AJC Statement on Immigration Reform

November 21, 2014 -- New York -- AJC has long supported comprehensive immigration reform that at once secures the nation’s borders and offers a humane alternative to the limbo in which 11 million undocumented immigrants find themselves. Though various bipartisan proposals to achieve that goal have been made, none, regrettably, has made it through Congress.

At this critical juncture, we underscore, as we have in the past, the urgent moral -- and practical -- need to bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows. The continuation of the status quo is an unsustainable policy, and does not comport with American values to respect and defend human dignity. No matter where one stands on administrative action, the Administration and the Congress should make it the utmost priority to work together in fashioning comprehensive bipartisan legislation that will provide for a permanent fix to our broken immigration system.

AJC Appalled by Latest Palestinian Terrorist Attack

November 18, 2014 -- New York -- AJC is appalled by the cold-blooded Palestinian terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers today. Four Jewish worshipers were killed by two men who used guns and axes, and six others were wounded, one in critical condition. The two terrorists were killed by Israeli police.

“Palestinians, encouraged by an increasingly fiery rhetoric from Hamas and Fatah leaders, including religious incitement, are seeking to murder with abandon,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. The synagogue attack brings to 10 the number of Israelis murdered in the past month, including a three-month-old child.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE .

High-Level Officials from Poland Meet with AJC Los Angeles Leaders

On Monday, November 17th, 2014, AJC Los Angeles leaders and staff members hosted a brunch and meeting with high-level officials from Poland in Los Angeles, California. AJC LA President Dean Schramm led the meeting. AJC Los Angeles board member and past chapter president Peter Weil sponsored the event at Hillcrest Country Club.

The delegation was visiting Los Angeles for a business conference and a series of meetings and programs, including a celebration of the 96th anniversary of Polish independence. The meeting with AJC Los Angeles was the first official program on their itinerary.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

AJC Los Angeles Launches 2014-15 Sunday Learning Series 

On Sunday, November 16th, AJC Los Angeles and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America inaugurated their 2014-2015 Sunday Learning Series, “Bridges, Not Walls.” The program features thought-provoking dialogue and text study with distinguished experts in an intimate learning setting one Sunday each month.

At the first session, AJC Los Angeles Regional Director Rabbi Mark Diamond commenced the series with a presentation on the topic “Insider/Outsider: Interreligious Bridges and Barriers.” Participated studied and discussed a variety of classical and modern texts on relations between Jews and non-Jews, including the seminal Vatican II declaration Nostra Aetate.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

AJC Jerusalem Director Avital Leibovich Speaks at Los Angeles Synagogue on Israel’s Security Challenges

On Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, AJC Jerusalem Director Lt. Col. (Res.) Avital Leibovich addressed a large and engaged audience at Adat Ari El, a Conservative synagogue in the San Fernando Valley.

The event – called “Does the Middle East Need Another Failed State?” – focused on the many hurdles Israel faces as it continues to pursue peace with the Palestinians. The special program was cosponsored by AJC Los Angeles, Adat Ari El, and Temple Beth Hillel, a Reform congregation in Valley Village.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

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