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A “Purple State Strategy” for Jewish Community Relations

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  • Posted on January 12, 2016

With growing challenges to Israel’s legitimacy and American pluralism, we need now, more than ever, a strong and focused Jewish community relations movement. In the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, much of the Jewish community viewed the community relations agenda – public advocacy and relationship-building on behalf of the Jewish community – as central to…



POTUS Action on Gun Violence

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  • Posted on January 5, 2016

Today, Jared Feldman, JCPA Vice President and Washington Director joined victims of gun violence and their families, law enforcement officials, and advocates to hear President Obama announce his new firearm safety policies. Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school, over 90,000 Americans have been killed by guns: in the streets, in movie theaters, in…



Welcome Message from David Bernstein

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  • Posted on January 5, 2016

It is with great excitement that I join the JCPA team this month. I am truly honored to work with a fantastic staff team, a committed group of volunteer leaders, and a dynamic Jewish community relations movement. The JCPA has been at the forefront of advocating for Jewish concerns. It has played a critical role…



The anti-Israel trend you’ve never heard of

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  • Posted on January 4, 2016

NEW YORK (JTA) — If you want to understand why the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, or BDS, has gained so much ground in the past two years, look no further than intersectionality, the study of related systems of oppression. Intersectionality holds that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and homophobia — constitute an…



JCPA Welcomes Bipartisan Appropriations and Tax Compromise Deal in Congress

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  • Posted on December 18, 2015

Washington, D.C., December 18, 2015 – In response to the federal funding and tax agreement reached in Congress, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has issued the following statement:  We deeply appreciate the hard work and cooperative process that resulted in the legislative package agreed to by Congress.  Rather than another government shut-down, Members…



JCPA seeks end to inflammatory rhetoric by candidates

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  • Posted on December 8, 2015

Washington, D.C.  – Following recent morally reprehensible comments by candidates seeking the nation’s highest office, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) issued the following statement: All campaigns—especially those for the presidency—should be about finding solutions to our nation’s problems, not about divisive and inflammatory rhetoric. We call on all candidates to commit to addressing real…



JCPA calls for action in wake of mass shootings

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  • Posted on December 3, 2015

Washington, D.C.  – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) released the following statement responding to the rash of mass shootings across the United States. Yesterday, in San Bernardino, California assailants killed 14 and injured another 21; less than a week after a heavily armed gunman stormed a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, Colorado,…



JCPA Condemns AAA resolution as Self-Defeating and Counterintuitive to Peace

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  • Posted on November 23, 2015

Washington, D.C., – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) issued the following statement in response to the American Anthropological Association (AAA)’s endorsement of a resolution by members at its annual meeting to boycott Israeli academic institutions.  “This resolution is misguided, both by betraying the ideals of academic freedom and debate and by damaging the…



Rabbis, Cantors, and Jewish Community Leaders Advocate for Clean Water

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  • Posted on November 19, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Jewish leaders from four states joined with environmental, health, and small business leaders to speak to their representatives about the importance of clean water as a Jewish value. Rabbi Darah Lerner from Congregation Beth El in Maine, Cantor Rachel Rhodes from Temple Rodef Shalom in Virginia, and Beth Razin from the…



JCPA horrifed by attack and stands with the people of Paris

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  • Posted on November 15, 2015

Washington, D.C –   The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is horrified by the attack and stands with the people of Paris, mourns those who were lost, and urges international coordination ensure security and confront terrorism.  “We offer our most heartfelt prayers to the people of Paris and all those victimized and injured by…