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January 20, 2015:

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January 20, 2015

JCPA Voices its Agenda for the Coming Year Following State of the Union

NEW YORK – President Obama delivered his seventh State of the Union address this evening, laying out his plans not only for the next year, but through the end of his presidency. Following the address, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) Chair Susan W. Turnbull and President Rabbi Steve Gutow released the following statement:

“This evening, having heard President Obama's vision for America’s future, we are eager to continue working with the Administration and Congress on the priorities of the American Jewish community. These include promoting opportunity for all Americans, preserving programs that support the most vulnerable, protecting our environment and curbing climate change, confronting terrorism and the countries that support it, and continuing our nation’s strong support for peace in the Middle East.

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December 31, 2014: JCPA Saddened by PA ICC Application

by JCPA

In response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' application to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) today, Susan W. Turnbull and Rabbi Steve Gutow, Chair and President respectively, of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) issued the following statement:

“The Jewish Council for Public Affairs said Mahmoud Abbas has made a tragic and historic mistake by applying for membership to the International Criminal Court on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.  This unilateral move by Abbas, immediately following the United Nations Security Council’s rejection of a resolution to impose a settlement outside of a negotiated agreement between the Israeli and Palestinian parties, violates past negotiated agreements with Israel and places yet another obstacle on the road to peace.

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December 31, 2014: JCPA Praises Obama Administration for their Continued Support of Peace

by JCPA

In response to the rejection of the resolution introduced by Jordan on behalf of the Palestinian Authority to the United Nations Security Council, Susan W. Turnbull and Rabbi Steve Gutow, Chair and President respectively, of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs issued the following statement:

“The Jewish Council for Public Affairs enthusiastically praises the Obama Administration, in particular Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Ambassador Samantha Power, for their strong stand in support of a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians in opposition to a unilateral proposal that would have perpetuated conflict between the parties.

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Welcome Home Alan

by JCPA

Alan Gross, the U.S. subcontractor sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on charges that his work for USAID undermined the Cuban government, was released today following five years of imprisonment in Cuba. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), which has long advocated for Alan’s release, celebrated this news and the U.S. government’s work to ensure his safe return home. Susan Turnbull and Rabbi Steve Gutow, Chair and President, respectively, of the JCPA, issued the following statement:

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Invest in Us

by JCPA

This month, the JCPA joined the Invest In Us coalition, a challenge to public and private sector leaders across the country to invest in increased access to high quality early childhood education from birth to age five. Launched at a White House Summit on Early Childhood Education on December 10, Invest In Us will highlight existing investments and inspire new funding, innovation, and coordination commitments at the federal, state, and local level.  Programs for children under three have the highest return on investment than interventions occurring later in life, yet too many children are left out of such programs:  Only half of children eligible for Head Start access the program due to funding shortfalls; one in six eligible children receive a child care subsidy; and less than 5 percent of eligible children receive Early Head Start, which serves infants, toddlers, and pregnant women.

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ABLE Act

by JCPA

Friday evening, President Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, legislation applauded by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) for enabling individuals with disabilities to better plan for their futures.

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December 17, 2014: American Jewish Community Celebrates Alan Gross’s Release from Cuban Imprisonment

by JCPA

NEW YORK – Alan Gross, the U.S. subcontractor sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on charges that his work for USAID undermined the Cuban government, was released today following five years of imprisonment in Cuba. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), which has long advocated for Alan’s release, celebrated this news and the U.S. government’s work to ensure his safe return home. Susan Turnbull and Rabbi Steve Gutow, Chair and President, respectively, of the JCPA, issued the following statement:

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Jewish Leaders Welcome Lima Agreement, Raise Importance of U.S. Actions at Home

by JCPA

 Sunday morning, top leaders from nearly 200 countries agreed to The Lima Accord, a global pact to work together to tackle climate change. Each nation is expected to enact domestic legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions. These plans will be the basis for further negotiations in Paris next year. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) welcome this next important step and continue to urge American leadership at next year’s Paris meeting.

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Why isn’t the JCPA reviewed by Charity Navigator?

by JCPA

 We frequently receive questions about why the JCPA has not been reviewed by Charity Navigator. We recently spoke to Charity Navigator, which had the JCPA on a list of organizations that did not fall within their framework for organizations they review. As a result of our conversation, they have changed the JCPA’s position, and the JCPA now qualifies for review. There is a long list of organizations to be reviewed, and the only way for the JCPA to move up on the list is for individuals to vote for us to be reviewed.

Please click here to vote for the JCPA to be reviewed (you may have to register for a free account first)

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Frank Fellows travel to Eastern Europe and Israel

by JCPA

 Last week eight young leaders from across the country participated in the second annual Frank Family Leadership Institute. The vision and inspiration of Lois and Larry Frank, the Institute seeks to identify emerging local leadership to prepare them to lead their JCRCs and the JCPA. Hailing from communities large and small, in the east, west, south and Midwest, the group began its journey with a visit to Krakow, Poland. They visited the Jewish ghetto, the Remuh synagogue, and spent time at Auschwitz and Birkenau. But the trip was not only about the past. After the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the group visited the vibrant Auschwitz Jewish Center in Osweicm and then spent an inspiring evening with Jonathan Orenstein, director of the JCC in Krakow, where they learned about the resurgence of Jewish life in Krakow. After a whirlwind trip, the group flew to Israel to join the JCPA Leadership Mission, which addresses pressing concerns of the Jewish state in meetings with high-level Israeli and American officials as well as Palestinian community leaders.

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