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Eight Challenges for Community Relations in the Wake of the Election

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By David Bernstein Like many (ok, all) of you, I’m struggling to make sense of the election. How should the community relations network respond over time? Here are eight challenges (and opportunities?) that emerge from the 2016 contest: Possible changes to the status of many social policy issues, such as health care, immigration, reproductive rights,…



Why we Must Strengthen the Community Relations Field

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JCPA recently performed a scan which revealed that today, at least 63 JCRC directors have been on the job for less than two years. That’s actually not unusual in today’s Jewish non-profit world. Turnover abounds. It does serve as a reminder, however, of the need to continually build our field and strengthen our connections to…



Four Reasons To Re-engage In The Civil Rights Movement

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NEW YORK (The Jewish Week)October 6, 2016 The Movement for Black Lives platform calling Israel an apartheid state guilty of “genocide” sent shock waves through the Jewish community. It should not have come as a surprise. I remember seeing scattered signs proclaiming “From Palestine to Ferguson” at protests in Ferguson, Mo. last year. I naively thought…



JCPA Dismayed at Presidential Candidates Statements – Urges Civility and Engagement

by Haya Luftig

New York – This presidential election season, more than any in recent memory, has been marked with hostile, acrimonious and demeaning rhetoric. Leading up to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, in an effort to advance civil discourse, the JCPA called for civility by offering language to each party’s platform in a letter joined by…



AJC Panel Examines Changing Electoral Demographics

by Haya Luftig

July 26, 2016By: Jon Marks | JE Staff If our children are indeed our future — as Whitney Houston once sang and as First Lady Michelle Obama spelled out repeatedly while addressing the Democratic National Convention on July 25 — then the upcoming presidential election will go a long ways in shaping it. That was…



Panelists discuss shifting demographics at AJC discussion

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on July 20, 2016

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MICHAEL C. BUTZ | CJPC LIFESTYLES EDITOR mbutz@cjn.org The Pew Research Center projects that by 2055, the U.S. won’t have a single racial or ethnic majority. And in terms of religion, Pew reports the religiously unaffiliated have surged seven percentage points in that time span to make up 23 percent of U.S. adults – a…



JCPA Condemns Terrorist Attack in Nice and Stands with France to Combat Hatred and Violence

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on July 15, 2016

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JCPA condemns the horrific terrorist attack against innocent civilians in the French Riveria resort of Nice, last night.  This is the third major strike in France in the past 18 months and one of a spate of attacks in the past several months.  It is especially despicable that as France was celebrating its independence day…



Don’t believe their hype: BDS is a marginal phenomenon

by Haya Luftig

JTA Op-Ed: July 13, 2016 5:36pmBy David Bernstein NEW YORK (JTA) — Ever since the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel began picking up steam three years ago, its proponents have brazenly declared the movement’s inevitable triumph. In April, for example, a pro-divestment group at the University of Chicago issued a statement proclaiming that by…



JCPA Condemns Violence, Calls for Policy and Social Change

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New York – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is alarmed by the recent shootings and mourns the loss of life of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, two African-American men, and the five police officers in Dallas who were killed this week. We call for calm, deep reflection and a serious commitment to political…



Why I Don’t Call Out Israel On The Occupation

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David Bernstein Special To The Jewish Week At the J Street U conference in April, student activists insisted that the Jewish establishment publicly denounce the Israeli occupation. While students at J Street U were measured in their demands, not so students from J Street U’s more uncompromising offshoot, If Not Now, which protests Jewish organizations…