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Evie Litwok

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 5, 2020

Evie Litwok is the Founder and Executive Director of Witness to Mass Incarceration (WMI). A non-profit organization devoted to raising public awareness of conditions within the nation’s prisons and ending mass incarceration, WMI uses documentation, leadership development, grassroots organizing and advocacy to make impact.  Litwok left prison homeless, jobless, and penniless in 2014.  Despite the…

Heidi Altman

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 3, 2020

Heidi Altman is the Director of Policy for the National Immigrant Justice Center, overseeing NIJC’s legislative and policy advocacy on issues that impact immigrant communities including immigration detention, enforcement, and access to asylum. Previously, Heidi served as the legal director for the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition and created the in-house immigration legal services program at the…

Dr. Efraim Chalamish

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on January 29, 2020

Dr. Efraim Chalamish is an international economic law Prof., advisor, and commentator. He has been involved in international legal practice in New York, Paris and Israel, along with research and analysis of cutting edge areas in public and private international economic law. His work included both international arbitration disputes and cross-border transactions for multinational clients…

Bail Reform Does Not Enable Anti-Semitism

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on January 27, 2020

By Zachary Katznelson and David Bernstein January 27, 2020 Jewish Week In the face of a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in New York, a tempting, but ultimately false claim has been making the rounds: the New York State bail laws that took effect on Jan. 1, 2020 are to blame. The argument goes that the…

JCPA presents Tikkun Olam Award to Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Leading Disability Rights and Jewish Advocate

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on January 1, 2020

Award to be Presented at JCPA’s National Conference in Washington, D.C The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is proud to present its prestigious Tikkun Olam Award to Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, a leading advocate for rights for people with disabilities, philanthropist and Jewish activist. JCPA bestows its Tikkun Olam Awards annually to individuals who have…


by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on December 19, 2019

Awards to be Presented at JCPA's National Conference in Washington, D.C. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) presents its prestigious Tikkun Olam Awards annually to individuals who have displayed extraordinary efforts to make the world a better place and a passion for civic engagement and justice.  The 2020 honorees include David Bohm, Jason Flom,…

JCPA Files Interfaith Amicus Brief in Support of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on December 19, 2019

Interfaith coalition of national and local organizations file amicus brief in lawsuit challenging Executive Order that effectively bans refugee resettlement New York, NY — Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and Catholic Charities USA filed an amicus brief with 27 interfaith partners in a lawsuit challenging the Executive Order permitting state governors and county executives…

Ten Ways Not to Fight Antisemitism

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on November 11, 2019

November 11, 2019 By eJP By David Bernstein Effectively fighting resurgent Antisemitism on both sides of the political spectrum requires us to kick some old, bad habits. Here are 10 ways not to fight it: 1. Don’t fight it by using the “A word” haphazardly We should be very careful about calling an act “Antisemitism”…

Media Advisory: JCPA Leads JCRC Border Trip to Arizona

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on September 6, 2019

JCPA Leads Arizona-Mexico Border Trip for Jewish Community Relations Leaders WHAT:  To break through the politicized and polarized discussion on immigration, JCPA is leading a 23-person delegation on a fact-finding trip to the Arizona-Mexico border to examine U.S. policies and witness conditions facing migrants and asylum seekers firsthand. Highlights Attend an Operation Streamline hearing, a federal…