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“Through the Fellowship, I have been able to create tangible, positive change in our world while rooting myself in Jewish traditions.”
— Lisa F, College Fellow
A support system
“I greatly appreciate how JCJ has helped me grow both as a student and as a professional in my post-graduation ambitions.”
— Dahvi C, Former College Fellow
A deeper connection to Judaism
“JCJ provides a platform for me to advocate for legislation that aligns with my Jewish values while also creating meaningful relationships with the people I work with.”
— Jude H, High School Fellow
Empowering my daughter
“The JCJ fellowship program has helped her discover that her voice matters and that her contributions are meaningful.”
— Heather L, Parent
The Micah D. Bycel Fund for Legislative Fellows
On August 27, 2022, the Jewish Center for Justice community suffered a devastating loss with the sudden and untimely death of Board Member Micah Bycel (z”l).
The JCJ community has created a special fund to honor Micah’s memory and secure his legacy. Micah was a kind and compassionate soul. He saw a broken world and was determined to make it better for his kids and the next generation. In his honor, The Micah D. Bycel Fund for Legislative Fellows will help shape the next generation of Jewish justice activists.
In addition to the Fund, we have renamed the program, The Micah D. Bycel Legislative Fellowship. All future fellows will learn of Micah’s memory and advocate for justice in his honor.
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Take ACTION by contacting your Representatives and urging them to re-introduce The Women’s Health Protection Act.
- U.S. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
- Find your Representative!
“Hi, my name is [your name]. I’m calling today to urge [name of Representative] to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. This bill, which would codify Roe and make abortion access the law of the land, is a necessary step in the aftermath of the horrific Supreme Court Dobbs decision. As a member of the Jewish Center for Justice community, we support efforts to dismantle the institutional barriers that women face on a daily basis, including policies and legislation that expand reproductive rights. Thank you.”
Following last year’s horrific Dobbs decision by the Supreme Court, we quickly saw states like Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri restrict abortion access. Meanwhile, states like California, Minnesota, and New York responded with legislation that protects the right to abortion access and helps individuals from other states who are seeking abortion access find refuge and reproductive care. And in November, California voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure to enshrine a woman’s right to choose into the state constitution.
Sunday, January 22 would have been the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme court case Roe v. Wade, which saved countless lives by making reproductive choice a fundamental right in this country. In honor of this commemoration and the fight that we have been forced to take back on these last 6 months, we dedicate this week to advocating at the national level to pass legislation that will codify Roe and ensure that regardless of the state in which you live, you will have access to reproductive health care.
What is JCJ advocating for?
We call on the 118th Congress to re-introduce The Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify Roe and make abortion access the law of the land.
We call on congress to re-introduce The EACH Act, which would ensure that every person who receives care or insurance through the federal government will have coverage for abortion services. This bill would also prohibit political interference in decisions by private health insurance companies to offer coverage for abortion care, thus eliminating the Hyde Amendment.
And, we call upon the FDA and the Biden Administration to use the power of the Executive Branch to remove existing barriers to abortion medication.
Take ACTION by contacting your Senators and Representatives and urging them to support the Assault Weapons Ban. U.S. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 Find your Representative and Senators! Sample script: “Hi, my name is [your name]. I’m calling today to urge [name...
Every new year presents an opportunity to work with coalitions, advocates, and elected officials to craft legislation that will improve the lives of everyday Californians. While it is an exciting opportunity to work on shaping our state's legislative future, it's...