March 16, 2017
"For our part, we’re going to be of the club that focuses on our organizations’ histories, missions, and the hard work to effectively advance our core principles. Public statements have their time and place. Let’s keep them in check." Read David's latest article in eJewish Philanthropy, "Nine Reasons Why Jewish Organizations Should Issue Fewer Public Statements," which he co-authored with Abby Porth, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco.
JCPA Wrapped Up Its Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. - JCPA2017 brought together 200 of the top Jewish community relations professionals and lay leaders to discuss and debate a path forward on important issues at a time when our community and our nation are divided. Conference participants adopted three resolutions—on upholding voting rights, ending domestic violence and sexual assault, and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. A multimedia overview of the conference is forthcoming.
JCPA, Community Relations Field, and Elected Officials Respond to Bomb Threats at 100+Jewish Institutions- In response to bomb threats against JCCs, ADL, and other Jewish institutions and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries around the country, the community relations field is continuing to be vocal and active in ensuring that a comprehensive investigation takes place and the culprits are brought to justice. JCRCs in Maryland, New Jersey, St Louis and Philadelphia have held major events and press conferences with elected officials, and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation met with FBI officials during their mission to Washington D.C.
JCPA and the National Association of Jewish Legislators (NAJL) Announce New Partnership to Strengthen Jewish Voice in State Government- The two organizations are seeking to build stronger ties with state legislators and Jewish community relations councils in a coordinated and unified effort as more public policies are debated in the states.As a first step, NAJL has relocated its office to JCPA’s New York headquarters. Click here to read the full press release.
JCPA Responds to Executive Orders Targeting Refugees and Immigrants - In response to the Administration's latest executive order, Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the U.S., JCPA provided guidance to the field. In January, JCPA issued a statement opposing the original order and recently signed on to an Amicus brief filed by ADL. We believe that our long-standing policies in support of refugees, comprehensive immigration reform, and a pluralistic America are counter to both orders' intent and direction, and we are relieved that a judge in Hawaii has placed a temporary restraining order on the revised order.
Support the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Authorization Act (H.R. 1221) - JCPA, IAN and JFNA support new legislation introduced in the House of Representatives to establish an International Fund aimed at scaling up grassroots peace-building and galvanizing the constituency necessary for the implementation of a two-state solution. Ask your Representative to become a cosponsor of H.R. 1221. Click here for IAN’s talking points.
Prevent Cuts to Medicaid Funding- Congress and the new Administration appear to be moving quickly to pass potentially devastating cuts to Medicaid, which primarily serves low-income individuals. This could cut federal Medicaid funding by as much as 30-40%, which would harm those who rely on Jewish agencies for health care, long-term care, and home community-based care. Read the full Action Alert!
.Urge Your Representative to Support the Nonprofit Security Grant Program- Help JFNA secure critical resources for Jewish communal security in FY 2018 by urging your Representative to sign on a Dear Colleague letter in support of providing $25 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program in FY2018.
Seattle Speaks Out on Hate Crimes - Last week, the Seattle JCRC hosted an interfaith roundtable discussion on hate crimes with Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA). Over 20 interfaith leaders from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu and Catholic faiths attended. The Seattle Federation also co-signed a Muslim advocates letter to the Mayor of Lake Stevens in Washington asking him to urge local law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation into the death of Ben Keita, an 18-year-old American Muslim teen who was reported missing in November of last year and found hanged from a tree in the woods over a month later.
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