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JCPA UPDATE
October 16, 2018

TOP OF THE AGENDA

President’s Message: Six Ways We Disagree About Israel – “In recent months, American Jews have become even more polarized around Israel. One of the biggest challenges in conducting constructive conversations about and reducing conflict around Israel — or any contentious issue, conflict resolution theory holds — is pinpointing the exact nature of the dispute. Here are six ways we disagree about the Jewish state in the hope that in the future we can engage in more constructive dialogue.” To read David Bernstein’s full blog, click here.

POLICY AND ADVOCACY

JCPA's Advocacy Day Round-Up – On October 11, JCPA leaders took to Capitol Hill to advocate for sensible immigration policy and criminal justice reform. The day included expert panels, followed by Congressional luncheon featuring Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and 12 Hill visits with top staff from Democrat and Republican offices. Click here to read Melanie Roth Gorelick’s reflection on the day and the commandment to care.

Background Materials

JCPA Publishes 2018 Candidate and Voter Engagement Guide – Civic engagement is the bread and butter work of the community relations field, and ensures Jewish representation and values remain an important feature of American public life. This guide offers resources, tools, and best practices to assist JCRCs and Jewish advocates with organizing candidate engagement,voter education, Get Out the Vote campaigns, and voter protection programs.

Join HIAS's National Refugee Shabbat – National Refugee Shabbat 2018 will take place on October 19-20. The aim is for Jewish communal organizations, congregations, and individuals around the country to deepen our understanding of today’s global refugee crisis, connect with the Jewish movement for refugees, commit (or recommit) to taking action, and either celebrate your community’s achievements in working with refugees or launch new efforts. To learn more, click here.

JCPA Speaks Out Against Lowest Refugee Admissions Cap – In September, the President announced that the U.S. would cap 2019 refugee admissions at just 30,000, which is the lowest in the program’s history. JCPA urged the Administration to reconsider so that our country can live up to its highest aspirations and ideals, not its worst fears. Click here to read statements from Jewish groups.

September Sign-on Letters – Below is a list of sign-on letters JCPA joined in September. 

  • NALEO Educational Fund Comments Opposing the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Proposal to Collect Citizenship and Country of Birth Information About State and Local Prisoners
  • Food Research & Action Center Letter to Farm Bill Conferees Outlining Priorities for SNAP
  • Amigos Letter Opposing Legislative Efforts to Expand Family Detention and Overturn Child Welfare Protections
  • Interfaith Working Group On Foreign Assistance Letter Urging Congress and the President to Raise the Refugee Admissions Cap 
UPCOMING WEBINARS

Tune In to JCPA's CRCast

The Future of America's Immigration System
Featuring Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project
Wednesday, October 17 at 1:00 PM EDT
Register today!

Over the past year, the Administration has instituted a number of changes to U.S. asylum and refugee policies. Tune in for a discussion about the future of immigration policy in the United States.

In Case You Missed It

The Jewish Role in Ending Mass Incarceration
Featuring Roy Waterman, JCPA Criminal Justice Project Manager
Watch the recording!

Ending mass incarceration, which disproportionately harms people of color, is the civil rights issue of our times. How can the Jewish community support the movement to change this system?

Mainline Protestants & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Where Do We Go From Here?
Featuring Ethan Felson, Israel Action Network Executive Director
Watch the recording!

Mainline Protestant churches have been a focus of BDS activity for almost two decades. What are the lessons from the conventions in Presbyterian and Episcopal churches this past summer and what are the next steps for us?

SAVE THE DATE

Celebrate JCPA's 75th Anniversary at JCPA2019 in Washington, D.C., February 10-12, 2019 – Early bird registration is now open! Click here to register today.

JCPA Delegates Assembly Civil Rights Mission, April 28-30, 2019 – JCPA is organizing a mission to visit the Legacy Museum and Lynching Memorial in Alabama. The mission will begin in Georgia and end in Alabama. Please contact Haya Luftig at HLuftig@thejcpa.org for more information.

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