We are deeply troubled by the editorial cartoon portrayed on the back page of the last issue (June 16, 2016) of the Jewish Journal, which some may have incorrectly perceived as having been endorsed by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). CJP is supportive of the essential role of community-based Jewish newspapers. But this should, in no way, be interpreted as CJP endorsing or influencing the content of the Jewish Journal. CJP exercises no editorial control over the press. The Jewish Journal is an independent non-profit organization with its own Board of Overseers which is solely responsible for its content.
CJP subscribes to a “big tent” approach, where each of us can share and debate different points of view in a manner that is respectful of everyone. However, we are deeply opposed to any language or images that are racist or discriminatory in any way. CJP’s goal is always to work toward the creation of a civil society where tolerance and caring predominate, and where people of all religions, backgrounds, orientations and abilities are valued, welcomed and protected.
We implore the editors of the Jewish Journal to reject discriminatory content. There is much news to discuss and debate, including politics, which can be done without offensive tone, racist stereotypes or hateful language.
Barry Shrage, President, CJP