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November 26, 2014: JCPA Calls for Calm and Public Discourse Around Community Issues Highlighted by Ferguson

NEW YORK – After a day of protests across the country following a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) affirms its support for peaceful demonstration, denouncing all violence. The JCPA calls for locally led serious, civil and hard conversations on race, opportunity, and representative democracy in America today. The JCPA remains committed to a democratic and pluralistic United States that respects the rights of all its people.

“The death of Michael Brown is a tremendous tragedy,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “But what is also painful is how common stories like Michael’s have become.  These events symbolize the deep and ongoing racial tensions in our country.  The great project of our democracy is to realize and expand upon the promise in our Declaration of Independence that ‘all are created equal.’  This is an enormous challenge for a nation scarred by its history of slavery and discrimination.



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November 25, 2014: JCPA Names Dr. Linda Maizels New Director of Israel and International Concerns

NEW YORK –Acknowledging the interconnectedness between Israel advocacy, Jewish identity, and the role of anti-Semitism in the modern world, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs has named scholar and activist Dr. Linda Maizels as its next Director of Israel and International Concerns. Dr. Maizels will oversee JCPA’s efforts to foster American support for Israel, protect World Jewry, and advance international human rights.

“We are honored to have Dr. Maizels join the JCPA team,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “Dr. Maizels’ interests and scholarship make her uniquely prepared to guide the agenda of our Israel, World Jewry and International Human Rights task force - and to help the community relations field navigate our vital work during this very complex and dangerous time for Israel and world Jewry.”



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November 20, 2014: JCPA Appreciates Effort to Provide Certainty and Security for Millions of Undocumented Immigrants, Calls on Congress to Follow Suit

NEW YORK – In a move to prevent about 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported, President Barack Obama announced that he will sign an executive order tomorrow in Las Vegas, NV that will allow individuals who meet requirements based on longevity in the United States and family ties to remain in the country. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), which has been dedicated to a just immigration system since its creation 70 years ago, supports the result of the President’s actions and reaffirms its call on Congress to pass permanent and comprehensive immigration reforms.  Earlier in this Congress, the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) to fix the broken immigration system was passed by the Senate with a vote of 68-32.

“Today, millions of our neighbors and community members have the security and certainty that they will be able to stay with their families – at least temporarily-- without the fear of deportation,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow, “but no Presidential action can fix our broken immigration system.  We reaffirm our commitment to a comprehensive, legislative solution.  Congress has the ultimate power and must act.  In Leviticus 19:34, we are commanded ‘You must love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.’  We must remember our tradition, teachings, and history as we work towards making the future brighter for ... 


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