According to David Bernstein's blog From Programming to Engagement in Community Relations: "It's time that the community relations field move from a program model to an engagement model. Programs are a perfectly useful tool in the engagement toolbox, but too often we just check a box." The engagement model forces us to ask: who are the Jews, Latinos, Asian Americans, African Americans, media, etc. we are trying to reach, and what’s the best way to reach them?" To read more click here.
Spring Meetings Wrap-Up - Over a two-day period, JCPA's Spring Meetings brought together over 150 community relations leaders to network, learn, and discuss domestic public policy challenges. We learned the impending vote on the American Health Act was one of the current major priorities that needs our attention and on which our field should engage and mobilize the Jewish community for action. The complexities facing Israel today in achieving a two-state solution, and how we can be effective to turn the tide on the changing attitudes of Americans toward Israel were also discussed.
These high-level meetings provided attendees with the most current information, best practices and strategies that gave the substance needed to empower our board, professionals and leaders on their work nationally and locally. To learn more about the speakers from our meetings, click here.
JCPA Helps to Launch the "Know Your Neighbor Campaign" - The Know Your Neighbor Campaign is an interfaith initiative made of 70 interfaith organizations to encourage individuals and groups to encounter people of faith different from their own. To read more click here.
Tune in to JCPA's CRCast - JCPA's CRCast is 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 not just into complex issues but also practical solutions.
What is the Alt-Right (and what should we do about it)?
ACTION ALERT: Take Action on Healthcare Reform Bill in the Senate - The Senate is moving fast to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Having recently passed the House of Representatives by a narrow margin, the bill is currently being considered by the Senate and they are aiming for a vote this month. AHCA includes devastating cuts to Medicaid, restructuring the program and severely hindering Jewish social service agencies’ ability to provide needed services to the most vulnerable in our communities. More than 23 million people would lose their health care, and low-income, the disabled, and women would be the most impacted. Click here to read the JFNA action alert.
TAKE ACTION NOW: Support the Johnson Amendment and Help Preserve Charitable Integrity - Urge your Senators and Representatives to retain the “Johnson Amendment,” the current prohibition against charities participating or intervening in political campaigns on behalf of, or in opposition to, candidates for public office. Join JCPA, JFNA, AJC, and a wide range of diverse organizations, and sign on to a sector-wide letter of support for the provision. Click here to read JFNA's backgrounder and action alert to learn more.
REGISTER FOR WEBINAR: The Jewish Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis on June 21, 2017 11:00 am Eastern - The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, of which JCPA is a member, will be hosting a webinar on June 21st at 11AM Eastern to provide an update on the Jewish response to the ongoing Syrian Refugee Crisis. As a result of six years of war, more than half of the pre-war country’s population (23 million) have been forced to flee their homes, or are under siege inside Syria. Five million of these registered refugees have fled to neighboring countries and Europe, where they struggle to survive in harsh conditions. In addition, hundreds of thousands unregistered refugees are unable to meet their basic needs, such as food, clean water, medical services, and shelter. This webinar will provide an update on the current situation, and on the Jewish response to assist Syrian Refugees in their time of greatest need. Click here to register.
Updated 50th Anniversary Resources - JCPA/IAN/JFNA have compiled this package to help provide resources to those Jewish Community Relations Council's (JCRCs) who planned programs on the 50th annivesary of the Six Day War. JCPA’s resource page includes talking points, backgrounders, publications, movies, and more. Click here to access.
Milwaukee Rally for Unity and Pride on June 11 - Elana Kahn, JCRC Director of Milwaukee, participated int he Milwaukee Rally for Unity and Pride. Click here for Elana's presentation.