April 1, 2016

JAC members met with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in Chicago. (l to r: Marcia Balonick, Lisa Lavin, Sen. Baldwin,
Hollis Wein, Dana Gordon, Linda Rae Sher)

JAC members met with Senate candidate Russ Feingold from Wisconsin. (l to r: Hollis Wein, Karyn Lev, Susan Berk,
Jacki Parmacek, Marcia Melamed, Russ Feingold,
Art Berman, Renee Kahn, Brad Schneider, Maureen Lewis)


Have you been out working on JAC issues? Send us photos of you and your friends at candidate events, out campaigning, or advocating for JAC issues and will will post them!

Hillary for America Speaker Series
Senator Amy Klobuchar

April 15
Philadelphia, PA
Click for details

Watch for more upcoming events in the
Philadelphia area before the April 26 primary!
  For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected]

Talking Points Highland Park
with special guest
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8)
Monday, April 11


Mark your calendars!
JAC Luncheon honoring
Betsy Sheerr
September 26th
Watch for details.
Want to host an event in your area? Give us a call! 
  For more information, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected]

Mark your calendars for the  
2016 JAC Power of Women Luncheon 
Monday, June 6 
Lincolnwood, IL 
with Special Guest 

  Join the
Jewish Women for Hillary
Campaign Update Conference Call


Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY-17) 
JACPAC Executive Director Marcia Balonick 

Monday, April 4
9:30 am CT (10:30 am ET)


Call Congress and tell them to Fix the Voting Rights Act

This election, every vote should count.

Then tweet and share. Ask your friends to do the same. Elections matter.

#voting #election2016  
#votingrights #VRA2016

Not sure who your Representative or Senator is? Click here.
JACPAC Endorses  
Hillary Clinton for President 

"A Hillary Clinton Presidency will be an important step to safeguarding JAC's issues; the women's vote will be critical to Hillary's success and JAC will be working hard to get the vote out," said Executive Director Marcia Balonick.

Read the full endorsement here
#HillaryClinton #JACPACSupportsHillary 
Israel & the Middle East
U.S. Condemns U.N. Call for List of Firms in West Bank 
The United States on Wednesday condemned a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution that calls for setting up a database of businesses operating in the occupied West Bank, a move that Israel has called a "blacklist."  
Israel Approaches U.S. Visa Waiver Requirements 
The rate of U.S. visa refusal for Israelis dropped substantially last year, nearing the threshold that would allow Israel into the U.S. visa waiver program.
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FBI Worked with Israel's Cellebrite to Crack iPhone 
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation worked with Israel's Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization Ltd. to crack the iPhone used in the shooting last year in San Bernardino, California, according to people familiar with the matter. 
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Bibi Blinks: Backs Away from Western Wall Deal
The historic compromise that would have created an egalitarian prayer section at the holy Western Wall has been compromised. Under intense pressure from his ultra-Orthodox coalition partners, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that "several difficulties arose" with the painstakingly-negotiated deal and that new talks will be held.
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Israel & PA Met on Future of Security Coordination
Israeli security officials met with their counterparts from the Palestinian Authority Wednesday night in Jerusalem to discuss the fate of security coordination between the two sides, Palestinian media reported.
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U.S., Allies: Iran Missile Tests Defied U.N. Resultion
By launching nuclear-capable missiles, Iran has defied a United Nations Security Council resolution that endorsed last year's historic nuclear deal, the United States and its European allies said in a joint letter.
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Anti-Semitism & BDS
BDS Is the Modern Form of Anti-Semitism 
I wish there wasn't a worldwide effort to isolate Israel. To undermine Israel. To destroy Israel. But there is, and it is called the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.     
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Shapiro: U.S. Vigorously Opposes BDS 
U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro rebukes the BDS movement and states that the Obama administration is undertaking measures to carry out a 'counter boycott'; he also says the anti-BDS movement can strengthen its hand by reviving the peace process.
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Reproductive Rights
How Trump Ticked Off Anti-Abortion Groups 
For months, the major concern the anti-abortion movement had with Donald Trump was that he was too wobbly on the issue. But on Wednesday, Trump staked out an abortion position so extreme that he blew up years of abortion foes' careful messaging.

Women Tell Trump: We #WontBePunished for Abortion 
Women spoke out on Twitter about Donald Trump's assertion that women who get abortions should get "some form of punishment." The hashtag #WontBePunished was started by NARAL president Ilyse Hogue and it quickly began trending nationally.  
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FDA Just Expanded Access to Abortion Pill 
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) took an action that will significantly expand women's access to medication abortion -- and totally  derail and anti-abortion lawmaking strategy in the process. 
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Subpoenas Issued in Fetal Tissue Research Inquiry 
Providers throughout the country have confirmed that a document produced by Life Dynamics has been used to deceive and intimidate both patients and providers by threatening them with legal action should they go through with obtaining or providing an abortion.
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Bogus Legal Threats Trick Teens Out of Abortion Rights 
The scientific evidence affirms what women already know-that contraceptive use leads to myriad health, social and economic benefits for them and their families. And yet fierce battles continue over the terms on which women can obtain the contraceptive care they want and need.
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Anti-Abortion Laws Endanger to Zika Research 
State legislatures in Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Arizona have taken aim at cracking down on fetal tissue research. That research is vital to developing a potential Zika vaccine and understanding Zika-related birth defects like microcephaly.
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Separation of Religion & State
SCOTUS Asks Birth Control Opponents for Better Alternatives
In a surprise move, the Supreme Court issued an order asking the challengers objecting to the accommodation for religious non-profits under Obamacare's contraceptive mandate to brief the court on other alternatives to ensure that employees of religious nonprofits do receive contraceptive coverage.
Religious Freedom or Anti-Gay? The Battle State By State
Georgia's "religious liberty" bill drew Hollywood criticism and threats of boycotts  before the state's governor vetoed the legislation. Georgia is far from the first state to face intense criticism for controversial legislation involving religious freedoms and protections (or lack thereof) for LGBT people.
Tennessee Senate Committee Approves Bible Bill
A bill that would make the Holy Bible the official book of Tennessee was given approval in a legislative committee. With a 7-1 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the legislation.  
Beyond the Core
Scientists Nearly Double Sea Level Projections for 2100 
Sea levels could rise nearly twice as much as previously predicted by the end of this century if carbon dioxide emissions continue unabated, an outcome that could devastate coastal communities around the globe, according to new research. The reason? Antarctica.  
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The Republican Gun-Free Zone 
A petition calling on the Republicans to allow people to carry their pistols when they assemble this July collected more than 50,000 signatures rather speedily this week. The Secret Service instantly turned thumbs down. The presidential candidates, who are normally so rapturous about all things gun-related, refused to get involved.  
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Couples Talk About Gun Ownership
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GOP Rep. Urges Lawmakers To Restore Voting Rights Act
Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin published an op-ed Thursday in the New York Times criticizing his fellow lawmakers for failing to restore the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court gutted it in 2013.
The Fate of the Supreme Court Is at Stake in 2016 
by Hillary Clinton
The Supreme Court shapes virtually every aspect of life in the United States, from whether you can marry the person you love to whether you can get health care. And for a long time now, its ideological bent has led our country in the wrong direction.  
Rep. Senator 'Perplexed' by Mitch McConnell 
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) says Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is "not real happy" with her.That's because Collins is part of a growing group of Republican Senators who have decided to openly defy McConnell and meet with Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court.
Election 2016
Hillary Clinton for President - Rolling Stone 
Clinton not only has the experience and achievements as first lady, senator and secretary of state, but a commitment to social justice and human rights that began for her as a young woman. She was one of those college students in the Sixties who threw herself into the passionate causes of those times, and she continues to do so today.
Could Trump Cause Dems to Retake Control of the House? 
It's one of the most controversial things to say on Capitol Hill, sparking looks of shock and disbelief: The House majority is in play this fall.
GOP Sen: Trump Worse on Foreign Policy than Obama 
Trump's statement that Israel return the foreign aid it receives from Washington "is a complete misunderstanding of the value of the relationship between the US and Israel," Graham said.  

Backstage Maneuvering for GOP Chairman's Race 
There's a race in the Republican Party happening far away from the hot media glare, one that doesn't involve a candidate named Trump or Twitter fights or violent protests. In fact, you've probably never heard of most of the possible leading contenders.    
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Sweden Ready to Declare Death of  Raoul Wallenberg
The fate of Wallenberg, who would be 104 years old this year, has been shrouded in mystery since he was captured in 1945. He had helped save thousands of Jews from the Nazis by issuing them provisional Swedish passports so they could flee to Sweden.
Scottish Rabbi Creates 'Kosher' Tartan
A Scottish rabbi has created what he says is the world's only "kosher" tartan, a plaid fabric pattern that represents both Scottish and Jewish heritage.
Venice Marks 500th Anniversary of First Jewish Ghetto
President of the Jewish Community of Venice Paolo Gnignati said the anniversary was an opportunity to "emphasize the capacity and steadfastness of a group that, in spite of adverse conditions, and against all reasonable expectations, succeeded in making the ghetto a place where Jewish tradition could grow."   
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Make Cameo in 'Merchant of Venice' 
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will make a cameo appearance in the 'Merchant of Venice' during a celebration marking the 500th anniversary of Venice's Jewish ghetto.  

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