The Legal Arm of Observant Jewry Prepared by COLPA: National Jewish Commission On Law And Public Affairs
The Legal Arm of Observant Jewry
Prepared by COLPA: National Jewish Commission On Law And Public Affairs
Any society imposes substantial pressure upon its members to conform to its norms Many of those pressures are subtle, unwritten, or even unspoken; others are codified as part of the legal system which governs the society.
Judaism, with its rich tradition of laws and customs, often finds itself at odds with the norms of contemporary society. From the seemingly mundane, such as dietary restrictions and the wearing of a "yarmulka," to the clearly profound, such as definitions of life and death, these differences can frequently cause conflict.
Since 1965, COLPA has been committed to addressing and resolving these conflicts through mediation, negotiation, and, when required, litigation, as well as through legislative initiatives. From its modest beginnings, COLPA has grown into an influential body of hundreds of attorneys, social scientists, academicians and others who share a commitment to resolving these problems within the context of the law.
COLPA has represented, without fee, thousands of individuals and institutions in appearances before federal and state courts and regulatory agencies throughout the United States. In dozens of cases and scores of amicus curiae briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, COLPA has advocated the rights and interests of individual observant Jews and the observant Jewish community as a whole.
Each year, COLPA handles over 2,000 requests for assistance from individuals as well as schools, synagogues, and communal organizations.
Since 1965, COLPA has been responsible for the enactment of over twenty major pieces of federal and state legislation and scores of amendments and administrative regulations which have dramatically improved the "quality of life" for observant Jews throughout the United States.
As a result of its effectiveness, COLPA has achieved general recognition as the representative of the observant Jewish community on the legal and legislative fronts.
A RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT
Since its establishment, COLPA has played a significant role in a number of key areas affecting Jewish life. Whether as a result of litigation or legislation, these initiatives have benefitted not only the tens of thousands of individuals and institutions involved, but the entire Jewish community.
THE CHALLENGE FOR THE FUTURE
The past two decades have seen a vast improvement in the quality of life of the observant Jewish community, and COLPA takes great pride in the significant role it has played in this effort.
At the same time, much remains to be accomplished. On many issues of vital importance, the battle lines have only just been drawn; the battles themselves have yet to be fought, let alone won.
With the ever increasing complexity of society, and the increasing involvement of government in the daily conduct of our lives, new issues constantly arise. All too often, scientific and technological advances bear the "price tag" of changes in societal norms and values.
Your support and participation will enable us to meet these and other complex challenges of the next decade:
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