NEW YORK – Alan Gross, the U.S. subcontractor sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on charges that his work for USAID undermined the Cuban government, was released today following five years of imprisonment in Cuba. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), which has long advocated for Alan’s release, celebrated this news and the U.S. government’s work to ensure his safe return home. Susan Turnbull and Rabbi Steve Gutow, Chair and President, respectively, of the JCPA, issued the following statement:
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December 17, 2014: American Jewish Community Celebrates Alan Gross’s Release from Cuban ImprisonmentSubmitted by Haya 13 hours ago by JCPA
Jewish Leaders Welcome Lima Agreement, Raise Importance of U.S. Actions at HomeSubmitted by Haya 1 day ago by JCPA
Sunday morning, top leaders from nearly 200 countries agreed to The Lima Accord, a global pact to work together to tackle climate change. Each nation is expected to enact domestic legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions. These plans will be the basis for further negotiations in Paris next year. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) welcome this next important step and continue to urge American leadership at next year’s Paris meeting.
Why isn’t the JCPA reviewed by Charity Navigator?Submitted by Haya 1 day ago by JCPA
We frequently receive questions about why the JCPA has not been reviewed by Charity Navigator. We recently spoke to Charity Navigator, which had the JCPA on a list of organizations that did not fall within their framework for organizations they review. As a result of our conversation, they have changed the JCPA’s position, and the JCPA now qualifies for review. There is a long list of organizations to be reviewed, and the only way for the JCPA to move up on the list is for individuals to vote for us to be reviewed.
Frank Fellows travel to Eastern Europe and IsraelSubmitted by Haya 1 day ago by JCPA
Last week eight young leaders from across the country participated in the second annual Frank Family Leadership Institute. The vision and inspiration of Lois and Larry Frank, the Institute seeks to identify emerging local leadership to prepare them to lead their JCRCs and the JCPA. Hailing from communities large and small, in the east, west, south and Midwest, the group began its journey with a visit to Krakow, Poland. They visited the Jewish ghetto, the Remuh synagogue, and spent time at Auschwitz and Birkenau. But the trip was not only about the past. After the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the group visited the vibrant Auschwitz Jewish Center in Osweicm and then spent an inspiring evening with Jonathan Orenstein, director of the JCC in Krakow, where they learned about the resurgence of Jewish life in Krakow. After a whirlwind trip, the group flew to Israel to join the JCPA Leadership Mission, which addresses pressing concerns of the Jewish state in meetings with high-level Israeli and American officials as well as Palestinian community leaders.
Holiday Season ResourcesSubmitted by Haya Tue Dec 09 2014 08:46:00 GMT-0500 (EST) by JCPA
To encourage an inclusive and welcoming holiday season at American schools, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has sent guidelines for appropriate holiday displays and practices to public school educators and officials around the country. The guidelines address how to be sensitive to religious diversity and avoid actions that might constitute religious coercion or other constitutionally problematic issues.
Food Stamp ChallengeSubmitted by Haya Tue Dec 09 2014 08:44:00 GMT-0500 (EST) by JCPA
Last week, Jewish community leaders kicked-off the Food Stamp Challenge, today, December 1, to call attention to the national crisis of hunger and poverty in the United States. Hosted by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the challenge sends a strong message to public officials that federal anti-poverty programs, including SNAP (food stamps), need our support and are essential to keeping millions fed, housed, and clothed.
Resetting the TableSubmitted by Haya Tue Dec 09 2014 08:42:00 GMT-0500 (EST) by JCPA
Continuing its tradition of fostering inclusive, civil and constructive American Jewish conversation on Israel, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) welcomes its second cohort of Facilitation Fellows and Conveners. This group of 19 talented young Jewish leaders in the New York City area will be trained to facilitate and craft conversations across differences on Israel through a wide range of Jewish communities and institutions.
December 8, 2014: JCPA Civility Initiative Announces New Cohort of Facilitation Fellows and ConvenersSubmitted by Haya Mon Dec 08 2014 15:26:00 GMT-0500 (EST) by JCPA
NEW YORK – Continuing its tradition of fostering inclusive, civil and constructive American Jewish conversation on Israel, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) welcomes its second cohort of Facilitation Fellows and Conveners. This group of 19 talented young Jewish leaders in the New York City area will be trained to facilitate and craft conversations across differences on Israel through a wide range of Jewish communities and institutions.
Dennis Ross on IranSubmitted by Haya Tue Dec 02 2014 12:31:00 GMT-0500 (EST) by JCPA
Ambassador Dennis Ross gave a timely and informative briefing about the status of Iranian nuclear talks to the JCPA and JFNA communities last Tuesday. He described the conditions and positions that led to an impasse in the talks and the decision to extend the deadline by some seven months.
#GivingTuesdaySubmitted by Haya Tue Dec 02 2014 12:28:00 GMT-0500 (EST) by JCPA
Today’s the day. It’s #GivingTuesday and we hope that on this day you will join us in giving back!
It is really incredible. The United States is the wealthiest nation in the world and yet we still struggle with hunger and poverty.
The statistics are startling: