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January 6, 2017


As we begin the New Year, there are many opportunities and challenges ahead. In addition to our ongoing work with criminal justice reform, the JCPA is working to help prepare for the transition of a new administration, the opening of a new Congress, and assisting the field to become nuanced advocates as we ready ourselves for the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. Preparations are also underway for our annual national conference, JCPA 2017 - The Path Forward: Jewish Engagement on Civil Rights. We hope you will be there! 


JCPA President, David Bernstein, Reflects on John Kerry's Speech: 
Prior to Secretary of State John Kerry’s "Remarks on Middle East Peace," rumors were swirling that the Secretary would formally recognize a Palestinian State. That did not come to pass. Instead, Kerry delivered an impassioned, 70 minute exhortation that the two parties must reach a two state solution. Click here to read my thoughts. 


JCPA Advocates Against UN Resolution 2334 and Responds to John Kerry's Remarks: With moments to spare after the announcement of a UN vote on settlements, JCPA spoke out against the United Nations vote to condemn all Israeli settlements. Resolution 2334 unfairly treated all settlements as an impediment to peace. The vote was followed by an internationally televised speech by Secretary of State John Kerry. To help the field grapple with these actions and Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech, "Remarks on Middle East Peace," JCPA and JFNA organized a conference call with David Makovsky, the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute and Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process.

Click here to read the full JCPA statement urging the US to veto UN Resolution 2334
Click here to listen to a JCPA/JFNA conference call with David Makovsky about John Kerry’s speech 

Join us for JCPA 2017 - The Path Forward: Jewish Engagement on Civil Rights: You are invited to attend JCPA’s national conference to discuss and debate major issues, build skills, and join with leaders around the country. 

  • Educate yourself about civil rights concerns under the new administration
  • Learn about peace efforts 50 years after the Six-Day War
  • Participate in a national conversation on Jewish and African-American relations 
This year’s conference will feature longtime diplomat Dennis Ross and honor Wade Henderson, CEO and President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Marcia Greenberger, National Women's Law Center Founder and Co-President. 

To build the power of the community relations field, JCPA 2017 will offer skill-building trainings:
  • Shabbat retreat training for new(ish) JCRC directors to ensure a strong and effective streamlined community relations field and network. The event is invite only. If you'd like to attend, please email Hluftig@thejcpa.org 
  • A JCRC chairs and directors meeting to network and learn from leaders of the network.
  • A joint government affairs program with the JFNA Washington office
  • And more... 
Please register and help us recruit by clicking here

JCPA 2017 Resolutions Process is Active:
This year, JCPA will be considering four proposed resolutions at the February conference. The resolutions have been sent to JCRCs and member agencies for vetting and review. If you are interested in giving input on the drafts below contact your local JCRC. If you have any questions, reach out to JCPA Communications Manager, Jon Levine, at jlevine@thejcpa.org.

Action Alert - Stop MLA BDS Vote
: The Modern Language Associations (MLA) annual meeting is January 5-8, 2017, during which the MLA’s 297-member Delegate Assembly will consider a resolution to endorse an academic boycott against Israeli academic institutions. To counter this action, the MLA Members for Scholars’ Rights, is mobilizing colleagues and putting forward a counter-resolution that stands against academic boycotts. MLA is one of the largest professional associations in the Humanities.

Click here for more information and to sign their petition
Click here for video about the boycott produced by Israeli members of the MLA


JCPA Criminal Justice Task Force to Convene on Friday January 6: Following up to the fall launching of the JCPA Criminal Justice Reform initiative, the JCPA Task Force will be setting short term and long term strategies to assist the Jewish community to engage. JCPA is also assisting JCRCs around the country to mobilize on state and local actions in their community and have provided resources to the field.

DOJ Report on Restoring Police-Community Trust, and Strengthening Officer and Public Safety: To help JCRCs working on bridging between the policy and community, this report describes one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s central tools for accomplishing police reform. The Civil Rights Division's pattern-or-practice cases focus on systemic police misconduct rather than isolated instances of wrongdoing. Click here to read the full report. 

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.

Read About U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regulations explaining what federal agencies must do to engage in affirmative action in employment and serve as "model employers" for individuals with disabilities. Click here

Alliance to End Hunger – Upcoming Webinars: No matter what changes may come with the new administration, one thing is clear. There are lots of new legislators and administrators that will need to learn about hunger and why it’s an issue worth solving. This two-part webinar will give you the evidence you need to face the new administration. Click here to register. 

Women’s March on Washington: NCJW is supporting the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. In addition, NCJW will help organize ancillary events throughout the weekend. Click here to register and learn more

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