Resources and Toolkits

JCPA produces resources for the community relations field and Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs) to support their work nationally and locally. These resources range from professional development, issue-based advocacy toolkits, and best practices to implement programs and mobilization efforts.

Advocacy "How To's"

August Recess Advocacy Toolkit 2021– The August recess, when Members of Congress return to their home districts, is one of the best times make sure your voice is heard in Washington. The toolkit provides tips for scheduling a meeting, presenting an issue, and making an effective “ask,” as well as issue briefs with background information and talking points on key issues that are currently before Congress. Click here to download.

Racial Justice

Toolkit on Strengthening Jewish Communal Engagement with Black Communities – 2020 began the most significant conversation on racial justice since the 1960s.  To engage in the new civil rights movement, JCPA has created a series of materials to assist local communities to strengthen relationships with Black communities. From sample Board values to guidelines for difficult conversations to policing explainers, this toolkit has a number of resources to support engagement in racial justice. Click here to view.

Educational Materials and Curriculum on Racism and Racial Justice, June 2020 — JCPA compiled recommended materials for the Jewish community to use to educate themselves and their networks about racism and racial justice in the U.S. Click here for resource list.

Criminal Justice Reform

Resources for Understanding Police Reform 101. – The first is a compilation of articles on current thinking on different reform paradigms to help with defining the discourse on reform, moving past titles such as defunding the police. Click here to view.

Priority Principles for Federal Legislation on Policing – This includes excerpts from the Congressional testimony from Vanita Gupta, the head of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human, which provides more in-depth information on the eight federal reforms to policing that JCPA and other civil rights groups are currently advocating for in Congress. Click here to view.

In Your Backyard: A Toolkit for Addressing Criminal Justice at the Local LevelJCPA’s Criminal Justice Initiative engages Jewish communities around the country in reforming the criminal justice system and ending mass incarceration in partnership with communities most directly affected.  This toolkit will help you  map out your local criminal justice landscape, engage in legislative advocacy, and learn best practices from successful programs implemented by Jewish communities. Click here to view.

Antisemitism and Hate

Antisemitism Roadmap – At our 2020 annual conference JCPA convened 300 Jewish professionals and civic lay leaders who developed a strategic roadmap to leverage the power of the community relations field to combat antisemitism and hate. Click here to read.

Israel Advocacy

Resources on Israel’s Changing Policies on the West Bank June 2020– Israel is considering implementing an application of sovereignty or annexation over parts of the West Bank that could take place as early as July 1. JCPA and the Israel Action Network have compiled articles, webinars, and studies on various viewpoints to assist local communities vet the issue locally. Click here to view.

Civic Engagement

Candidate and Voter Engagement Guide (2020 Edition) – This guide offers resources, tools, and best practices for organizing candidate programs for the Jewish community and in conjunction with intergroup partners. Click here to view.

Nonpartisan Get Out the Vote Resource Guide (2020 Edition) – This resource guide provides programming to assist JCRCs with information, tools, and best practices to organize successful programming on Get Out the Vote activities. Click here to view.

Professional Development

JCRC  Playbook – JCPA produces a range of materials for JCRC professionals, chairs and leaders.  These materials include, best practices, operations, lay-professional engagement, and more. To receive materials please contact Haya Luftig at hluftig@thejcpa.org.

JCRC Program Database – JCPA collaborated with several CRC Directors to create a user-friendly JCRC shared knowledge form and database. JCRC professionals can now upload, store, and share best practices, programs, protocols, and marketing materials in one online location. Click here to access the form for submission. Please note, this is a protected page, if you have something to submit and don’t have access please contact Haya Luftig at hluftig@thejcpa.org.