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We Are Commanded to Care

by tgilden

  • Posted on October 15, 2018

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 commanded to care. Animated by…



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.…



JCPA Condemns Executive Order for Maintaining “Zero Tolerance” Policy

by tgilden

  • Posted on June 21, 2018

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) condemns the recent executive order that maintains the cruel “zero tolerance” policy of criminally prosecuting all adults who cross the border. This executive order simply opens the door to replacing family separation with family detention. Indefinitely imprisoning children alongside their parents is not the…



26 Jewish Groups Urge Administration to End Family Separation Policy

by tgilden

  • Posted on June 13, 2018

We strongly condemn the Administration’s policy of separating children from their migrant families at the US’s southern border. To amplify the voice of the Jewish community and speak out against this policy, JCPA, ADL, the RAC, and HIAS sent a letter signed by 26 national Jewish organizations urging the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security…



Top 5 Ways to Fight Family Separation

by tgilden

  • Posted on May 31, 2018

Call Members of Congress: Click here to be connected to your 2 Senators and 1 Representative. Here’s an example of what to say: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and [as a person of faith], I urge you to support policies that protect and unite immigrant and refugee families. The administration is detaining and prosecuting parents, and forcibly separating…



Compilation of Resources on the Gaza-Israel Border Conflict

by tgilden

  • Posted on May 30, 2018

See below for a compilation of news articles, opinion pieces, and organization statements regarding the recent conflict along the Gaza–Israel border from a broad range of media outlets in order to provide access to several sources in one place.  NEWS ARTICLES IDF Hits Hamas Targets in Gaza Following Gunfire to Sderot, Troops, The Jerusalem Report, Anna…



JCPA Strongly Condemns Separation of Children and Families at the Border

by tgilden

  • Posted on May 29, 2018

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) strongly condemns the Administration’s policy of separating children from their migrant families at the US’s southern border. This policy is cruel and inhumane, and only adds to the suffering of these families, who are often fleeing violence and oppression in their home countries. Children…