COVID-19 Videos

JCPA Response, Education and Advocacy During COVID-19

JCPA Education and Webinars on COVID-19

JCPA is creating important content for the community relations network to educate and engage the network on today’s pressing and action during this social isolation period. The topics focus on two bucket areas:   Jewish Values During the Pandemic which provides access to high-level speakers, experts and thought leaders.  The second is Jewish Advocacy During the Pandemic that will highlights leaders, education and action opportunities on a range of issues of concern to community relations network.


Ending Racism in America, A Discussion with Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP

We are living through a momentous time in the United States as diverse Americans have come together to call for an end to systematic racism. This is the most significant conversation our country has had on racism since the 1960s. What are the priority issues for the Black community? What is the role of the Jewish community? What does a new partnership between Blacks and Jews look like?

Featuring: Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP
Moderator: Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President

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White Nationalism, Racism and Antisemitism in America Today

This country is facing a crisis of white nationalism and growing hate- from attacks like Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, Poway, and El Paso, to the racist murders of George Floyd and countless others. Join us for a discussion on how to understand and confront white nationalism — and the racism and antisemitism that are central to it.

Featuring: Amy Spitalnick , Executive Director of Integrity First for America; Eric K. Ward, Executive Director of the Western States Center

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Balancing Public Health and Privacy in the COVID-19 Era
May 28, 2020 at 12:30 PM ET

One of the most important ways to contain the pandemic is  through “contact tracing,” which often utilizes smart phone data and “exposure notification” apps. Such technology raises serious privacy concerns. How will we ensure that our private information does not give undue power over our lives to a surveillance state and commercial interests? Please join us for an important discussion of the civil rights and liberties costs and opportunities presented by digital contact tracing.

Featuring: Neema Singh Guliani, Senior Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union; Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director, National Security Institute and Assistant professor of Law and Director, National Security Law and Policy Program; Susan Landau, Bridge Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the School of Engineering of Computer Science, Tufts University

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Israel’s Race for the Cure: A Conversation on Public Health Policy, Testing, and Vaccine
May 20, 2002 at 2:00 PM ET

After bringing new cases of COVID-19 to near zero, Israel is reopening its economy. What did Israel do right (or wrong) in managing the spread of the disease? Israeli institutions are also said to be on the cutting edge of developing both vaccines and anti-virals. What breakthroughs might we see in the months ahead?

Featuring: Dr. Yoram Weiss, Director, Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center and Dr. Janice Weinman Shorenstein, Executive Director/CEO, Hadassah

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Democracy in Israel: An Analysis of the Current Political Situation
May 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET

At the start of the pandemic, Israel was in the midst of elections. How Israel is handing the post-pandemic period? With a new unity government in place, what can we expect in the coming in year? Join us for a snapshot briefing on the current political situation in Israel with Tal Shalev and Dr. Michael Koplow.

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Jewish Community Advocacy During COVID-19

JCPA, HIAS, and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger discuss the impact of the pandemic on the people they serve, and share how you can help. On this webinar, our policy experts speak about increased food insecurity, the evolving threats to the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program and asylum system, and the COVID-19 emergency in prisons, jails and immigration detention centers. The presenters also discuss the ways in which the Jewish community can continue to advocate even when we cannot engage in person.

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JCPA’s Delegates Assembly Special Session on COVID-19

During the Pandemic a number of new issues have risen on the legislative agenda that will help the people most at risk and vulnerable in our society. This session will address issues specific to this emergency situation.

Safety Net Issues: For the Jewish Community and broader society during a pandemic. Featuring Stephan Kline, Jewish Federations of North American and Reuben Rotman, Network of Jewish Human Services Agencies.

Elections and Voting Rights Policy: Featuring Hannah Fried, All Voting Is Legal and Barbara Weinstein, Religious Action Center.

Criminal Justice Reform: Avoiding and handling a health crisis in prisons and jails, and probation and parole. Featuring: Insha Rahman,
Vera Institute of Justice; Faye S. Taxman, JCPA Criminal Justice Initiative Co-Chair; and Bruce Turnbull, JCPA Criminal Justice Initiative Co-Chair.

Immigration: Decriminalization of Border Crossing and Compassionate Release. Featuring: Sue Kenney-Pfalzer, HIAS Director, Border and Asylum Network and Paromita Shah, Just Futures Law.

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Protecting Immigrants During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Immigrants are among the most vulnerable during this pandemic. Tens of thousands of asylum seekers and children are being held in detention facilities and unlicensed shelters that already lack medical care, shelter, food, clean water, and basic sanitation, and are already breeding grounds for disease. At the same time, many undocumented immigrants fear arrest and deportation if they seek medical attention. What is the current situation for immigrants being held near the border and living around the country? What can we do to advocate for their rights and wellbeing?

Featuring: Altaf Saadi, MD MSc, Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor at Harvard Medical School; Kerri Talbot, Director of Federal Advocacy, Immigration Hub; and Arlene Fickler, Chair, JCRC of the Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

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Antisemitism and Hate on the Internet During a Pandemic

How have extremist groups exploited the current moment to advance their hatred and antisemitism? What’s being said and where is it being said? What can Jewish organizations and others do to combat such bigotry?

The ADL’s Center on Extremism combats extremism, terrorism and all forms of hate in the real world and online. Recognized as the foremost authority on extremism, the Center provides resources, expertise and training which enables law enforcement, public officials and internet and technology companies to identify and counter emerging threats.

Featuring: Oren Segal, Vice President, ADL Center on Extremism; Aryeh Tuchman, Associate Director, ADL Center on Extremism; and Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President, JCPA

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Women During the Pandemic
Monday, April 27, 11:00 AM Eastern

Women are on the frontlines of the #COVID-19 response as they make-up the majority of health care workers and others most affected.  Many face specific challenges during this period such as domestic violence and access to reproductive healthcare.  What are the priorities of women’s organizations during the Pandemic?

Featuring: Meredith Jacobs,  CEO , Jewish Women International (JWI); Sheila Katz, CEO, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW); and Susan Turnbull Past Chair Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).

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Building Bridges: Israeli and Palestinian Healthcare Cooperation
Did you know that Israelis and Palestinians are supporting their communities through the coronavirus crisis? This eye-opening webinar will help you understand the challenges and opportunities in the region, delivered from top experts. Hosted by the Israel Action Network, Jewish Council for Public AffairsJCRC of Greater Washington, and Project Rozana USA.
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A Faith Response to COVID-19

The webinar explains important details of the recently passed C.A.R.E.S. Act, the positive provisions, and the key priorities that were left out. We will look at implications of COVID-19 and the recent legislation on a variety of issues and populations, including: incarcerated individuals, immigrants, low-income communities, Native Americans, our health care system, and elections. Congress is already starting negotiations on a fourth COVID-19 package. The second half of this webinar will be an advocacy training about how to set up and conduct virtual meetings with congressional offices. The faith voice is incredibly important in this moment. We hope you will join and spread the word.

Featuring: Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK; Islamic Relief USA; National Council of Churches; United Church of Christ; Friends Committee on National Legislation; Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Franciscan Action Network; Colombian Center for Advocacy and Outreach

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Coronavirus in Prisons, Jails: An Emergency We Need To Address NOW
Prisons and jails have nearly 2.1 million people behind bars. This includes more than 500,000 people who are waiting trial. The recent coronavirus creates a potential for the rapid spread of the disease in confined settings. This has the potential of turning into a national crisis and has not been addressed at the national level. The webinar will cover the why we must address this issue now, and not wait.

Featuring: Rick Altice, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University; Faye S. Taxman, Ph.D.,Co-Chair, JCPA Criminal Justice Initiative; Director, Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence; and Nicole D. Porter,Director of Advocacy, Sentencing Project.

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Over 6 Million Americans are on Community Supervision: Reforming Pretrial, Parole, and Probation
Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 PM Eastern

Why Reform the Criminal Justice System? The criminal justice system is a complex web of agencies—law enforcement, prosecution, defense, courts, pretrial, probation and/or parole, prison, jail, treatment, and other organizations. Reforming the system is difficult since changing one part of the system can affect other parts of the system—typically resulting in a number of unintended consequences (and sometimes adverse effects). 1 in 5 adults in the US have been involved in the justice system, and involvement in the system affects families and communities. This series is about reforms—what needs reforming? Why reform? And how can the reforms justice improve justice and social equity?

This webinar will focus on the invisible part of the justice system which is probation, parole and other community corrections.  Yet over 6 million adults are on community supervision, which averages out to be about 1 in 55 people (18-90 year old). Community supervision can fuel the incarceration system with the many conditions that are part of supervision. Learn about why we need to reform community supervision just as much as reform the use of prisons/jail.

Featuring: Erin Haney,  National Policy Director, REFORM Alliance; Dr. Brian Lovins Principal, Justice System Partners (JSP)​; and Faye S. Taxman, PhD Co-Chair, JCPA Criminal Justice Initiative Director, Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence.

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Front End Justice: Exploring Why Pretrial Reform is Needed
Friday, May 1, 3:00 PM Eastern

A simple fact is what happens during pretrial affects the sentence of individuals.  Those that are detained pretrial—regardless of whether they are detained due to lack of money for bail or bond or due to poor policies that do not allow for release on own recognizance—are more likely to get a prison/jail sentence.  The front end of the justice system, from arrest to adjudication, is in need of reform to ensure that public safety goals are met.  Right now, the front end discriminates against those that are improvised, and those that do not have the resources for a private attorney.  Pretrial release reform is top of the list of efforts to make sustained change in how we use the criminal justice system.

Featuring: Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Initiative; DeAnna R. Hoskins, President/CEO, Just Leadership USA; and Bruce Turnbull, Co-Chair, JCPA Criminal Justice Initiative.

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A Conversation with Natan Sharansky: the Pandemic and the Jews
Wednesday, April 1, 11:00 AM Eastern

Natan Sharansky is the past Chairman of The Jewish Agency, a former Soviet prisoner of Zion, Israeli politician, and world renowned human rights activist and 2020 Genesis Prize Laureate. He will join David Bernstein, JCPA CEO and President in conversation.

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Yossi Klein Halevi Discusses Coronavirus and Israeli Democracy

Yossi Klein Halevi’s 2013 book, “Like Dreamers,” won the Jewish Book Council’s Everett Book of the Year Award. His latest book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,” is a New York Times bestseller. Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co-directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI), which teaches emerging young Muslim American leaders about Judaism, Jewish identity and Israel. Over a hundred Muslim leaders have participated in the unique program.

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The Jewish Community and the Pandemic

A Discussion With One of the World’s Top Authorities on Pandemic Response What is the current state of the coronavirus pandemic? How will it likely impact local communities? What are some of the policy approaches being tried around the world and what seems to be working?

Dr. Asaf Bitton is one of the foremost voices on the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Asaf will also share his views on Israel’s response, and how this this pandemic compares to others he has worked on.

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Jewish Values During A Pandemic

What do Jewish values instruct during a pandemic and amid the spread of the coronavirus? How should individual Jews act? How should we act collectively? What can Jews do to ensure other vulnerable groups feel safe?

David J. Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple. Named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California.

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