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July 11, 2017


To learn more about JCPA's Mission and current priorities read JCPA: The Power of the Network 2017-18:  "More than 70 years later, the JCPA's mission is as relevant as ever as we lead the field in outreach to legislators, ethnic, faith, racial and civic leaders. By building consensus within the Jewish community and working in coalition with others, JCPA successfully protects and promotes the interests of the Jewish people." Click here to read more.


JCPA is mobilizing its network to oppose the Senate’s recent health care bill that would take away health insurance for more than 22 million people and make harmful cuts and changes to Medicaid. As a result of our advocacy, we helped delay the Senate’s health care vote. The legislation would be devastating to millions of low-income children, older adults, and people with disabilities who depend on Medicaid, as well as to the large network of Jewish health and social service providers who care for them. States and philanthropies simply would not be able to make up the losses from such steep cuts.

  • JCPA submitted its petition, "Jews United to Prevent Harmful Cuts to Health Care to Jewish Social Services and Millions of the Most Vulnerable," to the Senate with nearly 3,000 signatures from around the country.
  • JCPA's action alert: “Urge Senators to Oppose Cuts to Medicaid” - focuses on targeting undecided Senators during the Senate break.

  • JCPA signed on the "National Jewish Organization Letter on Senate Health Care Bill"
  • The Jewish Federations of North America has made this issue its number one priority. To learn more, read JFNA's backgrounder on the impact of Medicaid changes and William Daroff's article "Would the Senate healthcare bill work for you?"


Slashing $10 billion in Jewish social services: What’s at stake for your community?
July 17 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Featuring William Daroff and hosted by David Bernstein, JCPA President & CEO

William Daroff is the Senior Vice President for Public Policy
and Director of the Washington Office of JFNA.

Click Here to watch past CRCasts.


Washington Representatives Meeting Debrief - JCPA and JFNA co-convened a meeting in June of the Washington representatives of Jewish organizations. JCPA will be hosting these meetings on a regular basis throughout the year to ensure a strong network and to foster more sharing among these organizations so that we may better leverage the power of the network on areas of common interest. The major action items discussed included refugees and immigration, the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Vacancy, opposition to repealing the Johnson Amendment, Iran sanctions, cuts to SNAP, and the health care legislation, among others.

Attend the JCPA 2017 Fall Meeting September 10-11 -  Engage with community relations leaders from across the country to discuss important policy challenges for our field, strategize and network. Click Here to learn more.

The meeting will feature a workshop on:

Tools for Moving Your Community Relations Agenda: Forward in a Polarized Environment: From Civil Discourse to Advocacy, Relationship Building to Communications



Webinar Invite: The 2020 Census: Why Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Count Matters, July 18 at 2:00 PM EDT - The Coalition on Human Needs, of which JCPA is a member, is hosting a webinar for advocates and educators about how Census data determine everything from federal nutrition assistance to congressional, state legislative, and municipal district lines. If you care about voting rights or providing services for low-income families and individuals, tune in to find out how you can advocate and protecting our most vulnerable populations. Click here to register.

JCPA Opposes Efforts to Weaken or Repeal Law Keeping Houses of Worship Nonpartisan – The Johnson Amendment, the law prohibiting tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing candidates for public office, is a priority issue for JCPA. Over the last several months, we have cosigned letters and lobbied Congress as a member of the IRS Rule Making Team. JCPA is an original sponsor of the coalition’s new initiative, Faith Voices, which provides a forum for faith-based groups to speak out collectively against efforts to undermine the Johnson Amendment.

  • Please support the initative and share this letter with clergy and faith-based organizational leaders in your local community and encourage them to sign before the end of July. Click here to learn more about Faith Voices and the Johnson Amendment.
  • Most recently, we joined a letter with 50 national groups opposing legislation in the House of Representative that contains language that would undermine the statute.

JCPA Endorses the “Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act” (S. 1158/H.R. 3030) - In June, JCPA endorsed new legislation that would create an interagency Mass Atrocities Task Force to coordinate U.S. government action to prevent and address genocide and mass atrocities, as well as formally establishing the Complex Crises Fund, which provides flexible resources for USAID and State to rapidly respond to emerging or unforeseen crises and conflict. Congress never formally authorized the account, although it has received funding since 2010. The bill would also require new reporting mechanisms and U.S. Foreign Service Officer training. Please urge your Congressional delegation to co-sponsor this important legislation. Click here to read the organizational statement of support.

Immigration Summer Action Toolkit - The Trump Administration has proposed a 31% cut to refugee resettlement programs, while allocating an additional $4.5 billion in funding for immigrant detention and deportation—a 23% increase from 2016. In response, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition—of which JCPA is a member—has launched its Summer Action Grassroots Toolkit, entitled “Respecting The Dignity Of All: Defund The Detention And Deportation Machine.” It outlines a timeline of actions that urge Congress to reject inhumane, irresponsible changes to immigration policy and the federal budget. The toolkit provides a six-week plan and a variety of resources for advocacy.

JCPA Sign On Letters - In addition to meeting with federal legislators and other government officials, JCPA also frequently joins its partners in sending letters to policymakers, offering hearing testimony, and endorsing legislation. Click here for a list of JCPA's written advocacy since May 2017.


The Jewish Council for Public Affairs Reacts to Israeli Government Decision on Western Wall - JCPA responded to the Government of Israel's decision to defer the creation of the equalitarian wall at the Kotel. As the umbrella body of diverse Jewish communal organizations, JCPA's issued a consensus statement, the only one with the Orthodox Union’s input. To read the statement, click here.

Israel Leadership Mission 2017 – Mark your Calendar! JCPA's Israel Mission will take place December 3-8, 2017. Our mission ensures that JCPA leaders are well-equipped to help the community relations field be effective and nuanced advocates for Israel. Through high-level meetings, education, and exploration, the mission provides firsthand knowledge about Israel's efforts to pursue peace and democracy, advance pluralism, and protect its security. For more information, click here.

North Carolina Becomes 22nd state to Take Action Against BDS- The state of North Carolina recently passed anti-BDS legislation, becoming the 22nd state to take action against BDS. The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary, Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, The Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill, and Greensboro Jewish Federation all worked closely with the Israel Action Network to pass this important legislation. “The Jewish Federations across North Carolina have worked diligently on legislation to ensure that BDS efforts in their state fail. We applaud their tremendous work and commend the members of the North Carolina legislature for taking this important step against discrimination against Israelis by those who oppose the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in our homeland,” said IAN Chair Skip Schrayer. To read more, click here.


To close out our year of focus on the 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War, we are sharing with you Shalom Hartman Institute’s course lecture series. This video course engages Jews in an open and pluralistic discussion about Jewish identity, peoplehood, ethics, and theology as they relate to nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation, and moral red lines. According to Melanie Roth Gorelick: "Having experienced this course first hand, I believe it provide excellence substance for anyone who wants to be a substantive advocate for Israel in the progressive community." To learn more click here.


Courtney Cooperman, Stanford University’s Koret Fellow,will be with JCPA this summer.  The Koret Fellowship is a partnership between the Haas Center for Public Service and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies. Courtney will be mainly focusing her work this summer on JCPA's criminal justice reform initiative and environmental advocacy. Last spring, she interned at COEJL in Washington, D.C.  Courtney is the tikkun olam chair of Stanford’s Jewish Students Association, a member of the Jewish Social Justice Collective, and an opinions columnist for the Stanford Daily. She is a member of the Stanford Class of 2020, prospectively majoring in political science.

JCPA has contracted with Robin Rubin, Director of Government Affairs in the Philanthropy Practice at Van Scoyoc Associates, in D.C., to assist us with our Washington policy and coalition work. Robin has an extensive experience, including with JCPA as the Program Manager for our Confronting Poverty Initiative. Robin will be monitoring Congress, providing opportunities for action, educating on important policy issues, and ensuring that JCPA is represented in important coalitions and maintaining important intergroup relationships. 

Doug Kahn will focus on professional development and strategic guidance for JCRC directors, and will convene the JCPA Chairs initiative, to better provide support and leadership tools to JCRC Chairs.  Throughout the year, he will help to ensure that we continue to provide the tools and skills necessary for a strong network. Doug is also available to contract for visitations and ongoing consultative work with individual communities through his JCRC consultancy practice. Doug was previously the Executive Director for the JCRC of San Francisco for 27 years and founded Broad Tent Consulting as a consultancy practice through the SF JCRC.
Martin Raffel will assist JCPA with providing analysis and guidance regarding some of the more challenging policy issues on Israel that the field will be facing in the future. As a follow-up to the Israel settlement resolution discussions, Martin will be leading an informative and deliberative program for the field over the next year.  He will be available as a resource for the field. Martin Raffel served as JCPA’s Senior Vice President and lead professional on Israel-related issues for 27 years prior to his retirement in 2014. Martin has continued to provide part-time consulting service to the agency.

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