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  • Thursday, June 04, 2009

    More Reactions to the Sotomayor Nomination

    The National Jewish Democratic Council has this round up of statements from various Jewish organizations. Here is their round up with links to the full statements: (some are from the same article)

    A number of Jewish organizations have come out with comments concerning President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. They include the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), the Orthodox Union (OU), and the Religious Action Center (RAC).

    Here are excerpts of responses from the organizations and their leaders:

    AJC: “We must recognize the significance of the third woman and first Hispanic on the court….And there’s no question of her impressive qualifications,” said Richard Foltin, Legislative Director for the AJC.

    ADL: “We applaud President Obama for having selected this noted jurist to be the Court’s first Hispanic and third woman Justice. If confirmed, she will undoubtedly bring an important new perspective to the work of the Court.”

    JCPA: “The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) today congratulated Judge Sonia Sotomayor on her historic nomination to the United States Supreme Court.”

    NCJW: “Our 90,000 followers will be focused on making sure it’s a fair and prompt process that focuses on her record,” said Nancy Ratzan, NCJW president.

    NJDC: “With the selection of Sotomayor, Obama has shown sound judgment and profound respect for our nation’s highest court by selecting an individual who has strong credentials, is highly regarded, and is committed to our constitutional values, rights, and liberties.”

    OU: “President Obama, this morning, nominated Judge Sonya Sotomayor for the US Supreme Court. An early survey of her opinions on religious liberty issues is very encouraging”

    RAC: “It was impossible not to moved by her personal story….To see her mother sitting there and think about what this says about her and her country—the combination of someone who grew up in a housing project, who has been on the bench for a long time, but who has been a prosecutor as well, that combination is very powerful,” ” said Mark Pelavin, the associate director of RAC.


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