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Dinner in Israel. You’re Invited!

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We just returned from an inspiring JCPA leadership mission to Israel, and my head is still spinning. Participating in a high level JCPA mission can be a bit like plopping yourself in the middle of somebody else’s heated family dinner discussion. You hear familiar tropes. You instinctively agree with some comments and disagree with others.…

Reengaging the Jewish Community in Civil Rights

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  • Posted on December 13, 2016

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JCPA’s Racial Equality and Criminal Justice Reform Initiative aims to educate and empower the Jewish community relations field and the broader Jewish community on the civil rights movement of today and to activate it at the federal, state, and local levels. Inequities within the criminal justice system constitute one of the major crises facing our…

Eight Challenges for Community Relations in the Wake of the Election

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By David Bernstein Like many (ok, all) of you, I’m struggling to make sense of the election. How should the community relations network respond over time? Here are eight challenges (and opportunities?) that emerge from the 2016 contest: Possible changes to the status of many social policy issues, such as health care, immigration, reproductive rights,…

JCPA/JFNA Post-Election Conference Call

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  • Posted on October 28, 2016

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SAVE THE DATE November 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST Post-Election Conference Call  Join the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and The Jewish Federations of North America for a post-election round-up. Who did Jewish voters support? What can our community expect from America’s 45th president? What did we learn about the Jewish community during the 2016 campaign?…

Why we Must Strengthen the Community Relations Field

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JCPA recently performed a scan which revealed that today, at least 63 JCRC directors have been on the job for less than two years. That’s actually not unusual in today’s Jewish non-profit world. Turnover abounds. It does serve as a reminder, however, of the need to continually build our field and strengthen our connections to…

Four Reasons To Re-engage In The Civil Rights Movement

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NEW YORK (The Jewish Week)October 6, 2016 The Movement for Black Lives platform calling Israel an apartheid state guilty of “genocide” sent shock waves through the Jewish community. It should not have come as a surprise. I remember seeing scattered signs proclaiming “From Palestine to Ferguson” at protests in Ferguson, Mo. last year. I naively thought…

Compatible Impulses

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We all love to cite the great sage Hillel: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” I doubt there’s a quote in the Jewish cannon that better captures the essence of Jewish community relations. The first statement…

Take the Deep Dive

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One mistake we often make in intergroup relations is that we reach out to a potential target group, such as an African-American organization we’ve never worked with, and immediately try to form a joint agenda. We hastily push our own interests on the other group and don’t take the time to know their agenda or…

JCPA Fall Meeting Details

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REGISTER NOW FOR JCPA’s FALL MEETING UJA Federation of New York, 130 East 59th Street   Thursday, September 15 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Symposium on “New Directions in Jewish Advocacy and Community Relations” As we witness growing polarization and change in our social fabric, the field of community relations and the players have changed. What are…

JCPA Condemns Violence, Calls for Policy and Social Change

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New York – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is alarmed by the recent shootings and mourns the loss of life of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, two African-American men, and the five police officers in Dallas who were killed this week. We call for calm, deep reflection and a serious commitment to political…