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The Language of Engagement on Criminal Justice Reform

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  • Posted on February 20, 2018

By Roy Waterman, Criminal Justice Project Manager I am delighted to begin this new role as JCPA’s Project Manager on Criminal Justice Reform. I look forward to working with JCRCs, Federations and national organizations in developing their criminal justice work and engagement with people of color. You may be aware of the many flaws in…



JCPA Joins Interfaith Letter Advocating for Passage of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

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  • Posted on February 15, 2018

Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein, The 60 undersigned faith organizations write today in support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 1917). We are delighted by the re-introduction of this critical legislation and the broad bipartisan consensus calling for an end to the federal prison crisis. We share your commitment to criminal…



Jewish Council for Public Affairs Joins Forces with Dreamers, Latino Organizations, and Jewish Activists to Call for Immediate Passage of Dream Act

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  • Posted on January 18, 2018

A broad coalition of national Jewish groups send letter to Congress calling for the immediate passage of a clean Dream Act. JCPA teams up with 140 Dreamers and several Latino organizations to elevate the message. WASHINGTON, DC —Today, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), on behalf of a broad coalition of 25 national Jewish…



300 Jewish Organizations Call on Senate to Advance Burma Sanctions to Address Crisis of the Rohingya People

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  • Posted on January 9, 2018

Broad coalition of Jewish groups and leaders pen letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of Burma sanctions, refugee assistance and accountability around crimes against the Rohingya people Washington, D.C. — On Friday, a broad coalition of organizations from across the Jewish community — including leaders of major organizations and the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative…



Roy Waterman, Criminal Justice Project Manager

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  • Posted on January 8, 2018

Roy Waterman is the Project Manager for JCPA’s Criminal Justice Initiative, which is focused on educating and empowering the Jewish community relations field to advocate on criminal justice reform at the national and local level, fostering relationships and building alliances between Jews and communities of color, policy work to improve law enforcement practices, and developing…



Tammy Gilden, Senior Policy Associate

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  • Posted on January 6, 2018

As Senior Policy Associate, Tammy Gilden develops, implements, and manages JCPA’s domestic and international policy and policy-related programming. Her main areas of expertise are international human rights, immigration and refugees, criminal justice, national security, nutrition, and climate and energy policy. Before moving to New York, Tammy served as a staffer in U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s…



Elisa Dell’Amico, Assistant Director of Administration and Senior Graphic Designer

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  • Posted on January 5, 2018

Elisa Dell’Amico is Assistant Director of Administration and Senior Graphic Designer. She works with the Administrative team to insure that office runs smoothly, as well as designing and creating the marketing/promotional materials for the JCPA. She has a background in human resources administration and management, and freelance graphic design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts…



Simcha Shapiro, Chief Financial Officer

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  • Posted on January 4, 2018

Simcha Shapiro has been the Comptroller for the Jewish Council for Public since March 2006. Simcha oversees JCPAs finances including budgeting, financial reporting accounts payable, accounts receivable, audit and tax filings. He also plays a major role in fundraising. Prior to joining the JCPA, Simcha worked for JACO Electronics, Inc. for close to 12 years…



Haya Luftig, Vice President

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  • Posted on January 3, 2018

Haya Luftig has been with the JCPA since July 1998.  Haya works with our Emerging Leaders, Board, oversees the Administrative side of the organization, and works in partnership with the Programming team to make help make certain all our areas run smoothly. Haya holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Technical Theater and Anthropology. She…