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Ami Abramson, Charleston

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on August 21, 2017

Ami Natasha Abramson is an educator with a passion for innovative teaching and educational excellence. She became involved in community service at an early age, served as a Kiwanis Builders Club President in middle school, State and International Key Club officer in high school and Community Service Coordinator in college. She led local, state, and…



Our duty: to raise our voices for those who have no voice

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on August 16, 2017

by Linda Scherzer Special to NJJN August 9, 2017 In West Orange attorney Jared Silverman’s opinion piece, “What are the priorities of Jewish advocacy groups?” (July 27), he asks a pointed question about the communal agendas of three Jewish advocacy organizations: the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs…



August Recess Advocacy Toolkit

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on August 16, 2017

JCPA encourages the network to meet with their congressional members while they are in their district offices during the month of August. JCPA’s toolkit, provides background on policy priorities, talking points, and tips for a successful meeting. Our key messages to Congress: Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Federal Budget – FY 2018 budget must protect our most…



Our Role in Combating White Nationalism, a message from David Bernstein, President and CEO of JCPA

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on August 15, 2017

The “Unite the Right” violent rallies in Charlottesville were a jarring wake-up call to many Americans and certainly the Jewish community. For many years, such hate rallies were rare and poorly attended. White nationalism seemed to be a small, mostly hidden force operating on the societal margins and under the anonymity of social media. Given…



JCPA Condemns White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on August 14, 2017

New York, NY— The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) condemns the violent, racist, anti-Semitic, and hate filled  “Unite the Right” rally by white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.  We urge President Trump to directly denounce, in no uncertain terms and without equivocation, the white nationalist marchers and to make fighting hate a…



Jewish Council for Public Affairs Opposes Efforts to Slash Legal Immigration

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on August 4, 2017

New York, NY— The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) opposes the newly released “Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act.” This bill would cut legal immigration in half over the next 10 years, capping refugee resettlement at a maximum of 50,000 refugees annually and restricting family visas. JCPA urges the White House and…



Action Alert- Call Your Senators TODAY and Urge Them to Vote NO on Health Care Legislation Cutting Medicaid

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on July 27, 2017

JCPA is mobilizing its network to oppose the looming Senate health care votes on legislation that would be devastating to millions of low-income children, older adults, and people with disabilities who depend on Medicaid, as well as to the large network of Jewish health and social service providers who care for them. States and philanthropies…



Action Alert- Sign-On and Circulate Letter to Keep Houses of Worship Nonpartisan

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on July 27, 2017

Safeguarding the Johnson Amendment, the law prohibiting tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates for public office, is a priority for JCPA. We are an original sponsor of a new interfaith initiative, Faith Voices, which provides a forum for faith-based groups to speak out collectively against efforts to undermine the Johnson Amendment. Take action!…



ACTION ALERT: Help Combat Climate Change

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on July 27, 2017

JCPA is joining with Values Partnerships to encourage faith communities to host an “Inconvenient Sabbath” to raise awareness about climate change and promote the advocacy included in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a new film with former Vice President Al Gore that will be released on August 4. Click here to a download the…



ACTION ALERT: Oppose Delay of Methane Emissions Rule

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on July 27, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to delay and reconsider a key regulation, already in effect, that reduces harmful methane emissions, which impact public health and do more damage in a decade than carbon dioxide does in a century. The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life encourages the Jewish community to voice opposition…