The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) mourns the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a true hero and a champion of justice and equality.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg rose from the humble beginnings of an immigrant Jewish family in Flatbush to become a Supreme Court Justice. As a lawyer and advocate she fought to change laws and policies that advanced reproductive rights and equality for all.

As a Supreme Court Justice, she upheld many of the positions central to JCPA’s mission. “To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you, that’s what I think a meaningful life is,” she explained.

In 2002, Ginsburg received JCPA’s Albert D. Chernin Award, which recognizes individuals whose life work best exemplifies the social justice imperatives of Judaism and the protection of the Bill of Rights, particularly the First Amendment.

“The best way to honor Justice Ginsburg’s life is to continue to fight for equality and to deter the rollback of women’s reproductive rights,” stated David Bernstein, JCPA’s President and CEO. “Her work and legacy live on in our work.”


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