The Jewish Council for Public Affairs serves as the representative voice of the organized American Jewish community in addressing the principal mandate of the Jewish community relations field. The JCPA functions as a catalyst that heightens community awareness, encourages civic and social involvement, and deliberates key issues of importance to the Jewish community. For more than sixty-five years, the JCPA has identified issues, formulated policy, developed strategies and programs, and given expression to a strongly united Jewish communal voice on a wide range of domestic and international issues. The JCPA has an unparalleled capacity to mobilize grassroots activism through our network of 14 national organizations and 125 local Jewish Community Relations Councils.
The Jewish community’s commitment to ending poverty is encapsulated in the Torah, where it is commanded, “If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren… you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother” (Deuteronomy 15:7). The JCPA’s Confronting Poverty campaign effectively and meaningfully engages the Jewish community in anti-poverty advocacy, outreach, and activism against a backdrop of a profound and increasing need. The Confronting Poverty campaign has been successful in raising poverty as a priority on the Jewish communal agenda by mobilizing activists and community organizations to combat poverty in a coordinated, sustained, and effective way.