2021 JCPA Gala

JCPA is the organized Jewish community’s primary convener and consensus-builder, community relations powerhouse, and policy advocate.

JCPA works in support of the Jewish community, advocates for our country’s most vulnerable persons, combats rising antisemitism, hate, and bigotry, ensures a vital and strong democracy, leads the Jewish community to the table as a key player in the response to racism, and raises a strong voice to promote Israel’s efforts for peace.

Today’s fractious environment sees JCPA and its grassroots/national network ever more vibrant, dynamic, and crucial. We know that when our community comes together, we make a significant impact. Jewish unity is essential, so that we can continue to work toward our vision of a just and pluralistic America.

Please join us at this special Benefit to support our work. The challenges remain many going forward.


Sen Jacky Rosen sm

Jacky Rosen
U.S. Senator for Nevada

Nachman Shai sm

Dr. Nachman Shai
Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs

Amy Spitalnick sm

Amy Spitalnick
Executive Director
Integrity First for America

Wade Henderson sm

Wade Henderson
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Alexa Fuentes sm

Alexa Fuentes
Masters Student
International Humanitarian Action

Entertainment by Stand Up for Peace

Standup for Peace uses comedy to bring together Jews, Muslims, Israelis, Arabs, and people from all backgrounds. Because, if we can laugh together, we can live together.

scott blakeman

Master of Ceremonies
Scott Blakeman
Standup for Peace

Jewish Call to Action: Ending Mass Incarceration and Criminalization


Rabbi Robert Barr, Congregation Beth Adam •  Nigel Bowe, JEVS Human Services • Paul Fishman, Former United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey • Rabbi Rachel Gartner,  Georgetown University • Rabbi Hilly Haber, Central Synagogue • Rabbi Robert Kaplan, The Center for Community Leadership, NY-JCRC • Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism • Ruth Messinger, Global Ambassador, American Jewish World Service • Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, Jewish Community Relations Council of St Louis • Jonathan Rapping, Gideons Promise • Yolanda Savage-Narva, Director of Racial Equity, Union for Reform Judaism • Barry Scheck, Commissioner for New York’s Forensic Science Review Board • Rep. Tana Senn, Washington State • Faye Taxman, Co-Chair, JCPA Criminal Justice Initiative • Bruce Turnbull, Co-Chair, JCPA Criminal Justice Initiative • Joyce Vance, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama • Yael Averbuch West, National Women’s Soccer League Players Association • Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, Uri L’Tzedek

The Benefit will review JCPA’s work during 2021 and highlight our impact and accomplishments helping the Jewish community and most vulnerable as we move forward from the pandemic to build a brighter future for all. It will demonstrate the importance of the community relations field.

Host Committee

List in Formation

Jonathan Ellis and Suellen Kadis, Event Co-Chairs

Natalie Silverman, Isaiah Society Chair

Susan Abravanel
Lisa Anderson
Vivian Bass
Shifra Bronznick
Tonda Case
Jordan Daniels
Leslie Dannin Rosenthal
Laura Fitch
Lois Frank
Susan Fromm
Joshua Gamson
Lee Jason Goldberg
Ginna Green
Jaime Jenett
Lily Kaufman
Leslie Kirby
Aviva Levine
Jeffery Pasek
Heather Miller
Anjelica N. Ruiz
Shelley Niceley Groff
Walter Spiegel
Jennifer Steinberg
Jordan Weiss

David Bohm, JCPA Chair

Melanie Roth Gorelick, JCPA Senior Vice President