JCPA Webinars

JCPA Webinars


Violent Crime: Why Are We Where We Are and What Can We Do?

November 1 at 1:00 PM EDT

The U.S. is seeing an uptick in violent crimes with a call for harsher approaches. This panel will address 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 will be on non-justice system efforts to quell gun violence.

Featuring: Pastor Gilford Monrose, 67th Precinct Clergy Council; Dr. Alexis Piquero, University of Miami; Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, University of Missouri St. Louis. Moderator: Dr. Faye Taxman, Co-Chair, JCPA Criminal Justice Reform Initiative.

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

June 15 at 1:00 PM EDT

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 at 11:30 AM ET

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 at 3:00 PM ET

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

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 at 1:00 PM EDT

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

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 at 12:00 PM ET

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 at 12:00 PM ET

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 at 12:00 PM ET

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

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

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

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

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
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

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The Jewish Case for Voting and Civic Engagement

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.

Moderator: Corey Shapiro, JCPA Board of Directors
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

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Special Jewish Memorial Service for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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


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

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Israel on the Global Scene

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

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Israel and the UAE: The First Official Israeli Visit

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

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The Role of the Congressional Caucus on Black Jewish Relations During Times Like These

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.

Speaker: Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations

Moderator: Dr. Alan Kadish, President, Touro College and University System

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Should Jews Forgive Antisemitism

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.

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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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Understanding Policing and Public Safety

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

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Black Lives Matter: A Conversation on Being Black and Jewish in this Moment

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

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Unpacking the Discourse on Policing and Public Safety

Join experts for a discussion on 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 will highlight 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 event 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

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Redefining Public Safety: What Communities Need to Succeed

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

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Ending Systemic Racism in Policing

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: 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

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Ending Systemic Racism in Policing

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.

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Black Lives Matter and the Jewish Community: A Discussion with Eric Ward and Carly Pildis

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.

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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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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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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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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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