The Board of Directors of the Columbia Jewish Federation spent many weeks examining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, commonly referred to as the “Iran Nuclear Agreement”), attending several webinars and conference calls with leading experts and officials on both sides of the issue, and consulting with various Jewish organizations.
After careful consideration, the Board voted to issue the following statement.
Something has to be done to prevent Iran from possessing nuclear weapons. While we appreciate the efforts of the administration in creating the JCPOA and the diligence of Congress in reviewing it, we have serious concerns about numerous aspects of the Agreement, including – but not limited to – the following:
We urge our representatives to carefully examine all aspects of the JCPOA before voting.
To echo the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), should the Agreement pass, we will need to “focus our national energies towards working together across political and ideological divides. We must stand united in order to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and keep our allies in the Middle East, [including] Israel, assured of their safety and security” (JCPA, “Time for Congress to focus on ‘day after,’” September 2, 2015).
The Board of Directors is committed to keeping the Columbia community informed as we transition from the vote to the “day after.” Visit www.jewishcolumbia.org/crc for updated information and opportunities to learn more.
JFNA STATEMENT | September 16, 2015