The local Jewish Community of Indiana has spoken out, in what is now a national conversation, the state recently passed legislation to protect “religious freedom.” We feel that this statute will ultimately threaten religious freedom more than protect it, particularly minority communities such as ours,” the Indianapolis JCRC said in a statement a day after the law was signed.”
Diaspora discord: Indiana Jews and the state's new 'religious freedom' lawSubmitted by Jared Tue Apr 07 2015 18:52:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) by JCPA
JCRC hosts Middle East panel discussionSubmitted by Haya Tue Apr 07 2015 11:44:31 GMT-0400 (EDT)
More than 400 community members attended a Middle East Forum led by a panel of experts to learn about issues facing Israel and its neighboring countries on March 25, at The Tradition of the Palm Beaches. The panel included members of both Israel's and Palestinian Authority's peace negotiating teams. Event moderator Liz Quirantes, news anchor of TV's CBS 12 led the discussion.
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Indianapolis JCRC Statement on the Indiana Relgious Freedom Resoration ActSubmitted by Jared Wed Apr 01 2015 11:41:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
How the San Francisco JCRC Stopped the Criminalization of CircumcisionSubmitted by Jared Wed Oct 26 2011 15:18:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Having caught on in much of the West for centuries, male circumcision is taken for granted in most communities. But for Jews, the circumcision of our sons is a time for celebration, often bringing together family and loved ones to reaffirm the covenant between God and the Jews in the same method practiced since Abraham. Starting in 2009, however, this rite faced a challenge from Massachusetts. A national anti-circumcision movement, propelled by so-called “intactivists,” proposed to the Massachusetts State House legislation that would have banned circumcision. They were successful in compelling public testimony on the subject, but the legislation fell flat immediately. Learning from this, the anti-circumcision movement set their eyes on San Francisco, California, home to a robust, democratic process of placing proposed legislation on the local ballot for public vote. In October, 2010, the anti-circumcision activists launched a campaign to gather signatures to place on the San Francisco municipal ballot a measure that would criminalize those who perform circumcision, making it a crime punishable by up to a year in County jail and a fine of $1,000. If it were to pass, this measure would create a de facto ban on circumcision within the City and County of San Francisco. The San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council took notice.
The JCRC faced a dilemma. This could clearly be a problem for the Jewish community, but at this stage, it was just another proposed law in a State that allows for voter-initiated propositions. It was not yet clear if there was momentum behind the proposed measure, and the JCRC didn’t want to fuel the issue, so they decided to avoid creating a media worthy campaign. Then, in the spring of 2011, the petition had gathered enough signatures to be placed on the ballot in the coming election. Should the JCRC continue to ignore it, or undertake a massive and likely costly campaign to defeat it?
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Cleveland Joins ENGAGESubmitted by Ben Thu Sep 01 2011 16:25:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs is excited to announce that the Jewish Federation of Cleveland will be joining the ENGAGE program, JCPA’s online advocacy and activism portal.
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