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For Immediate Release:  October 9, 2015

Contact: Jonathan Gilad, Jewish Council for Public Affairs
jgilad@thejcpa.org; 202-212-6031

National Jewish Leaders to Meet in Washington, DC Next Week to Discuss, Debate, and Decide American Jewish Community Relations Policy and Honor Outgoing JCPA President, a Disability Rights Advocate and a Jewish Federation Leader

Washington, D.C., - Representatives from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs' 125 Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRC’s) and 16 national Jewish advocacy organizations will meet with interfaith leaders, advocates, Jewish elected officials, state and local leaders, public policy experts, and community activists at the JCPA  annual Town Hall in Washington, DC, next week (October 11 – 13.) The theme of this year’s Town Hall meeting, the largest gathering of Jewish community relations leaders, is “Our Goal is Justice.”

On Sunday, October 11, the JCPA will be honoring its outgoing President, Rabbi Steve Gutow. During his ten years leading the JCPA, Rabbi Steve Gutow has devoted countless hours to fostering relationships with our partners and working tirelessly in his unwavering quest for Tikkun Olam.  Touro College Professor David Luchins will also be honored for his lifetime advocacy with the Albert D. Chernin Award. Vivian Bass, a dedicated disability rights activist, and Stuart Kurlander, Jewish  Federation Leader, will also be honored with the Tikkun Olam Award at the Chair’s Dinner 

Town Hall attendees will discuss and debate contemporary challenges facing their communities, including US-Israel relations, race relations, income inequality, and anti-Semitism with policy experts, leaders, and each other before developing policy positions. Attendees will also join the participate in workshops and training session which will help be more effective advocates back home.

JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow will deliver a keynote address entitled “Where We Should be Going and What Stands in Our Way.” Rabbi David Saperstein, United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom will also address attendees on Sunday, October 11.

Among the other speakers are Rabbi Susan Talve, a constant presence trying to heal divides in Ferguson, Missouri this past year; US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira Forman who has shaped American response to rising anti-Jewish violence around the globe, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Noam Neusner, and scholars Dov Waxman, Jonathan Rynhold, and Diane Schanzenbach, and many other thought leaders.

JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 16 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.

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