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Topic - Rabbi Steve Gutow
"It is tragic that in today's era, despite being the richest country in the world, there are still those who are unable to make ends meet," said Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. "There is no doubt that the United States is making strides to transform our nation into a more clean-energy economy. No matter if one is a Jew, Christian, Muslim, Hindu or of any other faith, all of our religious traditions have a strong ethical mandate of helping the most vulnerable among us. This central tenet of our faiths is why we are speaking as one voice to encourage our nation's leaders to make poverty reduction a central component of any initiatives ushering in this new economy."
"I don't think this is the end of J Street, though. From my experience, they have been very helpful. When the divestment campaign was in full swing at Berkeley, J Street weighed in effectively in opposition to the effort to get the university to divest from Israel," he said.