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Volume 13, Number 42
November 02, 2010

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Midterm Elections
Iran Initiative
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Civility Campaign
Interfaith Encounter
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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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Midterm Elections

Join Our Post Election Call with Stu Rothenberg.  This Wednesday, at 2 p.m., The Jewish Federations of North America and the JCPA will host a call to discuss Tuesday’s midterm elections and their impact on the Jewish community.  The call will feature analysis and questions with Stuart Rothenberg, a columnist for Roll Call and editor/founder of The Rothenberg Political Report, a non-partisan political newsletter covering the House, Senate, gubernatorial campaigns, presidential politics and political developments.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010
Time: 2 PM (Eastern)
Call-In Number: 1-800-399-0118
Conference ID #: 21640061

(Israel guests dial 180-931-5362 or 180-945-7877, then use conference ID#)

Iran Initiative
Iranian Woman to be Stoned.  An Iranian woman accused of adultery could be executed by stoning as early as Wednesday.  Previously, Iranian officials had delayed enacting the sentence due to international criticism.  Exiled human rights activist Mina Ahadi stated that she "received the information only three days ago…If the decision is taken, she could be executed on Wednesday. We are very afraid."  To read the complete article from Yahoo! News click here.

Iran Dismisses Another Opportunity for a Deal.  The United States has stated that due to Iran’s new stockpile of low-enriched uranium, any agreement for a fuel swap must be stricter than previous ones rejected by Iran, something which Iran has already dismissed.  Western Diplomats believe that the regime has started to feel the effects of sanctions.  “Iran has said it is ready to meet with the powers involved in efforts to defuse the dispute over its nuclear program -- the United States, Germany, France, China, Britain and Russia -- later this month at a time and place still to be determined.”  To read the complete article from Reuters click here.
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Israel Advocacy Initiative
Federations and JCPA Team Up to Fight Delegitimization. The Israel Action Network, a project of the Jewish Federations of North America, working with the JCPA, plans to effectively combat the movement to delegitimize the Jewish State. “The JFNA and the rest of the Jewish federation system have agreed to invest $6 million over the next three years in the new initiative, which is being called the Israel Action Network. The federations will be working in conjunction with JCPA, an umbrella organization bringing together local Jewish community relations councils across North America.”  To read the complete article from JTA click here.

Oregon Governor Promotes Economic Ties with Israel. 
  In another blow to the movement to delegitimize Israel, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed an agreement with Israel to promote commercial ties.  “Under terms of the agreement, the governments will work to identify projects where private businesses can collaborate on research and development, and to develop a framework to help finance the effort.” To read the complete article from the Portland Business Journal click here
Jewish Disability Awareness month
Jewish Disability Awareness Month.  This February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month, a time for communities to examine the role and inclusion of their disabled members and means to increase activity and access.  Through support of legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and hate crimes bills that protect against discrimination, the JCPA has been active in working to increase education as well as protections for and involvement for those with disabilities. If your community is looking for a speaker or scholar-in-residence for the month or beyond, Rabbi Naomi Levy, bestselling author of the newly released Hope Will Find You, is available  You can read a piece TIME Magazine just ran on her here. You can reach her at rabbinlevy@gmail.com
Civility campaign
Toward Civility: A Community Conversation.  Moderator Noam Neusner asked a panel of Jewish experts why civility matters, what have they done that wasn’t civil, and how should we handle “rhetorical bombs?”.  Should anyone be marginalized?  What do we need to do to transform discourse in our community?  Discussing were activists, authors, and organization leaders including Blu Greenberg, Louise Greilsheimer, Rabbi Steve Gutow, Rabbi Doug Kahn, Geoffrey Lewis, Jane Schiff, Dr. Carl Sheingold, Robert Siskin, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, and Rabbi Melissa Weintraub.

Over 350 Jewish Leaders Sign Civility Statement. . . and counting.  Pledging to treat others with decency and honor as models for civil discourse, over 350 Jewish leaders from over 200 Jewish institutions have signed the JCPA's Statement on Civility.  Join them at www.civilitystatement.org and ask others to do the same.  The Statement embraces the principle of Eilu v’elu divrei Elokim chayim, “both these and those are the words of the living God.” 
Interfaith Encounter
Lutheran Community Expresses Solidarity.  In response to last week’s security threats to the American Jewish Community, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has expressed its heartfelt solidarity. “These kinds of threats must be met with somber assessment, a renewed commitment to one another through all communities of religious identity, and with exceptional displays of solidarity.”  To read the complete letter from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America click here.
This Week in Washington
This Week in Washington.  Tuesday is Election Day! Congress is in recess for the midterm elections, but will return this month for a lame duck session.  The President has returned to Washington after travelling to campaign in races across the country.  The Supreme Court is in session this week and is hearing oral arguments.

New Bullying Guidelines Include Anti-Semitism.  The Department of Education released new guidelines for harassment last week that make it easier for the Department to combat bullying and protect civil rights.  The new guidance from the Department's Office of Civil Rights provides new tools that allow schools to enforce existing civil rights protections in cases involving race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.  This includes a revised interpretation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act that allows schools to protect against anti-Semitism.  The full statement from the Department of Education can be read here.

Child Nutrition. In an effort to urge Congress to pass a final version of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill when they return in mid-November for a "lame duck" session, a letter is being circulated to the anti-hunger and faith community. The JCPA is one of the original signers. We encourage local and state organizations to sign on as well. Please feel free to circulate this letter to your local network. The letter can be found here. To sign on please email Elyssa at ekoidin@thejcpa.org by NOON on November 12th. The letter can be found here.
Climate Watch on Elections. As the nation waits for results on the elections, several races are expected to have a dramatic climate impact. For example in Alaska, Senator Lisa Murkowski, top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is running as a write-in candidate against Republican Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams. Murkowski has been leading the charge against federal climate regulations, while Miller has publicly doubted the human-made causes of climate change and McAdams has gone on record believing that climate change is real and caused by human behavior. In California, Proposition 23 to ban statewide greenhouse gas regulations is on the ballot. Several Jewish organizations, including COEJL and JCPA, have spoken out against the proposal. In separate news, on the eve of elections, 20 states and 13 environmental groups filed a brief  to the Supreme Court in support of the EPA regulating major emitters of greenhouse gases; this was filed in reaction to 17 other states that are opposing against the plan.

NRPE Names New Executive Director. COEJL’s major partner the National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE) has named Matthew Anderson-Stembridge as its new executive director. Anderson-Stembridge has previously held posts with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the National Council of Churches and Faith in the City. He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and is completing graduate work in advocacy and political leadership at the University of Minnesota. The NRPE is comprised of four major religious organizations and alliances, including COEJL, which together serve tens of millions of Americans.

Several Jewish Greening Programs Accepting Applications. The Jewish Greening Fellowship and Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center are launching their second year of the Jewish Greening Fellowship, which trains staff at Jewish summer camps, synagogues and JCCs in the New York area. COEJL is represented on the fellowship’s board. For more information, click here. In a similar effort for teens, the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, ICCY, and Hazon are accepting applications for the Teen Greening Fellowship. For more information contact Yael at 646-505-4413 or gavronsky@jccmannhattan.org. Also, Jewish National Fund and Greenfaith are starting a webinar series on Judaism and the environment. Details and registration for a fee can be found at http://www.jnf.org/greenfaith.
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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