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December 17, 2014: American Jewish Community Celebrates Alan Gross’s Release from Cuban Imprisonment

NEW YORK – Alan Gross, the U.S. subcontractor sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on charges that his work for USAID undermined the Cuban government, was released today following five years of imprisonment in Cuba. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), which has long advocated for Alan’s release, celebrated this news and the U.S. government’s work to ensure his safe return home. Susan Turnbull and Rabbi Steve Gutow, Chair and President, respectively, of the JCPA, issued the following statement:

 

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01:22 PM Dec 17, 2014 - 0 comments permalink


December 15. 2014: Jewish Leaders Welcome Lima Agreement, Raise Importance of U.S. Actions at Home

NEW YORK – Sunday morning, top leaders from nearly 200 countries agreed to The Lima Accord, a global pact to work together to tackle climate change. Each nation is expected to enact domestic legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions.  These plans will be the basis for further negotiations in Paris next year. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) welcome this next important step and continue to urge American leadership at next year’s Paris meeting.   

 

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04:42 PM Dec 15, 2014 - 0 comments permalink


December 8, 2014: JCPA Civility Initiative Announces New Cohort of Facilitation Fellows and Conveners

NEW YORK – Continuing its tradition of fostering inclusive, civil and constructive American Jewish conversation on Israel, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) welcomes its second cohort of Facilitation Fellows and Conveners. This group of 19 talented young Jewish leaders in the New York City area will be trained to facilitate and craft conversations across differences on Israel through a wide range of Jewish communities and institutions.

“Too often, Jewish communal institutions and leaders avoid speaking about Israel for fear of friction,” said the director of JCPA’s Civility Initiative Rabbi Melissa Weintraub. “But ignoring issues that matter so deeply to so many will not make them go away. The time has come when we simply must investigate our disagreements courageously and learn from them in serious deliberation. JCPA is thrilled to be building a framework, core set of effective strategies and bench of practitioners to heal the Jewish community’s broken conversation around Israel.”

 

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