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August 27, 2021

What's On Our Mind ...

Fleeing our homes from persecution to the unknown in hopes of safety and freedom is etched into our collective Jewish experience. That is why the unfolding events in Afghanistan are even more upsetting for us to witness.

But we are not alone in that experience. This week JAC was privileged to hear from Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ), who knows Afghanistan well having served under Generals Petraeus and Allen in that country. Only a generation ago Andy’s family arrived in America as immigrants seeking a better life. His mother came from a small farming village in South Korea that had been decimated by war and famine.

Andy and his family's contributions have strengthened our country. Andy takes his place proudly alongside fellow first-generation Americans. Their immigrant experience is shared by many others who, like Andy's parents, arrived on our shores from around the world. We are a nation of immigrants.

In recent years, we have seen a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment from the far-right. Those who are xenophobic want to see the U.S. gates closed — even to the Afghans who helped the U.S. They will now become pawns in the political battle over immigration. 

The situation in Afghanistan is difficult. It did not begin when President Biden took office. What matters now is that we offer aid to those that helped us and fulfill our promise to our friends. 

“As we watch Afghans leave home with only the clothes on their backs and cram into standing-room-only cargo planes, we must commit to upholding the promise enshrined at the base of the Statue of Liberty and offer safe harbor to those yearning for freedom,” Rep. Kim told JAC.

The U.S. should do all that it can, regardless of politics, to evacuate our Afghan allies and remaining Americans quickly and safely. We need swift action in light of the recent violence and the potential for more violence.

Call Congress today at 202-224-3121. Ask your representative and senators to increase humanitarian aid and streamline the visa process. We know too well the consequences when the world turns away from those that are being persecuted.


Upcoming Events

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March for Voting Rights

Saturday, August 28

10:00 am CT

Watch the Illinois Livestream

Join in-person or virtually in cities across the country to tell the Senate to approve the For the People Act.

Find your local event and RSVP here

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Less than 100 Days 'til the elections in Virginia & New Jersey!

With voter suppression laws being passed across the country, we need first-time voters from 2020 to show up now more than ever. Order your postcards to voters in these key swing states today.

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Events for JAC Members

Virtual Conversation with Shontel Brown

Candidate for OH-11

Brown is running for the seat vacated by Rep. Martha Fudge, who has been appointed Sec. of Housing and Urban Development. 

Tuesday, August 31

3:00 pm ET | 2:00 pm CT | 12:00 pm PT


Save the Date

Conversation with Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5)

Thursday, October 7

12:00pm pm ET | 11:00 am CT | 10:00 am PT

Details to follow

Instagram of the Week

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August 23, 2021 FDA approval means no excuses now.

💉 If you haven’t already, get vaccinated. And if you have, talk to your friends and family about getting vaccinated.

🇺🇸 As President Biden said, “Get vaccinated. For yourself and your loved ones. For your neighborhood and for your country.”

😷 It is our duty! #JAC

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In the News

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As the U.S. steps out of the Middle East, it must help Israel step up. Israel’s military is accelerating its operational plans against Iran due to the progress of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Bennett, President Biden pledged to use diplomacy but did not rule out military force to prevent Iran from developing nuclear capacity.


Antisemitic videos are spreading undetected on TikTok. Here are tips for helping Jewish students on campus feel secure and empowered in the face of BDS. Israel’s Chief Rabbinate calls on Pope Francis to retract comments on Jewish law that encourage Catholics to develop "derogatory conclusions" about Jews.

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Mississippi might topple nearly 50 years of abortion rights in America. Over 70 Congress members are calling for “equitable, science-based” policies governing access to the abortion pill. As a new abortion law looms, more than two dozen Texas congregations are declaring themselves pro-choice.


Science has quietly won the culture war over teaching evolution in public schools. While faith-based communities have promoted religious exemptions for the vaccine, there are no standard practices for allowing religious exemptions. A federal appeals court upheld a judge’s refusal to block a mask mandate in a challenge brought by a Catholic elementary school.

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The situation in Afghanistan is just one sign of a future that will be shaped by a growing migration crisis. Climate change will exacerbate gun violence in marginalized communities. Activists call for the White House to put pressure on the Senate after the House passed a voting rights protection bill.


The crisis in Afghanistan could affect the 2022 midterm elections. $6 billion that was designated for Afghan military training is now up for grabs, starting a "food fight" among lawmakers to find a new home for that money. A former Jewish leader of the Women's March who pulled out over antisemitism is behind this weekend's voting rights rallies.

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A new book examines how two Dutch Jewish sisters built a Yiddish cultural oasis during Word War II. A family hid their Bible in an attic as Nazis invaded. 80 years later, it was reunited with the family’s heirs. A Jewish 12-year-old girl spoke up for women in sports. This week, she donated her sneakers to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

The Last Word

“Anyone who wishes America harm, know this --- we will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”

- President Biden, condemning the bombing at Kabul airport on Wednesday


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