April 7, 2017
In many ways, Passover is the ultimate community relations holiday. In my years of serving as a professional in the field, I’ve organized or attended more community relations Seders than I can count. Like so much of the Jewish narrative, Passover is both particular—the story of the Jewish people—and universal—the story of the human aspiration for freedom and dignity. Indeed, the message of Passover of rebelling against slavery and seeking freedom strikes a chord with nearly everyone, and makes for the perfect bridge building dialogue.
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Tune In To JCPA Webinars
JCPA Launches CRCast - JCPA is launching its first CRCast, which will be a regular series tackling Jewish advocacy and community relations issues. From the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide to the new Administration to the challenges facing Israel, we will provide insight into not just complex issues, but practical solutions. Our first CRCast will focus on immigration.
Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant
May 3, 4:00 p.m. EST
Featuring Jose Angel N. and hosted by David Bernstein, President & CEO
Jose Angel N., author and advocate, who will share his experience
as an undocumented immigrant in the U.S. over the past 17 years.
Learn more and register here.
Upcoming JCPA Professional Development Webinars - JCPA is offering two special webinars for Community Relations Professionals that we hope you will participate in.
The June 1967 War: How it Changed Jewish, Israeli, and Middle Eastern History
April 27, 2:00 pm EST
Featuring Ken Stein, President, Center for Israel Education. The webinar will review the materials and offer ideas on how to use it locally
Professional Development for JCRC Professionals: An Introduction JCRC Professional Training Guide 2017 and Other Key Resources
May 11, 2:00 pm EST
Featuring Doug Kahn, Executive Director Emeritus of the San Francisco JCRC
Click here to learn more and register.
JCPA Meetings and Conferences
Register: JCPA's Spring Meeting, June 11-12 in New York City - Join with community relations leaders from across the country to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War. At the meeting you will have the opportunity to grapple with policy issues of importance to our field, develop strategy, and network.
Click here to learn more and register!
JCPA2017 Wrap-Up and Resources - JCPA’s Annual Conference brought together nearly 200 of the top Jewish community relations lay leaders and professionals to discuss and debate a path forward on important issues at a time when our community and our nation are divided. The Conference launched JCPA's criminal justice initiative, addressed policy concerns since the 2016 elections, and how to counter BDS and achieve a two-state solution
- To access an overview of the Conference with resources and links to some of our major sessions click here.
Action Alert: Urge your Representative to Co-Sponsor State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act (H.R. 1911) - Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Brad Schneider (D-IL) introduced a bill (H.R. 1911) this week to elevate and strengthen the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Please review same, and urge your members to co-sponsor the bill and to thank those who are already co-sponsoring. For more information and to provide feedback contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
JCPA Action for Refugees - JCPA has been partnering with HIAS to mobilize the community relations field in support of refugees. On March 29, JCPA joined nearly 800 people as sponsor of the #JewsforRefugees Assembly, organized by HIAS and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. JCPA also participated as a sponsor of the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees organized by HIAS on February 12.
Making April “Second Chance Month”- JCPA is partnering with the Prison Fellowship and 50 other organizations, including the ACLU and NAACP, to promote a campaign to make April “Second Chance Month” to raise awareness about the obstacles facing the 1 in 4 Americans adults who have a criminal record. Join us in helping to move criminal justice reform forward!
Criminal Justice Reform Survey - As part of our criminal justice reform initiative, JCPA is conducting a survey on the field's current involvement in this effort. If you have not done so already, please complete this very short survey, even if your community is not working this issue. To fill out the survey click here.
Invite: JFNA’s Health & Long-Term Care Summit, May 9-10 in Washington, D.C. - JFNA is hosting a Health & Long-Term Care Summit focusing on funding threats as well opportunities for federation and partner agency programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare. Registration Closes on April 25, 2017.
JCPA Analysis of President Trump’s FY18 Budget Request - On March 16, President Trump released a “skinny” budget request outlining his priorities for the federal government’s FY2018 spending. Click here for JCPA’s analysis, which summarizes and compares the budget request with our policy.
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