General Network Position Statements
Statement on Poway
Once again, our country is shocked from the horrors of another synagogue shooting. Once again, a community must find the courage needed to begin the long and painful healing process. Once again, a member agency of the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies is at the forefront providing critical crisis response. The Network strongly affirms the belief that houses of worship are places of peace, and of community, and should always be places of safety. We stand with our colleagues at JFS San Diego as they support the community of Poway and guide the greater San Diego region in its quest to find meaning amidst the hate. As providers of critical social services, Network agencies will continue to strengthen communities during times of unspeakable crises, and we will continue to strengthen the first responders within our Network, so they build resilience as they strengthen grieving communities. May we as a nation find the courage to learn from this tragedy and together build a world of respect for all.
Statement in Opposition of HHS Waiver for South Carolina Agency
The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies stands united in firm opposition of the recent US Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to grant a waiver authorizing a South Carolina social service agency to discriminate against prospective foster parents on the basis of religion. As a non-profit, receiving government funding, Miracle Hill Ministries of South Carolina was recently granted a waiver after a Jewish woman was reportedly refused acceptance as a potential foster parent due to her faith. The government issued waiver endorses discrimination, which is unlawful and in direct opposition to the values upon which the United States was established. The granting of this waiver sets a dangerous precedent for other forms of discrimination and should not have a place in the US child welfare system.
Statement on Terror Attack in Pittsburgh
The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies is devastated by the unspeakable loss of eleven lives in today’s hate filled shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. We send our condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and send our wishes for strength to those who will work with this community in the coming days, months and years as they find their way through the trauma and suffering. Read the entire statement here.
Hurricane Harvey EMERGENCY RESPONSE WARMLINE UPDATE
As the rain subsides, the people of Houston and east Texas are coming face to face with the realities of the disaster and the challenges they face to rebuild their lives. In response, NJHSA and Jewish Family Service of Houston launched an Emergency Support Line. Learn more HERE.
Statement on DACA
With our commitment to refugee services firmly rooted in the fabric of our member agencies, the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies strongly opposes the administration’s decision to set an end date to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Read the entire statement HERE.
Statement on Charlottesville
The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies is resolute in its opposition to the openly racist, bigoted and anti-Semitic protests which took place this past weekend. Learn more HERE.
Statement in Support of Legal Action in Response to Refugee Ban
The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies stands in full support of its member agencies; HIAS, Jewish Family Service of Seattle and Jewish Family Service of Silicon Valley who have joined together in a class action suit against the administration’s most recent travel ban. Learn more HERE.
Statement Opposing Termination of Temporary Protected Status
The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies opposes the White House decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans. NJHSA remains firm in our view that our nation was founded with values of respect for all and that our country should remain a source of comfort and refuge for all who are in need of a safe haven. Learn more HERE.
Statement on Family Separation at the U.S. Border
In the weeks since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new “zero-tolerance” immigration border policy on May 7, 2018, nearly 650 families have been prosecuted between May 6th and May 19th alone, with the number expected to rise. The new policy seeks to deliberately separate migrant families seeking asylum at the border, frightening children and potentially inflicting additional long-term trauma on them and their families. Learn more HERE.
JCPA Urges Administration to End the Family Separation Policy And Uphold Our Nation’s Values of Family Unity and Justice
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) strongly condemns the Administration’s policy of separating children from their migrant families at the US’s southern border. To amplify the voice of the Jewish community and speak out against this policy, JCPA and ADL sent a letter signed by 26 national Jewish organizations (including the Network) urging the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to immediately end this inhumane practice. Learn more HERE.
The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies strongly condemns the Administration’s decision to lower the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States to 18,000 for the year 2020. This number, lowered from the 2019 number of 30,000 is now the lowest number in United States history and comes at the same time that the worldwide refugee population, an estimated 26 million, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), is the highest number ever recorded. In lowering admissions to an all-time low of 18,000, the Administration is challenging the core principles of our nation and questioning the very fabric of the US as a nation of immigrants. As providers of refugee resettlement, employment, immigration and citizenship services, the member agencies of The Network, guided by the core Jewish belief of welcoming the stranger, will continue to work each day to strengthen and support refugees in their quest for freedom, safety and security. We urge Congress and all Americans to challenge the Administration on the merits of this decision and to uphold the values upon which our Country was founded.