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JCPA E-Update

October 4, 2017


A Message from David Bernstein, JCPA President and CEO

“Our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones, and we pray for the full recovery of all those injured. As our nation mourns this heartbreaking tragedy, we urge all Americans to stand shoulder to shoulder with their neighbors against acts of senseless violence. It is imperative that we come together to address the underlying causes in the days ahead." Read our statement here.

JCPA and its network have long advocated for greater gun violence prevention, including meaningful gun control, such as legislation to limit access high capacity ammunition magazines, instituting reasonable waiting periods, and requiring background checks. We believe that comprehensive action is needed to restore the safety of our schools, communities, and public spaces. For more detail on policies the network supports, please read our Resolution on a Comprehensive Approach to Preventing Mass Violence

2017 Hurricane Relief Fund – The past few weeks have wreaked devastation and catastrophic damage from Puerto Rico to St. Thomas, Houston to Florida. Help us help the victims of these disasters by supporting JFNA's Hurricane Relief Fund. Click here to donate today.


Urge Congress to Act Now to Pass a Clean DREAM Act – 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. Click here to write your members of Congress.



JCPA Deeply Troubled by Record-Low Refugee Cap – "JCPA is deeply troubled by the Administration’s proposal to cap Fiscal Year 2018 refugee admissions at just 45,000—less than half of the current number—particularly given the scope of the international refugee crisis and other strife around the world. This figure is the lowest refugee cap set by any president since the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program was established in 1980." Click here to read JCPA's full statement.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Campaign – This October,  Jewish Women International’s Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, of which JCPA is a member, is spearheading a Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign highlighting the unity of religious response to domestic violence and the importance of healthy relationships, healthy families, and respect for women. The coalition advocates for national legislation and public policies that protect all people from domestic and sexual violence. Click here to learn more about this Campaign and what you can do.

JCPA Joins Amicus Brief Against Voter Suppression in Ohio – JCPA joined several civil and immigrant rights organizations, along with the law firm, Steptoe Johnson, LLC, in filing an amicus brief in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, the U.S. Supreme Court Ohio voter purge case. The case could prove to be pivotal in the civil rights fight against voter suppression tactics. Read more here.

March for Racial Justice in NYC – The day after Yom Kippur, JCPA and its network took to the streets to “pray with our feet” and stand up for racial justice. The mission of the march was to harness the national unrest and dissatisfaction with racial injustice into a national mobilization that strengthens local and nationwide efforts for racial equity and justice. For an overview, visit www.m4rj.com



Tune into 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. 

The Ongoing Iranian Nuclear Threat
October 11 at 4:00pm EST


Mark Dubowitz
CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Learn more and register here.

October 10: JCRC Chairs and Directors Initiative Virtual Retreat  The third session of the Virtual Retreat focusing on the JCRC Balancing Act on Local and National Policies will take place on October 10, 12:00 pm EST. To register please, contact hluftig@thejcpa.org.

December 3-8: Israel Leadership Mission 2017 – Applications due October 30. 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 and registration, click here.

February 6: Save the Date for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day – Help educate Congress and the Administration on issues of importance to people with disabilities and their families by participating in the Jewish Federations of North America's 8th Annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day on February 6, 2018, 9:00 AM, Washington, D.C. To register, contact Aaron.Kaufman@JewishFederations.org.



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 Funders Network (JFN) Holds Post-Charlottesville World Webinars on Hate – With promotional support of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, JFN held a Webinar series on white supremacy and anti-Semitism in post-Charlottesville. Watch World Webinars on Hate: Lifting the Rock, Part 1: What We Need to Know & Do About Charlottesville & Hate in America and Lifting the Rock, Part 2: How Do We Act Fast?


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