400 is about the size of a laptop computer weighing under 3kg including the battery. It also has an optimized design for tactical operations which makes it easy to carry around by combat soldiers in the field. The identification system is based on a unique, multichannel, Ultra-Wideband (UWB) sensor that operates at very high bandwidth that enables reliable detection and object resolution.  The Xavier 400 system is able to locate images through walls using electromagnetic pulses and is able to provide quick location and number of people hidden by walls and barriers. The system is already an operational success and is being deployed worldwide. Read more from the IDF here.

This Week in Washington
This Week in Washington.  This week, Congress is in session and will consider several pieces of legislation, including financial regulation, a home retrofit and job program, and a bill to support the Haitian economy.  President Obama was in New Orleans this weekend to review the government's response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Supreme Court is in session this week but will not be hearing oral arguments.

Opening remarks for Iran Sanctions Conference Committee.  Last Wednesday the conference committee that is reconciling the  House and Senate versions of the Iran sanctions legislation began its work.   To read  the opening remarks from Rep. Howard L. Berman (CA-28), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, click here.  To see a video of Senator Menendez's opening remarks, click here.
COEJL

Gulf Oil Spill Might Surpass Exxon Valdez. BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and sank over a week ago and is now said to be spewing 5,000 barrels or 200,000 gallons of crude oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico  - leaving 8.9 million gallons of oil floating on the gulf and  possibly surpassing the Exxon Valdez as the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. On Sunday, President Obama called it a "massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster." Still recuperating from Hurricane Katrina, Gulf Coast residents are worried about the impact on their economy. A disaster of this potential proportion might impact food prices as well since the Gulf several of the nation's top fishing ports and is an important waterway for food transport. COEJL is monitoring the situation closely.

Senate Climate Legislation Debate Encounters Additional Delay. Debate over comprehensive energy and climate legislation was split last week because Senator Graham  threatened withdrawal of support for the bill due to politics over immigration law. While initial draft language has quietly been sent to the EPA for analysis, it is expected to take roughly five weeks and will yield forecasts of effects such as predicted household costs. Meanwhile the debate's focus has changed to include increased concern about offshore drilling  exacerbated by the tragedy in the Gulf.

Join COEJL at the Tevah Seminar on Jewish Environmental Education - June 7-10, Surprise Lake Camp, Cold Spring, NY! COEJL is a partner of the 16th Annual Teva Seminar, which is sponsored by the Jewish National Fund. Sybil Sanchez, COEJL Director, and Rachel Cohen, Religious Action Center Senior Legislative Assistant, will present on "Integrating Environmental Education, Programming, and Advocacy " and Sybil will also teach "Inspiring Hope When Addressing Global Climate Change and Energy Policy." This one of a kind four day professional development opportunity in Jewish Environmental Education brings together congregational and day school educators, students, camp staff, Torah scholars, lay leaders, and farmers every year. To register and learn more click here!

JCPA Programs

Reminder:  The JCPA is recruiting for its 3rd annual African-American/Jewish Community Leaders Mission in Birmingham, Alabama, which is taking place from Sunday, June 20th to Wednesday, June 23rd.  Please sign up now - limited space is available.  The trip itinerary will include discussions with local experts about issues of race and poverty in the United States as well as visits to historic sites from the Civil Rights Movement such as the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  We also have confirmed that Birmingham Mayor William Bell will be speaking to the group at a welcome dinner on our first night in Birmingham.

The greater goal of the Mission is to continue building connections between the Jewish and African-American communities around social justice issues.  We hope that as a result of this trip a broader base of anti-poverty activists will be tapped into local programming and mobilizations.  The Mission is open to one JCRC staff member or lay leader from your community, along with a counterpart African-American leader.  JCPA will be covering the cost for each African-American participant.  JCRCs will be asked to pay for the flight and hotel costs of the Jewish participant.  We strongly encourage JCRCs across the country to reach out to African-American leaders in their communities to form a delegation.  To apply, please click on this link and fill out the simple, one-page application.  To submit your application or request additional information (including a draft itinerary), please e-mail jwojciechowski@thejcpa.org by Friday, May 7.

Invitation to Attend the 2010 June Task Force and Board Meetings

Sunday June 6 & Monday June 7, 2010

UJA Federation of New York
130 East 59th Street
 New York, NY 10022
 
Click Here to Register for the June Meetings


JCPA Board of Directors Meeting
Be sure to join us on Monday, June 7 when JCPA leadership will hear from Aaron David Miller, Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, who will speak about the ongoing issues surrounding U.S. - Israel relations, as well as, Gerrald (Jerry) Silverman, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)'s newly named President and Chief Executive Officer.  Jerry will share with us his vision for the JFNA, the Federation system, and how Federations can continue a strong, mutually beneficial relationship with the CRC field.  Lastly, Rabbi Jack Moline of the Rabbinical Assembly JCPA Leadership will be led in a discussion on the Jewish community's relationship with the Mainline churches and regarding anti-Israel activity.  

CRC professionals are encouraged to attend Monday's Board meeting.  

JCPA Task Force Meetings
We have lined up a number of timely topics and informative speakers for the JCPA task force meetings on Sunday, June 6th.  JCPA's Task Force on Israel, World Jewry, and International Human Rights will hear from Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Isobel will discuss the role of women in Iran and how they are transforming Iran from within.  Also confirmed is Hannah Rosenthal, U.S. State Department's Special Envoy on Anti-Semitism who just returned from an extensive trip overseas, and will discuss trends in global anti-Semitism.  Additionally, we have confirmed Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, President of the Auburn Theological Seminary who will discuss the recent findings by the Middle East Study Commission and the impending debate of the Kairos Palestinian document by the Presbyterian Church (USA) this July.  
    

Hotel Reservations

A limited block of hotel rooms is available at the Radisson Lexington Hotel, 511 Lexington Avenue, New York (at 48th Street).  Rates are $169, single/double occupancy for Saturday, June 5th and $129 single/double occupancy for Sunday, June 6th.  For reservations, please call (212) 755-4400 or (800) 333-3333 and ask for the "Jewish Council for Public Affairs" room block.  

The reservation deadline is Friday May 7 - after that date all rooms will be released for general sale, and reservations will be based on availability.  If you plan to arrive early, we suggest that you request an early check in or give your arrival time to the hotel.

Contribute to JCPA

The JCPA Needs you!  With a nationwide network of JCRCs and Federations and the strength of 14 national Jewish organizations, the JCPA is the Jewish community's most effective advocate for the issues that matter most.  Our annual Leadership Appeal campaign seeks to raise $200,000 in 2010.  We know you care about the JCPA and the work that we do on behalf of the Jewish community here, in Israel and around the world.  Your support is crucial to our success.  To make a gift to the JCPA, please click here.  If you can multiply your gift by planing a parlor meeting in your home for friends and colleagues, contact Dana Hartman, Development Associate at 212.684.6953 or dhartman@thejcpa.org.

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