The JCRC mourns the passing of Massachusetts Senator Edward
Kennedy and wishes to express our deepest sympathy to Senator Kennedy’s family
and to his constituents in
Senator Kennedy embodied the spirit of public service and a commitment to social justice as well as to compromise and bi-partisanship. His death will leave a void in the Senate that may never be filled.
A senator for nearly 50 years, he was a dedicated voice of
civility, compassion and principle. He
remained true to
Senator Kennedy touched the lives of all Americans, especially the most vulnerable among us. On issues of war and peace, civil and human rights, education and healthcare, Senator Kennedy was both a tireless advocate and profoundly effective legislator. The most significant legislation of the past five decades, including the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, equal funding for women’s sports under Title IX, the COBRA Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Ryan White Care Act, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the No Child Left Behind Act all bear his name or were passed because of his leadership.
Within the Jewish community, Senator Kennedy will always be
remembered as a friend of