January 29, 2021
What's On Our Mind

President Joe Biden announced this week that he has taken executive action to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad. This includes rejoining the Paris Agreement and an immediate review of harmful rollbacks of standards that protect our air, water, and communities. His much-needed, bold environmental plans will help to preserve our planet for years to come.

He is also designating climate considerations as an essential element of U.S. foreign policy and national security. Biden's Civilian Climate Corps Initiative will put a new generation of Americans to work conserving and restoring public lands and waters, including increasing reforestation.

Biden’s sweeping plan to restore our environment comes at a time when the Jewish community is celebrating Tu b'Shevat, the lesser-known Jewish holiday dedicated to preserving the environment. During these modern times of climate change, this ancient holiday has new significance. It calls upon us to reconnect to the land and the natural world.
Upcoming Events

From the CIA to Congress: Special Call with Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI)
Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Armed Services
Wednesday, February 3
6:00 pm ET | 5:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm PT
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January 27, 2021 - Today, on the 76th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, we remember the 6 million Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust. It is up to us to combat antisemitism, hate, and intolerance so that the horror of the Holocaust is never repeated. #NeverAgain

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In the News
ISRAEL
The Biden Administration unrolled its Middle East policy this week and suspended the pending sale of fighter jets to the UAE. Shrinking the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the biggest hurdle to peace in the Middle East -- here's how world leaders can do that.
ANTISEMITISM AND BDS
Twitter launches 'Birdwatch', a forum to combat misinformation, including antisemitism. California rolled out a new ethnic studies curriculum that cleanses Jews from history and promotes BDS. A major American Jewish coalition adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism -- what that means may vary for its members.
CHOICE
President Biden revoked Trump-era abortion restrictions and shored up the ACA. The Supreme Court handed Planned Parenthood a win in its battle for legal abortions in Texas. In Arizona, a bill has been proposed to charge anyone who performs or receives an abortion with homicide.
RELIGION AND STATE
A study of pastors reveals that half say they are hearing conspiracy theories in their churches. Trump fueled conservative Christian power -- Biden and Warnock can change that.
BEYOND THE CORE
Biden pushes to protect 30% of U.S. land and oceans by 2030. Democrats can finally win the fight for voting rights that they started in 1965. Armed protests are creating a new kind of politics around guns.
POLITICAL BYTE
Can Sen. Chuck Schumer advance Biden's agenda with a razor-thin Senate majority? Delays in redistricting freeze 2022 House races. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed GOP leadership for putting school shooting denier Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on the House Education Committee.
FYI
Israel's new Labor Party chief Merav Michaeli draws inspiration from President Biden and Vice President Harris. Israeli scientists say they have found the Achilles heel of cancer cells. Survivors get vaccinated on Holocaust Remembrance day.
The Last Word
"It’s a new day for America and the world. We'll strengthen this indispensable institution, lead with the power of our example, and put a premium on diplomacy with our allies and partners to meet today's challenges.

- Secretary of State Tony Blinken
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