November 13, 2015

As we were finishing the EZ Read, reports of multiple attacks in Paris were breaking. Here is the most current information we had at press time.

Police: At least 26 dead in Paris, hostage-taking in theater
Two police officials said at least 26 people have been killed in shootings and explosions around Paris Friday, in the deadliest violence in France in decades. A police official said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement, and about 15 killed in the Bataclan theater, where a hostage-taking is under way.

Lunch with Donna Crane, Vice President of Policy at NARAL Pro-Choice America. (l to r: Hollis Wein, Donna Crane,
and Dana Gordon)

Meeting with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at a Jewish community breakfast honoring his support of Israel.
(l to r: Dana Gordon, Sen. Schumer, Hollis Wein) 

Talking Points Highland Park 
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2) 
Monday, November 16
Highland Park, IL 

Talking Points Los Angeles
Donna Crane
of NARAL Pro-Choice America 
Friday, November 20 
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Detroit Membership Event
Gary Peters (D-MI) and
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) 
Monday, November 23 
11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
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November 15 
Brunch with
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2) and
Brad Schneider 

(Candidate for IL-10) 
12:30 - 2:00 pm
For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected]
Meet the Members
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2)

Rep. Jared Polis is a member of the Jewish caucus and an leader in the LGBT community. Polis has been outspoken on many social issues including women's reproductive rights, civil rights, immigration and LGBT rights. He sits on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

While still attending Princeton University, Polis co-founded his first company, American Information Systems, a success he followed with the launching of and He was named an "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst and Young.

Polis has been a strong force in Congress for JAC's issues.  He has supported a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, co-sponsoring the U.S. Israel Strategic Partnership Act.  Polis has also fought attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict a woman's access to reproductive health care. JAC proudly supports Rep. Jared Polis.

The Obama Administration and Israel 
STRENGTHENED Israel's security by:
  • PROVIDING over $3 billion per year to assist Israel's military
  • PROVIDING $1.3 billion in funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system
  • PROVIDING additional funding for the Arrow and David's Sling missile systems
RESTORED Israel's Qualitative Military Edge by:  
  • SIGNING the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Act 
  • SELLING Israel bunker busting bombs and F-35 fighter planes while fast-tracking arms sales 
  • AUTHORIZING Israel to use American weapons stored in Israel during an emergency 
  • CONTRACTING to sell Israel 14 F-35 fighter jets, amounting to $3 billion
DEFENDED Israel at the UN by:
  • VOTING with Israel 100% of the time at the United Nations, a first in modern history 
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Israel & the Middle East
Netanyahu Calls Meeting With Obama "One of the Best"
After his 2.5 hour powwow with Obama, Netanyahu said the discussion focused mainly on Israel's security needs, American military aid to Israel, and steps on the ground intended to stabilize relations with Palestinians
Source: Office of the Prime Minister

Obama: 'If Not Now, Bibi, Then When?' 
The president's questions for the Israeli prime minister when they meet are simple and direct: "If not now, when? And if not you, Mr. Prime Minister, then who? How does this get resolved?"  
U.S. Senate resolution expresses support for Israel, slams Palestinian terror
The U.S. Senate passed a resolution expressing support for Israel and condemning Palestinian terror attacks. The resolution, which passed by unanimous consent, condemned in the 'harshest terms possible' attacks that have left 11 Israelis dead and 145 wounded, and called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to stop incitement by Palestinian officials and media.  
Netanyahu: Support for Israel Must Be Bipartisan
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a direct appeal on Tuesday to Democrats still troubled by the public feud over the nuclear deal with Iran: U.S. support for his country must remain a bipartisan position.  
What Ordinary Palestinians Think About Jews, Israel & Violence 
The bottom line is all too easy to state: The recent attacks reflect a perspective widely shared in Palestinan society, which sees violent actions as morally justified and worthy of support. 
Anti-Semitism & BDS
Kerry urges world to condemn rising anti-Semitism & bigotry
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the world to condemn rising anti-Semitism and bigotry and unite in the struggle against violent extremism and 'terrorist bigots,' speaking at a 40th anniversary commemoration of the adoption of a UN resolution equating Zionism with racism.
E. U. Move to Label Israeli Settlement Goods Strains Ties
In a stinging rebuke to Israel, the European Union insisted on Wednesday that some goods produced on land seized in the 1967 war must be labeled 'made in settlements."
White Supremacists Plotted to Attack Synagogues & Black Churches
According to authorities, Richmond-area white supremacists got together at the home of one of the members in September with a sinister agenda: shooting or bombing the occupants of black churches and Jewish synagogues.
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Protesting Tuition Costs, pro-Palestinian NY Groups Blame 'Zionists'
Pro-Palestinian groups participating in a student protest against tuition increases at the City University of New York are blaming the high costs of education on 'Zionists.'
Reproductive Rights
SCOTUS to Hear Texas Abortion Restriction Appeal
The justices will decide whether touch new restrictions placed on abortion clinics and doctors in Texas constitute and 'undue burden' on women seeking legal abortion and should be struck down.
Birth Control Is Back Before the Supreme Court
SCOTUS announced that it would hear more than 12 cases presenting the question of just how far employers can go to prevent their employees from obtaining birth control coverage. Women could win this time.
Catholic Doctor Denies Contraceptives to Patients
"I am sending this letter to notify you that as a Catholic physician, I can no longer prescribe any form of contraception (birth control) since continuing to do so puts me int he position of cooperating and promoting it."
Health Conference Calls Abortion Access a 'Human Right'
The call came as many states a tightening abortion access. Last year, 15 states enacted 26 abortion restrictions, including new counseling and waiting period requirements and restrictions on minors' access to abortion. Since 2010, states have adopted 231 new abortion restrictions.
The Stealth Attack on Abortion Access
Today, thousands of women seeking low-cost health care are ending up at crisis pregnancy centers. Nationwide there are more than 3,000 anti-choice centers advertising free services, like options counseling, pregnancy testing and ultrasounds. They now outnumber abortion clinics by at least three to one.
Separation of Religion & State
Fox Business Debate: 'Whose [Tax] Plan Would God Endorse'
"First off, Dr. Carson, to you. You say you are in favor of a tax system, I guess akin to tithing, sir, with a flat tax rate of up to 15 percent because you said, if everybody pays this, I think God is a pretty fair guy. So tithing is a pretty fair process."
Sen. Hatch: 'Erroneous' Wall of Church-State Separation 'Narrowed' Religion's Role
"Discarding" matters of religious liberty "(serves) a narrow, transient political agenda," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT, said on the Senate floor, the fourth of a series of eight speeches he intends to deliver on religious liberty. Other topics included the importance of religious liberty, his Mormon ancestry, and the status and substance of religious liberty.
Beyond the Core
Christie Vetoes Bill to Make Voting Easier in New Jersey
High-Volume Gun Sellers Fuel Criminal Market; How the President Could Stop Them
Under federal law, anyone "engaged in the business" of dealing firearms must get a license and follow dealer rules, including running background checks on potential buyers. However, those who make only "occasional sales...for a hobby" or who sell only from their "personal collection" don't need a license.
Political Byte
Donald Trump endorsed 'Operation Wetback' - But Not By Name
In 1954, Eisenhower's attorney general, Herbert Brownell, expanded a Border Patrol effort to repatriate Mexicans who had entered the United States illegally, following a wave of border crossings. That effort, officially named Operation Wetback, was approvingly referenced by Donald Trump during the fourth Republican debate Tuesday as proof that millions of illegal immigrants can indeed be deported.
Rubio's Success in Tuesday's Debate Should Terrify Women
Rubio has been very clear that he believes that when a woman is impregnated through rape or incest, the state should force her to carry the pregnancy to term. The fact that the mainstream Republican favorite holds this position is a sign of just how far right the GOP has moved.
Democrats & Republicans Agree More Thank You Think
On issues of abortion access, vaccination and even Kentucky clerk Kim Davis' right to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples, you might guess the lines would be pretty clear between Republican and Democratic voters' opinions. But you'd be wrong.
A random group of 60 Democrats & 60 Republicans were invited to answer a set of Yes & No questions. Watch their answers by clicking above.
Oy or Yo? Sculpture with Something to Say in Brooklyn
The rude interjection is a staple of New York life. Now, the landscape of the city will itself heckle residents and tourists, with a brask new sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park that yells "YO" if you are looking at it from Manhattan or "OY" if you are gazing out from Brooklyn.

The Stunning Tale of the Escape of Aleppo's Last Jews

Last winter, under cover of darkness, the Halabi family closed the door of their home and piled into a minibus. Behind them lay a Jewish presence dating back thousands of years. Ahead lay 36 hours of perilous journey to Syria's border with Turkey. The last Jews of Aleppo were bound for safety.
Missouri Lawmaker Wants to Block Student's Research on Abortion Law
Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R) has launched an effort to stop a University of Missouri graduate student from studying the impacts of a state law mandating a 72-hour abortion waiting period passed last year. He accused the university of breaking a state law that prohibits the use of state funds to "encourage or counsel a woman to have an abortion not necessary to save her life."

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