Register for Plenum 2011

Don't miss this opportunity to join hundreds of Jewish leaders from across the political, religious, and ideological spectrum - the place where the Jewish community meets! Meet and interact with experts and policymakers about important issues to the Jewish community at home and abroad. Early Bird Registration is available until February 7, 2011.  Refund Policy: A $150 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations. No refunds will be issued after February 25, 2011.

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AFL-CIO President to Speak to JCPA on Jews, Labor, and Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

In March 1911, a fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City.  Locked doors kept the immigrant workers in while a shoddy fire escape and elevators left the 8th floor windows the only escape from the blaze.  Almost 150 young immigrants died that day and the Triangle Shirtwaist factory became a rallying cry for the international labor movement.  This March, almost exactly one century later, a leading voice in the American labor movement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, will join the JCPA Plenum to reflect on that pivotal event and the deep engagement of American Jews in the labor movement that spawned from it.  Over the last 100 years, the collaboration between the Jewish Community and the Labor Movement has been integral to important reforms in this country’s working conditions, promoting civic and economic equality. With this unique opportunity to speak with such a prominent American labor figure, attendees at the JCPA Plenum will be given the chance to examine where that relationship should head next.   
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Plenary Session: Building a Strong U.S. - Israel Relationship

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Michael Oren

Dr. Michael B. Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States, will provide his insights into building a strong US-Israel relationship at the 2011 JCPA Plenum. A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, Dr. Oren has received fellowships from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and from the British and Canadian governments. Ambassador Oren has written extensively for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor. He served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, in the paratroopers in the Lebanon War, a liaison with the U.S. Sixth Fleet during the Gulf War, and an IDF spokesman during the Second Lebanon War and the Gaza operation in January 2009.

Ambassador Oren will speak at the Plenum’s opening session on Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 AM.

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And the Tikkun Olam Award Goes To...

Paul Berger and Debra Joyce Herman Berger, z”l will be honored with the Chair’s Tikkun Olam Award: Partner in Repairing the World. As one of the most prestigious awards given by the JCPA, it recognizes individuals who demonstrate a deep commitment to improving the lives of people everywhere and who embody the Jewish principle of tikkun olam – healing the world – by living a life dedicated to a fairer and a more just society. Paul and Debbie’s life-long commitment to service in the Jewish and non-Jewish communities truly exemplify the award’s meaning.

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