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JCRC Network Speaks Out on The Killing of George Floyd

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on June 9, 2020

The Jewish community relations network has long been committed to racial justice and black-Jewish relations. In response to the murder of George Floyd, JCRCs from across the country have spoken out forcefully and recommitted themselves to fighting systemic racism in partnership with the black community. At this historic moment we are sharing with you the…



My Fellow Jews: Get in the Fight

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on June 1, 2020

Op-Ed by Melanie Roth Gorelick The Forward May 31, 2020 I am sure you are as outraged as I am over the murder of George Floyd during a violent arrest by police in Minneapolis. This brutality took place on the heels of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, who was chased and gunned down by armed white men…



Resolution on Voting Rights and Elections During A Public Health Crisis

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 The novel coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has exposed the very real and highly concerning overlap between public health and the way in which our elections are run. In 2020, we have even greater challenges as the coronavirus pandemic compounds pre-existing long-term voter access issues. The Jewish Council for Public…



Resolution on Criminal Justice Reform During A Public Health Crisis

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 In the context of our criminal justice system, the novel coronavirus pandemic has exposed the very real and highly concerning overlap between public health and the way in which our incarceration system operates. Jails and prisons have been described as petri dishes for development and spread of the virus.…



Immigration Concerns During a Pandemic

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 JCPA believes that people should not be treated as criminals for seeking opportunities for a better life in the United States. They should be treated with dignity and not deprived of basic human rights, including health and safety. JCPA believes that any current public health policy that either excludes…

Resolution Adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Antisemitism

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 3, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly In 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), a consortium of (then) 31 countries—including the U.S. and Israel—developed and formally adopted the Working Definition of Antisemitism. This definition is a useful tool for combating hate and antisemitism in the U.S. and around the world. Antisemitism and hate crimes…

Jewish Organizations Express Solidarity to Chinese American and Chinese Communities with a Letter of Support

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 25, 2020

New York- More than 70 Jewish organizations from the across the US, including the rabbinical bodies of the four major branches of Judaism, signed a letter of support for Chinese American and Chinese communities. In recent weeks, since public reports of the virus in January, social media has been filled with malicious allegations and misinformation against Chinese…



The Provision of Kashruth Food at JCPA-Sponsored Meetings

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly For over 75 years, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (formerly the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council) has been committed to providing an inclusive environment where every segment of our membership could participate without compromising its core values. In that spirit, all food served at JCPA meetings…



Resolution on Federal Judicial Nominations

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly “The world rests on three things: justice, truth, and peace” (Avot 1:18). Our Jewish tradition and American values rely on justice, which is chiefly administered in the United States by the judicial branch. Our cohesion as a nation relies on the legitimacy and fairness of our judiciary. For…