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2018 Israel Mission Picture Gallery

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 8, 2018

JCPA’s 19-person delegation to Israel took the temperature of the two-state outcome, assessed the state of Israeli democracy and pluralism, and studied issues important to the community relations field. “We returned with numerous insights that will benefit our work, but most striking was how much Israelis—from young people to Knesset members to Palestinians—both need and want…



The Big Hug: Impressions from JCPA’s 2018 Mission to Israel

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 8, 2018

By Melanie Roth Gorelick | “The Big Hug” is how I sum up our JCPA2018 Mission to Israel because wherever we went we were embraced. Our 19-person delegation (including eight from St. Louis) ventured to Israel to take the temperature of the two-state outcome, assess the state of Israeli democracy and pluralism, and study issues…



Where Did All the Non-Jewish Leaders Come from at Our Vigils?

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 5, 2018

By Rabbi Doug Kahn | eJewishPhilanthropy |  Dozens of interfaith vigils were held in communities and on college campuses around the country to mourn the 11 Jews murdered at Shabbatservices in Pittsburgh and to proclaim “no more hate.” They were organized on short notice with synagogues, Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs), federations, JCCs, JFCS’s, Hillels and…



Opinion: In Pittsburgh, the very idea of America failed

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 2, 2018

By Shep Englander and Jackie Congedo | Cincinnati.com | It’s the summer of 1790 and then-President George Washington has just returned from visiting Yeshuat Israel, the first Jewish congregation in Newport, Rhode Island. He pens a 340-word letter – a pledge to the Jewish people as a religious minority: “The government of the United States, which gives to…



We Are Commanded to Care

by tgilden

  • Posted on October 15, 2018

By Melanie Roth Gorelick | As we finish dancing on Simcha Torah and begin reading Bereishit, we are reminded to love thy neighbor as we would ourselves. The commandment to love thy neighbor not only applies to the person next to us, but extends to all those living in our community and society. We are…



JCPA Publishes 2018 Candidate and Voter Engagement Guide

by tgilden

  • Posted on August 30, 2018

Civic engagement is the bread and butter work of the community relations field, and ensures Jewish representation and values remain an important feature of American public life. This guide offers resources, tools, and best practices to assist Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRC) and Jewish advocates with organizing: Candidate Engagement Programs Voter Education Get Out the Vote…

Our Trip to the Border

by tgilden

  • Posted on August 30, 2018

By Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President & Tammy Gilden, Senior Policy Associate | Last week, we traveled to both San Diego and Tijuana to learn firsthand about our nation’s immigration crisis as part of a Jewish Leadership Border Mission, led by HIAS and ADL. Participants on the mission met with the Mexican Consul General, immigration…



2018 August Recess Toolkit

by tgilden

  • Posted on August 2, 2018

In August, most Members of Congress schedule in-district meetings in their home states while Congress is in recess. This provides an important opportunity for the Jewish community relations network to advocate on priority issues that are currently before Congress. In addition to issue briefs with background information and talking points, the toolkit also provides tips…

JCPA Deeply Disappointed with Supreme Court Decision Upholding Travel Ban

by tgilden

  • Posted on June 26, 2018

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is deeply disappointed with today’s 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Trump v. Hawaii upholding the Administration’s “travel ban” barring immigrants and visitors from five Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for an indefinite period of time. The ban has been in effect since December 2017.…