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The Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit (JCRC) is seeking a part-time financial resources development director to lead the agency’s fundraising activities. In partnership with the executive director, the FRD director’s mission is to increase the funds raised by the agency so as to ensure the agency’s sustainability and expand the breadth and depth of its programs. click here
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Learn, then speak out on the Iran nuclear deal
The Jewish Community Relations Council is deeply concerned the Iran nuclear agreement gives in too much to Iran's demands and gives up too much of what American, Israeli and world interests need. While that assessment is shared by many in the Detroit Jewish community, there are some community members -- including some JCRC board members -- who feel the agreement is acceptable, verifiable and enforceable. Between those viewpoints stand others who have not yet formed an opinion or are uncertain how to evaluate the agreement.
JCRC urges Congress to evaluate the agreement with a maximum of wisdom and a minimum of partisanship. However, this is a critically important issue on which we urge metro Detroiters to exercise their capacity for civic engagement and become active participants in the process. As the Jewish community's primary convener for public policy discussions, JCRC stands as a ready resource for community members to educate themselves on the agreement, decide for themselves where they stand, and then let their elected members of Congress know their feelings.
In our view, the agreement's terms are too generous and too vague to ensure the fundamental goal by which it should be judged: preventing the mullahs from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The lifting of sanctions will give Iran billions of dollars to expand its support of terrorist groups; saying the sanctions will "snap back" if Iran cheats is little more than wishful thinking. Even if Iran doesn't secretly continue its nuclear weapons program, it will be free to weaponize its nuclear capability when the agreement ends. With its brazen hostility to Western interests and its quest for advanced weaponry, sooner or later that advanced weaponry will likely include nuclear weapons and the intercontinental ballistic missiles able to carry them to their targets.
In the window to the right are links to numerous news reports, editorials, op-eds and other documents, some that call for Congress to reject the agreement, others that argue against Congress doing so. This list will be updated often during the 60 day period Congress will be debating it. At this point in the discussion, our message to the community is: Don't sit on the sidelines. Join the discussion. Learn about the agreement, and then act on what you have learned.
To send a message to your senators, congressional representatives and the White House,
To send a letter-to-the-editor to a newspaper,
September 3: The Iran Nuclear Deal: The White House View
with Paul Irwin, the Director of Nuclear Non-proliferation on President Obama’s National Security Council, and Matt Nosanchuk, the Obama Administration’s Liaison to the American Jewish community. 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Southfield.
Iran Resource Center
Schuette calls for states to impose sanctions on Iran
by Todd Spangler in Detroit Free Press
State attorney general asks states to impose, extend sanctions in face of Obama administration deal to curtain nuclear program. Read full story
Obama Nears Needed Votes on Iran Nuclear Deal
President Obama all but clinched victory for his Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, as two Democratic senators threw crucial support behind the landmark accord. The announcements by the senators, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Chris Coons of Delaware, came a week before the Senate was to formally debate a Republican resolution disapproving the agreement between Iran and six world powers. Read full story
President Barack Obama Speaks to Jews in Historic Interview With the Forward
by Jane Eisner in The Forward
At the end of my interview with President Obama the morning of Friday, August 28, after he had defended with lawyerly precision the pending multinational nuclear agreement with Iran and voiced a determined optimism that the toxic relations between his administration and Israel will be repaired, I asked him a more personal question.... Read full story
Cheney: Iran deal likely to lead to first use of nuclear weapon since WWII
In Washington Post op-ed, former VP and daughter call on congress to reject Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions. Read full story
Dems say party chair blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting
by Dan Balz and Phillip Rucker in The Washington Post
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz prevented consideration of a resolution at the party’s summer meeting here that praised President Obama and offered backing for the nuclear agreement with Iran, according to knowledgeable Democrats. The resolution was drafted with the intention of putting the national committee on record in support of the agreement as Congress prepares to take up the issue when members return from their August recess. Read full story
If ever there was a time to call your congressman or congresswoman, it is now...
Dr. Richard Krugel, JCRC president, in the Detroit Free Press August 5, 2015:
As Congress undertakes its review of the Iran nuclear agreement, ordinary American citizens should do the same. Instead of sitting on the sidelines as they often do and wait to see where their elected leaders end up, they should become active participants in this process.
That won't be easy. Read full story
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Statement on the Proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement
The proposed nuclear agreement with Iran presents a unique and historic issue with potentially devastating consequences for Israel, the United States and the world at large. As a non-political organization dedicated to the social welfare...