November 3, 2023


The week draws to a close amidst continuing pain and anguish within the Jewish community. Tonight marks yet another Shabbat where hostages remain separated from their families and friends. Thousands of young Israeli soldiers find themselves in perilous, life-and-death situations, torn away from their loved ones. For 75 years, the price we've paid to establish and protect our Jewish homeland has been enormous.

Now college students across our own country are also paying a price. Their campuses have turned into a cesspool of hate. They are drowning in the silence of their professors, administrators, advisors, and even peers. They face violence and intimidation.

President Joe Biden understands the gravity of the situation. He has strongly condemned the vile actions on college campuses. He announced that the federal government will partner with campus law enforcement agencies to track hate-related threats.

According to the White House, dozens of cybersecurity and protective security experts at DHS have been detailed to engage with schools as they navigate incredibly tense environments.

Universities are meant to provide students with an environment to grow and interact with others, fostering critical thinking skills, and exposure to new ideas. They are not meant to be a safe space for hate.

There are millions of minds that are being exposed to and influenced by this hate. These students will graduate and enter a variety of fields. Many will even end up entering public service. Along the way, they will drag this thinking and these misguided ideas with them. No one is safe when the seeds of hate are planted in a new generation of thinkers.

Antisemitism is not a fleeting issue that will dissipate when the conflict in Israel concludes. The hate on college campuses will have lasting implications for our country and democracy. To combat this, we must wage this battle through education and effective leadership. The battle needs to also be waged at the ballot box. Elected officials who perpetuate prejudices and who spread hate with their words need to be defeated.

Words and elections matter.



JAC members Steve Schoenberg and Richard Barr with NJ Rep. Josh Gottheimer.


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Reception with President Joe Biden

Thursday, November 9

Time TBA

Chicago, IL

address upon RSVP

Contact JAC Office for more information



2023 Michigan Membership Meeting

Monday, November 20

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Home of Roz Blanck

Franklin, MI


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What's At Stake: Israel

Briefing from the Israeli Consul General to the Midwest

Yinam Cohen

Tuesday, November 28

7:00 pm

Glencoe, IL

Zoom Option Available

JAC current members


Join JAC's Junior Executive Board

We are seeking 9-12th graders to join our Junior Executive Board

First Meet & Greet/Pizza Dinner

Thursday, November 30

7:00 pm

JAC Office



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Do you want to run for elected office? This is for you!

Seeking women from all over Illinois who are interested in running for office to apply for IWIL's Class of 2024.

Applications are open through November 6th.

Apply here

How to talk to your schools & institutions about antisemitism

Join Project Shema's Oren Jacobson over Zoom to discuss ways to effectively approach antisemitism with school administrators, teachers, colleagues, and institutions.

November 7

7:00 pm CT


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Phone Bank for Reproductive Freedom in Ohio

Drop by the JAC office or join us virtually to help get out the vote in Ohio.

November 6

12-4 pm CT

Register here

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Phone Bank for Reproductive Freedom in Ohio

The election in OHIO is next Tuesday. Call Ohio voters and urge them to vote YES on Issue One.

Sign Up Here


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President Herzog has asked Israelis to light memorial candles this Sunday, November 5.

Stand in solidarity with our friends and family in Israel by lighting them at your home.

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Get Your Blue Ribbon Today

Wear a blue ribbon to show solidarity with Israel and the hostages held by Hamas. Click below to order yours.

Order your blue ribbons

Other Ways to Help Israel

Donate to JAC: We Support Pro-Israel Candidates
Donate to JUF's Emergency Israel Fund
Donate to Soroka Hospital Be'er Sheva (primary evacuation trauma center destinations for injuries in the area of the border with Gaza)
Donate to Friends of the IDF
Donate to TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers
Sign Letter of Support for President Biden


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It is precisely now, in the darkest moments, that we have to fight hardest to preserve a path of stability, security, of opportunity, of integration, for prosperity, and of peace. Not tomorrow. Not after the war, but today.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken

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.

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