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Jewish nonprofits expressed both appreciation and disappointment as President Obama and his Administration revealed their FY2016 budget. The Jewish Federations of North America voiced concern over the limitation of the charitable tax deduction and funding cuts for important security and emergency programs, while expressing appreciation for the budget treatment of key programs for Holocaust survivors, older Americans and people with disabilities. Read the entire article here.

Jewish Federations Applaud Administration Commitment to Holocaust Survivors and Older Americans, February 2, 2015, JPR Wire, by Max Samis Rabinowitz

The Coalition on Human Needs is asking your organization to sign onto a new letter urging congressional leaders to take action to provide four years of renewed funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Last fall, we sent a similar letter to Hill leaders in support of a CHIP funding extension that was signed by an outstanding list of 1,200 state, local and national organizations, with representation from every state in the nation. Click here to learn more and sign on.

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month. JDAM started 7 years ago when a small cadre of Jewish Special Education International Consortium colleagues decided to create a unified effort to raise awareness and promote inclusion of people with disabilities in Jewish life. Since then JDAM has united Jewish communities worldwide to raise awareness and champion the rights of all Jews to be included and to participate in all aspects of communal life. Download the JDAM Program Guide here. To learn about how to recognize and celebrate in your community and more, click here. If your agency is sponsoring an event or program please share it with Liz.