JNS: Jewish, pro-Israel groups express outrage over death of George Floyd, concern about rioting

By Jackson RichmanJewish News Syndicate (JNS)

Jewish and pro-Israel organizations have expressed outrage over the death of African-American George Floyd, 46, who died on May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis police.

Brooks: Our history is full of sorrow and salvation. This won’t change us.

The Forward asked Jewish communal leaders to reflect on how the coronavirus pandemic will influence Jewish life. RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks responded with the following essay.

JTA: Jewish Republicans tackle a thorny question: What to do about Republicans like Steve King?

By Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition is best known for scorching ads challenging the pro-Israel credentials of Democratic candidates. This election cycle, however, it is leading the charge against a GOP congressman: Steve King of Iowa.

On the Second Anniversary of the US Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Washington, DC  -- The Republican Jewish Coalition released a statement today on the second anniversary of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel.

RJC Applauds Passage of Never Again Education Act

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate passed the Never Again Education Act, a bipartisan bill to create, improve and expand Holocaust education programs for middle and high school-age students. The bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives in January, will soon go to President Trump for his signature. 

RJC PAC Announces Support for Randy Feenstra, Primary Opponent of Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

Washington D.C. -- The RJC PAC announced that it is endorsing and supporting Republican primary challenger Randy Feenstra in his race to defeat Rep. Steve King (IA-4). RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks released the following statement:

RJC Demands Democrat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Apologize for His Dangerous Tweet Against the Jewish Community

Washington D.C. -- Last night, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a tweet targeting all of the approximately 1.1 million Jews in New York City. The tweet was apparently in response to the gathering of some 1,000 Jews (0.09% of the Jewish population) for a funeral. This comes on the heels of a dangerous uptick in anti-Semitic attacks in New York City that de Blasio failed to address. RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks issued the following statement:

Coronavirus Update: How to Contact the RJC

At the present time, all RJC staff are following government social distancing recommendations and are teleworking. Our DC headquarters and regional staff can be reached by phone (please leave a voicemail message and your call will be returned) or by email. Contact information for our offices can be found here.

RJC Statement on Las Vegas Conference

Washington D.C. -- In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, in consultation with the White House and our outside experts, we have regretfully decided to postpone the RJC Annual Meeting, which was to be held this week in Las Vegas.


RJC Victory Fund Releases Ad: "Insane"

Washington, D.C. -- The Republican Jewish Coalition Victory Fund, an affiliate of the Republican Jewish Coalition, released an ad that will be shown during tomorrow's Democratic debates. The ad will run in critical battleground states -- Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Arizona -- and will also run in Washington, DC.