JCPA Announces Tikkun Olam Award Winners to be Presented at its Virtual Benefit December 14, 2021

by Haya Luftig

New York, NY — The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is holding Moving Forward: JCPA2021 Virtual Benefit on December 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM. For 77 years, JCPA has been the organized Jewish community’s primary convener and consensus-builder, community relations powerhouse, and policy advocate. Today our mission remains critical as we have risen to meet current challenges in supporting the Jewish community, helping the most vulnerable during the pandemic, combatting the resurgence in antisemitism and hate, and adding an essential Jewish voice to the conversation on racial justice.


Moving Forward: JCPA2021 Virtual Benefit, December 14, 7:00 PM

At the Benefit, JCPA will present its prestigious Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World Award to Ilana Kaufman, Jews of Color Initiative Executive Director and Michael Fromm, Immediate Past JCPA Chair.  This award recognizes their deep commitment and extraordinary efforts to improve the lives of others and to exemplify the Jewish values of social justice, tolerance, and civility.


The Benefit will be held virtually. People need to pre-register to attend and receive a link to join us on December 14th. To visit click here.


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“It is with great admiration that we present the 2021 Tikkun Olam award to Michael Fromm for his tremendous leadership of JCPA during the pandemic and his commitment to building bridges in coalition with others. Michael is committed to strengthening Jewish community relations along with JCPA, its national hub. We thank him for his leadership and are proud to include him among our Tikkun Olam award winners,” said David Bohm JCPA Chair.

“We are proud of Ilana, who is part of the community relations family where she worked in as the Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director in East Bay for the San Francisco, Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council for many years and brought her talents and determination to the national level at JCPA conferences and discussions. She is a passionate advocate breaking barriers for so many people. As JCPA works for racial equity and justice, we believe this is the right moment in our country for Ilana to receive this award” said Melanie Roth Gorelick, JCPA Senior Vice President.

JCPA works for an inclusive and just society based on our Jewish values. In order to continue our work to help the most vulnerable, combat antisemitism and hate, and create trusted partnerships with diverse groups requires adequate resources and financial support from our many friends.

Event Co-Chairs are JCPA Board members Suellen Kadis (Cleveland, OH), and Jonathan Ellis (Tampa, FL). JCPA Chair is David Bohm (St. Louis, Missouri).

JCPA is a network of 125 Jewish Community Relations Councils and 16 national Jewish agencies and is the only body that represents all four denominations of religious Judaism. JCPA’s convenes its network to grapple with pressing issues of the day, build consensus, and work in common cause with other racial, ethnic, faith and civic leaders. Together, we and our network advocate for a just and pluralistic society, combat antisemitism and hate, support Israel’s quest for peace and security, and promote global human rights.

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Haya Luftig