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Understanding the Organizational Structures of the American Muslim Community, February 13, 4:00 PM ET

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on January 25, 2018

This is the second webinar in a four-part series that aims to guide the Jewish community relations field on how to work with the American Muslim community and build grassroots Muslim-Jewish relationships. Featuring Imam Abdullah Antepli Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs at Duke University  To register for the webinar and learn more about the series, click…



JCPA Urges Israeli Government to Suspend Plan to Deport Sudanese and Eritrean Asylum-Seekers

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on January 19, 2018

JCPA fully acknowledges Israel’s security concerns, and commends Israel’s efforts to secure its borders. We urge the Government of Israel to balance such concerns with its historic commitment to welcoming the stranger and protecting refugees. To read the full statement, Click Here. Read US Jewish groups ratchet up calls on Israel not to expel African…



JCPA Urges Israel to Suspend Plan to Deport Eritrean and Sudanese Asylum-Seekers

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on January 17, 2018

New York, NY – In response to the the Government of Israel’s recent announcement that there are plans underway to deport the approximately 35,000 – 40,000 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers living in Israel to several African governments, including Uganda and Rwanda, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) issued the following statement: “JCPA recognizes Israel’s…



JCPA Welcomes Jerusalem Decision

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on December 6, 2017

New York – The JCPA welcomes the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and planned move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Israeli government, its parliament, courts, and prime minister, have been located in Jerusalem since just after the birth of the State. We agree with the President that Israel,…



Leadership Mission Leaves for Israel

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on November 21, 2017

The Israel delegation is preparing to leave for high-level meetings in Israel that will begin on December 5.The 29-person delegation includes the 13 JCPA Frank Fellows, emerging community relations leaders from across the United States. On this fact-finding mission the participants will be focusing on a number of key areas. To learn more about the…



Action Alert: Speak Out in Support of the Bipartisan Dream Act

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on November 21, 2017

JCPA is working diligently for the passage of a clean Dream Act by the end of the year. The Administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) places 800,000 Dreamers at risk of deportation. The Dream Act of 2017 would enable undocumented immigrant youth brought to the United States as children to obtain…



Action Alert: Urge Congress to Pass the Dream Act

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on November 14, 2017

The Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, puts 800,000 Dreamers at risk of deportation. The Dream Act of 2017 would rectify this decision. It is critical that Congress to stand up for these youth and take swift action to replace fear and uncertainty with permanent protection! Dreamers are undocumented…



The Return of the JCRC

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017 E Jewish Philanthropy By David Bernstein and Rabbi Doug Kahn For many years, the Jewish community relations field was perceived to be on the decline. Jewish Federations, with some notable exceptions, reduced their community relations budgets and, in a few cases, scrapped their JCRCs altogether. There were many reasons for this trend…



Each of us can — and should — reduce political polarization

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on November 1, 2017

By David Bernstein Published in the Washington Jewish Week There are numerous theories as to why our political environment is so polarized and dysfunctional: echo chambers created by the internet, radical politicians elected in gerrymandered districts, the role of money in politics, angry economically marginalized voters and the pervasive use of negative campaigning. All are contributing…