Jewish Advocacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

JCPA Response, Education and Advocacy During COVID-19

JCPA’s Delegates Assembly Adopts Emergency Resolutions on Issues Related COVID-19 — On May 8, the Delegates Assembly adopted four emergency resolutions related to the COVID-19 crisis at a voting session attended by almost 100 representatives of local Jewish community relations councils and national Jewish agencies. The resolutions expand the scope of JCPA’s policies related to the pandemic on immigration detention, decriminalization, and enforcement; decarceration of prisons and jails; and vote-by-mail and in-person voting. The Assembly also passed, for the first time, a resolution on handling pandemics. Please see below for links to the full resolution text:

JCPA Advocates for Emergency Response to COVID-19 in Prisons and Jails — JCPA cosponsored a virtual town hall on May 7 in partnership with the Ending Mass Incarceration (EMI) national strategy team, Ebenezer Church, and the Auburn Seminary. Click here to watch the program.

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, JCPA is working to ensure the safety and health of the Jewish community, support the Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs) on the frontlines of engagement with legislators, increase our educational webinar platform, and intensify advocacy with our diverse issue-based coalition partners. Our aim is to ensure that the community relations work is strong during this pandemic.

This page will include information on:

  • Act Now! What You Can Do
  • Education, Webinars and Zoom opportunities
  • Advocacy Priorities and Action you can take from home on your computers and smart phones
  • Support to the Jewish Community Relations Councils
  • Combating Antisemitism and Hate

This web page will be updated on a regular basis. We encourage you to visit it every days to learn about the latest education and action.



Urge Congress to Provide Critical Funding for Elections Assistance in Response to COVID-19
Administering elections during a pandemic is new territory for the United States. But we do not have to choose between public health and our democracy. If states and counties are to run safe and effective elections in the midst of this crisis, they must have adequate resources to provide both vote-by-mail and in-person options. Congress is already working on a fourth COVID-19 response bill, so it is critical that we make our make our voices heard now. As part of JCPA’s COVID-19 advocacy, we are working to ensure that the 2020 elections are safe, fair, and accessible, which is a core component of a strong, thriving democracy. Write to your Members of Congress TODAY to urge them to safeguard our democracy in the next COVID-19 response legislation. Click here for more information and to send an email to your Senators.

Fund and Improve the Paycheck Protection Loan Program
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) urges you to contact your Senators and urge them to support an emergency supplemental appropriations bill of $250 billion for the Paycheck Protection Loan Program (PPL) through unanimous consent. Click here for more information and to send an email to your Senators.

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Addressing the COVID-19 Emergency in Prisons and Jails
JCPA urges Jews around the nation to advocate with their federal and state officials to urgently address the growing COVID-19 emergency in prisons and jails. With every hour of inaction, the human tragedy mounts. Join us in urging elected officials to protect this at-risk population by clicking here.


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.  We are running webinar series on the following:

Jewish Values During the Pandemic – Provides access to high-level speakers, experts and thought leaders.

Jewish Advocacy During the Pandemic – This series highlights leaders, education and action opportunities on a range of issues of concern to community relations network.

To learn more about JCPA’s webinars or to register click here.


Our priority advocacy areas are focused on helping those vulnerable populations at higher risk of infection, including individuals in prison, immigrants and children in detention, in long-term care facilities, and those who are homeless, while we support the efforts of the Jewish community that is also severely impacted by this pandemic.

Advocacy Priorities in the Federal COVID-19 Stimulus Bills — In coordination with our interfaith and secular coalitions, JCPA advocated with Congress to safeguard voting rights and protections for those who are vulnerable during this public health crisis. Specific issue areas including: poverty, nutrition and health; immigration; criminal justice; and Jewish agencies and nonprofits. Highlights of JCPA advocacy requests for the third stimulus package click here.

JCPA Supports Faith Principles During COVID-19 — JCPA is working in partnership with the faith community that has created a set of principles focused on government priorities during COVID-19 to help the most vulnerable.

  • Click here to read principles.
  • Click here for a recording of A Faith Response to COVID-19 Webinar.

JCPA is a Member of the JFNA Committee on the Coronavirus — which is leading advocacy for emergency services, social safety net programs, non-profit, charitable deductions, support to caregivers, and support to the Federation system. JFNA mobilized the Jewish community to support the nonprofit sector in the stimulus bills.


Solidarity with Asian American Communities Around COVID-19 — JCPA is speaking out against hate and bigotry toward Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in America.
JCPA wrote a solidarity letter in both English and Mandarin, signed by 87 national organizations and JCRCs across the country. Click here for more information.

JCPA co-sponsored ADL’s led Joint Statement on Solidarity and Kindness during COVID-19 — The statement signed by more than 100 Jewish communal organizations urged political leaders and our fellow Americans to treat this pubic health crisis as a moment of kindness and solitary.


JCPA Is providing regular guidance and support to the 125 JCRCs on the frontlines advocating with elected officials and government representatives on the needs of the Jewish community and institutions, and their diverse partners in the community. The health of our nation can only be achieved if all communities needs are meet during this time.