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July 13, 2016


The JCPA is launching the JCPA Update, an informal round-up of JCPA and the larger community relations network's ongoing initiatives. The aim is to keep leaders of our network informed on the latest issues, requests to the field, and  timely activities happening around the country.  This will not replace our JCPActs to the community at large.

 The JCPA Update will allow us to streamline emails and make our work more transparent.  To begin the process, we will send out the Update several times a month. If you would like to share an item  with the field through the JCPA Update,  please send it to Melanie Roth Gorelick at MGorelick@thejcpa.org.  We hope that you find it useful and are eager for your feedback!


Why I Don't Call out Israel on the Occupation, Special to the Jewish Week
In this op-ed David Bernstein explores the issue of "occupation" in achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians:  "So why doesn’t the Jewish establishment take heed and publicly oppose the occupation” My sense is that most simply don’t think calling for an end to the occupation does justice to the complicated dilemmas Israel faces, or that such calls will help bring peace. I urge Israel to do everything in its power for peace. But unlike those who exhort only Israel to end the occupation, I believe that peace takes two." Click here to read the full op-ed.

Read the response by J-Street U student Marissa Rosenberg-Carlson.

Race Relations and Criminal Justice

JCPA Condemns Violence, Calls for Policy and Social Change
JCPA is alarmed by the recent shootings this week and mourns the loss of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, two African-American men who were killed, followed by more senseless violence resulting in the deaths of five Dallas police officers. We call for calm, deep reflection, and a serious commitment to political and social change. As Americans we must strive to renew our vow to stand for equality under the law until it is a reality. We urge communities around the country to heal the trauma caused by misunderstandings and prejudice and build trusting relationships between communities and their police.  Click here to read the full statement.

How the Jewish Community Can be a Better Ally to Black Lives Matter
An op-ed by Krissy Roth, JCPA Washington Representative and Deputy Director of Domestic Policy, was published in Haaretz. Click here to read the full op-ed.

Invite: Join the JCPA/IAN call - July 14 @ 3:00 pm Eastern
JCPA and IAN will hold a joint conference call to debrief JCRC Directors about community response to last week's violence and discuss our role in healing and building community trust moving forward. In preparation for the July 14, 3:00 pm Eastern call we are asking all JCRC professionals to share any statements you have made or provide information on vigils, programs or other local actions that you are participating in or organizing in your community.  Please send your input to MGorelick@thejcpa.org.

JCPA and the Republican and Democratic Conventions

David Bernstein to be featured on AJC Panel
JCPA will be represented at both Conventions.  David Bernstein will be a featured panelist at the AJC Panel on The Political Implications of Changing U.S. Demographics on the Tuesday of both Conventions.  The event is taking place on Tuesday, July 19 from 9:30-11am at the City Club of Cleveland, and on Tuesday, July 26 from 10:30 - 12:00 pm at 1500 Market Street in Philadelphia.  Melanie Roth Gorelick and Krissy Roth will be representing JCPA at the Democratic Convention. 

IAN Gears Up for the Democratic and Republican Conventions By Honoring State Level Elected Officials Who Supported Anti-BDS Legislation

More than nine states have passed anti-BDS laws around the United States. IAN is sponsoring a reception during the conventions to thank state officials for their support. If you are attending the conventions and would like to participate, please contact Stephanie Hausner, stephanie.hausner@jewishfederations.org.

JCPA Civility Sign-On letter
JCPA led a sign on letter to both platform committees urging civil discourse during the elections and beyond.  More than 32 national organizations have signed on to the letter.   The plank was prepared out of a concern about the negative political discourse and intolerance evident in the 2016 election. This discourse tears at the fabric of American society and makes it difficult to find common ground and maintain civil, neighborly relations — threatening to spread bigotry and marginalize minority communities. It is essential that our political leaders and institutions take a strong stance against such intolerance and foster an environment of mutual respect and inclusivity. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs would like to invite your organization to endorse this plank, and join us in this effort to advance a more inclusive and thoughtful American political discourse.  Click here to read letter.
JCPA Signs on to Letter  Denouncing Racism, Xenophobia & Violence
The JCPA signed on to a letter denouncing racism, xenophobia, and violence in all circumstances. We share a belief that public figures, including those who aspire to hold elected office in service to people of all races and religions, have a responsibility to forcefully and unequivocally condemn these religious phenomena. To read more click here.

Israel and World Affairs

AJC Launches "How Can You Stand Up For Israel?"
Through IAN, JCPA has been involved with anti-BDS legislation and executive orders in states across the country.  Our member agency AJC is inviting JCRCs to participate in their Governors United Against BDS initiative.  Click here to learn more.

Advocacy Updates

NCJW SCOTUS Week of Action
Join JCPA and dozens of other partners in participating in an Interfaith Supreme Court Vacancy Week of Action to call on the Senate to hold a confirmation hearing of Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. The Court has been functioning with only eight justices since Justice Antonin Scalia passed away and as a result four cases have resulted in a 4-4 tie.  

The Week of Action includes: 
Wednesday- Call in Day to the US Senate
Thursday-Tele-Press Conference and Delivery of Moral Message to Senate Leadership
Friday-Messaging Guidance for Faith Leaders.

Questions? Contact Lindsay Morris at NCJW - Lindsay@ncjwdc.org.   For more information and sample tweets scripts and more click here.

JCPA signed on to the following letters:
  • Moral Message to the Senate to fulfill their duty to provide advice and consent, and advance the nomination process of Judge Merrick Garland through holding a confirmation hearing
  • Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth Sign on Letter Support Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform: called on House leadership to adopt more fair sentencing practices for juvenile offenders, who possess great potential for change and rehabilitation
  • The JCPA signed on to a letter denouncing racism, xenophobia, and violence in all circumstances (see above).
  • Support of Wage Theft prevention and Wage Recovery Act

JCPA in the News

JCPA Reminders

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. The JCPA Frank Fellows Leadership Institute educates a talented group of young leaders from around the country for ongoing 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.

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