December 21, 2016
Registration for JCPA 2017 is open. Join together with leaders of the Jewish community relations field as we focus on strengthening African-American - Jewish relationships and the implications of the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. Join us as we discuss and debate the big ideas – political, social, and organizational – that define our world and our work. Click here to register for the early bird discount.
JCPA 2017 Resolutions: This year, JCPA will be considering five proposed resolutions at the February conference. The resolutions have been sent to JCRCs and members agencies for vetting and review. If you are interested in giving input on the drafts below contact your local JCRC. If you have any questions, reach out to JCPA Communications Manager, Jon Levine, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training for New(ish) JCRC Directors: JCPA is sponsoring a Shabbat Retreat for new(ish) JCRC directors beginning the evening of February 24 and all day February 25, 2017 at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, D.C. The goal of the training is to ensure a strong and effective streamlined community relations field and network. The event is invite only. If you'd like to attend, please email Hluftig@thejcpa.org
Reflections on Israel’s Leadership Mission: JCPA concluded its latest mission to Israel. The purpose of the trip was to help the Jewish community become more nuanced advocates for Israel in the United States. Mission participants confronted issues of racial and gender equality, pluralism, freedom of religion, and the status of the two-state solution.
Click here to learn about the mission and read reflections
JCPA Launches Criminal Justice Reform Initiative: JCPA launched its initiative to reengage the Jewish community in criminal justice reform efforts with a webinar featuring New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and disseminated educational and advocacy materials.
Click here to watch Senator Booker’s remarks to the Jewish community
Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016: The JCPA applauds the United States Senate for its adoption of the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act and urges the House of Representatives to swiftly follow suit. You can learn more about the bill and track its progress by clicking here.
SUPPORT TO SYRIAN VICTIMS AND REFUGEES
JCPA Condemns Ongoing Crisis in Aleppo: The JCPA issued a statement Wednesday condemning the ongoing violence in the Syrian city of Aleppo. “The images of children fleeing for their lives and of desperate posts on social media is a sobering reminder of the horror happening in Syria every day,” said JCPA President and CEO David Bernstein. “Never again means never again for everybody.”
JCPA participates in Jewish Coalition for Syrian Refugees (JCSR): As a member of the JCSR, the JCPA supports an emergency effort to help Syrian refugees. The coalition was created as a reaction to the dire nature and vast scale of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2013 by a special group of devoted Jewish organizations who came together to fashion a Jewish response. Since its creation, the coalition has raised just over $2M that has been allocated to more than 20 organizations to aid thousands of Syrian refugees through critical medical, nutritional, and psychosocial care.
Click here to learn more.
Click here for a complete list of Syrian aid work supported by the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief
JCPA Israel Mission Members got a bird's eye view of the conflict from the Israel-Syrian border at Israel's celebrated Ziv Medical Center. The facility has been treating Syrians injured in the civil war since 2013. Most suffer blast wounds from mines or rocket fire. Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, an estimated 350,000 have been killed, 1.7 million have been injured and the nation's health system has been left in ruins. Three million have fled to other countries and more than seven million have been internally displaced. More than 700 have been treated at Ziv since 2013 and 2000 in total in Israeli hospitals. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement announcing additional assistance to victims of Aleppo would be forthcoming.
How You Can Help Syrians in Need: You can support Federation partners, JDC, and the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief to help ensure that essentials like food, medicine and water are delivered to those in need by clicking here.
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago: has opened an Aleppo Assistance Fund, which will help their overseas partner, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) bolster its efforts through its Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief. JDC, along with Israeli institutions providing humanitarian relief to Syrians, has been at the forefront of relief efforts throughout the Syrian crisis.
Nobody can deny that 2016 has been a bumpy ride. In addition to the difficulties emerging from the 2016 presidential election, Israel continues to face novel challenges, both at home and abroad, and the U.S. domestic scene remains beset with complicated issues. Fixing inequities of the criminal justice system in the United States remains one JCPA’s top priorities and reengaging the Jewish community in that struggle was the focus of our latest webinar with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. These, and other issues, will be at the forefront of our efforts in 2017, but we can’t do it without you. This holiday season, please consider making a donation to JCPA to help us lead our network on the issues that matter most.