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February 11, 2022

What's On Our Mind ...

This week, JAC was privileged to have one of the nation’s premier political analysts, Charlie Cook, founder of The Cook Political Report, join us for an in-depth discussion on the 2022 midterm elections.

While most of us felt that the 2020 election was “the” election of a lifetime, Charlie said that every election is important. However, 2022 is more important than most elections because the consequences of a change in power in the Senate or House are monumental

The fight is not over.

We must tune out the dire predictions for 2022 and become passionate about our candidates winning. We can’t allow ourselves to feel discouraged or disillusioned.

Many of JAC’s candidates are in the political fight of their lives. They need our financial support (click here) and our help turning out voters. Click here to become part of JAC’s voter mobilization team.

Midterms are usually difficult for the party in the White House because their base is not excited. They have won the big race and are content to wait for the next one. The losing side is angry and more motivated to turn out and vote. But we need to be just as motivated.

There is no denying that this cycle will be especially difficult because of redistricting. Even though the GOP has the upper hand in 20 states with map making, there have been court victories for Democrats in some of these red states. 

The North Carolina Supreme Court last week ordered the legislature to draw new boundaries that would give Democrats, including JAC-friend Rep. Kathy Manning (D-NC), a better chance at winning seats in Congress. Ohio’s Supreme Court also ordered that the state’s redistricting commission create a new map that will be more balanced for Democrats.

The results of 2022 will shape our path forward for 2024 and beyond. But as Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” We must plan now to show up, work hard and never give up. Our democracy is counting on us.


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In the News

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Arab-Israeli leader Mansour Abbas rejected Amnesty International's label of “apartheid” to describe relations between Jews and Arabs within the country. Former Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators drew up a proposal for a two-state confederation that they hope will offer a way forward. Jerusalem maintains a delicate balancing act over Russia-Ukraine tensions.


Deborah Lipstadt appears to secure bipartisan support at her long-delayed confirmation hearing. Thirty-nine Members of Congress have urged the DOE to issue Title VI guidance to protect Jewish students from antisemitism on college campuses. Multibillion-dollar investment research firm Morningstar is being investigated for steering investors away from Israel.

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Lawmakers will reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act but are leaving the boyfriend loophole untouched. Federally funded family planning clinics can continue to make abortion referrals, for now, a federal court ruled. Oklahoma Republican legislators introduced a bill to create a government-run database that tracks pregnant people considering abortions.


In a West Virginia high school, students were ushered into a Christian revival assembly. A Jewish student was not allowed to leave. The Biden administration is pushing for a proposal to limit discrimination by insurance companies for transgender-affirming medical care. Republican legislators have already introduced dozens of anti-trans bills in 2022.

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The Supreme Court allowed Alabama to use a racially gerrymandered congressional map, signaling a lack of intervention in redistricting before the midterms. A study finds that in high-poverty areas, shootings cluster near gun shops. 'It's just a mess': Texas election officials and voting rights advocates face mounting challenges under the new restrictive voting law.


The RNC faces intra-party backlash after a censure vote on negative Jan. 6 rhetoric. The midterm elections are emerging as a rallying point for domestic extremists and foreign adversaries seeking to disrupt the U.S. and incite violence, the DHS warned. Peter Thiel is leaving Meta's board of directors to focus on backing candidates aligned with Trump ahead of November's elections.

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Yiddish works written by Jewish women were dismissed as insignificant or unmarketable. Now translators are rescuing them from obscurity. Read about the 2022 Jewish Oscar nominees. A captain of a Jewish girls' flag football team will be one of the participants in the coin toss at the Superbowl.

The Last Word

Behind anti-trans bills “is an attempt to use trans people as a pretext for a broader reformation of civil life and citizenship to advance an authoritarian, Christian state policy on sex and gender.”

Jules Gill-Peterson, historian and author of Histories of the Transgender Child


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