Category Archive for: Media

The Return of the JCRC

by Haya Luftig

November 13, 2017 E Jewish Philanthropy By David Bernstein and Rabbi Doug Kahn For many years, the Jewish community relations field was perceived to be on the decline. Jewish Federations, with some notable exceptions, reduced their community relations budgets and, in a few cases, scrapped their JCRCs altogether. There were many reasons for this trend…



Each of us can — and should — reduce political polarization

by Haya Luftig

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By David Bernstein Published in the Washington Jewish Week There are numerous theories as to why our political environment is so polarized and dysfunctional: echo chambers created by the internet, radical politicians elected in gerrymandered districts, the role of money in politics, angry economically marginalized voters and the pervasive use of negative campaigning. All are contributing…



Our Role in Combating White Nationalism, a message from David Bernstein, President and CEO of JCPA

by Haya Luftig

The “Unite the Right” violent rallies in Charlottesville were a jarring wake-up call to many Americans and certainly the Jewish community. For many years, such hate rallies were rare and poorly attended. White nationalism seemed to be a small, mostly hidden force operating on the societal margins and under the anonymity of social media. Given…



Intersectionality excludes and includes. Jews must learn the difference.

by Haya Luftig

By David Bernstein Published in JTA   Last year, I wrote an opinion piece for JTA about a term and a trend few Jews over the age of 30 had ever heard of: intersectionality. Coined in the late 1980s, intersectionality posits that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism and homophobia — are all interconnected.  According to the…



From Programming to Engagement in Community Relations

by Administrator

A Hillel director at a large Hillel told me about the announcement he made to his board: “We are out of the programming business.”  Several Board members were aghast. “How can a Hillel not do events?” they wondered out loud. “I am sure we will continue to do some events, but our goal is to…



Interfaith coalition launches ‘Know Your Neighbor’ campaign

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“At a time when we are most concerned about what’s happening in our political system, concerned about changes in certain segments of American society,” David Bernstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, said, “we are also most optimistic about the prospect for expanding our connections and developing a more cohesive interfaith community…



Media Hatchet Job On Chabad Is Troubling

by Haya Luftig

      BY DAVID BERNSTEIN May 2, 2017, 2:35 pm When “ultra-Orthodox” Jews are targeted, do non-Orthodox Jews take it sufficiently seriously? A few weeks ago, Politico published an article, “The happy go lucky Jewish group that connects Trump and Putin,” that suggested nefarious connections among Chabad, Putin and Trump. It failed to make…



Passover: The Community Relations Holiday

by Haya Luftig

In many ways, Passover is the ultimate community relations holiday. In my years of serving as a professional in the field, I’ve organized or attended more community relations Seders than I can count. The first was a black-Jewish Seder held in the DC area. I can still feel the shivers from hearing the Gospel singer’s…



Eight Things to Keep in Mind when Issuing a Public Statement

by Haya Luftig

By Abby Porth and David Bernstein Two weeks ago, we co-authored “Nine Reasons Jewish Organizations Should Issue Fewer Statements.” The response was overwhelmingly positive. “Finally, someone said it out loud,” we heard from more than one person. But several people asked us “what criteria do you suggest for issuing a public statement?” As we argued…



Nine Reasons Jewish Organizations should Issue fewer Public Statements

by Haya Luftig

By David Bernstein and Abby Porth Since the Presidential election, there has been unceasing demand on Jewish organizations to issue public statements condemning or condoning this or that policy, nominee, comment made by a public official, and – remarkably – even this or that other Jewish organization for their accomplishment or failure to do one…