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Action Alert:
Urge Your State Legislators to Support Legislation Stopping Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in New Jersey S1923/A925

Urge your State Senators to co-sponsor S1923 and your members of the Assembly to co-sponsor A925, measures responding to efforts to boycott Israel and Israeli businesses and mandate that the State Investment Council divest from companies it determines to be engaging in a boycott of Israel and Israeli businesses. Click here to take action.

CRC: ADVOCACY IN ACTION
by Melanie Roth Gorelick, CRC Director

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    The Jewish community has always been a strong partner in fighting for racial justice throughout the United States, be it on educational reform, ending segregation, the civil rights movement, and the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. It is now time for us to join with those working in our state in support of racial justice.

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Hot Topics

  • Write On For Israel Greater MetroWest

    On college campuses students are faced with the activities of anti-Israel groups who put on public events – including but not limited to Israel Apartheid Week, where Israel is unfairly compared to racially segregated South Africa, to delegitimize Israel’s very existence. Inside the classroom, professors often criticize Israel’s conduct and politics or teach Middle East history from a position that is unbalanced.
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    On college campuses students are faced with the activities of anti-Israel groups who put on public events – including but not limited to Israel Apartheid Week, where Israel is unfairly compared to racially segregated South Africa, to delegitimize Israel’s very existence. Inside the classroom, professors often criticize Israel’s conduct and politics or teach Middle East history from a position that is unbalanced.
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  • Step Up for Israel

    CRC Launches Step Up For Israel: Greater MetroWest Campaign – a grassroots education and advocacy initiative. Free programs are available for high school students, college students, community-at-large.

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    CRC Launches Step Up For Israel: Greater MetroWest Campaign – a grassroots education and advocacy initiative. Free programs are available for high school students, college students, community-at-large.

    Contact crc@jfedgmw.org to organize a program at your synagogue or community organization.

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  • NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking

    Human Trafficking is a f​orm of modern day slavery. It is a rapidly growing criminal industry second only to drug dealing and equal in scope to arms dealing. Human Trafficking involves the use of force, fraud and/or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor.

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CRC in the news

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  • Legislators visit Israel on federations trip

    New Jersey Jewish News (3/7/16)
    Fifteen legislators from New Jersey participated in a mission to Israel, meeting with Israeli government officials, dining with “lone soldiers,” and touring the West Bank to visit a Jewish settlement and witness an initiative there led by Palestinians and Israelis interested in dialogue.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (3/7/16)
    Fifteen legislators from New Jersey participated in a mission to Israel, meeting with Israeli government officials, dining with “lone soldiers,” and touring the West Bank to visit a Jewish settlement and witness an initiative there led by Palestinians and ...

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    New Jersey Jewish News (3/7/16)
    Fifteen legislators from New Jersey participated in a mission to Israel, meeting with Israeli government officials, dining with “lone soldiers,” and touring...

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    New Jersey Jewish News (3/7/16)
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  • Panel describes scourge of modern slavery

    New Jersey Jewish News (2/8/16)
    Azza Cohen said she was filming a documentary about human trafficking in India when she realized how pervasive it was in her home state of New Jersey.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (2/8/16)
    Azza Cohen said she was filming a documentary about human trafficking in India when she realized how pervasive it was in her home state of New Jersey.

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  • Proclamation issued on trafficking awareness

    New Jersey Jewish News (2/3/16)
    In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Jan. 11, the NJ Senate and General Assembly jointly issued a proclamation by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto that was presented to the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking in a ceremony at the Statehouse in Trenton by Sweeney and State Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Dist. 35).

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    New Jersey Jewish News (2/3/16)
    In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Jan. 11, the NJ Senate and General Assembly jointly issued a proclamation by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto that was presented to the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking in a ceremony at the Statehouse in Trenton by Sweeney and State Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Dist. 35).

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  • ‘Silhouettes’ to spotlight human trafficking

    New Jersey Jewish News (2/3/16)
    As part of its efforts to increase awareness of and enlist fighters in the war against modern-day slavery, the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking is sponsoring the Silhouettes Project.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (2/3/16)
    As part of its efforts to increase awareness of and enlist fighters in the war against modern-day slavery, the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking is sponsoring the Silhouettes Project.

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  • BDS aligning with Left, warns JCPA head

    New Jersey Jewish News (1/27/16)
    The brand-new president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs warned local community relations officials about the dangers of “intersectionality,” in which members of progressive political organizations make common cause with the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (1/27/16)
    The brand-new president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs warned local community relations officials about the dangers of “intersectionality,” in which members of progressive political organizations make common cause with the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

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  • NCJW panel decries anti-abortion ‘terror’

    New Jersey Jewish News (1/27/16)
    Mayor Janice Kovach of Clinton kicked off a Jan. 21 National Council of Jewish Women’s panel on the anti-abortion movement with a dramatic gesture. She flung open her pink jacket to reveal a black bulletproof vest...

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    New Jersey Jewish News (1/27/16)
    Mayor Janice Kovach of Clinton kicked off a Jan. 21 National Council of Jewish Women’s panel on the anti-abortion movement with a dramatic gesture. She flung open her pink jacket to reveal a black bulletproof vest...

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  • Federation joins effort to restore food aid

    New Jersey Jewish News (1/20/16)
    On Jan. 11, at the State House Annex in Trenton, the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition called on the Legislature to seek a federal waiver for food assistance in order to prevent thousands of state residents from losing food aid. The meeting was held following a decision by Gov. Chris Christie to allow a three-month time limit on benefits for certain groups to go into effect in New Jersey.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (1/20/16)
    On Jan. 11, at the State House Annex in Trenton, the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition called on the Legislature to seek a federal waiver for food assistance in order to prevent thousands of state residents from losing food aid. The meeting was held following a decision by Gov. Chris Christie to allow a three-month time limit on benefits for certain groups to go into effect in New Jersey.

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  • Partners push beyond canned-food drives

    New Jersey Jewish News (12/22/15)
    When it comes to helping needy senior citizens, a national Jewish anti-hunger organization wants to help local synagogues think beyond canned-food drives and meals on wheels.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (12/22/15)
    When it comes to helping needy senior citizens, a national Jewish anti-hunger organization wants to help local synagogues think beyond canned-food drives and meals on wheels.

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  • NJ Assembly committee condemns boycotts

    New Jersey Jewish News (11/18/15)
    The New Jersey Assembly’s Local and State Government Committee gave unanimous approval to SJR81, and its Assembly companion, AJR 122, joint resolutions condemning boycotts of Israel and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (11/18/15)
    The New Jersey Assembly’s Local and State Government Committee gave unanimous approval to SJR81, and its Assembly companion, AJR 122, joint resolutions condemning boycotts of Israel and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

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  • In Whippany, Christians rally for Israel

    New Jersey Jewish News (10/28/15)
    A Jewish survivor of the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau told an audience of nearly 500 Christian Zionists that he saw distinct parallels between the Nazi Holocaust and current attacks on Israel.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (10/28/15)
    A Jewish survivor of the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau told an audience of nearly 500 Christian Zionists that he saw distinct parallels between the Nazi Holocaust and current attacks on Israel.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (10/28/15)
    A Jewish survivor of the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau told an audience of nearly 500 Christian Zionists that he saw distinct parallels betwee...

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    New Jersey Jewish News (10/28/15)
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  • N.J. 'Monuments Man' gets congressional gold medal (VIDEO)

    NJ.com (10/22/15)
    The U.S. Congress on Thursday said thanks to Harry Ettlinger. One of the six remaining survivors of a 350-member, 13-nation force sent into World War II to track down and return cultural artifacts stolen by the Nazis, Ettlinger, a resident of Rockaway, traveled to Capitol Hill to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

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    NJ.com (10/22/15)
    The U.S. Congress on Thursday said thanks to Harry Ettlinger. One of the six remaining survivors of a 350-member, 13-nation force sent into World War II to track down and return cultural artifacts stolen by the Nazis, Ettlinger, a resident of Rockaway, traveled to Capitol Hill to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

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  • CRC delegates focus on unity, social justice

    New Jersey Jewish News (10/14/15)
    Leaders of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ returned from a four-day meeting in Washington, DC, with a determination to focus on a wide variety of social justice issues.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (10/14/15)
    Leaders of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ returned from a four-day meeting in Washington, DC, with a determination to focus on a wide variety of social justice issues.

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  • N.J. Jewish group 'concerned' over Iran deal, 'offended' by Huckabee

    NJ.com (7/27/15)
    HANOVER — The nuclear agreement with Iran has a major Jewish federation in North Jersey "very, very concerned about Israel's safety and security," a group leader said Monday.

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    NJ.com (7/27/15)
    HANOVER — The nuclear agreement with Iran has a major Jewish federation in North Jersey "very, very concerned about Israel's safety and security," a group leader said Monday.

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    NJ.com (7/27/15)
    HANOVER — The nuclear agreement with Iran has a major Jewish federation in North Jersey "very, very concerned about Israel's safety and security," a group leader said Monday.

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    NJ.com (7/27/15)
    HANOVER — The nuclear agreement with Iran has a major Jewish federation in North Jersey "very, very con...

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    NJ.com (7/27/15)
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  • Booker Torn Between Obama and New Jersey Rabbi as He Weighs Iran Vote

    Bloomberg.com (8/21/15)
    As Cory Booker makes up his mind on the Iran nuclear deal, the New Jersey senator must choose between two close friends and political supporters: President Barack Obama and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

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    Bloomberg.com (8/21/15)
    As Cory Booker makes up his mind on the Iran nuclear deal, the New Jersey senator must choose between two close friends and political supporters: President Barack Obama and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

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    Bloomberg.com (8/21/15)
    As Cory Booker makes up his mind on the Iran nuclear deal, the New Jersey senator must choose between two close friends and political supporters: President Barack Obama...

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    Bloomberg.com (8/21/15)
    As Cory Booker makes up his mind on the Iran nuclear deal, the New Jersey senator must choose betw...

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  • All eyes turn to Dems on Iran deal

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/29/15)
    As he signed off a July 17 conference call on Iran sponsored by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) vowed, “If Iran gets a nuclear weapon it will not have my name on it.”

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    New Jersey Jewish News (7/29/15)
    As he signed off a July 17 conference call on Iran sponsored by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) vowed, “If Iran gets a nuclear weapon it will not have my name on it.”

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    New Jersey Jewish News (7/29/15)
    As he signed off a July 17 conference call on Iran sponsored by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) vowed, “If Iran...

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    New Jersey Jewish News (7/29/15)
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  • Senate committee releases anti-BDS measures

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/29/15)
    On July 23 the NJ Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee held hearings on two anti-BDS measures, representing the NJ Legislature’s response to BDS efforts nationally and internationally, and passed the bills out of committee by a 4-0 vote.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (7/29/15)
    On July 23 the NJ Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee held hearings on two anti-BDS measures, representing the NJ Legislature’s response to BDS efforts nationally and internationally, and passed the bills out of c...

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    New Jersey Jewish News (7/29/15)
    On July 23 the NJ Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee held hearings on two anti-BDS measures, representing the NJ L...

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    New Jersey Jewish News (7/29/15)
    On July 23 the NJ Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation C...

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  • MetroWest fears Iran deal may imperil Israel

    Daily Record (7/26/15)
    The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey’s Community Relations Committee is expressing “disappointment” over the recently announced U.S. nuclear accord with Iran, but stopped short of condemning the deal in favor of encouraging “close scrutiny” by Congress and the public before taking an official stance.

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    Daily Record (7/26/15)
    The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey’s Community Relations Committee is expressing “disappointment” over the recently announced U.S. nuclear accord with Iran, but stopped short of condemning the deal in favor of encouraging “close scrutiny” b...

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    Daily Record (7/26/15)
    The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey’s Community Relations Committee is expressing “disappointment” over the recently announced U.S. nuclear accor...

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    Daily Record (7/26/15)
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  • State grant doubles aid to Shoa survivors

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/15/15)
    New Jersey’s Jewish Family Service agencies will receive $400,000 to serve Holocaust survivors in the new fiscal year, thanks to a “Grants in Aid” allocation in New Jersey’s new state budget.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (7/15/15)
    New Jersey’s Jewish Family Service agencies will receive $400,000 to serve Holocaust survivors in the new fiscal year, thanks to a “Grants in Aid” allocation in New Jersey’s new state budget.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (7/15/15)
    New Jersey’s Jewish Family Service agencies will receive $400,000 to serve Holocaust survivors in the new fiscal year, thanks to a “Grants in Aid” alloca...

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    New Jersey Jewish News (7/15/15)
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  • NJ lawmakers weigh anti-BDS legislation

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/26/15)
    New Jersey lawmakers are weighing a measure that would bar state pension funds from including companies that participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israel.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (6/26/15)
    New Jersey lawmakers are weighing a measure that would bar state pension funds from including companies that participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israel.

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    New Jersey Jewish News (6/26/15)
    New Jersey lawmakers are weighing a measure that would bar state pension funds from including companies that participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sancti...

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Statements

Statement on Iran Framework Agreement Announcement

April 3, 2015
Iran’s nuclear ambition is one of great concern to Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. We appreciate the hard work and diplomatic efforts of the Obama administration, as part of the P5+1, to reach an agreement with Iran to curtail its nuclear weapons program. However, there is still much work to be done by the international community before a truly meaningful deal is reached. more

Jewish Federations Join in Statement on U.S. Senator Robert Menendez

April 2, 2015
Although anticipated given the publicity in the last few days, the news that Senator Robert Menendez has been indicted is received with deep sorrow by the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations and its constituent federations.  In this time of personal difficulty for him and his family and for the citizens of the State, the undersigned federations gratefully acknowledge the Senator’s leadership and history of strong support for issues of concern to the Jewish community and his friendship for so many years during his tenure in Congress and in the State House. more

View CRC Statement Archive

 

Domestic Legislative Priorities

The CRC regularly engages with elected officials at all levels to advocate in support of the domestic legislative agenda of the Jewish Federations of North America. more

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  • End Hunger

    Join Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ as we heighten awareness and advocacy for the hungry and food insecure of New Jersey through the END HUNGER campaign, a year-long initiative featuring education, advocacy, and activism.

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    Join Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ as we heighten awareness and advocacy for the hungry and food insecure of New Jersey through the END HUNGER campaign, a year-long initiative featuring education, advocacy, and activism.

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