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

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  • Posted on May 3, 2014

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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…



Josh Levy, Policy Fellow

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Josh Levy is a recent graduate from County College of Morris where he received an Associate of Science in Public Administration. He previously interned with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and has extensive knowledge in hunger and food security issues. He has an extensive background with grassroots political campaigns.



Simcha Shapiro, Chief Financial Officer

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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…



Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President

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Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA),  joined the organization in May 2016. Melanie’s portfolio includes overseeing the JCPA programming and conferences, domestic and international policy, communications, leadership, and grassroots organizing work of the JCPA and DC engagement and outreach. She also organizes the JCPA Leadership Mission to…



Haya Luftig, Vice President

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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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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…