May 27, 2016

JAC Outreach Director Dana Gordon speaks at a Highland Park, IL city council meeting. JAC was recognized for its work to help end gun violence. 

From l to r: JAC Member Howard Swibel, NV Sen. Candidate Catherine Cortez Masto, JAC Executive Director Marcia Balonick and JAC Special Projects Director Linda Rae Sher 

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Mark your calendars for the  
2016 JAC Power of Women Luncheon 
Monday, June 6 
Lincolnwood, IL 
Liza Donnelly, cartoonist for the New Yorker.  

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JAC Luncheon honoring
Betsy Sheerr
September 26th
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Want to host an event in your area? Give us a call! 
  For more information, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or

Jewish Americans For Hillary
Come to a Wine & Cheese Reception with leaders of the Jewish community for a special campaign briefing and Get Out The Vote Kickoff for Hillary.
May 31, 2016
6:00 PM
Beverly Hills, CA


Special Concert in Support of
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Christina Aguilera, Andra Day, John Legend,
Ricky Martin, and Stevie Wonder
June 6th
The Greek Theater
Los Angeles, CA
SPECIAL $45 Rate for Young Professionals!
Watch your inbox for details or call the JAC office. 

Meet OH Senate Candidate Ted Strickland
June 10th
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Contact the JAC office
Women for Brad Reception
in support of
Brad Schneider
Candidate for IL-10
June 14th
Highland Park, IL
Watch your inbox for details.

 For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or
"I will make a firm commitment to ensure Israel maintains its qualitative military edge...America can't ever be neutral when it comes to Israel's security or survival."

  • requested a 20 percent increase in Israel's Qualitative Military Edge (QME)
  • worked to upgrade Patriot missiles and the Iron Dome system
  • led efforts to pass the harshest sanctions on Iran in history
  • fought successfully to have Israel's Magen David Adom accepted by the International Red Cross
  • increase support for rocket and missile defense systems
  • redouble international pressure on Iran to end its support of terrorist activities
  • stand-up against the BDS movement
  • expand shared security and intelligence operations between U.S. and Israel

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Israel & the Middle East
Pro-Israel Heavyweights Press Hard for 2 States
In a rare and sharp split with Israeli government policy, a group of Jewish community leaders wants to get a proposal for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the next president's desk.

Analysis: A Decade of Hamas
A decade of Hamas's aggression and mismanagement has plunged Gazans into misery and hurled the dream of Palestinian statehood backward. But it didn't have to be this way. Hamas's entry to Palestinian politics could have been a watershed moment. 

Hezbollah is Broke Thanks to US Sanctions
Non-nuclear U.S. sanctions against Iran and its allies have led to Hezbollah being in "its worst financial shape in decades," the top sanctions enforcement official, Adam Szubin, told Congress. "I can assure you that, alongside our international partners, we are working hard to put them out of business," he said.

Will Bernie Sanders Ignite Israel Feud at Democratic Convention?
The first Jew with a shot at the White House used to be known for his inability to talk about anything except American economic injustice. But now Bernie Sanders is increasingly emphasizing his lone foreign policy interest: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Palestinian suffering in particular. And that could set the stage for a floor fight at the Democratic convention this summer that would put the party's disagreements about Israel - and about who its nominee should be - on display for all to see.
Anti-Semitism & BDS
Israel's UN Envoy Empowers Students to 'Fight and Win' Against BDS
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel might be garnering the most headlines when it comes to college campuses and the business world, but representatives from the Israeli government and advocacy organizations are taking the battle against BDS to the United Nations.

In Blow to BDS, Jordan Authorizes Israel's Participation in National Investment Fund
In an extraordinary move, the Jordanian parliament, known for making anti-Israeli resolutions, has authorized Israeli companies to take part in governmental projects run by the Jordanian Investment Fund. The Jordanian MPs gathered on Sunday to pass the Jordanian Investment Fund Law for 2016. The law relates to the companies that are authorized to participate in national projects administered by the fund.

WHO Singles out Israel for Probe into Health Rights Abuses
The World Heath Organization called Tuesday for an investigation into alleged abuses of "mental, physical and environmental health" rights by Israel, the only country singled out during the annual assembly of the United Nations body.

Reproductive Rights
Lawmakers Issue Call to Disband House Panel Investigating Abortion Providers
Almost all liberal lawmakers in the House signed a recent letter calling for the disbandment of a congressional panel investigating abortion providers. The lawmakers lambasted the subcommittee for "continued, escalating abuses" that could threaten the safety of abortion providers, patients and medical researchers.
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Up Against Strict Laws, Texas Women Learn Do-It-Yourself Abortions
Susanna was young, single, broke and pregnant in southern Texas where, thanks to the state's strict laws, her chances of getting a surgical abortion at a clinic were slim to none. So she did what an estimated 100,000 women or more in Texas have done - had a self-induced abortion.

Samantha Bee Breaks Down How The GOP 'Legitimized' The Abortion Issue
Abortion may be a key issue for evangelical Christian voters, but Samantha Bee says that wasn't always the case. On Monday night, the "Full Frontal" host went back in time to the late 1970s to explain how the issue was manufactured by power-hungry leaders of the religious right and then legitimized by the Republican Party.

South Carolina Governor Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban
SC Gov. Nikki Haley has signed legislation outlawing most abortions at 20 weeks beyond fertilization. The law took effect Wednesday with the Republican governor's signature. The only exceptions are if the mother's life is in jeopardy or a doctor determines the fetus can't survive outside the womb.
Separation of Religion & State
LGBT Fight Sinks House Spending Bill
House conservatives on Thursday blocked passage of a relatively uncontroversial energy and water spending measure after Democrats attached an amendment that would bar federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Eleven States Sue Over Obama Administration's Transgender Directive
Texas and 10 other states filed suit Wednesday against the Obama administration over its directive on transgender student access to public school facilities, firing the first shot in what is likely to be a protracted and messy legal battle over that guidance. 

Bible Verse Prompts GOP Walkout After LGBT Vote Labeled a Sin
A House conservative went after dozens of fellow Republicans on Thursday with suggestions that they'd sinned for backing an anti-discrimination proposal against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Beyond the Core
When Kids Fire Guns
Roughly five times a week in America, children accidentally shoot themselves or someone else. These are kids who still can't tie their own shoes. But even a 1-year-old can fire a gun, and this happens with depressing regularity. Toddlers have shot themselves or someone else at least 23 times this year.

In VA, Felon Voting Rights Mean Simpler Path to Gun Ownership
VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe's order last month restoring the voting rights of 206,000 felons had an unintended consequence: It's now easier for those ex-offenders to regain the right to own guns.

Statue of Liberty and Venice Among Sites at Risk From Climate change, Says UN
Climate change now poses the single biggest threat to the world's most famous heritage sites - including the Galápagos islands, the Statue of Liberty, Easter Island and Venice - according to a UN sponsored report. The researchers looked at 31 natural and cultural world heritage sites in 29 countries that are vulnerable to increasing temperatures, melting glaciers, rising seas, more intense weather, worsening droughts and longer wildfire seasons. 

Clinton Calls on World to Break Down Barriers Holding Back Girls
Hillary Clinton called for renewed efforts to "break down the barriers holding back women and girls around the world" on Thursday she said gender equality must be made a priority in the drive to meet new U.N. development goals.

Why Hillary Clinton Is the Strongest Equality Candidate
Conventional wisdom about election 2016 holds that Hillary Clinton, an "establishment" candidate, is opposed by two "populist insurgents," Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, said to speak for working class voters. But a clear-eyed look tells a very different story: Hillary offers effective ways to reduce the growing economic gaps that matter most to lower and middle income families - and she has also attracted the broadest support from working Americans of modest means.
Eyeing Senate, Clinton Directing Money to 2016 Battlegrounds
Hillary Clinton, seeking a governing coalition if she wins the White House, is pumping millions of dollars into key battleground states at the heart of her presidential map and Democrats' quest to regain control of the Senate.
Trump Watch
Donald Trump and Your 401(k): Imminent Danger?
It's not hard to conjure up ugly events in a Trump presidency. His trade policies could damage the economy and lead to job losses, and his fiscal policies could create a far larger deficit, adding trillions to the national debt. 

Obama: Trump Candidacy Has 'Rattled' World Leaders
President Barack Obama said Thursday that world leaders are "rattled" by Donald Trump - and "for good reason." During a press conference in Japan, Obama said the American presidential election is being "very" closely watched oversees. He told reporters that "it's fair to say" world leaders are "surprised" Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.

Donald Trump Is Against 'Gun-Free Zones' But Guns Aren't Allowed on Many of His Properties, Staff Says
Donald Trump spoke in favor of gun rights at the National Rifle Association convention today, but security and staff at several of his prized hotels and golf courses told ABC News that guests are not allowed to carry guns there.

Trump Ignores Anti-Semitic Tweets From His Supporters
A New York Times editor who has received a deluge of anti-Semitic tweets from supporters of Donald Trump is calling on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to denounce the invective and support its targets. But he has done nothing.
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Political Byte
Who Should Hillary Pick?
There's much speculation about who Hillary Clinton will tap as her running mate if she becomes the Democratic Party presidential nominee. Watch as Clinton and DeGeneres play a round of "Who'd You Rather?" as Clinton reluctantly eliminates a slew of comedians, actors, and singers for VP before she picks her favorite candidate.
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Spelling bee champ nails obscure Yiddish word en route to victory
The final of the nation's most prestigious spelling bee took a Yiddish turn Thursday night. Scripps National Spelling Bee finalist Jairam Hathwar, a 13-year-old from Corning, New York, was asked to spell the word "chremslach", a  small, flat fried matzah meal cakes traditionally eaten during the Passover holiday.
Obama Calls to End Nukes at Hiroshima
President Obama arrived in Hiroshima on Friday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the world's first nuclear attack. Obama signed a guest book at the site, and wrote a message calling for courage to "spread peace and pursue a world without nuclear weapons." 

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