Join JCPA’s CRCast series, in which we tackle the issues of the day. In each webcast, JCPA’s David Bernstein interviews a special guest expert or practitioner about the most pressing topics that are affecting the Jewish community and the Community Relations field.

From the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide to the new Administration to the challenges facing Israel , we will provide insight into not just complex issues, but practical solutions.

The CRCast airs every other Wednesday when you can watch it live or on our YouTube page at your convenience. Hope you find it useful and share it far and wide. We will be on hiatus until September.  Please see below for our previous broadcasts.


NOVEMBER 27 at 4:00 P.M.             The Atmosphere on College Campuses: Michigan as a Case Study

A discussion with University of Michigan Hillel Executive Director Tilly Shames. Michigan has been one of the most popular schools for Jewish students. After many failed attempts, however, student government recently passed a BDS resolution. What was the atmosphere on campus before and after this resolution? What can be done to ensure that Michigan remains a hospitable environment for all its students?

Tilly Shames is the Executive Director of University of Michigan Hillel. Tilly has worked with Hillels in Toronto and Michigan for 14 years in various positions, including Director of Israel Affairs and Associate Director, before becoming Executive Director at the University of Michigan in 2012.

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OCTOBER 11 at 4:00 P.M.             Ongoing Iranian Nuclear Threat

Mark Dubowitz is the CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, countering threat finance, and nonproliferation. He is an expert on Iran’s global network including the regime’s nuclear, terrorist, missile and cyber threats to the United States and other allies, and is widely recognized as one of the key influencers in shaping sanctions policies to counter the threats emanating from Iran and its surrogates.


SEPTEMBER 27 at 4:00 P.M.             Understanding and Responding to the White Supremacist Threat

Joseph Levin is co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. From 1971 until 2004, he served the Center in various capacities, including Legal Director, Chair of the Board, President & CEO, and General Counsel, retiring in 2016. The Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the U.S. and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public.

JULY 17 at 2:00 P.M.             Slashing $10 billion in Jewish social services: What’s at stake for your community?

William Daroff is the Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of JFNA. Daroff guides the Jewish community’s advocacy efforts on the Federation movement’s key domestic policy issues, principally on health and human services, such as Medicare and Medicaid, long-term care, and policies affecting older Americans, homeland security programs and strengthening the capacity of charities to care for those in need.

JULY 5 at 4:00 P.M.             What is the Alt-Right (and What Should we do About Them)?

Marilyn Mayo is the Research Fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Center on Extremism. Marilyn is an expert on right-wing extremists in the United States, ranging from white supremacists to academic racists to anti-immigrant groups.  She has been with the ADL for 20 years, having previously served as the Associate Director of Investigative Research.

JUNE 21 at 4:00 P.M. Strategic Framework for Battling the Delegitimization of Israel

Gidi Grinstein is the founder of the Reut Institute, a non-profit organization, designed to be an effective force of change in Israel and the Jewish World. He is also the author of Flexigidity: Secret of Jewish Adaptability, a recent best-seller in Israel, and believes that a vibrant Diaspora is a Zionist imperative. Click here to read more.



JUNE 7 at 4:00 P.M. Lessons Learned 50 Years After the Six-Day War


Dr. Michael Oren is the Deputy Minister for Diplomacy and Special Envoy in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and served as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States from 2009-2013. He is a world-renowned historian and author and wrote a publication on Six Days of War which was a New York Times Bestseller. Click here to read more.



MAY 17 at 4:00 P.M. The Socially Responsible Investing Movements Influence
on Israel/BDS and Other Communal Concerns

Julie Hammerman is the Executive Director of JLens, an organization that serves as the bridge between the Jewish community and the increasingly influential responsible investing movement. JLens provides guidance on investing through a Jewish lens, and conducts shareholder advocacy with public companies on communal concerns (social, environmental, and support for Israel/combat BDS). Click here to read more.




MAY 3 at 4:00 P.M.         Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant  

Jose Angel N., author and advocate or writes about his experience as an
undocumented immigrant in the U.S. over the past 17 years.

A day after José Ángel N. first crossed the U.S. border from Mexico, he was caught and then released onto the streets of Tijuana. Undeterred, N. crawled back through a tunnel to San Diego, where he entered the United States to stay. Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant is his timely and compelling memoir of building a new life in America.Click Here to read more.