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Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA)

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

Rabbi Josh Weinberg has been President of ARZA since 2013. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, engaging in the NFTY-EIE program, and studying at the Hebrew University Rabbi Weinberg came to Israel on Aliyah in 2003, He began teaching as a Jewish History faculty member on the EIE program. He subsequently served…



Media Hatchet Job On Chabad Is Troubling

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 3, 2017

      BY DAVID BERNSTEIN May 2, 2017, 2:35 pm When “ultra-Orthodox” Jews are targeted, do non-Orthodox Jews take it sufficiently seriously? A few weeks ago, Politico published an article, “The happy go lucky Jewish group that connects Trump and Putin,” that suggested nefarious connections among Chabad, Putin and Trump. It failed to make…



JCPA2017: It’s a Wrap

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on April 24, 2017

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)’s Annual Conference brought together nearly 200 of the top Jewish community relations lay leaders and professionals to discuss and debate a path forward on important issues at a time when our community and our nation are divided. We also focused on strengthening the power of the community relations…



Passover: The Community Relations Holiday

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on April 7, 2017

In many ways, Passover is the ultimate community relations holiday. In my years of serving as a professional in the field, I’ve organized or attended more community relations Seders than I can count. The first was a black-Jewish Seder held in the DC area. I can still feel the shivers from hearing the Gospel singer’s…



Ken Stern, Center for Israel Education (CIE)

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on April 7, 2017

Ken Stern is the President of the Center for Israel Education (CIE) and the Director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI). Since 1977, he has taught modern Middle Eastern History, Political Science, and Israel Studies.



Fern Oppenheim, Brand Israel Group

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on April 7, 2017

Fern Oppenheim is the co-founder of Brand Israel Group and the President of Applied Marketing Innovations, a marketing firm she founded to provide consulting support to pro-Israel organizations. She was also a communications consultant to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and is responsible for the U.S. Segmentation Study and the implementation…



Eight Things to Keep in Mind when Issuing a Public Statement

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 23, 2017

By Abby Porth and David Bernstein Two weeks ago, we co-authored “Nine Reasons Jewish Organizations Should Issue Fewer Statements.” The response was overwhelmingly positive. “Finally, someone said it out loud,” we heard from more than one person. But several people asked us “what criteria do you suggest for issuing a public statement?” As we argued…



Nine Reasons Jewish Organizations should Issue fewer Public Statements

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 17, 2017

By David Bernstein and Abby Porth Since the Presidential election, there has been unceasing demand on Jewish organizations to issue public statements condemning or condoning this or that policy, nominee, comment made by a public official, and – remarkably – even this or that other Jewish organization for their accomplishment or failure to do one…



JCPA and NAJL Partner to Strengthen Jewish Voice in Nation’s State Capitols

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 10, 2017

New York – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)and the National Association of Jewish Legislators (NAJL) have announced a new partnership to strengthen the American Jewish community’s voice in state capitols. The two organizations are seeking to build stronger ties with state legislators and Jewish community relations councils in a coordinated and unified effort…