October 20, 2016
Why We Must Strengthen the Community Relations Field: In his most recent blog post, JCPA President and CEO, David Bernstein, talks about how Jews can reinvigorate the field of community relations.
Criminal Justice: JCPA signed onto a letter with the ACLU to demand comprehensive police shooting data. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced last week that immediate action would be forthcoming. Click here to read the ACLU letter. Click here to read the Department of Justice press release.
Tackling Human Trafficking: On Tuesday, October 18, the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking released its annual report on human trafficking. Click here to learn more. Click here to read the full report.
UNESCO: Jewish organizations around the world have condemned the recently adopted UNESCO resolution denying a Jewish connection to the Temple Mount. We are hopeful, however, as no European UNESCO member voted for the resolution and numerous countries later backed away from their support. Click here to learn more.
CALL TO ACTION
Sign-Up for JCPA's Israel Advocacy Mission: You are invited to join us on our 2016 Israel leadership mission. Our goal is to ensure that JCPA and JCRC leaders are well-equipped to help the community relations field be effective and nuanced advocates for Israel. Click here to learn more.
Get out the vote! Would you let someone choose the cereal you eat? If not, why would you let someone choose your elected representatives? The JCRC of Pittsburgh wants to makes sure every eligible voter can make it to the polls on November 8. Make the #BeOurVotePgh Campaign go viral by sharing this video!
JFNA Government Affairs Survey: The JFNA’s annual survey helps set public policy priorities which are ultimately adopted by the JFNA Board of Trustees. These priorities drive the JFNA agenda and directly correlate to what Jewish Federations are supporting and opposing on Capitol Hill. If you’d like to take the survey, email Stephan Kline at Stephan.Kline@jewishfederations.org. You have until October 31.
2017: A Year of Anniversaries: From the 6-Day War to the first Zionist congress, 2017 promises a year replete with anniversaries of Jewish significance. Former JCPA senior vice president Martin J. Raffel lays out the lessons to learn from each one in his latest Op-Ed for the Jewish Week.
In Memoriam: JCPA mourns the loss of Martina Knee, a well-respected member of the JCPA Board of Directors. Martina was a leader in JCPA's human rights work; her beautiful spirit and commitment to tikun olam will be sorely missed. Click here to read Martina’s obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle. Click here to read a eulogy from her friend Melanie Nelkin.
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