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A Few Observations About Secretary of State John Kerry’s Speech

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on December 28, 2016

By David Bernstein Prior to Secretary of State Kerry’s remarks today, rumors were swirling that the Secretary would formally recognize a Palestinian State. That did not come to pass Instead, Kerry delivered an impassioned, 70 minute exhortation that the two parties must reach a two state solution. Time and facts on the ground are threatening such a…



Day 1-2

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on December 22, 2016

Though it may seem like days if not weeks ago, our day today began with a series of lectures at our hotel. At 8:00 a.m we began with David Denker, Senior Associate of the Government Relations Israel Office of JFNA who advised mission members to remember that Jews in the world today are better off…



2016 JCPA Frank Family Leadership Institute Fellows

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on November 23, 2016

The Frank Family Leadership Institute educates a talented group of young leaders from around the country for involvement in the Jewish community relations field. This unique opportunity trains emerging leaders to be active in the areas of public policy, public affairs, and intergroup/interfaith relations at both the local and national levels. This year we selected…



Jewish Council for Public Affairs Congratulates Donald J. Trump, Urges Reconciliation

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on November 9, 2016

New York, N.Y., – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the representative body of 125 local Jewish community relations councils and 16 national organizations, congratulates Donald J. Trump on his victory.  “We wish President-elect Trump well moving forward,,” said David Bernstein, JCPA’s President and CEO.. “We commend him on the message of unity he conveyed…



#JewsforRefugees Assembly

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 12, 2016

You are invited to show strong Jewish support and to advocate for the safety and dignity of refugees around the world. The JCPA is co-sponsoring a HIAS event, “#JewsforRefugee Assembly,” on September 14, from 7-9 pm in New York City. The goal is to influence U.S. policy at two upcoming and high level meetings on…



Jewish Values in Action: 2016 JCPA Election Guide

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 12, 2016

A resource for the community relations field and Jewish advocates to organize election and get out the vote activities.  Important elections at the federal, state, and local levels are just months away, with vital issues at stake.  The Jewish community relations field has a rich tradition of civic engagement and voted engagement.     In…



Jewish Values in Action
Israel

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

The United States plays a vital role in negotiating a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The only viable path forward is through a two state solution: the Jewish State of Israel and a State of Palestine, existing side-by-side in peace and security. While recent peace talks have not moved forward, violence on Israel’s borders…



Jewish Values in Action
International Human Rights

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

The vigorous protection of human rights, based on human dignity, is a core tenet of Judaism. There are armed conflicts, genocides, mass atrocities spurring one of the worst refugee and displaced persons crisis in its history, with more than 60 million people now displaced by violence and war. While the majority of refugees are Syrian,…



Jewish Values in Action
Gun Control

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

With mass shootings occurring nearly every day, gun violence in America has reached epidemic levels. Americans are 25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries. Though the United States makes up just 4.4% of the world’s population, we own almost half of all guns in the world.…



Jewish Values in Action
Climate Change

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 5, 2016

Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our generation. As global temperatures increase, extreme weather patterns and rising sea levels will exacerbate conflict, the spread of disease, habitat destruction, and species extinction. We are already experiencing many of these harmful impacts. Last year, representatives from 196 nations agreed to a historic climate accord,…