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JCPA Staff Retreat

by jgilad

  • Posted on March 1, 2016

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This week, JCPA staff gathered in New York for a JCPA “first”: a two-day retreat focused on teambuilding and organizational strategy. In addition to building a marshmallow-and-pasta tower to develop teamwork, and learning about Israel through a viewing of the sitcom “Arab Labor,” the group began important conversations about our team values and  our roles…



Jewish Disability Advocacy Day 2016

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  • Posted on February 17, 2016

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Last week, more than 150 advocates from around the country came to Washington for the 6th annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD). The event was sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (RAC). Staff and lay leaders from the JCPA were joined by community relations…



Protect the Arctic!

by jgilad

  • Posted on February 17, 2016

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Tell President Obama and Members of Congress to protect the Arctic! The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is unprecedented in its wildness, ecological integrity, and beauty. This sacred landscape is also the home of the Gwich’in, an Alaska native people who depend on the Porcupine caribou herd for their daily subsistence. The possibility of oil exploration…



It’s Complicated

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  • Posted on February 17, 2016

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By Harris Konter Virtually every briefing with every speaker started the same way: “It’s complicated,” the speaker would begin before delving into the specific topic. And, by and large, they were correct. Even a topic that seems simple, like being able to choose the Rabbi who presides over your wedding, is layered and complex. “We…



Register Now for JCPA 2016!

by jgilad

  • Posted on February 10, 2016

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Discuss and debate the big ideas – political, social, and organizational – that will define our world and our work. Build skills from governance to strategic planning, making OUR communities more effective. Join with leaders around the country as we set strategic and policy priorities, working together to build our network of JCRCs and National…



JCRC of Rochester Annual Legislative Lunch

by jgilad

Last week, Jared Feldman, JCPA Vice President and Washington Director, joined Rochester’s Community Relations leaders and elected officials for their annual Legislative Lunch.  Jared spoke about the Jewish community’s commitment to refugees and the federal, state, and local advocacy opportunities for the Rochester community.



Muslims and Jews Act Together on Climate Change

by jgilad

How can we use acting on climate change as a peace-building and interfaith strategy?  This past weekend, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life Manager Liya Rechtman joined with Muslim environmental consultant and former Green Muslims Board Member Asma Mahdi at the Howard University Divinity School Interfaith Leadership Summit. Together, they led a focus group…



Frank Fellows Reflection

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By Deborah Price On January 25, 2016, I curled up on my couch in my downtown St. Louis loft and flipped open my laptop to skim the news.  A story in the Times of Israel entitled “Israeli Man Fights off Palestinian Stabbers with a Supermarket Cart” caught my eye.  It featured an Israeli man named…



Waters of the U.S.

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  • Posted on January 27, 2016

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Administration stands behind Clean Water Rule, after Congress sought to repeal  Thank the White House for protecting clean water with this action alert!  Access to clean water is a fundamentally Jewish value.  The Clean Water Act is a key piece of legislation that regulates our water resources, ensuring that all Americans have equal access to…



2016 Frank Fellow Reflection

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  • Posted on January 27, 2016

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On January 25, 2016, I curled up on my couch in my downtown St. Louis loft and flipped open my laptop to skim the news.  A story in the Times of Israel entitled “Israeli Man Fights off Palestinian Stabbers with a Supermarket Cart” caught my eye.  It featured an Israeli man named Mordechai Shalem who…