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September 18, 2020 
When the sun goes down tonight, we will begin the High Holidays. We will gather at smaller tables this year than last. Sadly, many of our loved ones and friends will be separated by the pandemic.

We have all been tested and tried in many ways this past year as individuals, as a community, and as a nation. These days have been dark and troublesome. 

This is traditionally a time of reflection as we look back at the past year and look ahead. With renewed strength, hope and optimism, let us turn the corner together to rebuild our spirit and soul.

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.

If you are writing postcards and want JAC to send them out, please return them to the JAC office by September 25th so we can mail them directly from the appropriate states.
Thursday, September 24
Zoom with the Bad Ass Women of Congress
Reps. Elaine Luria (VA-2), Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), & Abigail Spanberger (VA-7)
4:00 pm ET | 3:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm CT

Thursday, October 1 
2020 JAC Michigan Membership Meeting
Guest Speaker - Amb. Dan Shapiro
& Legislator Forum featuring
Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8), & Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11) 
12:00 pm ET | 11:00 am CT | 9:00 am PT 
Virtual Events to Support Joe Biden for President

Please note: Login links for Biden for President events are sent out directly by the campaign. 
Watch your inbox for more online events.
Bahrain Recognized Israel. Here's Why It Matters.

The announcement that Bahrain would establish full diplomatic relations with Israel leaves open the possibility that more Arab states will follow. Other Arab countries are likely to follow Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in recognizing Israel, with Sudan and Oman potential candidates, according to some analysts. 
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Almost a Quarter of Young Americans Think The Holocaust Is a Myth or Exaggerated
One in 10 young Americans believes that the Holocaust never happened, while almost a quarter - 23% - believe it is a myth or that the number of Jews who were killed has been exaggerated. Meanwhile, 12% of respondents say they have never heard or don't think they've heard the word "Holocaust" before.
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Trump Administration Wants to Expand International Rule Limiting Abortion Access
The proposed rule -- which now faces a 60-day comment period that ends after Election Day -- marks another appeal by the administration to abortion rights opponents in the run-up to the presidential election. In recent weeks, Trump has highlighted his anti-abortion stance in his judicial nominees, and Vice President Mike Pence has appeared with anti-abortion groups in several swing states.
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Faith and Politics Mix to Drive Evangelical Christians' Climate Change Denial
U.S. Christians, especially evangelical Christians, identify as environmentalists at very low rates compared to the general population. Studies show that belief in miracles and an afterlife is associated with lower estimates of the risks posed by climate change. This raises the question: Does religion itself predispose people against climate science?
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Last Week Was a Disaster for Voting Rights in the Courts
If last week is any indication, the right to vote is unlikely to fare well in a judiciary that is increasingly dominated by Republicans: Voting rights cases out of Florida and Texas handed important victories to the GOP. At least one of those victories is likely to disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters altogether
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Mike Bloomberg Commits $100 Million to Help Joe Biden Win Florida
Bloomberg's investment is a potential game changer in Florida, a swing state with expensive media markets. 
Florida is also considered a must-win state for President Trump if he is to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win reelection. Bloomberg's big investment would likely force Republicans to spend more time and money in Florida and allow the Biden campaign to focus its resources on other key states.
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VIDEO: Joe Biden Speaks about Climate Change and Wildfires in California, Oregon, Washington, & the West

Biden: 'We Can't Allow Politics to Interfere With the Vaccine in Any Way'
"Scientific breakthroughs don't care about calendars any more than the virus does. They certainly don't adhere to election cycles," Biden said, speaking from Wilmington, Delaware. "And their timing, their approval and their distribution should never, ever be distorted by political considerations."
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The U.S. Isn't Even Close to Getting COVID-19 Down to Where It Needs to Be By Fall, Medical Experts Say
"The fall is really not going to look very good," epidemiologist Dr. Celine Gounder said. Last Sunday, 34,450 new cases were reported nationwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That's better than the summer peak in late July, when the US had more than 60,000 new cases a day.
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Jerusalem's Great Synagogue Will Be Closed for the High Holidays for the First Time
Jerusalem's Great Synagogue will be closed during the High Holidays for the first time since it opened more than 60 years ago. In a statement, the synagogue cited the risk of worshippers passing the coronavirus to others. Israel is currently in the process of implementing a second nationwide lockdown in response to an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases.
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The Last Word
"It's time to move Trump out and elect Biden, who has a record of following the data and being guided by science."

- Scientific American Joe Biden Endorsement
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.

Know someone who would be interested in joining or hosting a meeting? Let us know at We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.

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