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American Jews Speak Out Against Gun Violence in Open Letter

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 23, 2018

To coincide with the March for Our Lives, JCPA releases open letter signed by broad coalition of Jewish groups calling for an immediate and comprehensive end to gun violence. New York, NY — Ahead of the March for Our Lives, a broad coalition of 20 national organizations from across the Jewish community—including the Reform, Reconstructionist,…



How American Jews Can Help End The Arab-Israel Conflict

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 14, 2018

By Cheryl Fishbein New York Jewish Week March 13, 2018, 5:35 pm I recently returned from a Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations trip to the United Arab Emirates and Israel. I came away with one sweeping conclusion: The Arab-Israel conflict, as we once knew it, is over. You read that right. Notwithstanding a…



Jeff Wice, SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 7, 2018

Jeffrey M. Wice is a Fellow at the SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government  where he directs  a statewide census and redistricting program and is a leader in New York  Counts 2020 a census complete count effort. He has over 35 years of experience working in redistricting, voting rights and census law and is considered a…



Yehuda Kurtzer, Shalom Hartman Institute

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 7, 2018

Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, the value of the Jewish past to the Jewish present, and questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life. Yehuda leads the efforts of the Institute…



William Daroff, Jewish Federations of North America

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 5, 2018

William Daroff is senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office of The Jewish Federations of North America. As the chief lobbyist and principal spokesperson on public policy and international affairs for 148 Jewish Federations and more than 300 independent communities, he ensures that the voice of Jewish Federations is a…



Rabbi Robert (Bob) G. Kaplan, JCRC of New York

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 5, 2018

Rabbi Bob Kaplan is currently the founding Director of The Center for Community Leadership, (formally known as CAUSE – NY) a division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC).  He also co-directs the New York – Jerusalem Experts Exchange, a joint project of the JCRC and the Jerusalem Intercultural Center that exchanges…



Susan K. Stern, 2018 JCPA Tikkun Olam Award Recipient

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 5, 2018

Named as one of the 2012 “Women to Watch” by Jewish Women’s International, Susan Stern has been unflinchingly dedicated to Jewish communities across the globe for much of her life. Her work has taken her to countries such as Ethiopia, Cuba, Argentina, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Uzbekistan, and Bulgaria. In 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Susan…



Rabbi Rachel Ain, 2018 JCPA Tikkun Olam Recipient

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 5, 2018

Rabbi Rachel Ain is the recipient of the 2018 JCPA Chair’s Tikkun Olam Award. Rabbi Ain became the Rabbi of Sutton Place Synagogue in the Summer of 2012. Before joining SPS, Rabbi Ain was the Senior Director for National Young Leadership of the Jewish Federations of North America, where she worked closely with lay leaders…



Ruth W. Messinger, American Jewish World Service

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 5, 2018

From 1998 to 2016 Messinger was the CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international human rights and development organization dedicated to promoting social justice in the developing world. She currently serves as its Global Ambassador, working to engage rabbis and international interfaith leaders to work against poverty and oppression. Messinger also works to…



Amplifying Jewish Voices in Civic Spaces

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 5, 2018

We are now witnessing a resurgence of Jews mobilizing to engage in civic concerns.  Hear from those leading current efforts prompting Jews to run for office and engage in public service. This session aims to inspire our community relations field to increase long-term, strategic civic engagement in order to make a difference on critical issues facing…