*Schedule is in formation; all times are tentative.
Sunday, April 22
9:30 – 10:15 am
Frank Fellows Breakfast (2017-2018 cohort)
New Delegate Orientation
Welcome: A Call to Action
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Plenary Session: The State of American Democracy
This session features William Kristol (founder/editor, The Weekly Standard) a prominent conservative, and William Galston (The Brookings Institution), a prominent liberal. In 2017,the “Two Bills,” political combatants for more than 30 years, together formed 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.
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 killings 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.
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Lunch: Networking time, Frank Fellow Lunch (Open to all cohorts), JCRC Chairs Lunch
2:15 – 3:15 pm
Policy, Program, and Intergroup Relations Breakouts
• 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 Speakers: Andre Ward, Jordyn Lexton
• 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.
Moderator: Jeff Wice Speakers: Lurie Daniel Favors, Rabbi Bob Kaplan, Steve Romalewski
• Strategic Intergroup Relations
• Undocumented in America – 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.
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Policy, Program, and Intergroup Relations Breakouts Repeated
4:45 – 5:15 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
5:30 – 6:45 pm
I-Engage Training for JCRC Directors and Chairs
Minding the Gap: Towards Rebuilding The Broken Relationship Between Israel and the Diaspora
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.
Training led by Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer
7:00 – 10:00 pm – JCPA 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
• Racial Justice and Inclusiveness Training (JCPA Board of Directors)
• Coalition Building Training- Frank Fellows (2017-2018 Cohort and Alumni)
9:30 – 10:30 am
Plenary Session: Amplifying Jewish Voices in Civic Spaces
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.
Speakers: Joel Braunold, Liron Shoham
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
• Socially Responsible Investing
• Anti-Zionism in the Jewish Community
• High School Advocacy Prep
Sponsored by Touro College
• Working with the Israeli Arab and Palestinian Communities
• Israeli Palestinian Peace Fund and Government Efforts for Peace
12:45 – 2:00 pm
General Lunch on Own
Executive Committee Meeting (committee members only)
Frank Fellow Government Affairs Training (2017-2018 cohort and Alumni)
Speaker: William Daroff
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Israel Breakouts Repeated
3:15 – 4:15 pm
Plenary Session: Israel at 70!
4:30 – 5:30 pm
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Dinner on Own
8:00 – 10:00 pm
“Plenum” Session: Resolutions and Business
Tuesday, April 24
7:45 – 8:45 am
9:00 – 9:30 am
#Me Too Political Theatre
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.
10:00 – 10:45 am
Plenary Session: Movements To De-carcerate
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 to end Mass Incarceration.
Moderator: Roy Waterman Speakers: Leyla Martinez, Johnny Perez, Topeka Sam
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Plenary Session: A Polarized America-A Polarized Jewish Community: Strategies for Dialogue and Engagement
Today’s politics are more divisive than ever. 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. How can we do practically get the work done?
Speakers: Robert Fersh, Rabbi Melissa Weintraub
12:00 – 2:30 pm
Interactive Workshops on Polarization
2:30 – 3:00 pm
3:00 – 3:30 pm
Frank Fellows Closing Session (2017-2018 Cohort)