Category Archive for: JCPActs

Cheryl Fishbein, New York Jewish Leader, Elected as Chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs

by jgilad

Washington, D.C. – Delegates to the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) annual Plenum elected Cheryl Fishbein as the organization’s new Chair. Cheryl previously served as JCPA Vice Chair and Co-Chair of its Israel, World Jewry and International Human Rights Task Force. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations…



COEJL meeting at JCPA2016

by jgilad

Last week, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs held its annual conference, JCPA2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. While there, representatives from Jewish communities across the country and JCPA’s national agency partners voted in favor of an updated climate change resolution. In addition to the resolution, Ohio Jewish leaders convened for a special strategy session on environmental…



A resounding success!

by jgilad

Last week’s JCPA2016 was a resounding success. Hundreds of people gathered at the Westin in Cleveland, Ohio to honor our outgoing chair, Susan W. Turnbull, and to set a vision for the future of the Jewish community relations field. Attendees of JCPA2016 also honored Joyce Garver Keller, z”l, and Warren “Renny” Wolfson, both from Cleveland,…



The thoughtfulness of JCPA2016

by jgilad

  By Jamie Ratner, Indianapolis Having been involved with my local JCRC for over four years, I was honored to be part of the Lois & Larry Frank Fellowship Program through JCPA this year. The fellowship started in January and ended at JCPA2016, JCPA’s annual meeting.  Though engaged at the local level, I had little…



JCPA at the White House

by jgilad

Last week, JCPA’s Director of Legal Affairs and Policy Development Hanna Dershowitz made a presentation at the White House before President Obama’s Advisory Council on Neighborhood and Faith-Based Partnerships and Administration staff. The Council is making recommendations to the President on a broad range of race, justice, poverty, and related issues. Dershowitz has been advising…



You Hate the Jewish Establishment But Do you Know What It Is?

by jgilad

I recently found myself in a small conference room with a number of key figures of the “American Jewish establishment.” Around the table was the chief executive of one of the major Jewish defense organizations, several high-level Federation representatives, and leaders of mainstream Israel advocacy organizations. We were not conducting a secretive strategy meeting on…



Joyce Garver Keller, z”l,

by jgilad

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Joyce Garver Keller, z”l, former Ohio Jewish Communities executive director and one of JCPA’s 2016 Tikkun Olam awardees. She passed away Sunday night at her home while she slept.  We join her family and the Jewish Community of Ohio in mourning her and expressing…



Can a person have a fair chance without access to housing?

by jgilad

This week is National Reentry week, a time when the Department of Justice and other federal agencies, returning citizens, and advocates work to raise awareness of our nation’s need to reform our criminal justice system and better reintegrate formerly incarcerated individuals into society. In the United States, nearly 100 million adults have criminal records and…



United Nations General Assembly Special Session

by jgilad

United Nations General Assembly Special Session, or UNGASS, is a meeting of UN member states to assess and debate global issues, and, last week, there was a special session held on global drug policy at the UN headquarters in New York. The last time a special session on drugs was held in 1998, its focus…