New York Criminal Justice Conference Recap — On September 15, JCPA, in partnership with UJA-Federation of New York and JCRC NY, held a one-day conference for New Yorkers on Criminal Justice Reform: A Jewish Call to Action, cosponsored by 35 local New York Jewish organizations. As part of this initiative, JCPA brought together 225 participants, including experts, advocates, and government officials, with the aim of building a Jewish coalition in the wake of the conference. Click here for the full recap of the conference!

House Passes BURMA Act with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support — On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to help end genocide and other human rights atrocities in Burma by passing the BURMA Act, which JCPA endorsed and advocated for as part of the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network. This bill would sanction top Burmese military officials, authorize humanitarian assistance for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, and support accountability mechanisms for the many persecuted ethnic and religious minorities in Burma. JCPA urges the Senate to immediately pass this critical legislation. Click here for more information from American Jewish World Service. 

Muslim Travel Ban Gets First Hearing in Congress — On Tuesday, the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees held a joint hearing on the Muslim travel ban, nearly two years after its enactment. Ahead of the historic hearing, JCPA joined over 400 other groups in endorsing the NO BAN Act (S. 1123/H.R. 2214), which would end the discriminatory Muslim travel bans, amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, and limit Presidential authority to enact similar bans in the future.

JCPA Welcomes the 2019-2020 Frank Fellows Cohort — JCPA is pleased to announce our sixth cohort of fellows of the prestigious JCPA Frank Family Leadership Institute for Emerging Leaders. The JCPA Fellowship is a unique mentoring opportunity for emerging leaders in the community relations field who want to be active in the areas of public policy, public affairs, and intergroup/interfaith relations at both the local and national levels. Click here to see the new fellows.

Celebrating 75 Years of Community Relations & Advocacy

Watch our our anniversary video and read our story & timeline to learn more about how JCPA’s work has impacted our society!

JCPA Awards

The Albert D. Chernin Award is presented each year to an American Jew whose life work best exemplifies the social justice imperatives of Judaism, Jewish history, and the protection of the Bill of Rights, particularly the First Amendment. This award celebrates the achievements of its recipient, whose ideals symbolize the principles embodied by the work of JCPA. This award is named after Albert Chernin, Executive Vice Chair of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (now the Jewish Council for Public Affairs) from 1975-1990. Chernin’s leadership created a far-reaching impact on American policy in the areas of church-state, civil rights, immigration, Israel, and Soviet Jewry.

Click here for a list of past recipients.

Tikkun Olam Award: Partner in Repairing the World

The JCPA’s Tikkun Olam Award: Partner in Repairing the World is one of most prestigious awards of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Bestowing this great honor provides the JCPA an opportunity to recognize individuals who demonstrate a deep commitment and extraordinary effort to improving the lives of people everywhere and who embody the Jewish principle of tikkun olam. By presenting this award, we are acknowledging its recipient’s commitment to the religious values of social justice, tolerance, and civility in the public square.

Click here for past recipients.