JCPA2019 Schedule

JCPA2019 Schedule

Saturday, February 9

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Movie Screening and Conversation on How Incarceration Impacts Children and Families (Cosponsored by the JCRC of Greater Washington)
Join us for a Havdalah dessert reception followed by a movie screening and facilitated discussion with the woman at the center of the critically-acclaimed documentary, The Sentence. 

Screening
The Sentence (courtesy of HBO Documentary Films) explores the devastating consequences of mass incarceration and mandatory minimum drug sentencing through the story of Cindy Shank, a mother of three young children who received a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement in a Michigan drug ring years before. Click here to view the trailer.

Discussion and Q&A
Chris Gordon, NBC; Glenn Ivey, Price Benowitz LLP; Cindy Shank, Subject of the The Sentence;  Khalil Cumberbatch, New Yorkers United for Justice.

Sunday, February 10

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
New Delegate Orientation

If this is your first time at JCPA’s annual conference, this session is a must!

Presenters: Tammy Gilden, JCPA; Elana Kahn, Milwaukee JCRC

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Welcome
Speakers: Cheryl Fishbein, JCPA Chair; David Bernstein, JCPA CEO; Shelley Nicely-Groff and Karen Kasner, Conference Co-Chairs

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Plenary Session: Community Relations: The Past and Future of an American Jewish Success Story
This plenary session will explore an evidence-based roadmap to ensuring a robust and dynamic community relations field that can meet current and future challenges. The community relations field has been a great success story of the American Jewish community both in securing acceptance of Jews and contributing to American society on the frontiers of civil rights, tolerance, and pluralism. However, we cannot rest on our laurels.

Moderator: Gidi Grinstein, Reut Presenters: Vicki Zell and David Brown, Blue Ribbon Task Force on Community Relations Co-Chairs | Speakers: Jeremy Burton, Boston JCRC; Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD); Marissa Shorenstein, AT&T.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Plenary Session: Dispatch from the Border
U.S. immigration policy and practice has been dramatically altered  over the last two years, pushing an already broken system into a state of emergency. In this session, experts and practitioners will explore some of the root causes driving migration, offering attendees the opportunity to hear directly from people working on the ground with asylum seekers, discussing border facts and reality, particularly around enforcement, criminalization, and militarization. The panel will conclude with a call for the Jewish community to increase its advocacy and work to reframe the narrative around immigration.

Moderator: Mark Hetfield, HIAS | Speakers: Michelle Brane, Women’s Refugee CommissionChiara Cardoletti-Carroll, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Scott Shuchart, Former Senior Advisor at the Department of Homeland Security

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Networking Lunch (Open to All Attendees)
JCRC Chairs Lunch 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Breakout Sessions
All sessions will repeat except for Criminal Justice Reform.

Immigration: How Local Jewish Communities Can Get Involved
This session offers participants the chance to learn about actions communities can take to advocate alongside immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Speakers will provide a deep dive into what we can expect from Congress and the Administration in the future, particularly focusing on advocacy strategies for local communities. Get action ideas, talking points, data, and narratives to share with your community. This panel is for communities where working on immigration is a priority and for communities that are more divided on how much to be involved.

Speakers: Hannah Evans, Interfaith Immigration Coalition; Michael Hopkins, Jewish Family Services of San DiegoRabbi Jonathan Roos, Temple Sinai; Naomi Steinberg, HIAS.

Saving the Social Safety Net
Experts will share the state of play around social safety net programming and funding, as well as some of the critical work that the Jewish community is doing now to save our social safety net. Panelists will also discuss the outlook for 2019 on hunger, health care, Medicaid, and reproductive health coverage—and how local communities can get involved in protection efforts.

Moderator: Reuben Rotman, Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies | Speakers: Josh Protas, MAZON; Jody Rabhan, National Council of Jewish WomenJonathan Westin, Jewish Federations of North America.

18 Months and Still (Ac)Counting: The Continuing Impact of #MeToo in the Jewish Community 
It’s been a year and a half since the #MeToo movement erupted on the political and social landscape, leaving no stone unturned. This workshop will address the ongoing impact of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct in Jewish organizations and will highlight work currently underway to promote culture change; including new models of training and education, updated policies and procedures, and a greater commitment to ensuring gender parity at all levels of the workplace. It’s an opportunity to hear about what is being done in communities around the country and to learn how to bring these important programs to your community.

Speakers: Lori Weinstein, JWI; Meredith Jacobs, JWI.

Criminal Justice Breakout Part 1: How to Jumpstart Your Criminal Justice Advocacy 
This session will NOT repeat.
Hear national experts’ solutions and best practices for how to engage your community locally in helping those who have been directly impacted by the justice system. Learn how to remain centered in dignity and compassion in this work.

Moderator: Roy Waterman, JCPA | Speakers: Shae Harris, D.C. Deputy Mayors Office for Public Safety and Justice; Bridgette Simpson, BRIJECTS; LaTonya Tate, Fresh Start Reentry Program.

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Breakout Sessions Repeat

Immigration: How Local Jewish Communities Can Get Involved
This session offers participants the chance to learn about actions communities can take to advocate alongside immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Speakers will provide a deep dive into what we can expect from Congress and the Administration in the future, particularly focusing on advocacy strategies for local communities. Get action ideas, talking points, data, and narratives to share with your community. This panel is for communities where working on immigration is a priority and for communities that are more divided on how much to be involved.

Speakers: Hannah Evans, Interfaith Immigration Coalition; Michael Hopkins, Jewish Family Services of San DiegoRabbi Jonathan Roos, Temple Sinai; Naomi Steinberg, HIAS.

Saving the Social Safety Net
Experts will share the state of play around social safety net programming and funding, as well as some of the critical work that the Jewish community is doing now to save our social safety net. Panelists will also discuss the outlook for 2019 on hunger, health care, Medicaid, and reproductive health coverage—and how local communities can get involved in protection efforts.

Moderator: Reuben Rotman, Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies | Speakers: Josh Protas, MAZON; Jody Rabhan, National Council of Jewish WomenJonathan Westin, Jewish Federations of North America.

18 Months and Still (Ac)Counting: The Continuing Impact of #MeToo in the Jewish Community 
It’s been a year and a half since the #MeToo movement erupted on the political and social landscape, leaving no stone unturned. This workshop will address the ongoing impact of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct in Jewish organizations and will highlight work currently underway to promote culture change; including new models of training and education, updated policies and procedures, and a greater commitment to ensuring gender parity at all levels of the workplace. It’s an opportunity to hear about what is being done in communities around the country and to learn how to bring these important programs to your community.

Speakers: Lori Weinstein, JWI; Meredith Jacobs, JWI.

Criminal Justice Breakout Part 2: How to Jumpstart Your Criminal Justice Advocacy 
The majority of criminal justice policymaking takes place at the state and local level. The community relations field can be a significant voice in criminal justice reform at these levels. Learn directly from your peers in the Jewish community about effective strategies, best practices, and tools you need to jumpstart your JCRC engagement. You will leave this workshop empowered and driven to action.

Moderator: Roy Waterman, JCPA | Speakers: Jessica Cohen, CRC of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; Allison Grossman, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Ariel Levinson-Waldman, Tzedek DC

6:15 – 6:45 PM
JCPA Then and Now: A Conversation With JCPA CEOs Past and Present

Speakers: David Bernstein, Rabbi Steve Gutow, Lawrence Rubin

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
JCPA 75th Anniversary Gala

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion as JCPA marks 75 years and looks to the future.

Monday, February 11

7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Breakfast (All Attendees)
JCRC Chairs Breakfast
This training session is the fourth and final session of the Chairs Virtual Retreat, but all JCRC Chairs are welcome regardless of prior attendance.

8:30 – 8:45 AM
Presentation of 2019 Albert D. Chernin Award
The award, named after JCPA’s Executive Vice Chair Emeritus Albert D. Chernin, is given to Jewish leaders whose life work best exemplifies a commitment to freedom and the protection of the U.S. Bill of Rights.

Recipient: Nancy Kaufman, National Council of Jewish Women

8:45 – 9:45 AM
Plenary Session: Post Women’s March- Where Do We Go From Here (This session is off the record)
During the lead up to Women’s march, Jewish groups wrestled with how to navigate between the Jewish community’s perspectives and the intersectional world of the Women’s March movement. These tensions will continue to surface in interfacing with progressive movements that may not be in synch with our views on every issue. What are the different approaches to these challenges? What are the next steps in educating and leading our own community and in engaging progressive circles?

Moderator: Nancy KaufmanNational Council of Jewish Women | April Baskin, Jewish Social Round Table; Ann Lewis, Democratic Majority for Israel; Abby Stein, Columbia University

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Plenary Session: When Hate Goes Mainstream
Over the past two years, we have experienced an escalating wave of anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia in the United States.  Horrific acts of hatred and violence have not only instilled fear in the Jewish community, but also in many of our allies. Given that JCRCs are on the frontlines of fighting hate, participants in this interactive session will learn from experts highly focused on following trends and developing tools to meet today’s challenges. The session will explore traditional and new tools to counter hate through the courts, policymaking, and coalitions.

Moderator: Doron Ezickson, Anti-Defamation League | Speakers: Cynthia Deitle, Matthew Shepard Foundation;Amy Spitalnick, Integrity First for America

11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Plenary Session: Advocacy and Criminal Justice Reform
The Jewish community has a strong history advancing civil rights in this country and can make a significant difference on the critical issue of criminal justice reform. Recently signed federal legislation does not assist the more than 80% of people incarcerated at the state and local levels. In this session, learn from Jewish leaders who are reforming the justice system through advocacy and innovative programming, and find out what you can do at the national, state, and local level to help those who have been unfairly impacted in the system.

Poet: Paine the Poet | Moderator: Paul Fishman, Former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey (2009 to 2017)/Arnold & Porter | Valentino Dixon; Marc Howard, Georgetown University; Robin Steinberg, The Bail Project

12:30 – 2:00 PM
Lunch on Own

JCPA Criminal Justice Network Lunch (Invitation Only)

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Israel Action Network Breakout Sessions

Exploring Anti-Semitism/Anti-Zionism on Campus
Sponsored by Touro College
Over the last 15 years we have seen an increase of BDS activity on college campuses. In the past few years we have started seeing other concerns on campus as anti-Israel activity has morphed into anti-Zionism or in the worst cases blatant anti-Semitism.

Moderator: William Daroff, Jewish Federations of North America | Speaker: Emily Briskman, JUF of Chicago; Alyza D. Lewin, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law; Geri Palast, Israel Action Network

How Do Communities Fight Municipal BDS? (This session is off the record)
Sponsored by Michael and Susan Fromm
BDS groups are focusing on the municipal level. They have secured adoption of resolutions in several cities and are targeting others.  These resolutions generally oppose law enforcement training programs in Israel and advance resolutions calling for divestment or boycott from specific companies that do business in Israel or push for more broadly the enactment of human rights investment screens that can later be used against companies operating in Israel.

Moderator: Stephanie Hausner, Israel Action Network | Speakers: Darcy Hirsh, Washington DC JCRC; Arnie Fielkow, New Orleans JCRC; Jeremy Burton, Boston JCRC

How can we spread the word about People-to-People work?
Sponsored by the St. Louis Jewish Federation
At a time when the peace process seems a distant thought, it is important to hear from those doing important work between Israelis and Palestinians on the ground. Learn how JCRCs can promote and support these initiatives and the challenges they face.

Moderator: Elana Kahn, Milwaukee JCRC |Speakers: Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Roots; Shadi Abu Awwad, Roots, Kenneth Bob, Project Rozana

Navigating the Progressive Conversation (This session is off the record)
From the college campus to the Women’s march movement, practitioners of Jewish community relations must engage Intersectional conversations. At times intersectional discourse has been weaponized to undermine Jewish interests. What is intersectionality? What are its ideological roots and various forms? How can Jews engage intersectional spaces and influence the conversation?

Moderator: Marci Gerston, Silicon Valley; JCPA Executive Committee |Speakers: David Bernstein, Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Eran Shayshon, Reut

3:45 – 4:45 PM
Israel Action Network Breakout Sessions Repeat

Exploring Anti-Semitism/Anti-Zionism on Campus
Sponsored by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore
Over the last 15 years we have seen an increase of BDS activity on college campuses. In the past few years we have started seeing other concerns on campus as anti-Israel activity has morphed into anti-Zionism or in the worst cases blatant anti-Semitism.

Moderator: William Daroff, Jewish Federations of North America | Speaker: Emily Briskman, JUF of Chicago; Alyza D. Lewin, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law; Geri Palast, Israel Action Network

How Do Communities Fight Municipal BDS?
Sponsored by Bonnie Deutsch Burdman
This session is off the record

BDS groups are focusing on the municipal level. They have secured adoption of resolutions in several cities and are targeting others.  These resolutions generally oppose law enforcement training programs in Israel and advance resolutions calling for divestment or boycott from specific companies that do business in Israel or push for more broadly the enactment of human rights investment screens that can later be used against companies operating in Israel.

Moderator: Stephanie Hausner, Israel Action Network | Speakers: Darcy Hirsh, Washington DC JCRC; Arnie Fielkow, New Orleans JCRC; Jeremy Burton, Boston JCRC

How can we spread the word about People-to-People work?
At a time when the peace process seems a distant thought, it is important to hear from those doing important work between Israelis and Palestinians on the ground. Learn how JCRCs can promote and support these initiatives and the challenges they face.

Moderator: Alexis Schwartz, JCRC of Greater Washington |Speakers: Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Roots; Shadi Abu Awwad, Roots, Kenneth Bob, Project Rozana

Navigating the Progressive Conversation (This session is off the record)
From the college campus to the Women’s march movement, practitioners of Jewish community relations must engage Intersectional conversations. At times intersectional discourse has been weaponized to undermine Jewish interests. What is intersectionality? What are its ideological roots and various forms? How can Jews engage intersectional spaces and influence the conversation?

Moderator: Marci Gerston, Silicon Valley; JCPA Executive Committee |Speakers: David Bernstein, Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Eran Shayshon, Reut

5:00 – 5:30 PM

What Does the Encounter Experience Mean for our Israel Advocacy Work? (JCRC professionals only)
Many of our JCRC colleagues have participated in the Encounter program that gives Jewish communal professionals the opportunity to spend four days immersed in Palestinian communities, understanding their perspectives of the conflict. Discussion for those who attended and those are interested to hear more about the experience.

5:00 – 6:00 PM
JCPA Executive Committee Meeting (Committee members only)

7:00 – 8:00 PM
JCPA and JCRC Directors Meeting
(JCRC professionals only.)

8:00 – 10:00 PM
Delegate Assembly and Resolutions

Tuesday, February 12

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast (All Attendees)

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Plenary Session: Waging Democracy
The American Jewish community has benefited from a strong and healthy democracy because democratic systems and norms provide proven protection against discrimination that too often target racial, religious and ethnic minority communities. But liberal democracy is currently under duress. Our political system – like many liberal democracies around the world – is experiencing a turbulent moment. With the country divided and a government failing to address the country’s pressing public policy challenges, it is all too easy to despair. And yet, America has gone through worse and emerged stronger for it. With civic engagement and active participation, activists can protect and strengthen our democracy. Hear from national experts and coalition partners about priorities of the 116th Congress.

Speakers: Vanita Gupta, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Benjamin Wittes, The Brookings Institute.

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Civic Engagement Training
JCRCs seek to engage in the public sphere in order to build alliances and meaningful relationships with policymakers, elected officials at all levels of government and key influencers in the community.  We seek to work in common cause with other communities, and to be a respected resource at the center of the Jewish community. Active citizen engagement is at the heart of this effort and participants attending the session will gain insights and skills on how to develop and deploy public awareness efforts, issue advocacy and electoral programs to help create a more just and pluralistic society.

Trainer: Laurie Moskowitz, CAMPAIGNLORE Consulting | Speakers: Diane Fisher, Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley; Ron Halber, JCRC of Greater Washington

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Travel to Capitol Hill

12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Congressional Luncheon on Capitol Hill

3:00 PM
Adjournment

Conference will end on Capitol Hill. Optional buses will be available for those who want to return to Omni Shoreham Hotel.