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JCPA E-Update

December 27, 2017


"With all the political tumult and policy challenges, 2017 was, well, an interesting year for JCPA and its network. But it’s also been a banner year for the organization as it continues to go through an important strategic shift." Click here to read JCPA's End of Year Message to the Board. 



Invite: Muslim-Jewish Relations 101 Webinar Series – JCPA is launching a four-part webinar series to help guide the Jewish community relations field on how to work with the American Muslim community and build grassroots Muslim-Jewish relationships. The series features experts who will teach the basics of Islam for Jews, provide guidance on how to find local dialogue partners and tools needed to create successful programming. Click here to learn more and register!

Webinar 1: Islam 101 for Jews
January 16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EST

Rabbi Reuven Firestone
Author, An Introdution to Islam for Jews

  • Understanding the Organizational Structures of the American Muslim CommunityFebruary 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Best Practices for Grassroots Muslim-Jewish Conversations
    March 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Sisterhood of Salaam ShalomApril 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EST

Frank Fellows Mission to Poland and Israel – As American Jewry grapples with delegitimization efforts amid internal polarization, JCPA took 13 rising Jewish leaders to Poland to explore Jewish history and the Holocaust and to Israel on a fact-finding mission to learn how different stakeholders—such as legislators, NGOs, Palestinians, and Israelis—are responding to the challenges facing their society. In Israel, the Mission explored issues of gender equality, pluralism, migrants and asylum seekers, humanitarian aid for Syrian victims, and efforts for peace and security and a two-state outcome. 

The group gained a deeper understanding of Israel’s complexity as a nation and were inspired by the many passionate people they met working to create a strong democracy and find solutions to the challenges the country currently faces. Reflections from the trip will be included in our next JCPA E-Update.



April 21-24: JCPA's 2018 Annual Conference in New York – Are you a Jewish communal professional, chair, or lay leader interested in building strong communities, navigating your polarized reality, protecting our democracy, and fighting anti-Semitism, bigotry, or anti-Israelism? If yes, then we encourage you to sign up and attend JCPA2018, and bring your local delegation and leadership! We have materials to help you recruit your networks. For more information, contact Haya Luftig at hluftig@thejcpa.org.


Next Steps for 2018 Resolutions – Draft resolutions that will be considered at the upcoming JCPA 2018 will soon be heading to your local JCRC for input. By participating in JCPA's resolution setting process, your leadership has the opportunity to set national policy for the Jewish community. Once a resolution is adopted, it becomes JCPA policy. Click here to review the official process. If you have any questions, please contact your local JCRC director or Tammy Gilden at tgilden@thejcpa.org.

January 25: Revealing #MeToo as #WeToo in Jewish Communal Life – JCPA is cosponsoring a program initiated by the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York. The event will be the launch of creating a code of ethics and professional conduct for our community. Click here to learn more and register.

Stay tuned for our CRCast series, which will resume on January 17th!



Action Alert: Urge Passage of the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act – JCPA is working with the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and a coalition of Jewish groups to coordinate a Jewish response to the Burmese military’s ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya people. More than 6,700 Rohingya people have been massacred, and nearly 650,000 people have fled to refugee camps in Bangladesh. For more information, contact Tammy Gilden at tgilden@thejcpa.org.

Thank You for Helping to Defend Religious Liberty – Thank you to all who contacted your members of Congress, shared your concerns with your community, and joined with thousands of faith leaders at Faith-voices.org to protest efforts to weaken the Johnson Amendment. Together we successfully kept a Johnson Amendment repeal out of the tax bill. While this is a victory, we expect more attempts to change the law. JCPA will continue its advocacy as budget negotiations move forward in the new year.

Congress Fails to Pass the Dream Act by Year's End – JCPA worked diligently for the passage of a clean Dream Act by the end of the year. Unfortunately, Congress has delayed consideration until mid-January. Every day that Congress waits another 122 immigrant youth lose their authorization and face the risk of deportation. Please continue urging your Congressional delegation to pass the Dream Act. 

  • Click here to write your members today!
  • Click here to read JCPA's Dream Act letter signed by 22 national Jewish organizations.

St. Louis Jews, Muslims give back, bridge faiths and make friends on Christmas – The event, co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, sent nearly 1,000 volunteers of different faiths out to community centers throughout the St. Louis area for projects benefiting more than 20 different charities. Click here to read the article.

Metro Detroit's Mitzvah Day volunteers spread hope, charity in Jewish tradition – Mitzvah Day is presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. A mitzvah is a good deed that is done as an act of faith. Volunteers worked in soup kitchens, spent time helping the elderly, helped people with disabilities and did other good work. Click here to read the article.



Eight Days of Giving Campaign – It's not too late to donate! This Chanukah, JCPA's end of year fundraising initiative illuminated the strength of the Jewish people as we face the challenges ahead. Please help JCPA raise the funding it needs to carry out its important work empowering grassroots community relations efforts around the country. Click here to donate today!


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