October 12, 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.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) with JAC member Debbie Gitchell and Betty Baird in Iowa.
JAC members met with Lucy McBath (candidate for GA-6) in Chicago. (l to r: Hollis Wein, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-13), Marcia Balonick, Lucy McBath, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), and Christie Hefner.)
2018 JAC Detroit Membership Meeting was a huge success again this year. (l to r: Pam Lippitt, Lisa Lis, and Andy Levin, candidate for MI-9)
A great turn out for the 2018 JAC Detroit Membership Meeting.
Our Detroit JACII members with Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Andy Levin, candidate for MI-9.
Our Keynote Speakers at this years Detroit Membership Meeting were Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12), and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI).
JAC members at the PersonalPAC luncheon to hear former MI Governor Jennifer Grandholm speak on reproductive rights. (l to r: Linda Rae Sher, Marcia Balonick, Gail Eisenberg, Lois Zoller, Alexandra Eidenberg.)
"This is the moment we decide who we want to be as a country. We have the opportunity to change because we have the right to vote," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) during our annual Detroit meeting last week.

In 2016, 42 percent of eligible voters stayed home. We are living within the aftermath of those that chose to remain silent and not vote. In less than 25 days, we have the chance to vote and reverse the damage.

Brett Kavanaugh's nomination last week to the Supreme Court was a devastating blow to our fight to protect our reproductive rights. It also erased any type of checks and balances on the president's executive powers.

We fought hard to block Kavanaugh. Everyone who made phone calls or  attended a rally should be proud of their efforts. We may have lost this battle, but the fight is not over. Currently there are two lower court nominees before the Senate Judiciary committee that harbor extreme, anti-LGBTQ views, and more are expected.

We need to channel our anger and frustration towards November 6th, election day. Our challenge is to make sure everyone eligible is registered to vote and then we need to make sure people get to the polls.

Our candidates need your help reaching out to their voters. You can make calls from home or you can volunteer to knock on doors for your local candidate. Up for more? Join with JAC as we travel to Florida Oct. 25-28.

There are incredible candidates running across the country. The video below highlights a few of those candidates. These are the type of women leaders we need in Congress.

They are running against heavily funded extreme GOP candidates. SuperPACS are pouring millions of dollars into their races. Every dollar they raise is critical to their campaigns.

These women are on our side and they need your donations now. Don't wait. Time is running out.

Women Rising
Women Rising
Call the JAC office at 847.433.5999 to support these candidates with a credit card, or mail your checks made out to their campaigns to the JAC office at  
PO Box 105
Highland Park, IL 60035
We will bundle member donations to the candidates to increase the support JACPAC gives to these outstanding candidates.   
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?
All hands are needed to get out the vote over the next 3 weeks.  
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 Florida, 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. 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 
Russia Will Not Recognize Israel's Sovereignty over Golan, Foreign Minister Says  
Russia's foreign minister has said that his country will not agree to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights unless it is approved by the international community.   
The Woman Who Could Be Israel's Next Leader                

How did an unknown computer engineer transform herself into a potential prime minister in just five short years? How did a woman who once worked for Netanyahu become one of his most formidable rivals? And how did a secular woman from left-leaning Tel Aviv become the most successful spokesperson for the religious-nationalist party and the settlement movement it strongly supports?     
Netanyahu: Iranians Will Dip Their Toes in Kinneret If Israel Leaves Golan   
Speaking at the dedication of the restored 1,500-year-old synagogue at the Umm al-Qanatir archeological site in the Golan Heights, Netanyahu warned that Iran and Hezbollah are "continuously trying to establish a force that will act against Israel in the Golan and Galilee. We will thwart that." 
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University of Michigan Apologizes to Students Refused Letters to Study in Israel
The University of Michigan has apologized to two students who were refused letters of recommendations for study in Israel by lecturers citing their support for boycotting the Jewish state.  
Fliers on 4 College Campuses Blame Jews for Kavanaugh Assault Allegations
Fliers blaming Jews for the sexual assault allegations against newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were posted on two University of California campuses, Berkeley and Davis, as well as at Vassar and Marist colleges, both located in the same city in New York state.     
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With Kavanaugh Confirmed, Both Sides of Abortion Debate Gear up for Battle

The end of the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination sets up a new battleground over abortion rights, and activists on both sides of the issue are gearing up for what's likely to be a series of contentious battles from the high court to state legislatures. 
Trump & Co. Are Eager to Tell You What American Women Are Thinking
The president apparently considers himself something of an expert in the field of women's attitudes. Two weeks ago, Trump was equally eager to insist that when it came to the fight over Kavanaugh, women were "very angry," not with Republicans, but with Democrats for mistreating the judge. Trump added, "Women are so angry." Now, however, they're "extremely happy" - evidently because women were so eager to see Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court.
How the Supreme Court Could Kill Your Ability to Sue for Medicaid Benefits-and Gut Planned Parenthood Funding in the Process
At issue in the cases is what is known in the law as a private right of action. Broadly speaking, a private right of action is when someone other than the state is able to enforce rights under a statute. They enforce those rights through a civil lawsuit, or "action." Private rights of action can be either be express or implied. Express private rights of action exist when the statute itself specifically states that either private parties or the state can sue to enforce the law.
These Texas Pastors Think Their 'Religious Freedom' Trumps Austin's LGBTQ Protections 

A group of extremist anti-LGBTQ pastors in Texas has filed a federal lawsuit arguing that the city of Austin's nondiscrimination law violates their religious liberty. The law, they argue, should be unenforceable for anybody unless they are given an exemption. 
Unreleased Religious Freedom Manifesto Isn't the Culture War Compromise It Hopes to Be

In the coming weeks or months, a group of prominent conservative Christian scholars, plans to issue a manifesto on religious freedom. They are currently seeking prominent endorsers and, according to one organizer, they hope to have a "grand signing ceremony"- perhaps including former presidents of the United States. Though the document includes much on which reasonable people would agree, it is marred by efforts to slant the meaning of religious freedom towards conservative interests in the culture war.
Protests Outside the White House Could Soon Be Limited & Experts Are Sounding the Alarm

Back in August, the Trump administration proposed a rule that would limit protesters' right to assemble outside the White House and on the National Mall, prompting outrage from the ACLU and other civil rights groups. This rule would also allow the National Park Service to charge "event management" costs for protesting in these areas, which critics have described as a "protest tax." Experts say that if instituted, the Trump administration's protest rule could endanger democracy by limiting free speech, as well as threaten grassroots organizing efforts.
Resources to Combat Voter Purges Emerge as Voting Registration Deadlines Arrive

Under the Trump administration, voter suppression has been a serious concern nationwide. In a setback for Ohio voters, for instance, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that a Republican-backed voter purge program can resume, saying it does not violate the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.   
The World Has Just over a Decade to Get Climate Change Under Control, U.N. Scientists Say

The world stands on the brink of failure when it comes to holding global warming to moderate levels, and nations will need to take "unprecedented" actions to cut their carbon emissions over the next decade, according to a landmark report by the top scientific body studying climate change.  
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The Kavanaugh Fight Is Over - the Fight for the Judiciary Is Not      
After a long, bitter fight over his fitness to serve, Brett Kavanaugh is now an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In the aftermath of this bruising process, many civil rights and social justice advocates are likely feeling tired and demoralized. With Kavanaugh confirmed, the Supreme Court is likely to begin rolling back critical protections for people of color, women, and other vulnerable communities.       
Website for Hon. Brett Kavanaugh Redirects to Anti-Sexual-Violence Group RAINN       
Writer and comedian Dave Weasel purchased the domain name Hon BrettKavanaugh.com and made it so that when users type it that web address, it takes them to the website for RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.    
A Guide to the Jewish Senate candidates in the 2018 midterm elections
There are 56 candidates for Congress who identify as Jewish. Among them are 41 Democrats: five are running for the Senate - three incumbents and two challengers. Among the 36 in the U.S. House of Representatives, 18 are incumbents and 18 are challengers. (Three incumbent Jewish House Democrats are retiring.)
Calling All Students Under 18. Ask Adults to Be Your Vote with Selfies!           
Post a #BeMyVote selfie to your social media feed. Tag someome you know who's eligible to vote. Tell them WHY voting matters to you! 
Legendary French Singer Charles Aznavour, Whose Family Rescued Jews During the Holocaust, Dies at 94
Born in France to Armenian parents who fled the genocide in the early 20th century, Aznavour grew up in an immigrant neighborhood which included many Jewish families. It was only late in his life, however, that Israeli professor Yair Oron revealed that the Aznavours had rescued many of their Jewish neighbors during the Nazi occupation of France, hiding them from the German authorities who sought to deport them to the death camps.        
The Jewish Major-Leaguer and WWII Spy Honored by Baseball's Hall of Fame
This real-life drama was revived earlier this year with the Paul Rudd film "The Catcher Was a Spy," based on Nicholas Dawidoff's 1994 book of the same name. Now the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, America's unofficial shrine to its national pastime, is continuing the discussion with a new exhibit, "Moe Berg: Big League Spy," which opened last month just ahead of the Major League Baseball playoffs.
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.


JAC II Detroit: Event with Haley Stevens, Congressional Candidate for MI-11, October 14. Details to follow

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
"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about."  

- Hillary Clinton
Breakfast with
Phil Bredesen
Candidate for U.S. Senate for Tennessee
Monday, October 15 
 8:00 am
Chicago, IL 
Talking Points Election Update
Jennifer Duffy
The Cook Political Report
Wednesday, October 17
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Highland Park, IL 60035
Reception for
Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28)
Thursday, Oct 18 
Highland Park, IL
Call the JAC office for details. 
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
Details to come. Call the JAC office for more information.
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.