JCPA Condemns Horrific Shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh
“We are very close to the Pittsburgh Jewish community, and are horrified by this atrocity,” stated David Bernstein, President and CEO. “We express our profound condolences to the families of those killed, and our wishes for a speedy recovery to those wounded. We commend law enforcement for their reported quick and decisive response, and are disheartened that police officers were shot in the line of duty.”
JCPA’s Resources on White Supremacy
Throughout the last year, JCPA has raised concerns about rising white nationalism by passing a Resolution on White Supremacy at JCPA’s April 2018 Conference, as well as by organizing informational webinars:
- “Special Briefing on Pittsburgh: White Nationalism and Anti-Semitism” with Eric Ward of the Western States Center, October 28, 2018.
- “Understanding and Responding to the White Supremacist Threat” with Joseph Levin of the Southern Poverty Law Center, September 27, 2017.
- “What is the Alt-Right (and What Should we do About Them)?” with Marilyn Mayo of the ADL, July 5, 2017.
ADL’s New Report on American White Supremacy
ADL has unveiled a new and comprehensive report that examines the current state of white supremacy. “New Hate and Old: The Changing Face of American White Supremacy,” produced by ADL’s Center on Extremism, is a deep dive into the forces behind this deadly ideology — from the emergence of the alt right to the ongoing threat posed by more established elements of the movement. Click here to read.
Civil Rights Groups Show Solidarity with Victims of Hate in National Full-Page Ads
JCPA joined with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and 83 other civil rights organizations in placing a full-page ad this past Sunday in The New York Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to show solidarity with victims of recent acts of hate and bigotry in our country. Click here to see the ad.
Where Did All the Non-Jewish Leaders Come from at Our Vigils
“One of the most visible and powerful components of the vigils – the tremendous response of non-Jewish leaders – was largely connected to one of the least visible activities in the Jewish community: JCRCs’ daily work building relationships beyond our community.” To read Rabbi Doug Kahn’s full op-ed, click here.
Reut Launches Report on the New Frontiers of Community Relations Conceptual Framework
The Reut Group’s Firewall Israel team has released “The New Frontiers of Community Relations: A Conceptual Framework,” a report arguing that strengthening the community relations field is the key to addressing challenges within the Jewish community as well as the most effective platform for combating contemporary anti-Israel movements. Click here to learn more.
JFNA Action Alert: The Dangers of the “Public Charge” Proposed Rule
The Administration has released a proposed rule expanding the definition of a “public charge” to include even modest use of federal safety net programs (nutrition, housing, and health benefits like Medicaid). Under current law, a “public charge” is a legal immigrant deemed likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, and therefore ineligible for a green card or visa. If enacted, the rule could chill some 26 million people from accessing critical programs. Click here to take action.
St. Louis JCRC Engages in Criminal Justice Reform
Roy Waterman, JCPA’s Criminal Justice Manager, met with the St. Louis Jewish community to jumpstart their work on criminal justice reform. He addressed the JCRC board and participated in initial talks about a potential partnership between JCPA, the St. Louis JCRC, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. He was also the keynote speaker at ADL’s 2018 Torch of Liberty Award Gala, which honored Maxine Clark and Bob Fox for providing opportunities to underserved communities.
Israel Mission Round-Up
JCPA’s 19-person delegation to Israel took the temperature of the two-state outcome, assessed the state of Israeli democracy and pluralism, and studied issues important to the community relations field. “We returned with numerous insights that will benefit our work, but most striking was how much Israelis—from young people to Knesset members to Palestinians—both need and want to learn how to cultivate civic engagement and grassroots advocacy from our community relations field.”
- Click here for our picture gallery.
- Click here to read more from Melanie Roth Gorelick’s reflection.
Announcing New Community Relations Blogspot
JCPA has created a new blogspot to feature reflections, articles, and posts from members of the Jewish community relations field. Please send us your writings to that we can share them. Click here to view the new page.