December 13, 2018

JCPA Launches National Network of Jewish Criminal Justice Experts

On December 4-5, JCPA brought together more than 40 Jewish criminal justice experts from 15 states for a two-day convening in Washington, D.C. The meeting resulted in the establishment of a national network as a first step in moving forward a significant Jewish voice on reform at the national and state levels. The network will map out initiatives and meet again at the upcoming JCPA Conference. The meeting was chaired by former U.S. District Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman and featured the Hon. Stuart Rabner, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Click here for a list of participant.

JCPA Submits Comment on “Public Charge” Proposed Rule

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. The Administration proposed a rule that would expand the definition of a “public charge” to include even modest use of federal safety net programs (nutrition, housing, and health benefits like Medicaid). If enacted, the rule could harm Jewish social service agencies that serve this population as well as other vulnerable groups. In fact, it could chill some 26 million people from accessing critical programs. Click here to read JCPA’s full comment.

ADL and JCPA Release Letter Urging Congressional Action on Two Anti-Semitism Bills

Dozens of local and national Jewish groups joined the letter urging timely action on two important global anti-Semitism bills before the end of this session of Congress: the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act and the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism ActClick here to read the letter.

JCPA Virtual Retreat for JCRC Chairs Begins in December

JCPA is running a three-part virtual training series for new, incoming, and seasoned JCRC Chairs from around the country. The sessions will take place from December to February by Zoom, culminating in an in-person meeting at the JCPA conference. The retreat aims to support JCRC Chairs in the important leadership role they assume in the complex arena of community relations. For more information contact, Haya Luftig at

JCRC Professional Playbook 2018

To be a resource to both new and seasoned JCRCs, JCPA has produced its updated playbook, which includes substantive information and training materials that will enable JCRCs to thrive. For more information, contact Haya Luftig at

JCPA Presents at Z3 Conference in California

JCPA’s Melanie Roth Gorelick spoke on a panel on the “National Security of Israel and the Jewish People” at the Z3 Conference, held in Palo Alto and sponsored by the Oshman Family JCC and the Reut Group. The conference brought together more than 1000 people to create a platform for re-imagining Israel-world Jewry relations. Others in attendance were Diane Fisher from JCRC of Silicon Valley and Karen Stiller from JCRC of San Francisco.

Reminder: 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.