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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…



JCPA Condemns the Terrorist Attack in NYC

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on November 1, 2017

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) condemns the horrific terrorist attack yesterday in New York City. “Our hearts and prayers are with the friends and families of the eight innocent people killed and the 11 others seriously injured in New York City’s deadliest terror attack since 9/11. In the face…



CRCast: October 11 – The Ongoing Iranian Nuclear Threat with Mark Dubowitz

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on October 11, 2017

Join JCPA’s CRCast series, in which we tackle the issues of the day. In each webcast, JCPA’s David Bernstein interviews a special guest expert or practitioner about the most pressing topics that are affecting the Jewish community and the Community Relations field. From the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide to the new Administration to the challenges…



Urge Congress to Act Now to Pass a Clean Dream Act

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on October 4, 2017

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 rectify this decision. It is critical that Congress take swift action to replace fear and uncertainty with a permanent legislative fix. Click here to write your members of Congress.



A Message from David Bernstein, JCPA President and CEO

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on October 4, 2017

“Our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones, and we pray for the full recovery of all those injured. As our nation mourns this heartbreaking tragedy, we urge all Americans to stand shoulder to shoulder with their neighbors against acts of senseless violence. It is imperative that we come together to address the…



JCPA Launches New Criminal Justice Toolkit

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 25, 2017

JCPA has produced a new publication, In Your Backyard: A Toolkit for Addressing Criminal Justice at the Local Level. The toolkit provides overall guidance, tips, and tools to help JCRCs to educate, advocate, and mobilize around criminal justice reform. Download your free copy today or email us at jcpainfo@thejcpa.org to purchase print copies.



Urge Congress to Pass a Clean DREAM Act Now

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 25, 2017

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 rectify this decision. It is critical that Congress take swift action to replace fear and uncertainty with a permanent legislative fix. To write your members of Congress and urge them to quickly…