Category Archive for: Policy Resolutions

Resolution on Voting Rights and Elections During A Public Health Crisis

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 The novel coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has exposed the very real and highly concerning overlap between public health and the way in which our elections are run. In 2020, we have even greater challenges as the coronavirus pandemic compounds pre-existing long-term voter access issues. The Jewish Council for Public…



Resolution on Criminal Justice Reform During A Public Health Crisis

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 In the context of our criminal justice system, the novel coronavirus pandemic has exposed the very real and highly concerning overlap between public health and the way in which our incarceration system operates. Jails and prisons have been described as petri dishes for development and spread of the virus.…



Immigration Concerns During a Pandemic

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on May 10, 2020

Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 JCPA believes that people should not be treated as criminals for seeking opportunities for a better life in the United States. They should be treated with dignity and not deprived of basic human rights, including health and safety. JCPA believes that any current public health policy that either excludes…

Resolution Adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Antisemitism

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 3, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly In 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), a consortium of (then) 31 countries—including the U.S. and Israel—developed and formally adopted the Working Definition of Antisemitism. This definition is a useful tool for combating hate and antisemitism in the U.S. and around the world. Antisemitism and hate crimes…

The Provision of Kashruth Food at JCPA-Sponsored Meetings

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly For over 75 years, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (formerly the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council) has been committed to providing an inclusive environment where every segment of our membership could participate without compromising its core values. In that spirit, all food served at JCPA meetings…



Resolution on Federal Judicial Nominations

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly “The world rests on three things: justice, truth, and peace” (Avot 1:18). Our Jewish tradition and American values rely on justice, which is chiefly administered in the United States by the judicial branch. Our cohesion as a nation relies on the legitimacy and fairness of our judiciary. For…



Resolution on Restorative and Rehabilitative Justice

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly Beginning in the 1970s with the “War on Drugs” and harsh mandatory minimums, the U.S. prison population exploded—exacerbated by the 1994 Crime Bill—disproportionately harming poor people and people of color. The pervasiveness of mass incarceration has helped shed light on the dehumanizing conditions of imprisonment and the inequities…

Resolution on Gun Violence Prevention

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on February 14, 2020

Adopted by the 2020 JCPA Delegates Assembly Rooted in our belief in the sanctity of life, the Jewish community relations field has fought for decades to prevent gun violence, which has become heart-breakingly, unacceptably common. Gun violence, including mass shootings, have reached epidemic levels, impacting people from every walk of life in almost every community…



Amendment to the 2014 Increasing the Minimum Wage Resolution

by Haya Luftig

  • Posted on March 3, 2019

Adopted by the 2019 JCPA Delegates Assembly Jewish tradition repeatedly calls for social justice, demanding that we not only feed the hungry, but also help those in need become self-sufficient. The Torah repeatedly emphasizes the need to treat workers fairly. According to Deuteronomy 24:14-15, "You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer ... but…