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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…



#MeToo in the Jewish Community

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 5, 2018

In the Jewish communal world, #metoo IS #wetoo and we need to work together to put an end to abuses of power. To highlight how pervasive this is, Jewish communal professionals shared their stories of harassment and abuse with the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York. Hear the stories of colleagues’ experiences, learn about some…



Voting Rights and the Census: Determining America’s Political Future

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 1, 2018

As we approach the mid-term elections and the next decennial census, ensuring the right to vote and fair and a accurate population count is critical to determining not just representation in Congress, but the allocation of federal  and state funds. This panel will focus on a few of the major challenges facing the 2020 Census,…



Civil Society Efforts to Foster Peace: What You Need to Know

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 1, 2018

What does shared society mean today in Israel— for many it’s people-to-people and coexistence initiatives, but on the ground in Israel it has been a developing discourse that now encompasses dealing with gaps and access to economic opportunities and the public sphere. Learn how this plays out on the ground, including challenges both Israelis and…



Movements To De-carcerate

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 1, 2018

This Plenary will bring together leading advocates for a conversation about some of the systemic problems with Mass Incarceration, including collateral consequences associated with a felony conviction, and how the Jewish community can get more involved with national movements to end Mass Incarceration.