Category Archive for: JCPA Homepage

JCPA Condemns Comments by Lehava, an Extremists Group in Israel

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  • Posted on August 11, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Rabbi Bentzi Gopstein, a leader in Israeli extremist group Lehava, in support of the arson attack of the Church of the Multiplication in the Galilee. “The JCPA strongly condemns the abhorrent distortion of the founding…



JCPA Honors Outgoing President, Advocate for Disability Rights, and Local Federation Leader Philanthropist at Annual Town Hall Meeting.

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  • Posted on July 31, 2015

Washington D.C. – Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is honoring outgoing President Rabbi Steve Gutow on his ten years of service, and presenting Disabilities Advocate Vivian Bass and local Jewish community leader and philanthropist Stuart Kurlander with the Tikkun Olam award at its annual Town Hall meeting on Sunday October 11.  During his ten…



JCPA condemns two horrific acts of violence in Israel: stabbing of six at the Jerusalem Pride Parade and deadly arson attack in the West Bank.

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  • Posted on July 31, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) condemns two horrific attacks that took place this week in Israel: the stabbing of six people at the Jerusalem pride parade on Wednesday and yesterday’s deadly arson attack in the West Bank that killed 18-month-old Ali Saad Daobasa and wounded three of his family members.…



David Luchins, Advocate for Social Justice, to Receive Prestigious Award at JCPA National Jewish Town Hall.

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  • Posted on July 29, 2015

Washington, D.C. – David Luchins, Touro College professor, community activist, and lifelong advocate for social justice, will receive the Albert D. Chernin Award from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) at its annual meeting, the 2015 Jewish Community Town Hall, October 10-13, in Washington, D.C. The Chernin Award is given to Jewish leaders whose…



JCPA focused on ultimate goal: Iran must not have nuclear weapons

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  • Posted on July 14, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs released the following statement this morning regarding President Obama’s announcement of a new agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Russia (P5 + 1) and Iran on Iran’s nuclear program: The threat of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons is a matter of the…



JCPA Statement on Obergefell v. Hodges Decision

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  • Posted on June 30, 2015

Washington, D.C. – In response to today’s decision, the JCPA issued the following statement: We recognize that the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is celebrated by millions of Americans who can now enjoy legal protections and celebrate their marriages, and millions more of their loved ones who can join in those celebrations.   In his…



The JCPA and IAN Respond to the United Church of Christ Divestment Decision

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  • Posted on June 30, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Israel Action Network issued the following statement today in response to the United Church of Christ’s General Synod approval of a “deeply skewed” resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that calls for boycott and divestment.  The United Church of Christ (UCC) decision today (June 30,…



UN report on 2014 Gaza War discounts Hamas culpability

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  • Posted on June 22, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) expressed its deep disappointment with the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry Report on Operation Protective Edge.    “Last summer, Israelis were forced to defend themselves against rockets fired indiscriminately at their civilians,” said Susan W. Turnbull, JCPA Chair. “While neither party is…



JCPA Condemns Shooting in Charleston, South Carolina

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  • Posted on June 18, 2015

Washington DC – Following the shooting at the Emanuel AME Church last night, Ethan Felson, JCPA Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and Susan W. Turnbull, JCPA Board Chair, released the following statement:  “We stand with the people of Charleston, the city’s faith community, and the congregants of the Emanuel AME Church today as they…



JCPA and COEJL Welcome Pope Francis Encyclical on the Environment

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  • Posted on June 18, 2015

Washington, D.C. – In response to Pope Francis’s much anticipated encyclical (“teaching”) entitled “Laudato Si,” the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and its initiative, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) issued the following statements:  “This is an exciting time for the interfaith community as we join together to address the issues…