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February 2, 2018


JCPA Urges Polish President to Reject Holocaust Complicity Bill –  JCPA strongly opposes a new bill passed by the Polish parliament that would criminalize speech that ties the Polish nation to atrocities committed during the Holocaust. We call on Poland’s President Andrzej Duda not to sign the badly flawed legislation. “As a close friend of Poland, I am personally appalled at this blatant attempt to silence discourse on the Holocaust,” stated Cheryl Fishbein, Chair of JCPA. Read the full statement here. 



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Floyd Abrams to Receive Prestigious JCPA Chernin Award at JCPA Conference – Senator Patrick Moynihan described Mr. Abrams as "the leading First Amendment lawyer of our age." For the past half century, Mr. Abrams has been counsel or co-counsel in numerous cases before the Supreme Court, including representing the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers Case and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in Citizens United. The Albert D. Chernin Award honors those with distinguished records in safeguarding First Amendment rights in the U.S.

Floyd Abrams
2018 JCPA Albert D. Chernin Award Recipent

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JCPA Opposes Justice Department Request to Add Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census –  JCPA joined over 100 civil rights groups in urging the Commerce Department to reject the Justice Department's request to add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census. This addition would adversely affect outreach, response rates, and many other aspects of the nation's largest and most complex peacetime activity. Click here to read the full letter.

ADL Report: 67% Increase in U.S. Anti-Semitic Incidents in 2017 –  There was a 67 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States from January 1 to September 30, 2017, in comparison with the same period in 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual report on an antisemitism. To learn more, click here.

Dream Act Action Plan – Congress has set February 8 as the deadline for negotiating a deal on the Dream Act. 

  • JCPA is working with its Interfaith Immigration Coalition to connect our local affiliates at the grassroots level to arrange meetings with Congressional offices, organize press conferences, and write op-eds. For more information, contact Tammy Gilden at tgilden@thejcpa.org.
  • Click here for an brief overview of JCPA's immigration policy that you can use as talking points or as a "leave-behind" for meetings with legislative offices. 

Avodah Presents: Speaking Torah to Power – Tune in to Avodah's speakers series, which brings top educators from around the country to address today's most pressing issues and explore connections between activism, spirituality, and Jewish wisdom. Avodah organized the program in partnership with the UJA-Federation of New York. To learn more, click here.

JFNA Report on Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) –  Congress passed and the President signed into law legislation that will fund CHIP, which covers nine million children, and the RAISE Act, which took some initial steps toward improving the lives of family caregivers. Both CHIP and the RAISE Act are key priorities for the Jewish Federations of North America given their work on strengthening the social safety net for those in need of services. You can view the action alert here.


Understanding the Organizational Structures of the American Muslim Community, February 13, 4:00 PM ET – This is the second webinar in a four-part series that aims to guide the Jewish community relations field on how to work with the American Muslim community and build grassroots Muslim-Jewish relationships.

Imam Abdullah Antepli

Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs at Duke University 

  • To register for the webinar and learn more about the series, click here
  • To watch the first webinar on the Basics of Islam for the Jewish Community, click here..

Tune In to JCPA's CRCast Winter 2018 Series – JCPA's CRCast new line-up begins on January 31st.  The CRCast tackles the 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. From the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide to policy priorities to the challenges facing Israel, we provide insight into complex issues and practical solutions.

Encountering Palestinian Narratives
February 14 at 4:00 P.M.
Yona Shem-Tov
Executive Director, Encounter


.What’s at Stake with the Census? 
Literally Everything!
February 28 at 2:00 P.M.
Terri Ann Lowenthal

Overcoming Political Polarization: Dialogue Across Differences
March 28 at 4:00 P.M. 
Robert Fersh
President and Founder, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution


Settlements and Solution: Is a two-state solution still possible for Israelis and Palestinians? Explore the geography and demography of Israeli settlements in this first-of-its-kind interactive mapping tool – Almost 400 people participated in this interactive webinar on January 29 that gave an overview of The Washington Institute's interactive project, Settlements and Solutions, a first-of-its-kind web-based geographic database that provides users engaged with the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a reliable source to explore Israeli settlements in the West Bank. To watch the webinar, click here.



JCPA's Senior VP Receives Award for Work on Human Trafficking – The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking presented JCPA's Senior Vice President Melanie Roth Gorelick with the Liberators Award and Linda Scherzers of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest with its Founder's Award. Launched in 2011, the Coalition now has more than 150 organizational members representing diverse faiths and ethnic groups. It has successfully changed state laws, raised awareness, and help put the issue on the national agenda of numerous faith groups.


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