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Haya Luftig, Vice President

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  • Posted on May 3, 2014

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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…



David Bernstein, President and CEO

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  • Posted on May 3, 2014

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David Bernstein_JCPA President and CEO

David Bernstein is the President and CEO of JCPA. Prior to his appointment, David served as a consultant dedicated to assisting organizations and communities in strengthening their Israel education, engagement and advocacy work. He is also founder of CultureSolutions LLC, which works with non-profits on strategic planning and culture change efforts. He served as Executive…



 Anti-Semitism and Other Threats to Jewish Communities in Europe

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  • Posted on February 8, 2014

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  European Jewish communities face increasing threats from anti-Semitism and challenges to religious practices which are basic to Jewish religious identity.  The underlying forces driving expressions of anti-Semitism and campaigns against religious freedom vary among countries but can be found across Europe.  Anti-Semitic attacks on individuals, synagogues, cemeteries and schools occur with disturbing frequency.  Of…



Inclusion and Disabilities

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In Genesis 1:27, we read that Adam, and by extension, all people, was created in “the image of God.”  This teaches us that there is holiness in all people, regardless of their physical, sensory, emotional or intellectual abilities.  Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.   Each individual can contribute in some…



Combating Human Trafficking in the United States

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  • Posted on February 8, 2014

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Human Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery. Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, and/or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor and, under federal and state law, does not require movement of people across borders. It is believed there are currently 27 million slaves worldwide. The U.S. State…



Preventing Mass Violence

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  The Jewish community has a deep and abiding concern for public safety, firmly rooted in Jewish tradition which compels us to uphold the sanctity of life.     In recent years, we have witnessed a profoundly distressing series of mass shootings in schools, shopping malls, theaters, houses of worship, and elsewhere, including the atrocity committed…



Fair Pay

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  • Posted on February 28, 2012

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  The Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires employers to pay employees equal pay for equal work, regardless of the employee’s sex.  So long as a job requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and is performed under similar working conditions, the employer must provide the same rate of pay to men and women who perform…



Gender Segregation in Secular Public Spaces in Israel

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  • Posted on February 28, 2012

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  • Israeli Domestic Concerns

  Israel was founded as a democratic state upon principles of liberty, justice, and the equal rights of all its citizens. The values of freedom and human rights reflect the essence of Israeli society and undergird the strength and resilience of the Israeli people. Israel’s Declaration of Independence provides that Israel will “uphold the full…



Equal Education Opportunity

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  • Posted on February 28, 2012

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  In many parts of the country—especially in urban centers and rural areas—too many of the nation’s youth, particularly minority and low-income youth and students with disabilities are not receiving the education they deserve.  There are long-term and persistent racial and ethnic disparities in the rates of dropout, discipline, funding, college application and admittance, and…



Urging Action in Sudan

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  • Posted on January 31, 2012

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JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow and Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service, were at the White House today to meet with Samantha Power and Grant Harris of the National Security Council. Raising concerns about the inability of humanitarian aid organizations to reach at risk populations, Gutow and Messinger called on the U.S. to…