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Volume 13, Number 39
October 11, 2010

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Fighting Poverty With Faith
Iran Initiative
Israel Advocacy Initiative
Civility Campaign
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The JCPA Needs you!  With a nationwide network of JCRCs and Federations and the strength of 14 national Jewish organizations, the JCPA is an effective advocate for the issues that matter.  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.  For more information, contact Max Mulcahy at 212.684.9815 or mmulcahy@thejcpa.org.

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For more than sixty years, the JCPA has identified issues, formulated policy, developed strategies and programs, and given expression to a strongly united Jewish communal voice. JCPA’s has an unparalleled capacity to mobilize grassroots activism, through our network of 14 national and 125 local member 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.

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Fighting poverty with Faith
Take action and fight poverty with faith! Send an e-postcard to President Obama, urging him to publicly re-state his commitment to cutting domestic poverty in half over the next ten years during his 2011 State of the Union address.  Sign the e-postcard here and help us spread the word!

This week, for the Fighting Poverty with Faith mobilization, students from Yeshiva University, Columbia University Hillel, and New York University Hillel are hosting a resource fair for the homeless in New York City.  Homeless participants will receive donated clothing and blankets, free lunches, and an opportunity to share their story with student volunteers.

Fighting Poverty with Faith is a diverse coalition of national and local faith organizations dedicated to cutting domestic poverty in half by 2020.  To accomplish this goal, we are working aggressively to focus new attention to the causes of poverty, highlight strategies to reduce poverty, and create economic opportunities.  The mobilization is led by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.  For more information, visit www.fightingpovertywithfaith.com.
Iran Initiative

Western Spies Working Inside Iran.  Iranian Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi recently acknowledged that western-backed spies had infiltrated Iran’s nuclear program. “In recent weeks, Iran has announced the arrest of several nuclear spies and battled a computer worm that it says is part of a covert Western plot to derail its nuclear program…The United States and its allies have vigorously sought to slow Iran's nuclear advances through U.N. and other sanctions out of suspicion that Tehran intends to use a civil program as cover for developing weapons.” To read the complete story from the Washington Times click here.

Iran Expresses Interest in Nuclear Talks.  Iran’s foreign minister has expressed interest in returning to talks about its nuclear program with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.  “A spokesperson for the chief international negotiator Catherine Ashton told POLITICO Saturday that while they have seen the reports, they have not been officially contacted by Iran to schedule such a meeting.”  To read the complete report from Politico click here.

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Israel Advocacy Initiative
Beersheba Establishes Israel’s First Socially Conscious Street.  All ten businesses on a Beersheba street have agreed to uphold labor laws, provide handicap access, protect the environment, and contribute to their community.  “The idea of getting the entire street to sign the Tav Chevrati - social seal - came from two young women: Efrat Vaknin, who uses a wheelchair, and Adar Stern…Two of the businesses on the street employ at-risk youths, and another employs handicapped people.”  To read the complete story from Haaretz click here.

Stanley Fischer Awarded 2010 Best Bank Governor Award.  Stanley Fischer, Governor of the Bank of Israel, received the honor of being titled the world’s best bank governor, beating all other central bank governors. “He was chosen by Euromoney a leading international banking, finance and capital markets news publication. Fischer received the award based on the decision of the magazine's editorial board, which has been giving out the award to the outstanding central bank governor for the last 30 years.”  To read the complete story from Ynet click here.
Civility campaign
Jewish Leaders To Discuss Paths to Greater Civility. The JCPA will host a community conversation on civility moderated by former White House staffer Noam Neusner, with Rabbis Rachel Cowan, Steve Gutow, Doug Kahn, Jack Moline, and Joseph Telushkin, along with Professor Amy-Jill Levine, and community leaders Louise Greilsheimer, Geoffrey Lewis, Carl Sheingold, and Jane Schiff.  The program will take place November 1 at 2 pm.  For more information, please visit the JCPA Civility Campaign Website.

Faith Groups Pledge to Fight Homophobia and Bullying.  Monday is National Coming Out Day, a day when Gay and Lesbian individuals are encouraged to come out of the closet.  In that spirit, the JCPA has signed onto a pledge with other religious groups and individuals to speak out against homophobic bullying and harassment in our synagogues, schools, and communities.  The Pledge can be read here.
This Week in Washington
This Week in Washington.  Congress will be in recess until after the November elections.  With a number of highly contested seats, the President and Vice President will be out on the campaign trail as well.  The Supreme Court is in session and hearing oral arguments.

After the Oil Spill.  The flow of oil into the Gulf has been stopped, but the cleanup still has a long way to go.  Faith communities across the country are still working to gain support when Congress returns for cleanup in the Gulf.  You can learn more at www.afterthespill.com and sign the petition from the RAC here.
Shabbat Noach/350.org Weekend a Success! Jewish communities around the country participated in the over 7,000 international global day of action activities on climate change by observing Shabbat Noach with an environmental theme. COEJL participated in several events, which you can read about on our resource page. Here is a recent blog posting about the weekend on the website of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

The White House Goes Solar. In a blog posting last week, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that “by the end of this spring, there will be solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House.” The project, which is meant to demonstrate the reliability and usefulness of American solar technology, is not the first such Presidential endeavor. In fact, solar panels have a bi-partisan history.  In addition to President Jimmy Carter’s initiative, President George W. Bush put solar panels on the White House as well.

Climate Talks in China: After Copenhagen – Before Cancun. While last year’s Copenhagen climate talks blazed across the international scene seeming only to fade like a shooting star, detailed political talks have in fact continued. Over 200 countries met last week in China to discuss the renewal of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and what commitments they are willing to consider adopting at the next major conference which will be held in November in Cancun, Mexico. The world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, China and the U.S., represent opposite ends of the tension between rich and poor countries over transparency and rate of development.  Of particular focus is what conditions are necessary for developed countries to commit $100 billion to a fund suggested by the U.S. that would help developing countries adapt to the effects of global climate change. Fundamentally at stake is the willingness of states like the U.S. and China to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. has never recognized the Kyoto Protocol and has yet to adopt comprehensive policy on energy and climate change. The verdict on where last week’s talks will lead is still out.
Congratulations to Lisa Goodgame, the Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in Austin, TX.  Lisa has recently accepted a position with the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.  We will greatly miss her and her hard work, but wish her luck in this new and exciting role.  Mazel tov!
JCPA Programs

Last Chance: Join Other Jewish Teens in New Orleans.  Jewish Teens in 10th-12th grade from across North America are invited to participate in the 2010 General Assembly in New Orleans.  They will get to participate with Jewish professionals and community leaders while also learning about environmental advocacy.  We encourage you to share this opportunity to learn, lead, and serve with the teens in your community.  For more information and to register, click here.

Please remember to register for the October Task Force and Board of Directors Meetings.  See highlights below.

Board of Directors Meeting
November 1, 2010

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Israel’s Security and Middle East Peace
JCPA’s Board of Directors will hear from Ido Aharoni, Acting Consul General of Israel, on how Israel is planning to meet the threats it faces from radical regimes and how Israel plans to approach the peace negotiations with Palestinians that will hopefully lead to broader peace in the region and lasting peace in the Middle East.

Task Force Meetings
October 31, 2010

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Jewish Security & The Bill of Rights
The JSBOR task force will look at issues pursued by the rising Tea Party Movement.  Additionally, members of the JSBOR and Israel, World Jewry, and International Human Rights task force will hear from Rev. Dr. William Harter of Presbyterians Concerned For Jewish Christian Relations on the upcoming Presbyterian General Assembly.

Equal Opportunity & Social Justice
Scheduled to speak at a session on senior poverty issues is William Rapfogel, CEO of Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.  Jan Resseger with the United Church of Christ will speak about how the faith community is tackling the issue of education reform.  The EOSJ task force will continue discussions on paid sick leave, immigration reforms, and energy policy.  They will also learn about the rising Tea Party Movement.

Israel, World Jewry & International Human Rights
The IWJIHR task force will explore issues including Iran and Middle East Peace and issues related to Israeli minorities.  Stephen Kuperberg, Executive Director of the Israel on Campus Coalition, will discuss issues such as the delegitimization of Israel on campus, anti-Israel bias in classrooms, and how to engage younger generations in Israel issues.

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 an effective advocate for the issues that matter. 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.  For more information, contact Max Mulcahy at 212.684.9815 or mmulcahy@thejcpa.org.

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