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Prof. Timothy Snyder, Yale University

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

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Prof. Timothy Snyder is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the history of central and eastern Europe. Born in 1969 in southwestern Ohio and a graduate of Centerville High School, he received his B.A. from Brown University and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a…



Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA)

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 22, 2017

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Rabbi Josh Weinberg has been President of ARZA since 2013. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, engaging in the NFTY-EIE program, and studying at the Hebrew University Rabbi Weinberg came to Israel on Aliyah in 2003, He began teaching as a Jewish History faculty member on the EIE program. He subsequently served…



President Trump’s Visit to Israel: Conference Call with David Makovsky

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 18, 2017

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President Trump’s visit to Israel next week. What could the impact of this trip be? Wednesday, May 24 at 12pm ET The call will feature  David Makovsky, Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and a renowned expert on the Middle East. Register now (We encourage you to register prior to the call in order…



Media Hatchet Job On Chabad Is Troubling

by Haya Luftig

      BY DAVID BERNSTEIN May 2, 2017, 2:35 pm When “ultra-Orthodox” Jews are targeted, do non-Orthodox Jews take it sufficiently seriously? A few weeks ago, Politico published an article, “The happy go lucky Jewish group that connects Trump and Putin,” that suggested nefarious connections among Chabad, Putin and Trump. It failed to make…



JCPA2017: It’s a Wrap

by Haya Luftig

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)’s Annual Conference brought together nearly 200 of the top Jewish community relations lay leaders and professionals to discuss and debate a path forward on important issues at a time when our community and our nation are divided. We also focused on strengthening the power of the community relations…



Passover: The Community Relations Holiday

by Haya Luftig

In many ways, Passover is the ultimate community relations holiday. In my years of serving as a professional in the field, I’ve organized or attended more community relations Seders than I can count. The first was a black-Jewish Seder held in the DC area. I can still feel the shivers from hearing the Gospel singer’s…



Ken Stern, Center for Israel Education (CIE)

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on April 7, 2017

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Ken Stern is the President of the Center for Israel Education (CIE) and the Director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI). Since 1977, he has taught modern Middle Eastern History, Political Science, and Israel Studies.



Fern Oppenheim, Brand Israel Group

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on April 7, 2017

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Fern Oppenheim is the co-founder of Brand Israel Group and the President of Applied Marketing Innovations, a marketing firm she founded to provide consulting support to pro-Israel organizations. She was also a communications consultant to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and is responsible for the U.S. Segmentation Study and the implementation…



Tamar Dinowitz, Development Manager

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 29, 2017

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Tamar joined the JCPA team in July of 2016. She oversees all of the organization’s fundraising activities and works closely with the President, board and development committee. Prior to joining JCPA, Tamar served as the Associate Director of the Westchester campaign for AIPAC, as well as the Director of Youth Activities for METNY USY. While…



Eight Things to Keep in Mind when Issuing a Public Statement

by Haya Luftig

By Abby Porth and David Bernstein Two weeks ago, we co-authored “Nine Reasons Jewish Organizations Should Issue Fewer Statements.” The response was overwhelmingly positive. “Finally, someone said it out loud,” we heard from more than one person. But several people asked us “what criteria do you suggest for issuing a public statement?” As we argued…