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An open letter to my non-Jewish friends

by tgilden

  • Posted on March 8, 2019

By Ben Friedman orlandosentinel.com 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…



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…