October 26, 2018
Now Available for download:
2017-2018 Jewish Community Voter Guide.

See how your elected officials have voted on issues important to you over the last year.

The Jewish Community Voter Guide is a non-partisan guide of Congressional votes compiled by the JAC Education Foundation for 2017 through June 2018 on key issues important to the Jewish community.

Also available in printed format. Contact the JAC Education Foundation at info@jaceducationfoundation.org to order.

Brian Kurtzman and Jamie Sher delivered JAC support to Katie Hill, candidate for CA-25, in Los Angeles.
Sara and Judy Adler with Hillary Clinton at an event for Donna Shalala, candidate for FL-27, in Miami.
Sara Adler (l) and Laura Raiffe (r) delivered JAC support to Donna Shalala, candidate for FL-27, in Miami.
JAC members met with Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA-38) in Chicago this week. (l to r: Marcia Balonick, Hollis Wein, Linda Sanchez, Kristine Schanbacher, Jacki Parmacek)
JAC interns making calls to Get Out the Vote! (Melanie Small, Orly Lewittes)
JAC members canvassing for Sean Casten, candidate for IL-6. (l to r: Sharon Koltin, Sean Casten, Susan Insoft, Sheryl Beck)
Gail Yamner and Rani Grafinkle delivered JAC support to Andy Kim, candidate NJ-3, and Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28) (l to r: Andy Kim, Gail Yamner, Rani Garfinkle, Adam Schiff)
JAC in Florida to get out the vote for Lauren Baer, candidate for FL-18, and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL). (l to r: Hollis Wein, Marcia Balonick, and Linda Rae Sher)
JAC is spending the next week and a half getting out the vote. Let us know how you are working to get out the vote - voting early, phone banking, writing postcards, knocking on doors, taking friends to vote, hosting a voting party, offering rides to the polls - there are so many options!

We even have some of the fabulous VOTE t-shirts from JAC left - call the office for details. 847.433.5999

Send us photos of you and your friends and family working to get out the vote and we will share them over the next couple of weeks. Let's really work to #GetOutTheVote!
 
JACPAC members canvassing in Illinois for Sean Casten and Sen Tammy Duckworth. (l to r: Hollis Wein, Sharon Koltin,Tammy Duckworth, Jacki Parmacek, and Sheryl Beck)
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Do you know a high school or college student who would like to intern at JAC during the school year or next summer? Call the JAC office at 847.433.5999 about opportunities.

Do you know where your polling place is?

EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED IN MANY STATES.
HIGHLIGHTED CANDIDATES
 
Jason Crow
Candidate for CO-6
Jason Crow served in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division where he led a platoon of paratroopers during the invasion of Iraq and earned the Bronze Star for his combat actions. He also served in the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. Jason is a leader who has always put selfless service above politics and isn't afraid to fight for what is right.
Abby Finkenauer
Candidate for IA-1
Abby Finkenauer, as a state representative, became know as a staunch defender of working families and a vocal advocate for women. She will fight in Congress against bills that target women's health. She will also work to maintain Israel's security, which continuing the deep economic ties between our two nations. An important part of this is to defend Israel from anti-Semitic diplomatic attacks at bodies like the UN.
Haley Stevens
Candidate for MI-11
Haley Stevens served as chief of staff for the Auto Rescue under the Obama Administration, which helped return the auto industry to financial stability and saved over 200,000 jobs. She has spent her career in economic and workforce development. She has worked in the Office of Recovery for Automotive Communities and the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy. She is a fierce defender of women's rights and autonomy. She believes that the strong and enduring U.S.-Israel relationship is a cornerstone of safety and security.
Mike Levin
Candidate for CA-49
Mike Levin vows to fight for women's rights by defending Planned Parenthood and a woman's right to choose. He is committed to solving the gun violence epidemic, supporting both the assault weapon ban and expanding the Brady background checks. He continues to emphasize his support for a two-state solution, and engaging Jewish voters who care about peace in the Middle East.

JAC bundles member donations to House and Senate candidates. These donations will be hand delivered to increase the impact of JACPAC and to further the importance of our issues. Click the button below and select your candidates to support. You can also call the JAC office to make your donation via credit card. 847.433.5999.
 

TAKE ACTION
1 1/2 WEEKS TO GO!
 
   
Phonebank, knock on doors near and far - do whatever you can to make sure people get out and vote on November 6.
  • If you want to go with JAC to Wisconsin, Southern Illinois, Indiana, the Chicago area or somewhere else, give us a call at 847.433.5999
  • The JAC office is open for phone banking going forward, and writing postcards. Bring a laptop, phone, and charger.  

If you are out knocking on doors or calling, be sure to send us a photo to include in the EZ Read!  
 
#ElectionsMatter #GetOutAndVote
#Election2018 #GetOffTheSidelines 
 
ISRAEL
Jordan Decides Not to Renew Parts of 1994 Peace Treaty With Israel   
  
Jordan's King Abdullah told Israel he has decided to not renew parts of their 1994 peace treaty. Abdullah said he would not renew two of the treaty's annexes, that allowed Israel to lease two border areas from the Jordanians. Israel's 25-year lease on the areas - Baqura and Ghamr - is up next year.     
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ANTI-SEMITISM & BDS
The Importance of the US-Israel Relationship
 
Federal authorities have arrested key members of a Southern California white-power group, the latest move in an ongoing effort by authorities to break the back of an organization linked to racism-fueled violence. All four were charged with traveling and using the internet to organize or participate in riots, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.    
CHOICE
Legal Battle Over Missouri Clinic Could Foretell Abortion Fights in Other States

The battle over abortion rights in Missouri has drawn national attention in recent weeks, after a federal court ruled that two state laws limiting abortion access should stand. One law requires abortion providers to obtain privileges to admit patients to nearby hospitals. The other requires clinics to meet criteria that designate them as outpatient surgical centers. Together, these rules have forced all but one Planned Parenthood health center in the state - the one in St. Louis - to stop offering both medical and surgical abortions.   
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SEPARATION
Trump Administration to Strengthen Religious Liberty Rules on Birth Control, LGBTQ Discrimination 

The Trump administration is planning to double down on "religious liberty" protections that could affect birth control access and allow for LGBTQ employment discrimination. Planned rules would strengthen or expand existing religious liberty protections for employers to deny health care access or make hiring decisions based on their religious beliefs and "moral convictions."  
BEYOND THE CORE
Rep. John Lewis: 'I Have Been Beaten, My Skull Fractured' for Right to Vote

Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights hero who volunteered with the Freedom Riders and who led the marchers who were attacked by Alabama state troopers on "Bloody Sunday" in 1965, invoked his sacrifices and struggles in an appeal Monday to get people out to vote in the midterm elections. "I have been beaten, my skull fractured, and arrested more than forty times so that each and every person has the right to register and vote," Lewis said in a tweet. "Friends of my gave their lives. Do your part. Get out there and vote like you've never voted before. #vote #goodtrouble"  
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POLITICAL BYTE
Republicans and Democrats Both Try to Paint the Other Side's Candidates As Worse for the Jews
  
In race after race, sometimes in areas with few Jewish voters, from upstate New York to Virginia wine country, to Texas and Minnesota, two third rails for American Jewish voters - bigotry and Israel - are touching each other and setting off sparks.
FYI
Midterms Merch Is Big Business. But Will It Have an Impact at the Polls?
 
Whether from familiar retailers like Levi's and Urban Outfitters or luxury brands including Moda Operandi and Lingua Franca, voting-inspired clothing is inescapable. Whether these collections will have an impact on Election Day, though, remains to be seen.
JAC II
Introducing JACII, a JAC group for young professionals, advocates, and those young at heart who are looking to get involved. Groups have started in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Events will feature elected officials and speakers in lively settings. JACII is by and for young people. Now is the perfect time to get involved.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

JAC II Chicago: Evening with Moran Birman, Israel Consul for Public Diplomacy, November 29. Details to follow.

Know someone who would be interested in joining or hosting a meeting? Let us know at info@jacpac.org. We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.
The Last Word
"No president has ever led by fear. Not Lincoln. Not Roosevelt. Not Kennedy. Not Reagan. This president is more like George Wallace than George Washington!"

- Joe Biden, quoted by CNN at a rally in Florida.  
 
 
JAC GOTV
   
Join JAC in Florida as we Get Out the Vote for
Sen Bill Nelson (D-IL)
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7)
Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) 
Lauren Baer (Congressional Candidate FL-18
Donna Shalala (Congressional Candidate FL-27)
Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21) 
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
and others   
October 25-28
 
Downstate Illinois for  
Brendan Kelly  (IL-12)
and
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (IL-13)
Thursday & Friday, November 1-2 
 
Details to come. Call the JAC office for more information.
847.433.5999  
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Election Night Watch Party
Tuesday, November 8
7:30 pm
at the home of
Amy Small 
Highland Park 
 
(Want to host a JAC watch party? Contact the office and we will help organize it. 847.433.5999 or info@jacpac.org) 
Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a pro-Israel PAC with a domestic agenda. We support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and advocate for reproductive health and the separation of religion and state and incorporate other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including gun violence prevention and climate change. In addition to providing financial support for U.S. Senate and House campaigns, JACPAC educates our membership with outreach events designed to inform and activate their participation in the political process.
Federal law requires political committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation and employer for each individual who contributes over $200 in a calendar year. Maximum contribution per person may not exceed $5,000 per calendar year. According to law, JACPAC cannot accept corporate contributions. Membership, gifts, or other payments to JACPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.