July 5, 2016
Welcome to our First E-Update
JCRC NEWSJCPA Mourns the Death of Elie Wiesel - The JCPA mourns the passing of Elie Wiesel z”l, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate. Wiesel played a gigantic role in the transformation of both Jewish and world consciousness. He told the story of the Holocaust, empowered survivors to bear witness, and reminded the world of its solemn duty to prevent other genocides. To read the full statement click here.
JCPA Lauds Supreme Court Ruling on Reproductive Health Care Decisions - JCPA has long supported efforts to safeguard the spirit and impact of Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court's decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt asserts that people of all faiths will continue to have access to safe, high quality, and comprehensive reproductive healthcare services. Click here for JCPA's statement.
CRC Directors Urged to Complete Survey by July 8- To help strengthen our network and the services that JCPA provides to JCRCs, JCPA has prepared an important survey for JCRC Directors. Thank you to those who have filled out the survey already. If you haven’t already done so, please take the time to fill out the CRC Survey. The results will provide JCPA with important data so that we can better support your efforts, be more strategic, and share the impact that our collective work . Our JCPA intern Dana Riley may be following up with you. Click here to open the survey.
Applications Open for 2016-17 Frank Fellows Leadership Institute for Emerging Leaders -
We strongly encourage JCRCs to nominate emerging leaders in your community for this mentoring opportunity. Frank Fellows Leadership Institute educates a talented group of young leaders from around the country for on-going involvement in the Jewish community relations field. The program includes a trip to Poland and a leadership mission to Israel. Please help us ensure that those talented leaders in your community are able to take advantage of this great opportunity. The due date has been extended to July 15. Click here for more information.
JCPA Calls for Inclusion of Civility Language in the Upcoming Democratic and Republican Party Planks - JCPA is leading an effort to collect signatures for a civility plank that urges both the Republican and Democratic parties to call for “our party officials, elected representatives and party delegates, as well as all Americans, to engage during this election season in a thoughtful, respectful, and civil discussion over the future direction of this country.” Click here for a copy of the statement.
ISRAEL & WORLD AFFAIRS
IAN Reports Grassroots Support for “Two States for Two Peoples” by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Despite overt hostility toward Israel by some church activists, the recent vote at the Presbyterian Church’s 222nd General Assembly amended an anti-Israel report that was intended to lead the church away from support for a two-state solution. IAN, a joint project of JCPA and JFNA, is profoundly grateful to the church leaders’ who ensured a more balanced report and a commitment to a two state solution. Click here to read IAN's Statement.