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November 23, 2016


The last several days have undoubtedly been a mix of emotions for the Jewish community around the United States. As we continue to digest the results from the 2016 election, things here have never been busier. In addition to a conference call to unpack Donald Trump’s surprise win, the JCPA is moving full steam ahead with educating the JCRC community on criminal justice reform, our Israel leadership mission, and JCPA 2017. 


Four Reasons Jewish Federations Should Bolster their JCRCs: In his latest Op-Ed, JCPA President and CEO, David Bernstein, makes the case for why Federations should ratchet up their support for community relations.


Hate Crimes Surge: Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released a video statement on the FBI’s newly announced 2015 Hate Crime Statistics as well as on recent media reports of alleged hate crimes and harassment around the country. Click here to watch.

JCPA Criminal Justice Reform Webinar: Criminal justice reform is one of the preeminent social justice issues of our generation. JCPA is now gearing up for a webinar on how the Jewish community can reengage in this important area. You can register for our webinar on November 29 by clicking the image below


Urge Your Senators to Extend Iran Sanctions: Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Iran Sanctions Extension Act in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 419-1. This bill would extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), a critical bipartisan piece of legislation that constitutes the core of American sanctions on Iran. ISA targets Iran’s nuclear program and pressures Tehran to cease support for terrorism and its ballistic missile program. It is crucial for Congress to reauthorize ISA to ensure that there are sanctions to "snap back" should Iran violate the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Unless reauthorized by both the House and the Senate, the law will expire at the end of 2016.

Click here to read AIPAC's statement and urge your Senators to support the Reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act. 

Click here to read J-Street's statement on why they support reauthorization. 

Registration for JCPA 2017 Now Open: Join together with leaders of the community relations field as we discuss and debate the big ideas – political, social, and organizational – that define our world and our work. 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.

Jewish Disability Advocacy Day: February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. The Jewish Federations of North America are excited to launch registration for their seventh convening of Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD), taking place on February 2, 2017. JCPA has signed on as a sponsor.


Conference of Presidents Condemns Anti-Semitic Rhetoric: Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations condemned the blatant anti-Semitic rhetoric, Nazi slogans and gestures in a speech by the head of the National Policy Institute, Richard Spencer, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and expressed concern at the increasing divisive and inflammatory tone of public discourse across the ideological spectrum. Read the full statement that JCPA signed on to by clicking here

Taking a Stand Against the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS): The NSEERS program has been found to be ineffective as a counter-terrorism tool, has resulted in tremendous harm for individuals who were directly affected, and has disrupted relationships with immigrant communities. Nearly 200 groups signed onto the NSEERS letter which was submitted to the White House and DHS by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). Click here to read the letter that JCPA signed on to. 

Post-Election Conference Call: In the wake of Donald Trump’s stunning upset victory. JCPA held a conference call featuring JTA Editor in Chief Andrew Silow-Carroll and Lynn Sweet, the Washington Bureau Chief of the Chicago Sun-Times. 

JCPA Israel Mission/Frank Fellows Mission to Poland: JCPA and the fourth cohort of Frank Fellows, emerging leaders in the Jewish community relations field, are preparing to embark on our annual Israel Leadership Mission in December. The mission will focus on leading the field to be nuanced advocates for Israel. Prior to the mission, the Frank Fellows will be visiting Poland which includes a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Click here to see this year's Fellows. Be sure to follow the JCPA on Facebook and Twitter for updates. 


Jim Joseph Grant to Improve K-12 Teaching on Judaism: The Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded a $600,000 grant to the Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS), a national nonprofit initiative of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. The funds will go to ICS efforts to improve public education on the topics of Judaism and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

JCRCs Take the Stage at ADL Never Is Now Conference: Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council director, Lindsey Mintz, spoke on a panel at the ADL conference about how the Jewish community could engage with today’s civil rights activists. 

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