Category Archive for: Op-Eds and Blogs

The Big Hug: Impressions from JCPA’s 2018 Mission to Israel

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 8, 2018

By Melanie Roth Gorelick | “The Big Hug” is how I sum up our JCPA2018 Mission to Israel because wherever we went we were embraced. Our 19-person delegation (including eight from St. Louis) ventured to Israel to take the temperature of the two-state outcome, assess the state of Israeli democracy and pluralism, and study issues…



Where Did All the Non-Jewish Leaders Come from at Our Vigils?

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 5, 2018

By Rabbi Doug Kahn | eJewishPhilanthropy |  Dozens of interfaith vigils were held in communities and on college campuses around the country to mourn the 11 Jews murdered at Shabbatservices in Pittsburgh and to proclaim “no more hate.” They were organized on short notice with synagogues, Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs), federations, JCCs, JFCS’s, Hillels and…



Opinion: In Pittsburgh, the very idea of America failed

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 2, 2018

By Shep Englander and Jackie Congedo | Cincinnati.com | It’s the summer of 1790 and then-President George Washington has just returned from visiting Yeshuat Israel, the first Jewish congregation in Newport, Rhode Island. He pens a 340-word letter – a pledge to the Jewish people as a religious minority: “The government of the United States, which gives to…



We Are Commanded to Care

by tgilden

  • Posted on October 15, 2018

By Melanie Roth Gorelick | As we finish dancing on Simcha Torah and begin reading Bereishit, we are reminded to love thy neighbor as we would ourselves. The commandment to love thy neighbor not only applies to the person next to us, but extends to all those living in our community and society. We are…



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…