Video Library

Returning to the Iran Nuclear Talks: Understanding the Current Dilemma

November 17, 2021

Renewed talks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the “Iran Deal”, are expected to take place this month. This webinar discusses the goals of the meeting, if it is in the interest of the United States and if there still time to roll back Iran’s nuclear ambition.

Speakers: Eric Brewer, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Elisa Catalano Ewers, Center for a New American Security; Behnam Ben Taleblu, Defense of Democracy; Michael Singh, The Washington Institute for Near East Studies.

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Violent Crime: Why are we where we are and what can we do?

November 1, 2021

TThe U.S. is seeing an uptick in violent crimes with a call for harsher approaches. This panel addressed why violent crime has risen and what the options are to address it, including whether those options involve or do not involve the criminal justice system (police/prosecutors/courts). A special focus is on non-justice system efforts to quell gun violence. Featuring expert Dr. Faye Taxman, University Professor at George Mason University and the Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence who shares her expertise and lead a conversation on finding alternatives to violent crime.

Speakers: Dr. Alexis Piquero, University of Miami; Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, University of Missouri St. Louis; Pastor Louis Straker, Reflections Church Moderator: Dr. Faye Taxman, Professor, George Mason University and Director, Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence

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Briefing on Iran

June 24, 2021

This webinar focuses on the priorities of the new government in Iran, the current status of its nuclear ambitions and the role it plays in the changing Middle East landscape. It also addresses diverse perspectives on possible policies the Biden Administration should undertake at this time.

Featuring: Michael Singh, Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and Managing Director, The Washington Institute; Elisa Catalano Ewers, Adjunct Senior Fellow, M.E. Security Program, Center for a New American Security; Ilan Goldenberg, Senior Fellow and Director M.E. Security Program, Center for a New American Security.

Moderator: Dr. Leonard A. Cole, JCPA Past Chair.

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Political Change and Social Unrest: The Arab Minority and Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel

June 15, 2021

Last month, escalations in East Jerusalem sparked unprecedented, street-level violence between Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel and renewed hostilities with Gaza. Arab rioting, retaliatory Jewish vigilante attacks, and clashes with police sent shockwaves throughout the country and left many communities in fear. In parallel, Jewish and Arab leaders made history by forming the first governing coalition with an Arab party, Ra’am.

Featuring: Dr. Meir Elran, Senior Research, Fellow and Head, Homeland Security Program; Honorable Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, Minister of Knesset, Meretz. 

Moderator: Liron Shoham, Executive Director, Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues. 

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Understanding the Changing Geopolitical Situation in the Middle East

June 10, 2021

The geopolitical situation in the Middle East is rapidly changing. This webinar will provide the context of the changing nature of Israel’s relationships with its neighbors, the ambitions of Iran, and discuss the role of the United States in the post Hamas-Israeli hostilities.

Featuring: Dr. Robert Satloff, Executive Director, The Washington Institute; Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisin, Former spokesperson, for the Israel Prime Minister.
Moderator: Susan Abravanel, JCPA Board of Directors

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Understanding the Recent Hostilities with Israel and Hamas

June 4, 2021

More than 4,000 rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel recently. This webinar examines why these aggressions take place at this time, what this means for peacemaking efforts, including a two-state outcome, and coexistence, and as it works to form a new government, where does Israel go from here.

Featuring: David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow; Director, Koret Project on Arab-Israel Relations; Washington Institute for Near East Policy Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy; Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Ghaith al-Omari, Senior Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Moderator: Harold Goldberg, JCPA Board of Directors

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Priorities for the 117th Congress

April 14, 2021

ADL, JCPA, and JFNA have for a congressional briefing with Members of Congress and their top staff, meet our respective organizations, as well as other Jewish communal organizations, and learn about our policy priorities.

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Combatting the Genocide of the Uyghur People

April 2, 2021

The Uyghur, a Turkic ethnic minority residing in the Xinjiang Province of China, have faced decades of religious and cultural oppression, and now a genocide. Join experts for a discussion on the ongoing atrocities being committed against the Uyghur people, learn what the Jewish community can do, and hear a moving account from a Uyghur advocate.

Featuring: Rayhan Asat, American Turkic International Lawyers Association; Louisa Greve, Uyghur Human Rights Project; Samuel Chu, Hong Kong Democracy Council (HKDC); Serena Oberstein, Jewish World Watch; Amber Maze, Indianapolis JCRC.

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Israel’s Election Insights

April 1, 2021

On Tuesday, March 23rd Israelis went to the polls for the 4th time in two years in a hotly contested election with unexpected results. What does this mean for Israel’s political priorities? What government is likely to emerge? Join us for a post-election analysis. Cosponsored by The Israel Policy Forum, The Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues, and the JCPA.

Featuring: Michael Koplow. Israel Policy Forum; Shira Efron, Israel Policy Forum; Dr. Thabet Abu Ras, The Abraham Initiatives

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Israel’s Upcoming Elections: What’s at Stake?

March 15, 2021

Israeli voters are going back to the polls on March 23rd for the fourth time in two years. What’s at stake in this election? How have the party coalitions organized themselves this time around? What are the unique dynamics of this election cycle, held in the wake of a highly successful vaccination effort, and what are the polls saying about the likely winners and losers?

Featuring: Haviv Gur, The Times of Israel and Lahav Harkov, The Jerusalem Post

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The Arab Vote: A Watershed Moment in Israeli Politics?

March 9, 2021

Over four election cycles in Israel in less than two years, the role of Arab voters, their concerns, electoral power, and internal diversity, attained unprecedented recognition. Now, parties across the political spectrum are adding Arab candidates to their lists and reaching out to Arab voters. Is this a watershed moment in Israel’s domestic Jewish-Arab relations? What tangible changes in representation or policies might it yield?

Featuring: Makbulla Nassar, Journalist, Activist and Fellow at Mandel Program for Social Leadership; Aluf Benn, Editor in Chief ,Haaretz; Liron Shoham, Executive Director, Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues

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Co-sponsored by Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues

Israel and Climate Change: Successes and Challenges

March 3, 2021

Israel as a small hot dry country is directly exposed to the consequences of the climate crisis in the coming decades.  Join our group of experts who will be sharing their unique perspectives on this critical issue.

Featuring: Nigel Savage, Hazon;  Ambassador Gideon Behar, Israel’s Special Envoy for Climate Change and Sustainability; Maya Jacobs, Zalul Environmental Association; Yosef Abramowitz,  Energiya Global

Co-sponsored by Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Israel Consulate – New York, and Hazon

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The Guardian of Memory Screening and Talk Back

February 22, 2021

Join JCPA and the JCRC of Reading, PA, for a discussion on the film “Guardian of Memory,” a documentary following Carlos Spector, a Jewish immigration lawyer living on the US-Mexico border, as he fights to obtain political asylum for Mexicans fleeing from violence. This is a story of Mexican men, women, and children seeking a respite from their tragedies by heading to their neighboring country, the US. It is also a story about the kindness and hope that still exists in people who have gone through hell and the efforts to keep memory alive.

Featuring: Marcela Artega, Filmmaker Carlos Spector, Immigration Lawyer, Naomi Steinberg, HIAS Tammy Gilden, JCPA Moderator: Rabbi David B. Cohen, Congregation Sinai, Milwaukee, WI.

Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Reading and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

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The Biden Administration and the Middle East – A Two Part Series

Part II – Bret Stephens

February 10, 2021

Bret Stephens is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American conservative journalist, editor, and columnist. He began working as an opinion columnist for The New York Times in April 2017 and as a senior contributor to NBC News in June 2017. Stephens previously worked for The Wall Street Journal as a foreign-affairs columnist and later as the deputy editorial page editor, and was responsible for the editorial pages of its European and Asian editions. From 2002 to 2004, he was editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2013.

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The Biden Administration and the Middle East – A Two Part Series
Part I – Mara Rudman

February 9, 2021

Mara Rudman is the executive vice president for Policy at American Progress, where she works with policy teams to create smart strategies and find the path to turn ideas into action and action into results. She served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations.

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Elections and the Jewish Community
November 5, 2020

This webinar focuses on how the most polarized elections in recent American history impacted the Jewish community and what the outcome of this election cycle means for the Jewish community’s primary concerns.

Moderator: Michele “Cookie” Hymer-Blitz, JCPA Board of Directors
Featuring: Andrew Silow-Carroll, Editor-in-Chief, The Jewish Week; Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief, The Forward; Jonathan Tobin, Editor-in-Chief, Jewish News Syndicate

The Jewish Case for Voting and Civic Engagement
September 30, 2020

Civic engagement is a core American Jewish value – religious and civic. Yet, just as the COVID-19 pandemic has altered almost every aspect of the way we live and work, inevitably it will also impact how we vote this November. This webinar will focus on the efforts different Jewish religious denominations are taking to promote a strong democracy and election participation during COVID-19.

Featuring: Rabbi Ashira Konigsburg, Chief Operating Officer, Rabbinical Assembly; Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Rabbi Moshe Hauer, Executive Vice President, Orthodox Union; Rabbi Deborah Waxman, President, Reconstructing Judaism
Moderator: Corey Shapiro, JCPA Board of Directors

Special Jewish Memorial Service for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 25, 2020

Special Eulogy: Nadine Epstein, Editor in Chief and CEO, Moment Magazine

Remembrances: Rabbi Menachem Creditor, UJA Federation of New York; Michael Fromm, Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Meredith Jacobs, Jewish Women International; Sheila Katz, National Council of Jewish Women; David Luchins, Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Yolanda Savage-Narva, Operation Understanding DC; Jodi Schwartz, Jewish Federations of North America; Janice Weinman, Hadassah; Rabbi Ellen Wolintz-Fields, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism

Israel on the Global Scene
September 17, 2020

In the past several weeks Israel has entered the process of normalization with two Arab countries — United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. Other countries in the region may soon follow suit. What are the prospects for a broad regional peace between Israel and the Arab world? How might this new regional spirit affect Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians?

Featuring: Dr. Einat Wilf, Author
Moderator: David Bernstein, JCPA President and CEO

Israel and the UAE: The First Official Israeli Visit
September 9, 2020

Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreed to normalize relations on August 13. Three days later, Israelis announced a joint military accord with the UAE. Since then, both telephone links and air travel were established between the two countries. Learn about the historic first official Israeli delegation to the UAE. What promise does an accord with UAE hold for a broader regional peace?

Introduction: Tracey Spiegelman, JCRC Chair, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Moderator: Michael Fromm, Chair, Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Speakers: Lior Haiat, Spokesperson, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, Chief Rabbi, Jewish Council of the Emirates

The Role of the Congressional Caucus on Black Jewish Relations During Times Like These
September 1, 2020

Featuring Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence. COVID-19 has raised awareness about the racial disparities that exist in our country. In addition the country is having a significant conversation on ending systemic racism. Hear from the founder of the Congressional Caucus on her vision for how the Jewish and Black communities can come together to heal the country and work for equality and justice, and against hate, bigotry and antisemitism.

Moderator: Dr. Alan Kadish, President, Touro College and University System
Speaker: Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations

Should Jews Forgive Antisemitism? Competing Visions of Jewish Advocacy?
August 12, 2020

A Discussion Between Jonathan Tobin, Editor of Jewish News Syndicate (JNS), and David Bernstein, President of JCPA. Jonathan Tobin recently penned a provocative piece “The Community relations outreach trap,” arguing that “community relations strategies aimed at making friends that succeeded in past generations when directed at genuine moderates don’t work with extremists.” Join David and Jonathan for a spirited but civil exchange of views.

Understanding Policing and Public Safety
July 16, 2020

Top experts discuss redefining policing and public safety in American society, a central focus of the Black Lives Matter protests still sweeping the nation. This webinar will focuses on the role of policing in American society, impacts of structural racism, breakdown of different reforms (including reimagining policing), and changes needed to enhance the safety and well-being of all communities.

Speakers: Dr. Andrea S. Boyles, Division Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Associate, Professor of Criminal Justice, Lindenwood University-Belleville; Dr. Robert “Bobby” Brown, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, North Carolina Central University; Dr. Alex Vitale, Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project, Brooklyn College Moderator: Tammy Gilden, Associate Director, Policy, Advocacy, and Communications, Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Black Lives Matter: A Conversation on Being Black and Jewish in this Moment
July 15, 2020

Featuring: Ilana Kaufman, Executive Director, Jews of Color Initiative and Yavilah McCoy, CEO, Dimensions Educational Consulting Moderator: La’Mar Walker, LPC, CPCS, Counselor, Mindful Works Counseling Services

Unpacking the Discourse on Policing and Public Safety
July 10, 2020

Experts discuss a range of topics related to policing, including the proposals to redefine the role of policing in our society and the enduring barriers to change. The conversation highlights different perspectives on the role and responsibility of police, what is needed to ensure accountability, and how communities can tackle disorder and violence. This JCPA program is co-sponsored by the Council on Criminal Justice, a nonpartisan think tank and invitational membership organization.

Featuring: Carmen Best, Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department; Rev. Jeffrey Brown, President, RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace); Adam Gelb, President and CEO, Council on Criminal Justice

Redefining Public Safety: What Communities Need to Succeed
July 8, 2020

The aim of the Delegates Assembly is to bring the national and local leaders of the community relations network together to become more knowledgeable about the of police reform and to set a path forward for our advocacy and engagement.

Speakers: Pamela Rodriguez, President and Chief Executive Officer, TASC’s (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities) Center for Health and Justice; Jessica Nickel, President and CEO, Addiction Policy Forum; Aqeela Sherrills , Director, Newark New Jersey Community Street Team

Understanding Policing and Where We Go From Here

July 8, 2020

Dr. Andrea S. Boyles, Division Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Associate, Professor of Criminal Justice, Lindenwood University-Belleville; Dr. Robert “Bobby” Brown, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, North Carolina Central University; Dr. Alex Vitale, Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project, Brooklyn College Moderator: Tammy Gilden, Associate Director, Policy, Advocacy, and Communications, Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Ending Systemic Racism in Policing
July 8, 2020

The aim of the Delegates Assembly is to bring the national and local leaders of the community relations network together to become more knowledgeable about the of police reform and to set a path forward for our advocacy and engagement.

Speaker: Scott Roberts, Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns, Color of Change

Black Lives Matter and the Jewish Community: A Discussion with Eric Ward and Carly Pildis
July 2, 2020

A heart-to-heart conversation on how to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement in the Jewish community with the aim of creating stronger connections between Jews and today’s civil rights movement.

Featuring: Eric K. Ward, Executive Director, Western States Center and Carly Pildis, Activist

Ending Racism in America, A Discussion with Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP
June 16, 2020

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, JCPA

White Nationalism, Racism and Antisemitism in America Today
June 10, 2020

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

Balancing Public Health and Privacy in the COVID-19 Era
June 1, 2020

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

Israel’s Race for the Cure: A Conversation on Public Health Policy, Testing, and Vaccine
May 21, 2020

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

Democracy in Israel: An Analysis of the Current Political Situation
May 14, 2020

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.

Sponsored by JCPA, Israel Policy Forum, Israel Action Network, and the JCRC of Greater Washington

A COVID-19 Emergency Virtual Town Hall
May 7, 2020

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.

Front End Justice: Exploring Why Pretrial Reform is Needed
May 1, 2020

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

Women During the Pandemic
April 27, 2020

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)

JCPA Delegates Assembly Meeting on COVID-19
April 20, 2020

The aim of the Delegates Assembly is to bring the national and local leaders of the community relations network together to become more knowledgeable about the of police reform and to set a path forward for our advocacy and engagement.

Over 6 Million Americans are on Community Supervision: Reforming Pretrial, Parole, and Probation
April 7, 2020

This webinar focuses 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.

Protecting Immigrants During the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 7, 2020

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.

Coronavirus in Prisons, Jails: An Emergency We Need To Address Now
April 2, 2020

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: Dr. Frederick (Rick) Altice, M.D., Yale University; Nicole D. Porter, Sentencing Project; Professor Faye Taxman, JCPA Criminal Justice Initiative

A Conversation with Natan Sharansky: the Pandemic and the Jews
April 1, 2020

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 President & CEO and  in conversation.

Yossi Klein Halevi Discusses Coronavirus and Israeli Democracy:Crisis and Opportunity
March 27, 2020

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.

Antisemitism and Hate on the Internet During a Pandemic
March 24, 2020

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. 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?

Featuring: Oren Segal, Vice President, ADL Center on Extremism and Aryeh Tuchman, Associate Director, ADL Center on Extremism

The Jewish Community and the Pandemic
March 20, 2020

Dr. Asaf Bitton is one of the world’s top authorities on pandemic response and 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.

Jewish Values During A Pandemic
March 17, 2020

A discussion with David J. Wolpe, 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. 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?

Israel’s Third National Elections:Results and Analysis
March 3, 2020

On March 2, Israelis went to the polls for the third time this year to decide their political future. During the webinar we review and analyze the results, predict what, if any, coalition government is in the making, compare and contrast previous elections, and provide insight into Israel’s political future.

Featuring: Haviv Gur, Israeli Journalist & Political Correspondent, The Times of Israel

JCPA CRCast: Rising Concerns in the Chinese American Community
February 28, 2020

In recent weeks, since public reports of the COVID-19 coronavirus has spread, there has been a rise in malicious allegations and misinformation against Chinese and Asian people. During this public health crisis, what needs to be done to fight xenophobia and bigotry? What can the Jewish community do to show support? How can the two communities enhance their ties? How can we support public health concerns while quelling people’s fears?

Featuring: Haipei Shue, President , United Chinese Americans, 美國華人聯合會 (UCA)

Understanding the Trump Peace Plan with David Makovsky
Implications for Regional Peace and Stability
January 29, 2020

President Trump’s long awaited peace plan has been finally unveiled. The plan reportedly differs substantially from previous efforts to reach a peace deal between the parties. With changing power dynamics in the Middle East, will this plan bring the parties together, as some suggest, or further alienate them, as others assert? Will it reset the long term expectations of what is required from the parties to achieve peace? Join us to discuss these and other pressing questions from one of our finest analysts and trusted voices.

Featuring: David Makovsky Ziegler Distinguished Fellow & Director, Project on Arab-Israel Relations , The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Antisemitism in American Today – Antisemitism and White Nationalism
November 20, 2019

In an unprecedented collaboration, Rabbis from the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements and Jewish Community Relations Council and Jewish Federation professionals, will learn from three leading experts in antisemitism, white nationalism and the rise of hate violence. In this webinar, Eric Ward discusses the rise of antisemitism and white nationalism.

Featuring: Eric K. Ward, Executive Director, Western States Center

How Israel’s Founding Leaders Shaped the Jewish State
November 21, 2019

Two of JCPA’s most trusted advisors and renowned thought leaders on Israel and the Middle East will share their insights on how Israel’s past can inspire its present and future. How can these lessons in leadership instruct our own work in educating the public and the Jewish community on Israel? Ambassador Dennis Ross and David Makovsky discuss their new book, “Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny.” Ross and Makovsky present novel ideas that can be realistically implemented over time to ensure separation and preserve Israel’s character—the character that Israel’s founders fought for and that guided their action.

Featuring: Ambassador Dennis Ross; David Makovsky

Israel 202 – Palestinian Politics in Israel and the Territories
November 20, 2019

Prof. Khalil Shakaki breaks down the most pressing issues in Palestinian politics today. What is behind the Hamas-Fatah split? Who will succeed Mahmoud Abbas? What is the current situation in Gaza and what can be done to improve it?

Featuring: Prof. Khalil Shikaki, Professor of Political Science, Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research

Antisemitism in American Today – What to do About Hate on the Internet
November 19, 2019

In this webinar, Ambassador Marc Ginsberg discusses confronting internet hatred. Ginsberg, former Ambassador to Morocco, is President, Coalition for a Safer Web.

Featuring: Ambassador Marc Ginsberg

Antisemitism in American Today – Antisemitism on the Left and the Right
November 13, 2019

In this webinar, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt discusses Antisemitism on both sides of the aisle. Dr. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her most recent book is Antisemitism Here and Now.

Featuring: Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Emory University

Israel 202: Understanding the Map of Israel
November 6. 2019

Unclear about what the green line means? The exact route of the separation barrier? Where are settlements located, and what makes up areas A, B and C? In the first session of this four-part series, Shaul Arieli explains the physical landscape of Israel and the Palestinian territories through interactive mapping.

Featuring: Dr. Col. Shaul Arieli

Gun Violence Through a Jewish Lens
October 30, 2019

On October 27, 2018, a domestic terrorist murdered 11 Jews during Shabbat services at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This was both the worst Antisemitic attack in America’s history and the 12th shooting massacre at an American house of worship in three years. Too much blood has spilled, killing over 40,000 Americans every year. Join Rabbi Menachem Creditor, the founder of Rabbis Against Gun Violence, as he discusses gun violence through a Jewish textual lens and reflects on the particular Jewish experience of hatred in the context of a nationwide gun violence epidemic that violates both sanctuary and street.

Featuring: Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Founder, Rabbis Against Gun Violence

JCPA CRCast: What is the Role of Progressive Zionists in the Social Issues of Our Time?
October 17. 2019

Zioness was recently launched to ensure that women who openly support Israel are welcome in progressive movements. Should support for Israel and Zionism be part of domestic issue-based advocacy? What are the challenges and opportunities of this approach? What gains have been made? How does this resonate with younger women?

Featuring: Amanda Berman, Executive Director, Zioness Movement

JCPA CRCast: Creating a Culture of Security in the Jewish Community
October 3, 2019

What are the current security challenges facing the American Jewish community? What is SCN’s role in addressing them? How can local Jewish communities create a culture of security? What is the role of JCRCs and Jewish advocacy organizations?

Featuring: Michael G. Masters, National Director and CEO, Secure Community Network

JCPA CRCast: IsraAID: How Israel Supports People Affected by Humanitarian Crises
September 25, 2019

How has IsraAID intervened during humanitarian crises in other countries? How has this work raised goodwill with outside communities? What role can the American Jewish community play in amplifying Israel’s humanitarian work in the world?

Featuring: Yotam Polizer, Co-Chief Executive Officer, IsraAID 

JCPA CRCast: How to Fight Antisemitism
September 20, 2019

How does Antisemitism manifest itself on both sides of the political spectrum? How serious a threat is each form? What are the best strategies for countering them?

Featuring: Bari Weiss,  Op-Ed staff editor and writer

JCPA CRCast: LGBTQ Equality in Israel and for Israel
September 18, 2019

Israel has the most progressive laws in the Middle East protecting the LGBTQ community. What is the Jewish community’s role in advancing understanding of Israel’s record of LGBTQ rights? What efforts are being made at home and in Israel to continue to make strides on this front?

Featuring: Tyler (Ty) Gregory, Executive Director, A Wider Bridge

JCPA CRCast: The U.S. Role in Combating Global Antisemitism
August 20, 2019

The US State Department has played a critical role in combating global Antisemitism through its office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism. Elan Carr, newly appointed to the post, has already made a significant impact in the fight against the world’s oldest hatred. How does the US currently see the problem of global Antisemitism? What are we doing to address it?

Featuring: Elan S. Carr, U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism

JCPA CRCast: Jewish Federations Then and Now
July 10. 2019

Jerry Silverman has served as the professional head of the Jewish Federation movement for ten years and is stepping down later this summer. How have Jewish Federations evolved in the past decade? What direction are they going? Where does Jewish advocacy and community relations fit in?

Featuring: Gerrald (Jerry) Silverman, President and CEO, The Jewish Federations of North America

The Future of Israeli-Palestinian Relations, Part 2
June 19. 2019

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues unabated. What are some of the key issues at stake? How might the pending Israeli elections and the unveiling of the peace plan alter the dynamic? Join us for the second in our series on the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Featuring: Haviv Rettig Gur, Israeli Journalist and Political Correspondent, The Times of Israel, and Linda Scherzer, Community Relations Committee Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ

The Future of Israeli Palestinian Relations, Part 1
Ramifications of West Bank Annexation – What it means for Israel, Palestinians, and the US Jewish Community
June 6, 2019

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to rage. What are the opportunities and threats to move forward in resolving the conflict? David Halperin and Michael Koplow of the Israel Policy Forum break down what annexation is, how it impacts the larger Israel conversation in America, and ways to engage with your community about this complex topic.

Featuring: Michael Koplow, Policy Director, Israel Policy Forum; David A. Halperin, Executive Director, Israel Policy Forum; Sierra DeCrosta, Manager of Programs and Partnerships, Israel Policy Forum  

JCPA CRCast: Are Jews Being Excluded From Social Justice Coalitions?
June 5, 2019

Jewish social justice activists on and off campus have reported that they have been required to “check their Zionism at the door.” Two JCRC directors—one who infamously had been asked to leave the Chicago Dyke March in March 2017, and another with experience in ensuring Jewish participation in intersectional circles—share their stories and strategies.

Featuring: Jackie Congedo, Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati; Laurel Grauer, Director, Community Relations and Israel Affairs at the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte.

JCPA CRCast: Managing Ideological Polarization Inside the Jewish Community
May 22. 2019

Discourse among American Jews has become more polarized in recent years. Issues ranging from the Iran deal, to Israel, to how to define and respond to anti-Semitism have divided our community. How can we manage these tensions and keep people together amid differences.

Featuring: Rabbi David Stern, Senior Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, Texas.

JCPA CRCast: State of Religious Pluralism in Israel
May 19. 2019

Religious pluralism has been a sticking point in Israel-Diaspora relations. Disagreements over the status of the Kotel, recognizing non-Orthodox rabbis, and the status of converts are constantly in play. What is the current status of these issues? What are the threats and opportunities moving forward?

Featuring: Orly Erez-Likhovski, Director of the Legal Department, Israel Religious Action Center

JCPA CRCast: Navigating the Progressive Conversation
April 24, 2019

Jewish community relations leaders must increasingly engage in intersectional spaces, addressing challenging topics such as the Palestinian-Israel conflict, anti-Semitism, and complicated power dynamics among community groups. In such spaces how can we represent both our particular interests and the broader set of issues we care about?

Featuring: Nancy K. Kaufman, CEO, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)

“Black-Jewish Relations: Then and Now” — a JCPA Civil Rights Mission 2019 Primer
April 11, 2019

On the eve of the first anniversary of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is leading a civil rights mission on April 28 – 20 to Atlanta and Alabama. This is part of the organization’s efforts to re-engage the Jewish communities in current day civil rights efforts. The trip is made up of 54 Jewish leaders in the community relations field from 13 States around the country. As we begin our trip down south, we want to provide a frame and foundational knowledge base for participants. This program will focus on the history of the Jewish community during the civil rights movement and raise some questions about the current state of our relationship looking toward the future.

Featuring: Bruce Turnbull, Co-Chair, JCPA Criminal Justice Initiative and Rabbi Shai Held, Rosh Yeshiva Chair in Jewish, Thought at Mechon Hadar

Special Briefing
U.S. Recognition of Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights: Good or Bad Idea?
March 22, 2019

Featuring: Ambassador Dennis Ross

A New U S Approach to Gaza
January 29, 2019

Meet and interact by video with the lead authors of the “Ending Gaza’s Perpetual Crisis” report, published in December 2018 by Brookings and Center for a New American Security (CNAS). The presentation and discussion will showcase a variety of avenues for future U.S. policy to address the cycle of violence and humanitarian crises that currently characterize the Gaza Strip.

Co-sponsored by the Israel Policy Forum and JCPA

Featuring: Hady Amr, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution; Dr. Natan Sachs, Director, Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy; Ilan Goldenberg, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program,  Center for a New American Security, and Policy Advisor, Israel Policy Forum
Moderator: Susie Gelman, Chair, Israel Policy Forum

2018 Election Wrap-Up and the Jewish Community
November 8, 2018

The 2018 midterm elections are among the most competitive ones that have been seen in recent years. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate are being contested. Join us to discuss the outcomes of the election, and what the results may mean for American Jews and Jewish community relations.

Featuring: Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief, The Forward; Ron Kampeas, Washington Bureau Chief, Jewish Telegraphic Agency; Stewart Ain, Staff Writer, New York Jewish Week
Moderator: Corey Shapiro, ACLU

JCPA CRCast Changes in the Arab Media and New Challenges for American Jews
October 31, 2018

How has the popular media in the Arab world shifted, if at all, in its attitudes toward Israel and Jews? How should American Jews react to anti-Semitism in the Arab and Muslim world, Europe, the U.S., and in the press? Join us for a frank conversation with  Yigal Carmon, President of the Middle East Media Research Institute.

Featuring:  Yigal Carmon, President, Middle East Media Research Institute 

Special Briefing on the Pittsburgh Massacre: White Nationalism and Anti-Semitism
October 28, 2018

What is the context of the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue? Why are white nationalists so obsessed with Jews? What are the roots of this form of anti-Semitism? What are the best ways to combat it?

Featuring: Eric K. Ward, Executive Director, Western States Center.

JCPA CRCast: The Future of Americas Immigration System
October 17, 2018

Over the past year, the Administration has instituted a number of significant changes to U.S. asylum and refugee policies. What is the future of immigration policy in the United States and how we can we ensure sensible reform?

Featuring: Lee Gelernt, ACLU Deputy Director, National Immigrants’ Rights Project; Director, Access to the Court’s Program

JCPA CRCast Mainline Protestants and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Where Do We Go From Here?
September 26, 2018

The Mainline Protestant churches have been a focus of Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) activity for almost two decades. What are the lessons from the conventions in Presbyterian and Episcopal churches this past summer – and what are the next steps for the community relations field?

Featuring: Ethan Felson, Executive Director, Israel Action Network (IAN).

JCPA CRCast: Criminal Justice Reform
September 20, 2018

Ending mass incarceration, which inequitably impacts people of color, is the civil rights issue of our times. How can the Jewish community be a significant voice in the movement to change this system? Hear from Roy Waterman (@roywaterman4) as he and David Bernstein (@DavidLBernstein) discuss the work that’s being done and what we can do going forward.

Featuring: Roy Waterman, Project Manager, JCPA Criminal Justice Reform Initative

JCPA CRCast: Jews of Color and the American Jewish Community
July 25, 2018

Be’chol Lashon (@bechollashon) fosters positive, pluralistic, multicultural expressions of Judaism that embrace the ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity that has characterized the Jewish people throughout history up to the present. Learn more about the challenges facing Jews of Color, and how we can work to make our community more inclusive.

Featuring: Lacey Schwartz, Director of Outreach North American, Be’chol Lashon 

JCPA CRCast: Evangelical Christianity and its Relationship to the Jewish Community
July 11, 2018

Who is the Evangelical community today? What are its priority issues? What are its attitudes toward Jews and Israel? Discuss these questions and more with leading Evangelical thinker and magazine editor David Neff.

Featuring: David Neff, Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today

JCPA CRCast: Chinese American Community Today
June 6. 2018

The Chinese American community has grown in both numbers and influence in the past decade. It has a history of engaging American Jews. What are its priorities? What opportunities are there for engagement both locally and nationally?

Featuring: Fred Teng, President, America China Public Affairs Institute. 

Implications of the U.S. Exiting the Iran Deal
May 9, 2018

A briefing by Michael Singh of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Featuring: Michael Singh, Managing Director and Lane-Swing Senior Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

JCPA CRCast: Overcoming Political Polarization Dialogue Across Differences
March 28, 2018

Today’s politics are more divisive than ever. What are the root causes of this problem? How can we create a political culture that allows for dialogue across differences and the potential to find common ground? Featuring: Rob Fersh, President and Founder, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution.