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United Nations General Assembly Special Session

by jgilad

United Nations General Assembly Special Session, or UNGASS, is a meeting of UN member states to assess and debate global issues, and, last week, there was a special session held on global drug policy at the UN headquarters in New York. The last time a special session on drugs was held in 1998, its focus…



The Green Climate Fund

by jgilad

This month, 125 faith organizations joined together to pen a letter to our elected officials in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in support of the 2017 appropriations for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Green Climate Fund – with contributions from both developing and developed countries – provides resources for sustainable development…



The Passover Seder

by jgilad

This Friday, communities throughout the world will be celebrating the first night of Passover. This holiday is rich in symbolism and history and touches on many themes that are meaningful for us today.  Over the next couple of weeks, JCRC’s across the country are hosting community Seders that relate some of the themes of the…



Conference Call on Intersectionality

by jgilad

Last week, the Israel Action Network (IAN) partnered with JCPA and the JCRC of San Francisco for a webinar that explored the concept of intersectionality and how it relates to the Jewish and pro-Israel community.  According to David Bernstein, President & CEO of JCPA,  in his op-ed on the subject, “Intersectionality holds that various forms…



Celebrate an Earth Day Passover

by jgilad

Passover is just around the corner! This year, Passover falls on Earth Day and also at the same time that the U.S. will sign a historic greenhouse gas emissions reductions agreement. As a celebration of Passover and our Jewish environmental values, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life has created an Earth Justice Haggadah…



COEJL Webinar on the Green Climate Fund

by jgilad

The Green Climate Fund sits at the intersection of the Jewish obligations to protect the poor and to safeguard the earth. How can you get involved in environmental advocacy and #ActOnClimate? Listen as representatives from Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish environmental advocacy organizations engage in a webinar and provide the 101 on ongoing international climate change…



Terror in Pakistan

by jgilad

A suicide bombing on Sunday killed dozens and wounded hundreds in a city park in Lahore, Pakistan. Jamaat-e-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, explaining that the goal was to kill Christians, a minority religious group in Pakistan. JCPA is outraged by any attempt to persecute individuals or groups…



Esther’s Choice

by jgilad

  • Posted on April 8, 2016

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By Hanna Liebman Dershowitz   During the holiday of Purim, celebrated this week, Jews recount the story of Esther, a secretly Jewish woman who becomes queen, and the choices she makes to save her people. Esther’s actions were aimed at gaining acceptance for a minority religion that was reviled, and preventing the murder of its…



COEJL and JCPA speak at Panim El Panim

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  • Posted on April 8, 2016

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Over the weekend, Jewish youth flocked from all over the country to Washington for BBYO’s Panim el Panim seminar. COEJL Manager Liya Recthman and JCPA Policy Associate Krissy Roth engaged these young people in conversations on two of today’s hot topics: U.S. engagement with international climate negotiations and clean energy, and human trafficking. Participants met…



Make JCPA2016 Yours and Participate in Our UNCONFERENCE

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  • Posted on April 8, 2016

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Click here to watch the video!   JCPA2016 will be groundbreaking in many ways, including holding our first-ever Unconference on Monday, May 16. What’s an Unconference? We’re glad you asked! Unconferences are events run by participants. Attendees set the agenda for what’s discussed, lead the sessions and workshops that fill the schedule, and create an environment…