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JCPA UPDATE
March 23, 2018

POLICY

JCPA Advocates on Capitol Hill for Priority Issues  Forty JCPA leaders, including Board Members and Frank Fellows, participated in JCPA Advocacy Day on March 15. We amplified the voice of the community relations field and our network with Congressional leaders on our priority concerns, which represent the consensus of the Jewish community around the United States.

The successful day included a luncheon with Members of Congress, over a dozen Hill visits, and briefings from our faith partners and the Washington representatives of several JCPA member agencies. Click here for a recap of the day.

Our five priority issues:

20 National Jewish Organizations Speak Out on Ending Gun Violence  Ahead of March for Our Lives, 20 major national Jewish organizationsincluding all four religious denominations of Judaismreleased an open letter outlining our collective principles for ending gun violence in the U.S. and calling for immediate action. Read our open letter here.

JCPA Endorses Every Person Counts Act (S. 2580) – In response to efforts to include a question on citizenship in the 2020 Census, which would likely depress participation among immigrant households, this bill would prohibit the Census Bureau from asking a question on citizenship or immigration status. Click here to learn more.

Act Now! United to End Racism – JCPA is officially sponsoring the the National Council of Churches’ ACT to End Racism Rally in Washington, D.C., on April 4, marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and launching an initiative to end racism. To learn more and support the effort locally, click here, and to access the social media kit, click here.

INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN ISSUES

Help Stop the Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya People  Donate to the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network’s short-term emergency fund, hosted by the American Jewish World Service. 100% of your donation will go directly to NGOs on the ground in Burma and Bangladesh. Click here to donate.

Jewish Coalition Votes to Provide Funding for Syrian Refugee Programs  In March, the Jewish Coalition for Syrian Refugees, of which JCPA is an active member, voted to allocate funds to support Syrian refugees arriving in Serbia, a hub for unaccompanied minors in Greece, legal services in Athens and Lesvos, and extension of a CT Scan Center to a hospital in Syria.

EDUCATIONAL WEBINARS

Tune In to JCPA's CRCast: Overcoming Political Polarization: Dialogue Across Differences, March 28, 4:00 P.M. ET – Today's politics are more divisive than ever. What are the root causes of this problem? How can we create a political culture that allows for dialogue across differences and the potential to find common ground? 

Overcoming Political Polarization: Dialogue Across Differences
March 28, 4:00 PM ET

Featuring:

Robert Fersh
President and Founder
Convergence Center for Policy Resolution

Register today!

The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, April 10, 4:00 PM ET – This is the last webinar in a four-part series that aims to guide the Jewish community relations field on how to work with the American Muslim community and build grassroots Muslim-Jewish relationships. Click here to register.

The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom
April 10, 4:00 PM ET

Featuring:

Sheryl Olitzky
Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom

Rabbi Leonard Gordon
United Synagogue of 
Conservative Judaism

REGISTER TODAY FOR JCPA2018!

JCPA's Program Excellence Awardee Announced – JCPA's Program Excellence Award will be presented the JCRC of the Jewish Federation of Springfield, IL for hosting a joint black-Jewish screening of the Rosenwald film documentary, which attracted 750 people attendees. Organizing the screening together helped build stronger relationships and trust. The partners are planning more projects that exemplify the Rosenwald legacy and further cement these bonds.

 

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