Author Archive:

Voting Rights and Elections During a Public Health Crisis

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 Click here for the PDF version. 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…



Resolution on Criminal Justice Reform During a Public Health Crisis

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 Click here for the PDF version. 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…



Immigration Concerns During a Pandemic

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 Click here for the PDF version. 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…

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 Click here for the PDF version. 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…

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…



Government Workers’ Right to Unionize

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly Click here for the PDF version. Jews have always been concerned with treating workers fairly. The Torah makes clear, “You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer, whether a fellow countryman or a stranger… You must pay him his wages on the same day, before the sun…

Federal Judicial Nominations

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly Click here for the PDF version. “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…

Restorative and Rehabilitative Justice

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly Click here for the PDF version. Beginning in the 1970s with the “War on Drugs” and harsh mandatory minimums, the U.S. prison population exploded—exacerbated by the 1994 Crime Bill—disproportionately harming poor people and people of color. The pervasiveness of mass incarceration has helped shed light on the dehumanizing…

Gun Violence Prevention

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly Click here for the PDF version. Rooted in our belief in the sanctity of life, the Jewish community relations field has fought for decades to prevent gun violence, which has become heart-breakingly, unacceptably common. Gun violence, including mass shootings, have reached epidemic levels, impacting people from every walk…



Paul Fishman

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 6, 2020

Paul Fishman heads Arnold & Porter’s Crisis Management and Strategic Response team and is a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense, Commercial Litigation, Securities Enforcement, and Appellate practices. He focuses on counseling executives and boards of directors on complex and sensitive issues, and handles internal and government investigations, white collar criminal defense, commercial litigation,…