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Jewish communal public diplomacy

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 4, 2019

By Paul Rockower Jewishaz.com Throughout my career, I have been a practitioner of public diplomacy. I did so as a press officer for the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest, directing media and public diplomacy outreach across a five-state region during the Second Intifada and Gaza Disengagement. More recently, I have run State Department cultural…



Why We Must Rehabilitate Anti-Semites

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 4, 2019

By David Bernstein jewishweek.timesofisrael.com When newly elected Rep. Max Rose (D-Staten Island-Brooklyn) first joined the army, he met people who never came across a Jew and thought Jews had horns, he told a gathering of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Private Rose didn’t issue a written condemnation, seeking to ruin their careers. He gently…



Embracing Kahanist extremism crosses a red line

by tgilden

  • Posted on February 25, 2019

By Doug Kahn jweekly.com “Banned in 1988, assassinated in 1990, mainstreamed in 2019: Kahane lives” was the headline atop a recent Times of Israel blog that commented on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appalling decision to broker a deal aimed at bringing a racist and extremist party into his coalition government. For 50 years, I have taken on…



JCPA Votes to Adopt Four New Resolutions at 2019 National Conference in D.C.

by tgilden

  • Posted on February 19, 2019

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) Delegates Assembly voted to adopt four new resolutions during the JCPA2019 national conference held February 9-12 in Washington, D.C. These resolutions are now policy for the community relations field. Each year, JCPA convenes its Delegates Assembly, composed of 125 Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs) and…



Why I’m A Litmus-Test Minimalist

by tgilden

  • Posted on February 19, 2019

By David Bernstein jewishweek.timesofisrael.com The Jewish community is beset with litmus-test fever. We obsess over whom not to engage, whom not to meet with and whom never to touch with a 10-foot pole. It’s an affliction of both the right and the left. And they, by the way, don’t speak to each other. Many on the Jewish…



Why it’s time to Strengthen Jewish Community Relations

by tgilden

  • Posted on February 7, 2019

By David Brown and David Bernstein ejewishphilanthropy.com In light of the dizzying array of controversies experienced by the Jewish community, most recently the flack over anti-Semitism among leaders of the Women’s March, we are more convinced than ever that the Jewish community must strengthen its community relations capacity. Last year, the Jewish Federations of North…



JCPA Strongly Opposes Administration’s Decision Allowing S. Carolina Foster Agencies to Discriminate Against Jewish Parents

by tgilden

  • Posted on January 23, 2019

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) strongly opposes the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) decision to grant a waiver authorizing a government-funded South Carolina foster agency to discriminate against prospective foster parents on the basis of religion. The waiver sanctions taxpayer-funded discrimination and harms foster children, one of…



2018 Israel Mission Picture Gallery

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 8, 2018

JCPA’s 19-person delegation to Israel took the temperature of the two-state outcome, assessed the state of Israeli democracy and pluralism, and studied issues important to the community relations field. “We returned with numerous insights that will benefit our work, but most striking was how much Israelis—from young people to Knesset members to Palestinians—both need and want…



The Big Hug: Impressions from JCPA’s 2018 Mission to Israel

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 8, 2018

By Melanie Roth Gorelick | “The Big Hug” is how I sum up our JCPA2018 Mission to Israel because wherever we went we were embraced. Our 19-person delegation (including eight from St. Louis) ventured to Israel to take the temperature of the two-state outcome, assess the state of Israeli democracy and pluralism, and study issues…