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September 19, 2017


High Holy Days Message from Rabbi Neal Borovitz, JCPA Development Chair

"How can we, by changing our direction and our intentions, both individually and communally, make an impact this year? The resurgence of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racism, and other forms of discrimination over the course of this year has made many people feel helpless and hopeless. But we are not powerless." To read his letter and make a donation to JCPA, click here.


Urge Congress to Pass a Clean DREAM Act Now – The Administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) places 800,000 Dreamers at risk of deportation. The DREAM Act of 2017 would rectify this decision. It is critical that Congress take swift action to replace fear and uncertainty with a permanent legislative fix. To write your members of Congress and urge them to quickly pass a clean “DREAM Act” without harmful border security or enforcement amendments, click here.

Ask Your Senators to Protect Medicaid by Opposing the Graham-Cassidy Plan – Last week, Senators unveiled another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Graham-Cassidy plan would impose deep cuts to Medicaid, causing millions of people to lose coverage, and allow states to weaken or eliminate protections for those with pre-existing conditions. This bill may be able to secure 51 votes in the Senate under a special budget reconciliation process that expires on September 30th. 


JCPA Launches New Criminal Justice Toolkit – JCPA has produced a new publication, In Your Backyard: A Toolkit for Addressing Criminal Justice at the Local Level. The toolkit provides overall guidance, tips, and tools to help JCRCs to educate, advocate, and mobilize around criminal justice reform. Download your free copy today or email us at jcpainfo@thejcpa.org to purchase print copies.


Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Faith Leaders Call on Congress to Pass a Faithful Budget – On September 13, 2017, JCPA joined 35 national faith-based organizations in urging Congress to support a "Faithful Budget" that prioritize the needs of people in poverty and pursuit of the common good over increased Pentagon spending and tax breaks for the wealthiest individuals and corporations.

  • Click here to read the press release.
  • To read the full "Priorities for a Faithful Budget: Acting with Mercy and Justice as One Nation Under God," click here.


JCPA's Fall Meetings Set the National Jewish Community Relations Agenda – More than 80 national leaders gathered in New York for two days of meetings. The meetings set the fall agenda, which will focus on protecting long-fought for domestic policies against roll backs, and advocating for civility at the local level. Attendees heard from experts on urgent issues, such as pluralism in Israel, Iran, anti-Semitism, and more. 

Video Highlights

Frank Fellows 2017-18 Cohort Announced – JCPA is pleased to announce its fifth cohort of fellows of the prestigious JCPA Frank Family Leadership Institute for Emerging Leaders. The JCPA Fellowship is a unique mentoring opportunity for rising leaders in the community relations field. To meet our new Fellows, click here.

JCPA Convenes Meeting of Jewish Washington Representatives – More than 20 representatives of Jewish organizations with legislative offices came together for a lunch meeting to discuss Jewish priorities. The aim is to network, ensure that we are informed about the broad issues the Jewish community are tackling, and see where we can come together in common cause. 


Calling All JCRC Directors and Chairs: Sign-up for Session 2 of JCPA's Virtual Retreat – More than 44 communities participated in the first virtual retreat on September 12, which focused on community relations 101. Session 2: Setting the Agenda: Consensus Making an a Polarized Era will take place on September 26 at 12:00 pm ET. We urge all JCRC Chairs and Directors to sign up by contacting Hluftig@thejcpa.org.

Back on Air: Season 2 of CRCast – Join JCPA’s CRCast series tackling complex issues of the day. In each webcast, JCPA’s David Bernstein interviews a special guest expert or practitioner about the most pressing topics affecting the Jewish community and the community relations field. 

Understanding and Responding to the White Supremacist Threat

September 27 at 4:00pm ET
Featuring Joseph Levin

Joseph Levin is the co-founder and emeritus
board member of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Learn more and register here.

Save the Date: October 11 at 4:00pm ET for CRCast on the Ongoing Iranian Nuclear Threat featuring Mark Dubowitz, CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.


December 3-8: Israel Leadership Mission 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. To register, click here.

October Certification of Iran Deal – On October 15, 2017, the Administration is mandated to certify to Congress that Iran is meeting the conditions of the JCPOA. JCPA will be monitoring efforts on this efforts. To learn more, we encourage you to read the following articles:

In the Gates of Jerusalem – The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute, has produced a unique reader for the High Holidays, called "In the Gates of Jerusalem." The reader is a collection of writings and poems which reflect on Jerusalem, 50 years after the Six Day War, and its meaning for the unity of the Jewish people today. 

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