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Community Relations and Climate Change

by jgilad

  • Posted on April 8, 2016

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Last month during Black History Month, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) Manager Liya Rechtman published an article in the Washington Jewish Weekon why climate change was a racial justice issue. Focusing on climate change advocacy in the Jewish community is an avenue towards energy efficiency, national security, and relationship building with the…



Intersectionality Community Relations & Climate Change Super Tuesday Intersectionality? What is that?

by jgilad

  • Posted on April 8, 2016

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Local and national community relations groups have begun to encounter the phenomena of “intersectionality,” which is part of the larger discussion about BDS. Intersectionality is the study of related systems of oppression. It holds that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and homophobia — constitute an intersecting system of oppression.  Some believe…



Future will be paved by relationships, says JCPA leader

by jgilad

By Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer Pittsburgh (JC) — David Bernstein spent the morning of March 29 with insiders at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Over breakfast, Bernstein, the new president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, described the evolving nature of anti-Israel efforts on college campuses. Beginning with direct attempts made at university divestment from…



Why Dueling Camps On Israel Need Each Other

by jgilad

By David Bernstein New York (JP) — The discourse between Jewish groups that engage in traditional Israel advocacy and those that attempt to alter the Israeli government’s stance on peace and human rights leaves much to be desired. The toxic discord is sad because it pits Jew against Jew. It’s sad because it makes it…



The Jewish Community Relations Imperative

by jgilad

By David Bernstein (EJP) —  During the civil rights era and in the years in its immediate wake, Jewish community relations was widely  considered very high priority work. Jewish leaders and funders believed that the fate of the Jewish community was inextricably tied to the ascendency of other minorities and a more just American society. Buoyed…



JCPA Calls for Careful, Full, and Fair Consideration of Judge Garland’s Nomination

by jgilad

 Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – Today President Obama has announced that he has nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat previously held by the late Antonin Scalia.  In response the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has issued the following statement: “JCPA is dedicated to the pursuit of justice,” said David…



JCPA Condemns Attacks in Israel: “They must stop”

by jgilad

Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – In the wake of yesterday’s terror attacks in Israel, the JCPA issued the following statement: The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) condemns yesterday’s terror attacks in Israel. Three different attacks in the span of a few hours, including a grisly stabbing spree in Jaffa, left one dead and…



Super Tuesday with Bill Schneider

by jgilad

  • Posted on March 2, 2016

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The Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington invite you to join us for an analysis of Super Tuesday election results with leading U.S. political analyst Bill Schneider.   On March 1, voters in 12 states across the country will vote – both in primaries and caucuses –…



COEJL Talks on Volunteering

by jgilad

  • Posted on March 2, 2016

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What does it mean to volunteer? How can we do it in more impactful, meaningful ways? This weekend, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) Manager Liya Rechtman spoke on a panel at Temple Rodef Shalom, in Falls Church, Virginia as part of a series titled “Social Justice and American Jews.” The panel…



A Range of Perspectives

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  • Posted on March 2, 2016

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By Joel Schwartz While we were on the Frank Family Leadership Mission in both Poland and Israel, we may have been lacking sleep, but we were never lacking a different perspective. After touring the museum at Auschwitz, we had the quietest lunch that eleven people can  possibly have – until one of us asked our…