Category Archive for: Op-Eds and Blogs

Our Trip to the Border

by tgilden

  • Posted on August 30, 2018

By Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President & Tammy Gilden, Senior Policy Associate Last week, we traveled to both San Diego and Tijuana to learn firsthand about our nation’s immigration crisis as part of a Jewish Leadership Border Mission, led by HIAS and ADL. Participants on the mission met with the Mexican Consul General, immigration…



How American Jews Can Help End The Arab-Israel Conflict

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 14, 2018

By Cheryl Fishbein New York Jewish Week March 13, 2018, 5:35 pm I recently returned from a Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations trip to the United Arab Emirates and Israel. I came away with one sweeping conclusion: The Arab-Israel conflict, as we once knew it, is over. You read that right. Notwithstanding a…



The Language of Engagement on Criminal Justice Reform

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 20, 2018

By Roy Waterman, Criminal Justice Project Manager I am delighted to begin this new role as JCPA’s Project Manager on Criminal Justice Reform. I look forward to working with JCRCs, Federations and national organizations in developing their criminal justice work and engagement with people of color. You may be aware of the many flaws in…



How To Combat Anti-Semitism From The Left And The Right

by Administrator

  • Posted on November 30, 2017

I was caught off guard by a slew of messages and social media posts after the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the organization I head, condemned the Charlottesville white supremacy march. “What about anti-Semitism on the left?” more than a few asked. Does that mean, I wondered, that every time we speak out against left-wing…



Our Role in Combating White Nationalism, a message from David Bernstein, President and CEO of JCPA

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on August 15, 2017

The “Unite the Right” violent rallies in Charlottesville were a jarring wake-up call to many Americans and certainly the Jewish community. For many years, such hate rallies were rare and poorly attended. White nationalism seemed to be a small, mostly hidden force operating on the societal margins and under the anonymity of social media. Given…



Intersectionality excludes and includes. Jews must learn the difference.

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on July 14, 2017

By David Bernstein Published in JTA   Last year, I wrote an opinion piece for JTA about a term and a trend few Jews over the age of 30 had ever heard of: intersectionality. Coined in the late 1980s, intersectionality posits that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism and homophobia — are all interconnected.  According to the…



From Programming to Engagement in Community Relations

by Administrator

  • Posted on June 14, 2017

A Hillel director at a large Hillel told me about the announcement he made to his board: “We are out of the programming business.”  Several Board members were aghast. “How can a Hillel not do events?” they wondered out loud. “I am sure we will continue to do some events, but our goal is to…



Media Hatchet Job On Chabad Is Troubling

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 3, 2017

      BY DAVID BERNSTEIN May 2, 2017, 2:35 pm When “ultra-Orthodox” Jews are targeted, do non-Orthodox Jews take it sufficiently seriously? A few weeks ago, Politico published an article, “The happy go lucky Jewish group that connects Trump and Putin,” that suggested nefarious connections among Chabad, Putin and Trump. It failed to make…



Passover: The Community Relations Holiday

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on April 7, 2017

In many ways, Passover is the ultimate community relations holiday. In my years of serving as a professional in the field, I’ve organized or attended more community relations Seders than I can count. The first was a black-Jewish Seder held in the DC area. I can still feel the shivers from hearing the Gospel singer’s…



Eight Things to Keep in Mind when Issuing a Public Statement

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 23, 2017

By Abby Porth and David Bernstein Two weeks ago, we co-authored “Nine Reasons Jewish Organizations Should Issue Fewer Statements.” The response was overwhelmingly positive. “Finally, someone said it out loud,” we heard from more than one person. But several people asked us “what criteria do you suggest for issuing a public statement?” As we argued…