Top-Rated Car Seat for Infants – What to Opt For

There’s nothing more exciting than being able to see your first baby and bring the child to your cozy home to start spending precious and memorable time with this little angel. Well, if you opt to drive your first born baby home safely, you need to get your car ready by installing top-rated car seat for infants in your car. There are various top rated US infant car seats 2016/2017 that you can look into. But before you start searching, here are some things for you to take into consideration.
When looking for a top-rated car seat for infants or new born babies you’ll have to ensure that such baby equipment is reliable enough to keep your child safe and that your baby can get as much comfort it needs when sitting on it while you are driving your car. Keep in mind that you yourself have a seatbelt to keep you in place in any sudden collision or road accident so, your little angel will definitely a seat that doesn’t only comply with road safety for kids but is comfortable enough for your child while you drive to your destination.
Since protecting the infant is the main reason why parents or even guardians will opt for the perfect child safety seats, it is essential that one should look into the protective features of this type of baby equipment. The perfect child safety seats include safety features such as energy absorbing foam which can easily absorb any impact, side impact shields, connecting latches, as well as a 5 point harness that will keep the child in place from time to time. It is definitely sensible to consider looking for anything that indicates that the seat you will be purchasing passed the requirements for safety standards.

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Now these top rated seats will not be considered a favorite if they’re only meant for protecting the babies. One of the major reasons why parents would opt for the top ranking ones is that they have been proven to function for the safety of the kids and at the same time allowing the parents to easily customize the seats to be installed in their car. Some infant seats would feature availability in different designs and colors while some would have additional support and add ons for your baby’s added comfort. However, the most important thing of all is that the infant seat should be compatible and easy to install in your car.

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New York–AJC welcomed strong statements issued by the White House and the office of the United Nations Secretary-General condemning remarks this week by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan labeling Zionism, the historic Jewish movement for national self-determination, a “crime against humanity.
“It is unacceptable for the Prime Minister of Turkey to impugn the legitimacy of the state of Israel, the fulfillment of the national rights and aspirations of the Jewish people and a member in good standing of the UN since 1949, said David Harris, AJC executive director. “His repugnant comment demands broad and unequivocal rejection by world leaders, precisely as the White House and UN Secretary-General’s office have so laudably done.”
In response to the Prime Ministers remarks, delivered in Vienna before the fifth global forum of the UN-sponsored Alliance of Civilizations, White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor issued the following rebuke: “We reject Prime Minister Erdogan’s characterization of Zionism as a crime against humanity, which is offensive and wrong. We encourage people of all faiths, cultures, and ideas to denounce hateful actions and to overcome the differences of our times.
The office of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the UN chief, attending the session in which Erdogan spoke, had heard the Prime Ministers speech through an interpreter.” The UN statement continued: “If the comment about Zionism was interpreted correctly, then it was not only wrong but contradicts the very principles on which the Alliance of Civilizations is based. The Secretary-General believes it is unfortunate that such hurtful and divisive comments were uttered at a meeting being held under the theme of responsible leadership.”

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Get involved with ACCESS

ACCESS, AJC’s new generation program, trains and empowers global Jewish advocates. Support our efforts to build a community that can effectively and thoughtfully interface with diplomats, ethnic and religious leaders, and young opinion makers about issues of importance to Jews around the world and to all who hope for a better and more peaceful world.
In order to accomplish our mission, ACCESS depends on leaders like you to get involved. Opportunities to join ACCESS include working to develop your local ACCESS office, joining with us for intensive learning and engagement trips, or joining us for ACCESS Summit in Washington, DC.

Support ACCESS:
Giving to ACCESS is an important way to make your voice heard. Donations can be made at several levels:

ACCESS Supporter – $35 minimum donation

Become a member of a community dedicated to supporting global advocacy and Jewish values
Receive news updates from AJC, the Jewish voice for a global era, and invitations to events and briefings from ACCESS: AJC’s new generation program
Get informed about ACCESS events and international travel opportunities
Receive a subsidized rate for AJC’s Global Forum and the ACCESS Summit in Washington, DC
ACCESS regional offices may have additional benefits; please contact your local AJC office for more information.

ACCESS Global Circle – $100 minimum donation
All ACCESS Supporter benefits, plus:

Receive invitations to exclusive local ACCESS and/or AJC regional events
Receive priority for space and subsidies on all local ACCESS group events and travel
Get copies of AJC Today – our quarterly newsletter – and AJC’s Annual Report
ACCESS regional offices may have additional benefits; please contact your local AJC office for more information.

ACCESS Leadership Council – $200 minimum donation
All ACCESS Global Circle benefits, plus:

Receive priority for national/international ACCESS travel
Get the “all-ACCESS pass” to attend local ACCESS events free of charge (select special events may be exempted; please contact local AJC group)
ACCESS regional offices may have additional benefits; please contact your local AJC office for more information

Be part of a national senior AJC leadership appreciation program at half the senior leadership rate.

ACCESS Marshall Society

ACCESS Partners– $625 minimum donation
All ACCESS Leadership Council benefits, plus:

Receive invitations to Marshall Society reception at the AJC Global Forum
AJC regional offices may have additional benefits; please contact your local AJC office for more information

ACCESS Activists– $1,250 minimum donation
All ACCESS Partners benefits, plus:

Bi-annual special issue-briefings via exclusive conference calls
AJC regional offices may have additional benefits; please contact your local AJC office for more information

ACCESS Emissaries–$ 2, 500 minimum donation
All ACCESS Activists benefits, plus:

Preferred status as participants in AJC’s annual Diplomatic Marathon at the United Nations
Eligibility to participate in AJC’s pioneering Adenauer Exchange (Germany) and Polish-Exchange programs
AJC regional offices may have additional benefits; please contact your local AJC office for more information

AJC’s National Leadership Council (50% reduced rate for ACCESS) – $5,000 minimum donation
All ACCESS Cabinet benefits, plus:

Travel on special AJC Diplomatic Leadership missions
Attend private, bilateral meetings with policymakers and diplomats at AJC headquarters in New York and elsewhere.
Previous bilateral meetings have included conversations with Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Daniel Ayalon and U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Susan Rice
Receive recognition in AJC’s Annual Report (optional)
Receive an invitation to an exclusive “Thank You” reception at AJC’s Global Forum in Washington, DC
Have the opportunity to sign up first for AJC’s Global Forum sessions, including private dinners with dignitaries and distinguished guests
Receive VIP reserved seating at the Global Forum World Leaders Plenary
AJC regional offices may have additional benefits; please contact your local AJC office for more information

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The BUILDING BRIDGES campaign attests to our conviction that we need to proactively strengthen understanding between Jews and other groups in our society and not just put out fires. We have created meaningful associations with young, dynamic members of key ethnic and religious groups in order to advance policies of joint interest.  This campaign usually begins on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend and concludes at Passover each year.

In 2011, 832 ACCESS people participated in 22 programs around the country.  The programs included conversations with Ethiopian Israelis, discussing electric cars with Indians, engaging with Muslims, and FOUR interethnic Seders.
ACCESS outreach efforts  include traditional dialogue, as well as collaborative political advocacy and community service. For example, ACCESS groups across the country are hosting meetings with Indian Americans on new energy alternatives – advancing AJC’s agenda in pressing the U.S. to become independent of foreign oil and to be environmentally responsible, and supporting the Indian American agenda of promoting entrepreneurs in its own community.
ACCESS has piloted “community service engagement” – participating in community service alongside other ethnic groups as a way of doing good, strengthening intergroup relations, and sending a strong sign of cooperation to the broader society. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, ACCESS started a multi-year series of projects in New Orleans. During the course of this work, ACCESS developed a strong relationship with Xavier University, the only black Catholic university in the U.S., and with the Office of Black Ministry in N.Y., culminating in a Black Christian-Jewish conference in New Orleans in 2009.
To get involved in the Building Bridges campaign in your city, contact ACCESS in your region.

Restoring Civility in Public Discourse: the ACCESS 20/20 Weekend:
Global youth activists from around the world, including the Middle East, Europe, and ethnic and religious partners from throughout the US, join together during the ACCESS 20/20 Weekend for a unique conversation about strengthening civil societies in a time of intense polarization. This track focuses on the troubling rise in “uncivil” political discourse. At the conclusion of the conference, participants sign a “civility pledge” to bolster joint action moving forward.
To foster the discussions, strenghten the ties made during the 20/20 Weekend, we have created a google group where participants can share ideas, collaborate/support one another and keep updated on the adoption of the pledge by each organizations.
Sign the ACCESS Civil Engagement Pledge HERE.
Download the program of the conference.
Read what Mark Kingwell, Professor at the University of Toronto and speaker at the conference, has to say about civility. (this article has not been published yet and cannot be quoted without permission)
This event was made possible through the generous donations of: The Klaff Family Foundation, The Leonard Greenberg Forum for Domestic Policy Issues, Janine and Darryl Behrman Fund, Walter Nathan Fund, the Dorot Foundation, Joey Low and other AJC ACCESS leaders and donors.

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ACCESS on the Road

Travel is an integral part of ACCESS, and there are few better ways to see the world than through an ACCESS travel program.

We have a special interest in reaching out with our members to communities around the world to build long-lasting bridges and effectively engage in global diplomacy.
During these trips, delegations meet with politicians and government officials, American and Israeli diplomats, Jewish community activists, leaders of other minority groups, and important journalists and opinion-makers within that country.  As a rule, the groups also perform hands-on community service projects to benefit the local community and better understand the policy decisions facing the country and their ramifications.
Recent delegations have travelled to Argentina, Ethiopia, Germany, Austria, India, Israel, Rwanda, South Africa, UAE and Switzerland and domestically to New Orleans, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.  These missions are often held in conjunction with major UN and other multilateral conferences.
Please visit our Picasa albums to see more pictures of ACCESS trips and events.
Stay tuned for further information on upcoming safaty trips for infant.
2013 travel opportunities are:

AJC-Allianz Third Generation Initiative to Germany
       June 6-16

AJC and Allianz SE, in cooperation with Germany Close-Up, have embarked on a 5-year groundbreaking cooperation to bring young American Jewish professionals on an annual study trip to Germany along with German peers working at Allianz. Together, this unique group will explore German-Jewish history, including corporate history during World War II, and will meet with top-level government representatives, business leaders, scholars, and leaders of the German Jewish community.
Join us for this unique week-plus-Shabbat experience which will focus on the German past and present and challenges and opportunities in the German-Jewish relationship today and in the future. Participants will be encouraged to become active participants in the ongoing German-Jewish relationship.
Get more information on the trip and how to apply here.

Austria trip with the Jewish Welcome Service in Vienna
      June 24 – July 1

ACCESS will partner with the Jewish Welcome Service for the second time to offer a vitally important opportunity for a new generation of Jews and Austrians to engage in an active dialogue about difficult and historic issues and their temporary resonance in today’s political landscape.
Get more information on the trip and how to apply  here.

Student trip to Germany in cooperation with Germany Close-Up
Aug. 11-22

The program will enable participants to experience Berlin’s multicultural life, visit former East Germany, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and experience other key historical sites and other cultural venues. It will be focusing in particular on political and diplomatic aspects of the German-Jewish, German-American and German-Israeli relationship.
Please check back for more information on the trip and application.

ACCESS / Interreligious to Germany
       Nov. 2-10

AJC ACCESS and AJC’s Department of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations will partner with Germany Close Up. The trips are designed as an exposure to a myriad of facets that form modern Germany, with both the past and present in focus. All the trips cover issues of Germany’s terrible past and its efforts to deal with the memory of the Holocaust and the Nazi terror up to this very day.  The GCU program considers Germany’s transformation in the last 60 years into a modern, reunified, and democratic country in the heart of the European Union, home to the third-fastest growing Jewish community worldwide. In addition to the overarching themes of all GCU trips, this program focuses, in part, on religion and politics in modern Germany. Today’s Germany is confronting the societal and political challenges of identity and integration in a country where traditional Christian religious influence is waning even as the Muslim and  Jewish communities have experienced dramatic growth.Additionally, the program will focus on the following topics:

Berlin and united Germany
The Holocaust and the Nazi era, including a visit to a former concentration camp
Transatlantic/German-American relations, including a meeting with officials of the German Federal Foreign Office
German-Israeli relations, as well as the way Israel is otherwise perceived in Germany
Jewish Berlin, present and past, including the integration of new members of the Jewish community
a visit to the Berlin office of AJC
Meeting with Jewish and non-Jewish young German contemporaries

Please check back for more information on the trip and application.

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New York Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s attempt to project conciliation in his UN General Assembly speech today was overwhelmed by his continued lambasting and demonizing of Israel.
“If President Abbas is indeed serious about negotiating permanent peace with Israel, then he should drop his latest UN gambit and return immediately to the peace table, where Israel has now been waiting for several years while he remains AWOL,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “Instead, Abbas says he is seeking the upgrading of the Palestinian delegation at the UN to non-member state status or, in other words, an end-run around the peace table.”
“Abbas’s crude diatribes against Israel in his UN speech belie his effort to project laudable intentions,” Harris continued. In his remarks, Abbas outrageously accused Israel of racism, apartheid, ethnic cleansing and terrorism.
“Mr. Abbas prevents bilateral negotiations toward a two-state agreement by issuing endless verbal broadsides and conditions just for resuming talks,” said Harris. “Worst of all, Abbas seems to think that the Palestinian side need make no concessions in order to achieve statehood, but expects Israel to do all the heavy lifting.”
Particularly egregious were the PA leader’s comments on refugees. He dwelled on the plight of the Arab refugees of 1948 and their descendants, while neglecting to address the responsibility of the Arab world for initiating the 1948 war and, subsequently, keeping refugees in camps instead of resettling them. By contrast, the hundreds of thousands of Jews from Arab countries persecuted and expelled were quickly resettled in Israel and other countries and started productive new lives.
“For those committed to a two-state agreement,” Harris concluded, “President Abbas has once again set back the prospect by his irresponsible statements that undermine trust in his intentions, and by his desire to avoid the one and only place that can lead to a Palestinian state — the peace table with Israel, not the UN General Assembly.”

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Global Diplomacy Campaign

The GLOBAL DIPLOMACY campaign provides opportunities to become informed/empowered to speak on issues important to the Jewish community globally, from the search for peace and security in the Middle East, to Iran, to energy independence, and more; and to engage international opinion makers (diplomats, journalists, academics, and others) to advocate and promote dialogue on these subjects. Programming in this area ranges from strategy games (see below), small dinners with diplomats to larger, social-oriented events meant to facilitate informal contacts that can be cultivated over time. Groups have also hosted model Passover seders with diplomats, Chanukah parties, and neighborhood walking tours.  This campaign usually takes place from summer through end of December.
During the 2011 Global Diplomacy campaign, 52 events have been held by or with ACCESS with approximately 2220 participants in the 13 ACCESS groups in the U.S. and Israel.
To get involved in the Global Diplomacy campaign in your city, contact ACCESS in your region.

The ACCESS Strategy Game
As part of an initiative to ensure that ACCESS actively supports a new generation of Jews who are highly knowledgeable and articulate on Israel and the Middle East, ACCESS has developed a simulation-style “strategy game” with realistic future scenarios concerning the Middle East security situation. Using “modeling” and “gaming” techniques currently found in the Defense Department, cutting-edge think-tanks and university classrooms around the country, Strategic Crossroads challenges participants to inform themselves, think critically and fully about the dynamic nature of politics – especially in the Middle East, and effectively present their viewpoints.
To create this program, ACCESS sought the expertise of Gil Schwartz, an experienced strategy game developer and a former instructor at the U.S. National Defense University (NDU), where he developed similar policy games and exercises for the White House, Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Congress. The stated goal of the Strategy Game is to find a resolution to very specific reality based scenarios. In order to achieve this, a group of 15-35 participants act as high-level policy advisors and are sub-divided into four negotiating teams representing key regional and world powers.
Strategic Crossroads aims to be all-encompassing in the given time-frame (ranging from a short game of two hours at minimum to a full-day game).
In fall 2011, ACCESS introduced the Strategy Game as a key leadership development tool.  We plan to expand its exposure throughout the country via partner organizations, campus groups, and in joint games with ethnic, religious and diplomatic partners. Each game will be expertly facilitated and relevant experts from AJC and outside organizations will join as appropriate.
If you are interested in hosting a Strategy Game, please contact Sara Aeder, ACCESS Assistant Director and Campus Strategist
Countering the Assault on Israel’s Legitimacy– a Reut Institute and ACCESS partnership,
in affiliation with the Israel on Campus Coalition
From April 29th-May 1st, 2011 a select cadre of dedicated global activists engaged in the daily work of combating the delegitimization challenge in order to launch a strategic campaign to decisively turn the tables. The format: Open space. The logic: Open source. Key goals: Facilitating exchanges of insights and best practices and generating a sustained globally networked community that is committed and inspired, shares a common language, and is ready for mobilization. Content will focus on strategies to counter the assault on Israel’s legitimacy in key arenas – such as within trade unions, campuses, churches, and solidarity organizations – and contend with central delegitimization campaigns, such as the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement.
This weekend conference was done in partnership with the Israel on Campus Coalition and conducted in affiliation with the Jewish Labor Committee.
For more information about this track please download the Reut/ACCESS Concept Paper

Download the final schedule and program here
This event was made possible through the generous donations of: the Klaff Family Foundation, the Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation, the Leonard Greenberg Forum for Domestic Policy Issues, the Goldstein Family Endowment Fund, the Janine and Darryl Behrman Fund, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Walter Nathan Fund, Debbie and Naty Saidoff, the American Friends of the Reut Institute and with special thanks to Ann & Joel Moskowitz, Beth & Andrew Elster, and Ina & Lowell Zeleznick.

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