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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…



JCPA Calls for Action Against Bomb Threats Against Jewish Community

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 1, 2017

Washington DC – The ongoing bomb threats aimed at Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) have sown fear in more than 100 Jewish communities and institutions across the country. “We call upon our public officials, in both word and deed, to do everything in their power to put a stop to these threats and incidents,” stated David…



Resolution on Voting Rights

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 26, 2017

The Jewish people’s commitment to voting rights is rooted in our sacred obligation to pursue justice, in our historical experiences, and in our commitment to cherished rights. A 2011 Jewish Council for Public Affairs resolution on elections began with the core premise that “The cornerstone of democracy is the election process.” Unfortunately, the integrity of…



Resolution on Domestic and Sexual Violence

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 26, 2017

Intimate partner, domestic, and sexual violence affect our society at an epidemic level. In their lifetime, an estimated 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced physical violence by a partner, and an estimated 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced some form of sexual violence.   Domestic…



Resolution on the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 26, 2017

The 1967 War (June 5-10, 1967) was a transformative event in the history of Israel and the Jewish people. Surrounded on all its borders and threatened with annihilation, Israel emerged after six days with a decisive military victory against the combined armies of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon. The city of Jerusalem was reunified…



JCPA2017: The Path Forward Feb 25-28, Washington, DC: At Time of Unprecedented National Debate Jewish Communal Leaders Convene to Shape Agenda Under the New Administration

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 9, 2017

New York, NY — The first weeks of the new administration have been a dizzying roller-coaster ride for Americans; a time of unprecedented divisiveness, protests and debate about the nature of our democracy. The Jewish community in particular faces a number of difficult challenges in the months and years ahead. We are living in exciting,…