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Volume 13, Number 49
December 20, 2010

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Poverty simulation
JCPA Joins Simullation in Indianapolis. Last week, JCPA Confronting Poverty campaign staff traveled to Indianapolis to host a Poverty Simulation with the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and several other community organizations.  Over 60 interfaith community members participated in the Simulation, where they were given new identities and worked in family groups to survive one month in poverty.  The Poverty Simulation was highly successful and the JCPA is now working with the Indianapolis JCRC to capitalize on the momentum from this event to create a long-term poverty movement in the Indianapolis Jewish and interfaith communities. 
Civility campaign
San Francisco JCRC kicks off Civility program. The San Francisco JCRC launched its Year of Civil Discourse Initiative with a one-day conference on December 12 that drew over 200 leaders from a broad political, religious, age, and geographical spectrum.  The event sought to create a safe space, model civil discourse, and present an array of toolkit ideas to help encourage civil discourse within the San Francisco community. Workshop topics included building respect across challenging political differences, engaging in civil discourse about Israel, and Israel activism on campuses.  For more information on the Year of Civil Discourse Initiative, click here.
 
“On Israel, can U.S. Jews disagree nicely?” 
JTA published an article highlighting the San Francisco JCRC’s Year of Civil Discourse Kick-off Event discussed above. Amid frequent picketing at the local Israeli Consulate and an active BDS campaign, the JCRC created its program to “encourage local Jews to agree to disagree on Israel without name-calling or violence.” Rabbi Doug Kahn, the JCRC’s director, remarked that it “is not about changing people’s views but about listening respectfully and hearing divergent views, with the health of our community at stake.” Similar civil discourse issues that San Francisco experiences occur in cities throughout the country: “San Francisco is not the only place where discourse has devolved into something unpleasant,” said JCPA Vice President Ethan Felson.  “Quite a few communities are interested in doing something about the civility problem. The breakdown of respect for different views, the demonization of fellow Jews.  It feels like engaging on issues that matter has become a blood sport,” remarked Felson. You can view the article here.
This Week in Washington
This Week in Washington.  The “lame duck” session of Congress continues this week where the Senate is expected to consider and vote on START and a budget measure to fund the government until March.  The President will be in Washington this week before leaving to spend Christmas with his family in Hawaii.  The Supreme Court is not in session this week.  

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repealed.  The law banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military was repealed in the Senate over the weekend.  The House had previously voted for to end the policy two separate times this year.  The President will sign the repeal on Wednesday.  The bill, which was shepherded through the Senate by Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) gained bipartisan support and was ultimately approved 65-31.

DREAM. On Saturday, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the DREAM Act, in a vote of 55-41. This procedural vote requires 60 votes to advance the legislation. The House has previously passed the bill earlier in the week 216-198.

Jobs. President Obama signed a bill into law on December 17th that will extend unemployment benefits through 2011. This important benefit extension was part of a larger tax break and extension package passed by the Senate 81-19 and the House of Representatives 277-148 earlier in the week.
COEJL
Jewish Social Justice Farming Fellowship. Urban Adamah in Berkeley, California is now accepting applications for its 2011 summer fellowship, which begins June 6, 2011. The fellowship is a three-month residential leadership-training program that integrates urban organic farming, direct social justice work and progressive Jewish living and learning. Urban Adamah is a unique opportunity for young adults who seek deep personal and professional growth and the tools to become active agents for change in their own lives and in their communities. Click here for more information.
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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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