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November 4, 2016


With just days before the 2016 presidential election, we have recommitted ourselves to the civic participation of the Jewish community and getting out the vote. On November 9, JCPA and JFNA will host a conference call to discuss the results and how our community is responding to America's 45th president. We are also preparing to gear up our initiative on criminal justice reform with JCRC professionals. Further down the road — but getting closer every day  — is our Israel Leadership Mission and JCPA 2017.

Invite: Post-Election Conference Call: Join the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and The Jewish Federations of North America for a post-election round-up on November 9, 2016. Who did Jewish voters support? What can our community expect from America’s 45th president? What did we learn about the Jewish community during the 2016 campaign? 


The President's final Advisory Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships report on poverty released: The report includes recommendations to increase opportunity and end poverty. Past JCPA President Steve Gutow, a council member, helped draft the final report. You can read it here.


Election Day is just days away. In many places, early voting is underway. We urge you to vote and encourage your community members to vote on November 8. Stand up for democracy now by taking and sharing these simple steps with your community:

  • Make a Plan: Verify your voter registration status, find your polling location, and learn what's on your ballot 
  • Sign up for email or text voting reminders
  • Tell your friends and family that you plan to vote. Research has shown that simple act can increase turnout
  • Protect the vote: Spread the word about people who are here to help. Call 866-OUR-VOTE or visit 866ourvote.org if you have problems on Election Day, they are nonpartisan volunteers  

Action Alert: Urge your representative to protect the Emergency Food and Shelter Program from a proposed $20 million cut Congress will consider later this month. Click here to learn how you can take action.

Invite: ADL Never is Now! Summit on Anti-Semitism — November 17


A new faculty resource website, Israel and the Academy, was developed to counter the delegitimization of Israel within academia. The website offers a wide range of materials including syllabi and information on numerous issues. It is an effort of the Faculty Action Network, an outgrowth of the MLA Members for Scholars’ Rights group formed to counter academic boycotts in the Modern Language Association. It provides resources on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) as well as ways to advocate for a peaceful future for Israel in an educational setting. 

The JFNA and JCPA’s Israel Action Network is going to be widely visible throughout the entire JFNA General Assembly, taking place November 13-15. Highlights include four FEDovation sessions, the topics of which are the current African-American and Jewish relationship, anti-BDS legislation, faculty engagement, and millennial Israel advocacy. IAN is also running two “breakout sessions” focused on socially-responsible investing (SRI) and the use of narrative storytelling to counter BDS, respectively. At the conclusion of breakout programs, Professor Cary Nelson will be present to sign complementary copies of his newest book, “Dreams Deferred: A Concise Guide to the Israeli Palestinian Conflict & the Movement to Boycott Israel.” 

LAST CALL: 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.


A new study, Hotspots of Antisemitism and Anti-Israel Sentiment on US Campuses, by Brandeis University found that BDS spurs anti-Semitism on campuses. For those actively engaged on this issue, it underscores the importance of fighting the problem and educating future college students before they are exposed to anti-Semitic propaganda.   

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Presents 'Talk Israel Conference': Talk Israel is a one-day conference that teaches teens about Israel advocacy and engagement.

A variety of workshops and activities throughout the day will educate teens about all things Israel, preparing them to continue conversations about Israel on college campuses and beyond. The conference will offer a safe space for teens and parents to talk about Israel and ask tough questions.


Registration is open for JCPA2017 in Washington, D.C. Click Here to register. Book your hotel today! A special conference rate of $264/night is available until January 20th. Click Here to reserve your room now or call 800-445-8667 and use the group code JCPA.

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