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JCPA Appoints Michael Fromm As New Board Chair

by tgilden

  • Posted on June 4, 2019

Michael Fromm has been elected Board Chair for the term June 2019–June 2021. Fromm, who will serve as the 28th leader of JCPA since its founding in 1944, takes over as the organization seeks to expand its role as a vital resource to Jewish communities across the United States in forging alliances with other ethnic,…

Why Communities Must Change Everything to Combat Antisemitism

by tgilden

  • Posted on May 31, 2019

By Jackie Congedo and David Bernstein The resurgence of antisemitism on both sides of the ideological spectrum, exhibited in novel and sometimes deadly ways, demands that Jewish communities reevaluate priorities and create new strategies to combat it. In the latter part of the twentieth century, American Jews enjoyed a welcome respite from history. Antisemitism plummeted. Many thought…

How to put the brakes on draconian state laws banning abortion

by tgilden

  • Posted on May 23, 2019

By Lori Weinstein, CEO of Jewish Women International | Washington Jewish Week | Eighty-three percent of American Jews say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, the Pew Research Forum found. And yet, women’s reproductive health care is under attack like never before — and women’s lives hang in the balance. The torrent…

Action Alert: Make Noise for the Rohingya People!

by tgilden

  • Posted on April 12, 2019

CALL YOUR SENATORS TO SUPPORT THE ROHINGYA As you likely know by now, the Rohingya people of Burma (Myanmar) have been targeted for destruction and genocide simply because of their religious and ethnic identity. And we know that, as Jews, we cannot remain silent in the face of such atrocities. The Senate just introduced the…

Seventy-Five Years Later, National-Local Jewish Community Relations Still Key to Jewish Wellbeing

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 13, 2019

By Larry Rubin, JCPA chief professional, 1990-2000; Hannah Rosenthal, JCPA chief professional, 2000-2004; Steve Gutow, JCPA chief professional, 2004-2015; David Bernstein, JCPA chief professional, 2016-Present Marking the 75th Anniversary of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), an organization each of us has had the honor of serving as the chief executive, it’s a…

Fighting Anti-Semitism Isn’t Just About Jews. It Kills Non-Jews, Too.

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 11, 2019

By Rori Picker Neiss Forward Anti-Semitism kills. Racism kills. Islamophobia kills. Homophobia kills. Bigotry kills. Each of these forms of bias uproots lives, devastates families, and destroys dreams. They kill violently and they kill painfully. Most shockingly of all, they kill indiscriminately. As a Jewish community, we fight anti-Semitism not only to protect ourselves, and not only to protect…

An open letter to my non-Jewish friends

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 8, 2019

By Ben Friedman To my progressive, non-Jewish friends: Let me start out by saying that nobody has to convince me that some of the people blasting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for making anti-Semitic remarks are operating in bad faith — I already know that. I have publicly come to the defense of those whom I believed…

JCPA Statement to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee: Hearing on “Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients”

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 5, 2019

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients.” Read JCPA’s Statement for the Record below or by clicking here. As the American Jewish community’s primary convener, consensus-builder, and policy advocate for over 75 years, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) urges House Judiciary Committee members…

JCPA Urges House Members to Support H.R. 1, the For the People Act

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 5, 2019

Read our letter below or click here. March 5, 2019   SUPPORT H.R. 1, THE FOR THE PEOPLE ACT Dear Representative: On behalf of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the national hub of the community relations network, representing 125 local Jewish community relations councils and 17 national Jewish agencies, including the four main…

We’ll Never Be Royals

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 4, 2019

By Abby Michelson-Porth Sh’ma Magazine/Forward The foundational creed of Judaism aligns magnificently with that of America. Where the Jewish creed rests in an individual’s relationship to God, and in one’s deeds, justice, fairness, and the utilitarian good, the American creed is devoted to individual liberty, self-government, equal opportunity, and sovereign states’ belonging to a union. Similarly…