JCPA2018 Schedule

Conference Schedule

*Schedule is in formation; all times are tentative.

Sunday, April 22

9:00 – 10:15 AM
Frank Fellows Breakfast
(2017-2018 Cohort)

9:30 – 10:15 AM
New Delegate Orientation*

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

10:30 – 11:00 AM
Welcome: A Call to Action

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Plenary Session: The State of American Democracy
This session features William Kristol, Founder and Editor of The Weekly Standard and a prominent conservative, and William Galston of the Brookings Institution and a prominent liberal. Political opponents for more than 30 years, in 2017, the “Two Bills” teamed up to form The New Center, a new 501(c)(3) to “nurture new policy proposals and establish the intellectual basis for a viable political center in today’s America.” Hear their groundbreaking approach for ensuring a strong democratic future for America.
Moderator: Magda Schaler-Haynes, Greater Metrowest | Speakers: William Galston, Brookings Institution; William Kristol, The Weekly Standard

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Plenary Session: From Anger to Action: Ending Gun Violence In America
The issue of gun violence has come to the fore with the recent horrific killing of 17 Parkland high school students only a few months after the killings of 58 people at a concert in Las Vegas. We can all agree that this is a too common occurrence that impacts students of all races and economic groups. Hear from Parkland students and other advocates about how they are building a movement to address common sense gun control and what we can do locally and nationally.
Moderator: Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, Shaaray Tefila | Speakers: Mayor Steven Fulop, Office of the Mayor of Jersey City, NJ; Matt Deitsch, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL; Ryan Deitsch, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL; Lori Weinstein, Jewish Women International

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

2:15 – 3:15 PM  Breakout Sessions:

Healing, Restoring, and Forgiving Communities in an Incarcerated Nation
Examine and discuss how to rebuild community connections through collective healing, forgiveness, and rehabilitation in an age of mass incarceration. Experts will guide participants in how to effectively build this approach into local programming through social and emotional learning to help disrupt the cycle of incarceration and trauma.
Moderator: Roy Waterman, Jewish Council for Public Affairs | Speakers: Hernan Carvente, Youth First Youth Leaders Network; Jordyn Lexton, Drive Change; Andre Ward, Common Justice

Voting Rights and the Census: Determining America’s Political Future
As we approach the mid-term elections and the next  decennial census, ensuring the right to vote and fair and a accurate population count is critical to determining not just representation in Congress, but the allocation of federal and state funds. This panel will focus on a few of the major challenges facing the 2020 Census, as well as state-level voting rights campaigns and how local communities can get involved. Sponsored by Lynda and Conrad Giles.
Moderator: Jeff Wice, SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government | Speakers: Lurie Daniel Favors, Center for Law and Social Justice; Rabbi Bob Kaplan, JCRC of New York; Steve Romalewski, City University of New York

Strategic Intergroup Relations
Many JCRCs sponsor missions to Israel for non-Jewish influencers. What strategic impact do these trips have on the participants that carry forward to improving relationships with the Jewish community in their home-based catchment areas? How do these trips serve as bridge builders for future partnerships between the Jewish and non-Jewish communities?
Speakers: Rev. Jacques A. DeGraff, Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem; Katherine Siemionko, Women’s March Alliance

Undocumented in America*
*This session will NOT repeat
This session will examine the Administration’s approach to domestic immigration policy, how those policies play out in neighborhoods across the U.S., and how a growing number of communities are organizing in response, including through the Sanctuary Congregation Movement and advocacy alongside Dreamers.
Moderator: Tammy Gilden, Jewish Council for Public Affairs | Speakers: Lee Gelernt, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project; Craig Levine,The Bronx Defenders; Carlene Pinto, The New York Immigration Coalition

3:30 – 4:30 PM
Breakout Sessions Repeat (Except for Undocumented in America)

Healing, Restoring, and Forgiving Communities in an Incarcerated Nation
Examine and discuss how to rebuild community connections through collective healing, forgiveness, and rehabilitation in an age of mass incarceration. Experts will guide participants in how to effectively build this approach into local programming through social and emotional learning to help disrupt the cycle of incarceration and trauma.
Moderator: Roy Waterman, Jewish Council for Public Affairs | Speakers: Hernan Carvente, Youth First Youth Leaders Network; Jordyn Lexton, Drive Change; Andre Ward, Common Justice

Voting Rights and the Census: Determining America’s Political Future
As we approach the mid-term elections and the next  decennial census, ensuring the right to vote and fair and a accurate population count is critical to determining not just representation in Congress, but the allocation of federal and state funds. This panel will focus on a few of the major challenges facing the 2020 Census, as well as state-level voting rights campaigns and how local communities can get involved. Sponsored by Lynda and Conrad Giles.
Moderator: Jeff Wice, SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government | Speakers: Lurie Daniel Favors, Center for Law and Social Justice; Rabbi Bob Kaplan, JCRC of New York; Steve Romalewski, City University of New York

Strategic Intergroup Relations
Many JCRCs sponsor missions to Israel for non-Jewish influencers. What strategic impact do these trips have on the participants that carry forward to improving relationships with the Jewish community in their home-based catchment areas? How do these trips serve as bridge builders for future partnerships between the Jewish and non-Jewish communities?
Speakers: Rev. Jacques A. DeGraff, Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem; Katherine Siemionko, Women’s March Alliance

4:45 – 5:30 PM
Plenary Session: Jewish Values, Jewish Politics, and the Challenge of Coalitions
On both sides of the political aisle, American Jews engaged in political causes today often find themselves in conflict about how they relate to coalition partners. On the left, progressive organizations struggle with the question of how to include Zionists in intersectional causes; on the right, supporters of the traditional causes of Israel advocacy and the protection of Jews struggle with aligning with partners with radically different religious and political visions for the world. How are Jews and Jewish communities to navigate this partisan climate? What does Jewish community and Jewish peoplehood mean in this political moment? And how do we make choices about friends, allies, and partners in such contentious times?
Speaker: Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

5:45 – 6:45 PM
iEngage Training
(JCRC Directors and Chairs)
Minding the Gap: Towards Rebuilding The Broken Relationship Between Israel and the Diaspora (JCRC Directors and Chairs)
The summer/fall of 2017 – with the demise of the Kotel agreement, the public spat between Israeli government officials and American Jewish leaders, and growing tensions among American Jews about Israel’s political present and future – represents the nadir, so far, of a relationship between American and Israeli Jews whose closeness characterized much of the 20th century. We will explore what’s gone wrong, and some approaches in language and education that might enable us to repair a relationship that has been vital for Jewish life for 70 years.
Trainer: Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

7:00 – 10:00 PM
Chair’s Awards Dinner
2018 JCPA Chair’s Tikkun Olam Recipients: Rabbi Rachel Ain and Susan K. Stern
2018 JCPA Albert D. Chernin Award: Floyd Abrams
Honoring JCPA Chair Cheryl Fishbein

Monday, April 23

7:45 – 9:15 AM
Breakfast (All Attendees)

JCPA Board of Directors Meeting

Frank Fellows Coalition Building Training ( 2017-2018  Cohort and Alumni)

9:30 – 10:30 AM
Plenary Session: Amplifying Jewish Voices in Civic Spaces
We are now witnessing a resurgence of Jews mobilizing to engage in civic concerns.  Hear from those leading current efforts prompting Jews to run for office, organize their communities for increased activism, and engage in public service.  This program aims to inspire our community relations field to increase long-term, strategic civic engagement in order to make a difference on critical issues facing our nation.
Moderator: Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay, Jewish Theological Seminary  Speakers: Alisa Finsten, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles; Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service

10:40 – 11:40 AM
Plenary Session: Civil Society Efforts to Foster Peace in Israel: What You Need to Know
What does shared society mean today in Israel— for many it’s people-to-people and coexistence initiatives, but on the ground in Israel it has been a developing discourse that now encompasses dealing with gaps and access to economic opportunities and the public sphere. Learn how this plays out on the ground, including challenges both Israelis and Palestinians face both internally and externally in strengthening these efforts within the current political and economic reality. What are the opportunities and angles with which to bring these issues to American Jewish audiences.
Moderator: William Daroff, Jewish Federations of North America | Speakers: Joel Braunold, Alliance for Middle East Peace; Walid Issa, The Palestinian Hope Project; Liron Shoham, Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues

11:45 am – 12:45 PM  Breakout Sessions on Israel:

Shareholder Advocacy: What You Need to Know About This Trillion Dollar Field and Its Implications for Social Justice, the Environment, and Israel
This workshop will provide an introduction into the world of socially responsible or values-based investing. We will then have an opportunity to experience in small groups how advocacy works in this arena to address issues of critical importance, from climate change and the opioid crisis to BDS.
Speaker: Rabbi Josh Ratner, JLens

Coexistence: Challenges and Opportunities
Learn new options for advancing peace, creating shared society, and building trust. What are the implications, challenges, and opportunities the current political landscape brings to this work? How can the American Jewish community play a role?
Speakers: Joel Braunold, Alliance for Middle East Peace; Walid Issa, The Palestinian Hope Project

How to Prepare High Schoolers for Advocacy Sponsored by Touro College
On college campuses Jewish students are faced with an increasing number of anti-Israel activities. To help students stand up for Israel, the community relations field has found it most impactful to educate and train high school students to have the tools and self-confidence they need  to build support for Israel on campus. This workshop will feature best practices from several of our JCRCs.
Moderator: Stephanie Hausner, JFNA/JCPA Israel Action Network | Speakers: Ariella Noveck, Northern New Jersey; Jennifer Raskas, JCRC of Greater Washington; Linda Scherzer, Greater MetroWest; Alexis Schwartz, JCRC of Washington

Shared Society Efforts Within Israel: Economic Development, Women’s Issues, and Education
Over the past few years there have been investments by both the Israeli government and private sector to shared society programs that bring  Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs together. This session will offer updates on these efforts and ways for your community to get involved in these efforts.
Speaker: Dina Charnin, National Council of Jewish Women; Liron Shoham, Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues

12:45 – 2:00 PM
Lunch on Your Own

Executive Committee Meeting (Members Only)

Frank Fellows Government Affairs Training (2017-2018 Cohort and Alumni)
Speaker: William Daroff, The Jewish Federations of North America

2:00 – 3:00 PM  Israel Breakout Sessions Repeat:

Coexistence: Challenges and Opportunities
Learn new options for advancing peace, creating shared society, and building trust. What are the implications, challenges, and opportunities the current political landscape brings to this work? How can the American Jewish community play a role?
Speakers: Joel Braunold, Alliance for Middle East Peace; Walid Issa, The Palestinian Hope Project

How to Prepare High Schoolers for Advocacy Sponsored by Touro College
On college campuses Jewish students are faced with an increasing number of anti-Israel activities. To help students stand up for Israel, the community relations field has found it most impactful to educate and train high school students to have the tools and self-confidence they need  to build support for Israel on campus. This workshop will feature best practices from several of our JCRCs.
Moderator: Stephanie Hausner, JFNA/JCPA Israel Action Network | Speakers: Ariella Noveck, Northern New Jersey; Jennifer Raskas, JCRC of Greater Washington; Linda Scherzer, Greater MetroWest; Alexis Schwartz, JCRC of Greater Washington

Shared Society Efforts Within Israel: Economic Development, Women’s Issues, and Education
Over the past few years there have been investments by both the Israeli government and private sector to shared society programs that bring Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs together. This session will offer updates on these efforts and ways for your community to get involved in these efforts.
Speakers: Dina Charnin, National Council of Jewish Women; Liron Shoham, Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues

Civil Rights Law: Interpretation and Application of Religious Exemptions
This panel will discuss religious exemption provisions of U.S. civil rights (anti-discrimination) laws and the interpretation of these provisions by the Courts, including the interplay between the religious freedom and free speech clauses of the First Amendment and religious exemption provisions of civil rights laws. Our expert panel will also discuss current legislation pending at both the federal and state levels. The result of pending court cases, including Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which is currently before the United States Supreme Court, and proposed legislative changes could have major implications for the Jewish community. This session is off the record and closed to the media.
Moderator: David Bohm, JCPA Policy Advisory Committee | Speakers: Professor Michael Helfand, Pepperdine University School of Law; Maggie Garret, Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Elizabeth “Liz” Reiner PlattColumbia Law School

3:15 – 4:15 PM
Plenary Session: Israel at 70!
Moderator: Susan Heller Pinto, Anti-Defamation League | Speakers: Ambassador Dani Dayan, Israel Consulate of New York; Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; Marlene Post, Hadassah

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Plenary Session: Why Trans Rights is a Jewish Issue; Why Anti-Semitism is a Trans Issue
Speaker: Mara Keisling, National Center for Transgender Equality

5:30 – 7:30 PM
Dinner on Your Own

8:00 – 10:00 PM
“Plenum” Session: Resolutions and Business

Tuesday, April 24

7:45 – 8:45 AM
Breakfast (All Attendees)

9:00 – 9:45 AM
Plenary Session: #MeToo is #WeToo in the Jewish Community
In the Jewish communal world, #MeToo is #WeToo and we need to work together to put an end to abuses of power. To highlight how pervasive this is, Jewish communal professionals shared their stories of harassment and abuse with the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York. Hear the stories of colleagues’ experiences, learn about some of the initiatives taking place around the country, and have an opportunity to ask questions and share information.
Led by Jamie Allen Black, Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York

9:45 – 10:45 AM
Plenary Session: Movements to End Mass Incarceration
This session will bring together leading advocates for a conversation about some of the systemic problems with Mass Incarceration, including collateral consequences associated with a felony conviction, and how the Jewish community can get more involved with national movements.
Moderator: Roy Waterman, Jewish Council for Public Affairs | Speakers: Leyla Martinez, Beyond the Box Initative; Johnny Perez, National Religious Campaign Against Torture; Topeka Sam, Ladies of Hope Ministries/Cut50

11:00 am – 12:00 PM
Plenary Session: Polarized America, Polarized Jewish Community: Strategies for Dialogue and Engagement
Today’s politics are more divisive than ever. How can we create a culture that allows for dialogue across differences? What are the next steps for all of us? We know we have work that has to get done with people who have differing opinions. What can we do practically to get the work done?
Speakers: Robert Fersh, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution; Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Resetting the Table

12:00 – 2:30 PM
Interactive Workshops on Polarization

3:00 – 3:30 PM
Frank Fellows Closing Session (2017-2018 Cohort)