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#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.



Undocumented in America

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 1, 2018

This panel will examine the Administration’s approach to domestic immigration policy, how those policies play out in neighborhoods across the U.S., and how a growing number of communities are organizing in response, including through the Sanctuary Congregation Movement and advocacy alongside Dreamers.



Healing, Restoring and Forgiving Communities in an Incarcerated Nation

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 1, 2018

This panel will examine/discuss how to rebuild community connections through collective healing, forgiveness, and rehabilitation in an age of mass incarceration. Hear from experts as they guide participants in how to effectively build this approach into local programming aimed social and emotional learning to help disrupt the cycle of incarceration and trauma.



The State of American Democracy

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 1, 2018

This plenary session will feature William Kristol (a prominent conservative) and William Galston (a prominent liberal). The two “Bills.” political combatants for more than 30 years, have come together in defense of democracy. Hear their groundbreaking approach for ensuring a strong democratic future for America.



Resolution on White Supremacy

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 28, 2018

On August 11 and 12, 2017, white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a large rally they called “Unite the Right.” The event, which was ostensibly organized to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from a local park, featured a torch-lit march, racist and anti-Semitic signs and chants (including “Jews will not…



Resolution Reaffirming Commitment to Racial Justice Within the Jewish Community

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 28, 2018

Since its founding in 1944, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has adopted policy resolutions declaring our commitment to the elimination of racial segregation and discrimination.[1] Working toward an inclusive, fair, and just society is a cornerstone of Jewish communal relations work.[2] This flows from our values as a Jewish people and our recognition…