Category Archive for: Newsletters

A resounding success!

by jgilad

  • Posted on May 25, 2016

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,…



Let’s move forward together

by jgilad

  • Posted on May 24, 2016

By Matthew Keller, Pittsburgh     From Krakow to Israel and then to snowy, sleeting Cleveland; it has been quite a journey for the Frank Fellows, a group of 8 young leaders from around the US. Who would have thought that the weather in Cleveland in May would be on par with Poland in January?…



The thoughtfulness of JCPA2016

by jgilad

  • Posted on May 24, 2016

  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

  • Posted on May 4, 2016

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

  • Posted on May 4, 2016

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

  • Posted on May 4, 2016

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

  • Posted on May 4, 2016

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

  • Posted on May 4, 2016

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

  • Posted on May 4, 2016

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

  • Posted on May 4, 2016

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…