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Obama to Dismantle Visitor Registry, After Condemnation by JCPA and Coalition Partners

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  • Posted on December 22, 2016

Last month, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and almost 200 other religious and civil rights group sent a letter to the Obama administration demanding the cessation of the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). The NSEERS program was found to be ineffective as a counter-terrorism tool, has resulted in tremendous harm for individuals who were directly…

JCPA Israel Mission 2016: Overview and Reflections

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  • Posted on December 21, 2016

JCPA concluded its latest mission to Israel. The purpose of the trip was to help the Jewish community become more nuanced advocates for Israel in the United States. Mission participants confronted issues of racial and gender equality, pluralism, freedom of religion, and the status of the two-state solution. JCRC Directors and JCPA staff shared their…

JCPA Condemns Aleppo Atrocities

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  • Posted on December 21, 2016

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs strongly condemns the atrocities currently underway in Syria, including the most recent executions of innocent civilians in Aleppo. JCPA calls on the Assad regime, as well as Russia and Iran, to put an end to the violence and seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict. “Today, we are left…

Dinner in Israel. You’re Invited!

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  • Posted on December 19, 2016

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

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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  • Posted on November 9, 2016

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

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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  • Posted on October 20, 2016

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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  • Posted on October 7, 2016

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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  • Posted on September 21, 2016

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…