Domestic Resolutions

Resolution on Alleviating Hunger and Food Insufficiency among Children, the Elderly, Persons with Disabilities, and other At-Risk Individuals in the U.S. and Internationally

As Adopted by the 2009 JCPA Plenum

Jewish tradition teaches us that we must feed the hungry. “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges … you shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger.” (Lev. 23:22)  “Whenever you give food to the poor, G-d accounts it to you as if you gave food to G-d.” (Midrash Tannaim on Num. 28:2) The Haggadah, the story of our people’s journey from slavery to freedom, enjoins us to open our doors and “[l]et all who are hungry come and eat; let all who are in need come share our Passover.”  For where there is hunger there can be no freedom.

Hunger is a problem that affects people of all ages, but is a particularly devastating problem for children.  Recent research establishes that malnutrition during early childhood impairs proper development of the nervous system and causes lasting emotional and cognitive problems.  Poor nutrition at any age has adverse effects on cognitive abilities including problem-solving, concentration, and organizing memories.  Those who are hungry often are not productive learners and workers in our society.  Hunger and food insufficiency reduce productivity, increase costly absenteeism and illness, diminish our GDP and burden our economic system.   In the elderly, malnutrition contributes to the onset of illness and spread of disease in typically compromised immune systems.  Thus, there is both a moral and an economic imperative to address this problem.



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Task Force Concern on Muslim Jewish Relations

As Adopted by the 2009 JCPA Plenum

Muslims in America are ethnically, religiously, and politically diverse and the Muslim community in America is evolving - as are the relationships between Muslims and Jews. We recognize with concern that there have been incidents of stereotyping, scapegoating and bigotry directed at Muslim Americans for no reason other than their religious identity, and we deplore such incidents and the attitudes that give rise to them.  As Jews, we are especially sensitive to these immoral acts and recognize their corrupting influence on our society.  

The JCPA applauds the progress that has taken place in Muslim-Jewish relationships, including local and national dialogues that have deepened mutual understanding, that have advanced shared commitments to social justice and equality.  Tensions remain and are difficult matters for community relations agencies to navigate.  However, they should not necessarily preclude efforts to dialogue.  Representatives of all faith communities should be held to the same standards of mutual civility, respect and recognition.    Violence and hatred are never excusable.    



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Task Force Concern on Supporting Comprehensive Early Childhood Care and Education Programs for All

As Adopted by the 2009 JCPA Plenum

Our Jewish tradition teaches that raising and educating children are among our highest concerns.  Recent neuroscience research tells us that prenatal nutrition and healthcare and the care and education of children from birth to age three are the most important determinants of a child’s future productiveness and success in school and later life. Development of not only linguistic and cognitive skills, but also social and emotional competence (including comportment, motivation and persistence) essential for later socio-economic success takes place at this time.

Important early child care and education (ECCE) programs include federal and state Head Start and Early Head Start as well as services provided or supported by school districts, for-profit and non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, foundations, trusts, businesses, individual philanthropists, and others.



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Task Force Concern on Challenges in Coalition Building

As Adopted by the 2009 JCPA Plenum

The principal mandate of the Jewish community relations field, as expressed in the JCPA mission statement, involves three interrelated goals including safeguarding the rights of Jews here and around the world, dedicating ourselves to the safety and security of the state of Israel, and advancing a just American society that furthers harmonious intergroup relations. 

These goals are often advanced through coalition work with a broad range of constituencies including issue-based organizations, religious and ethnic groups.   Often, we are aligned with groups on some issues and find ourselves in opposition on others.  Tensions related to the Middle East conflict contribute to these challenges, but are by no means the only point of departure. 



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Resolution on Comprehensive Energy Policy

As Adopted by the 2009 JCPA Plenum

The United States needs a comprehensive energy policy both to fight global warming and to strengthen national security.    The policies for achieving these two goals are largely, although not completely, overlapping, but the relationship between them is complex.

Many major oil-producing nations are either overtly hostile to the United States or have national interests inimical to ours.  Although the United States buys foreign oil mainly from friendly powers such as Canada and Mexico, our seemingly insatiable thirst for this commodity contributes to sustaining high world oil prices, thereby benefiting hostile powers, even if we do not buy from them directly.   

The windfall profits earned by hostile oil-producing nations empower them to pursue policies that are detrimental to U. S. interests including funding terrorism against both the United States and Israel.  These nations, however, are heavily dependent on their oil revenues and their economies are thus highly vulnerable to falling oil prices.  The United States has the ability to implement policies that would put significant downward pressure on world oil prices.  Such policies have the potential of weakening the economies of hostile oil-producing nations thereby undermining their ability to pursue policies harmful to the U. S. and Israel.  Falling oil prices would also have a beneficial effect on food commodity prices that are highly sensitive to energy costs.



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