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Where Did All the Non-Jewish Leaders Come from at Our Vigils?

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 5, 2018

By Rabbi Doug Kahn | eJewishPhilanthropy |  Dozens of interfaith vigils were held in communities and on college campuses around the country to mourn the 11 Jews murdered at Shabbatservices in Pittsburgh and to proclaim “no more hate.” They were organized on short notice with synagogues, Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs), federations, JCCs, JFCS’s, Hillels and…

Opinion: In Pittsburgh, the very idea of America failed

by tgilden

  • Posted on November 2, 2018

By Shep Englander and Jackie Congedo | | It’s the summer of 1790 and then-President George Washington has just returned from visiting Yeshuat Israel, the first Jewish congregation in Newport, Rhode Island. He pens a 340-word letter – a pledge to the Jewish people as a religious minority: “The government of the United States, which gives to…

We Are Commanded to Care

by tgilden

  • Posted on October 15, 2018

By Melanie Roth Gorelick | As we finish dancing on Simcha Torah and begin reading Bereishit, we are reminded to love thy neighbor as we would ourselves. The commandment to love thy neighbor not only applies to the person next to us, but extends to all those living in our community and society. We are…

JCPA Publishes 2018 Candidate and Voter Engagement Guide

by tgilden

  • Posted on August 30, 2018

Civic engagement is the bread and butter work of the community relations field, and ensures Jewish representation and values remain an important feature of American public life. This guide offers resources, tools, and best practices to assist Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRC) and Jewish advocates with organizing: Candidate Engagement Programs Voter Education Get Out the Vote…

Our Trip to the Border

by tgilden

  • Posted on August 30, 2018

By Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President & Tammy Gilden, Senior Policy Associate | Last week, we traveled to both San Diego and Tijuana to learn firsthand about our nation’s immigration crisis as part of a Jewish Leadership Border Mission, led by HIAS and ADL. Participants on the mission met with the Mexican Consul General, immigration…

2018 August Recess Toolkit

by tgilden

  • Posted on August 2, 2018

In August, most Members of Congress schedule in-district meetings in their home states while Congress is in recess. This provides an important opportunity for the Jewish community relations network to advocate on priority issues that are currently before Congress. In addition to issue briefs with background information and talking points, the toolkit also provides tips…

JCPA Deeply Disappointed with Supreme Court Decision Upholding Travel Ban

by tgilden

  • Posted on June 26, 2018

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is deeply disappointed with today’s 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Trump v. Hawaii upholding the Administration’s “travel ban” barring immigrants and visitors from five Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for an indefinite period of time. The ban has been in effect since December 2017.…

JCPA Condemns Executive Order for Maintaining “Zero Tolerance” Policy

by tgilden

  • Posted on June 21, 2018

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) condemns the recent executive order that maintains the cruel “zero tolerance” policy of criminally prosecuting all adults who cross the border. This executive order simply opens the door to replacing family separation with family detention. Indefinitely imprisoning children alongside their parents is not the…

26 Jewish Groups Urge Administration to End Family Separation Policy

by tgilden

  • Posted on June 13, 2018

We strongly condemn the Administration’s policy of separating children from their migrant families at the US’s southern border. To amplify the voice of the Jewish community and speak out against this policy, JCPA, ADL, the RAC, and HIAS sent a letter signed by 26 national Jewish organizations urging the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security…

Top 5 Ways to Fight Family Separation

by tgilden

  • Posted on May 31, 2018

Call Members of Congress: Click here to be connected to your 2 Senators and 1 Representative. Here’s an example of what to say: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and [as a person of faith], I urge you to support policies that protect and unite immigrant and refugee families. The administration is detaining and prosecuting parents, and forcibly separating…