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- JFACT, The Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut, is a statewide advocacy organization, representing the 7 Jewish Federations, 4 Jewish Community Centers, 8 Jewish Family Services, and 2 Jewish nursing homes in Connecticut. JFACT is the government and community relations arm of the Jewish community and lobbies for legislation that is of interest to Connecticut's Jewish community.
Michael Bloom named executive director of JFACT
By Stacey Dresner from the Jewish Ledger posted on March 15, 2017
HARTFORD – On Monday, March 13, Michael Bloom wrapped things up at his office at the State Capitol in Hartford, where he has served as a policy and outreach associate for the Senate Democratic Caucus for the past year.
On Wednesday, he began settling into his new office less than two miles away on Woodland Street, where he will serve as executive director of the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut, or JFACT. Continue reading
January 31, 2017We, the undersigned Jewish Federations throughout the State of Connecticut, alongwith JFACT (Jewish Federations Association of Connecticut) and the Anti-DefamationLeague of Connecticut, oppose President Trump’s Executive Order barring manyrefugees and immigrants from entering the United States.President Trump’s Executive Order, issued on Friday, January 27, 2017, bans anyrefugees from entering the United States for 120 days; suspends indefinitely any Syrianrefugee resettlement; and bans nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen for any reason for 90 days.Judaism instructs, repeatedly and unambiguously, that we are forbidden fromoppressing the stranger. The Bible states no less than 36 separate times that we areobligated to care for the stranger in our society. Leviticus 19:34, as one example,teaches: “The strangers who reside with you shall be to you as your citizens; you shalllove each one as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Both Jewishvalues and Jewish historical experience as immigrants and refugees mandate that werepudiate policies that demonize, ostracize, and leave stranded refugees and othervulnerable immigrants. We remember all too well the story of the St. Louis—of Jewishrefugees fleeing Europe by ship on the eve of the Holocaust who were denied entry intothe U.S. and sent back, many to their deaths. We cannot and will not stand idly by astoday’s victims of war and terror are left helpless and isolated. Nor can we supportpolicies that single out those who practice a certain religion—in this case Islam—fordisproportionate treatment. Continue reading
In last week’s parasha, Vayechi Yaakov (And Jacob lived..) we learn about the death of Jacob, and his dying wish to be buried in the land of his foremothers and fathers.For centuries Jews lived and died in Eastern Europe, where most of us get our Jewish backgrounds. In the wake of the holocaust the final resting places of those fortunate enough to be buried have taken on a new symbolic importance.Unfortunately, the city of Vilna, once the most important city in Jewish Europe, is preparing to build a convention center on top of the historic Jewish cemetery.From Tablet.com:For centuries, the city of Vilna (today Vilnius) was the center of Jewish life in what was then known as Polish-Lithuania. By the turn of the 20th century, the Lithuanian capital boasted over 100 synagogues, an array of Jewish newspapers, and scores of other cultural and religious institutions. It played host to the famed Gaon of Vilna, one of Judaism’s spiritual giants….One remaining vestige of the city’s illustrious past, however, is its old Jewish cemetery, in which “a galaxy of eminent European rabbinic scholars and authors” were buried, as one leading scholar put it. Yet compounding tragedy upon tragedy, the Lithuanian government, reportedly with European Union funding, is preparing to build a $25 million convention center on the site.Sign the petition here, and share the link to all of your contacts.
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