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JCPA E-Update

March 29, 2019


75 Years Later, National-Local Jewish Community Relations Still Key to Jewish Wellbeing – "Built in the aftermath of the Holocaust and at the dawn of the civil rights era, a national-local community relations infrastructure was deployed to ensure America lived up to its own high ideals of fairness and justice. The founders understood then as we do now that the wellbeing of the American Jewish community is inextricably linked to that of other minorities and the health of America’s pluralistic democracy." Click here to read the full article by four JCPA executive directors: Larry Rubin, Hannah Rosenthal, Steve Gutow, and David Bernstein. 

JCPA2019 Recap – JCPA convened over 250 Jewish professionals and civic leaders February 9-12 in Washington D.C. for our JCPA2019 National Conference and 75th Anniversary Gala. If you missed the Conference and Gala or you just want to rewatch the full series of powerful plenaries and breakouts, you're in luck: we've prepared two robust recaps for you chock full of videos, photos, and resources.

JCPA2019 Conference Recap
75th Anniversary Recap


Take Action to Protect SNAP – Each month, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps more than 41 million low-income people feed themselves and their families. However, the Administration has proposed a new rule that would restrict the scope of states’ flexibility to provide SNAP benefits, particularly harming communities with high unemployment or insufficient jobs. JCPA opposes this rule, which ignores the realities of millions Americans and circumvents the bipartisan congressional decision to omit such restrictions in the recent Farm Bill. Below are resources to help you craft and submit a comment by April 2 that reflects the poverty and food insecurity issues in your community:

  • Faith Community Toolkit with a sample comment, faith leader quotes, and social media posts;
  • draft template letter from The Jewish Federations of North America and Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies; and
  • MAZON's talking points about the impact on veterans, Native Americans, college students, and people in rural and remote communities.

#CountMeIn Census Day of Action | April 1 – Join JCPA in a Census Day of Action on April 1, which marks one year out from when the 2020 Census will be in full swing. The census is the foundation of our democracy and it’s on all of us to educate our communities about its importance. Please check out the Census Counts Day of Action comprehensive toolkit for details on how to get involved in number of digital actions and in-state events to educate and energize our communities to say #CountMeIn.

MAZON Jewish Clergy Justice Mission | April 28-30 – This April, leadership from various denominations are joining MAZON in Washington, D.C. for a Jewish Clergy Justice Mission to learn about hunger in America through a Jewish lens, engage in advocacy and policy training, and meet with members of Congress and their staff about these issues on Capitol Hill. Register today!

JFNA Health Summit | May 7-8 – Join JCPA at JFNA's 2019 Health Summit, Celebrating Health Innovation & Anticipating Challenges in a Turbulent Time, in Washington, D.C. The roster of invitees includes current and former elected & appointed officials and a cadre of thought leaders within the health care community. Register today!


St. Louis JCRC Takes Criminal Justice Reform to the State House – The JCRC is proud to be a member of the Missouri Smart Sentencing Coalition, supported by Empower Missouri. The Coalition is working to reduce the number of persons incarcerated in Missouri while protecting public safety. They do this by allowing judicial discretion through risk assessment instead of mandatory minimum sentencing; offering prisoners over 55 a chance for a parole hearing; and modernizing Missouri’s outdated and medically inaccurate HIV policies. The JCRC recently participated in two Criminal Justice Lobby Days and offered testimony on a number of bills to support criminal justice reform.


JFNA/JCPA Special Live Briefings on the Israel Elections – On April 9, Israelis will go to the polls to decide their political future. What are the key issues, who are the main players, and what will the results mean for Israel? Join JFNA and JCPA for a conversation with two top Israeli journalists about these issues and more.

Israeli Elections 2019: Polls, Projections, and Predictions 
Featuring Haviv Rettig Gur, Israeli Journalist & Times of Israel Political Correspondent 
Tuesday, April 2 at 1:00 PM EDT
Register today!

Rettig Gur will present an overview of what has taken place and what we can expect from the upcoming Israeli elections, analyzing the various alliances and their likely impact. He will also try to answer: Will Netanyahu remain in power, and what kind of governing coalition will emerge?

And the Results Are In! Outcomes & Analysis of the Israeli National Election
Featuring Lahav Harkov, Jerusalem Post Senior Contributing Editor
Wednesday, April 10 at 2:00 PM EDT
Register today!

Harkov will review and analyze the results of the Israeli elections just as the final results come in. She will help us understand who are the big winners – and the big losers – and what kind of government is likely to now be formed and discuss what this means for the future of Israel.


Articles from the Field – See below several opeds written by David Bernstein and JCRC Directors around the country in response to the recent incidents of anti-Semitism.

Reminder: New Community Relations Blogs  JCPA has created a new blogspot to feature reflections, articles, and posts from members of the Jewish community relations field. Please send us your writings to that we can share them. Click here to view the new page.



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