Addressing Poverty and Welfare Reform

by Jared Feldman

 Preamble Helping Jewish poor as well as those in the general community achieve self-sufficiency has been a fundamental commitment of the Jewish people. Jewish tradition and values emphasize the responsibility of the larger community to provide for the poor and the near poor in ways that enable them to live independently, with dignity, and to move…

Jerusalem

by Jared Feldman

 WHEREAS, while Israel and the PLO agreed to defer negotiations on the status of Jerusalem until the final phase of peace negotiations, this issue nevertheless has become a matter of intense public discussion; WHEREAS, for nearly three thousand years, the Jewish people have been inextricably bound to Jerusalem; WHEREAS, since King David established the city as the…

Crime and Violence

by Jared Feldman

The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council recognizes and shares the nationwide concern over problems of crime and violence which continue to plague our schools, cities, and suburban communities. The potential for inner city neighborhood revitalization is too often impeded by criminal activity which undermines local efforts to enhance economic development, create jobs, and improve…

Bosnia (Policy Conference 1994)

by Jared Feldman

For almost two years, the NJCRAC has actively opposed the systematic violence being committed by Serbian forces against the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. There have been several resolutions of the United Nations Security Council calling for an end to the strangulation of Sarajevo and other Moslem cities and enclaves. While a recent NATO ultimatum has produced…

Israel’s Missing-In-Action

by Jared Feldman

We are deeply concerned over the suffering of Israeli MlAs and the anguish of those families whose husbands, fathers and sons are still missing in action. Israeli soldiers Zachary Baumel, Zvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz have been missing since 1982. Israeli Air Force Captain Ron Arad was taken prisoner in Lebanon in October 1986. Their families…

Energy and the Environment as a Jewish Concern

by Jared Feldman

The Jewish community’s mandate to cherish, cultivate, and protect the earth is informed by traditional Jewish sources and contemporary Jewish insights. As Jews, we are heirs to a tradition of stewardship of the natural world first described in Genesis that teaches us to be partners in the ongoing work of creation. The National Jewish Community…

Balanced Budget Amendment

by Jared Feldman

The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council is opposed to current efforts to enact a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While the NJCRAC acknowledges that action is needed to substantially reduce the federal deficit, amending the Constitution is neither a sound mechanism for achieving this goal, nor is it wise public policy. The organized…

National Service Trust Act of 1993

by Jared Feldman

The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council endorses in principle the proposed National Service Trust Act of 1993 (S 919, HR 2010) with adequate church-state separation safeguards. This initiative would provide a unique opportunity for college students and others to help our nation confront pressing human service, educational, public safety, and environmental needs. National Service…

Principles on National Health Care Coverage

by Jared Feldman

We call upon the federal government to take action to assure adequate and affordable accessible health care coverage for all individuals and families.  Universal Access We seek a national health care plan that serves everyone living in the United States. Health care should not be employment dependent and should not exclude anyone with prior medical conditions. …