Category Archive for: Newsletters

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…



The Green Climate Fund

by jgilad

This month, 125 faith organizations joined together to pen a letter to our elected officials in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in support of the 2017 appropriations for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Green Climate Fund – with contributions from both developing and developed countries – provides resources for sustainable development…



The Passover Seder

by jgilad

This Friday, communities throughout the world will be celebrating the first night of Passover. This holiday is rich in symbolism and history and touches on many themes that are meaningful for us today.  Over the next couple of weeks, JCRC’s across the country are hosting community Seders that relate some of the themes of the…



Conference Call on Intersectionality

by jgilad

Last week, the Israel Action Network (IAN) partnered with JCPA and the JCRC of San Francisco for a webinar that explored the concept of intersectionality and how it relates to the Jewish and pro-Israel community.  According to David Bernstein, President & CEO of JCPA,  in his op-ed on the subject, “Intersectionality holds that various forms…



Celebrate an Earth Day Passover

by jgilad

Passover is just around the corner! This year, Passover falls on Earth Day and also at the same time that the U.S. will sign a historic greenhouse gas emissions reductions agreement. As a celebration of Passover and our Jewish environmental values, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life has created an Earth Justice Haggadah…



COEJL Webinar on the Green Climate Fund

by jgilad

The Green Climate Fund sits at the intersection of the Jewish obligations to protect the poor and to safeguard the earth. How can you get involved in environmental advocacy and #ActOnClimate? Listen as representatives from Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish environmental advocacy organizations engage in a webinar and provide the 101 on ongoing international climate change…



Terror in Pakistan

by jgilad

A suicide bombing on Sunday killed dozens and wounded hundreds in a city park in Lahore, Pakistan. Jamaat-e-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, explaining that the goal was to kill Christians, a minority religious group in Pakistan. JCPA is outraged by any attempt to persecute individuals or groups…