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JCPA E-Update

February 21, 2018


JCPA Responds to Florida School Shooting – JCPA expresses outrage at the horrific shooting that took place at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 innocent students and teachers and leaving 15 more injured. With the increase in mass shootings in our country, JCPA calls on legislators, in keeping with our longstanding policy, to seize this moment to make our society safer. Click here for our full statement.


Roy Waterman Joins JCPA's Criminal Justice Initiative as Project Manager – "You may be aware of the many flaws in our current criminal justice system. Our quest to dismantle and recreate our criminal justice system begins with the language we use when we describe those who have broken the norms of society. The language we have grown accustomed to using can be dehumanizing to formerly incarcerated people, and generates a social mindset lacking in empathy. We can and must do better if we are to build support for changing the system." Click here to read Roy's first blog post, The Language of Engagement on Criminal Justice Reform. Click here to read his bio. 

If you are interested in partnering on engaging the Jewish community in criminal justice reform, contact Roy at RWaterman@thejcpa.org.

JCPA Briefs Lawmakers on Criminal Justice Reform – As part of an annual meeting with the Senate Democratic Caucus, David Bernstein, along with a number of other national Jewish organization presidents, briefed 22 senators on the priorities of our Jewish organizations. Bernstein's remarks, which focused primarily on criminal justice and the critical need to reduce mandatory minimums, were well received by the Senators, who told of their own efforts on this issue. 


Eritrean and Sudanese Asylum Seekers: A North American Jewish Response
February 26, 4:00-5:00 P.M. ET

What are the implications of the Government of Israel's recent decision to deport Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers and migrants from Israel to a third country? Will the plan move forward? This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn more about the current situation; what is myth and what is fact, and how you can engage in the conversation at the local level. To participate, register here.

The Honorable Irwin Cotler
Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and renowened human rights advocate

The situation of the plight of asylum seekers in Israel is complex. To share the concerns of the Jewish community relations field, JCPA issued a statement and met with the Israeli Prime Minister's office, and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer. For additional information about this issue, we recommend the following resources:


The Jewish Response to the Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya People, Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:00-5:00 P.M. ET – Join JCPA and the American Jewish World Service for an expert briefing and first-hand account of what is currently happening on the ground to the Rohingya people, followed by a discussion on the Jewish response to this crisis. Click here to register.

Sam Wolthuis
Director of Humanitarian Response
American Jewish World Service

Tune In to JCPA's CRCastWhat’s at Stake with the Census? Literally Everything! February 28 at 2:00 P.M. ET – Though the 2020 Census is just around the corner, the U.S Census Bureau still lacks critical funding and leadership. Ensuring a fair and accurate count is not just a matter of numbers, data collected by the Census is used to allocate federal funding and determine congressional representationRegister today to learn more.

Terri Ann Lowenthal
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Click here to see the full schedule of upcoming CRCasts.

Best Practices for Grassroots Muslim-Jewish Conversations, March 13 at 4:00 P.M. ET – This is the third webinar in a four-part series that aims to guide the Jewish community relations field on howwith the American Muslim community and build grassroots Muslim-Jewish relationships. To register for the webinar and learn more about the series, click here.

David Brandwein
JCRC of Greater Hartford

Diane Fisher
JCRC of the Silicon Valley Federation

Rabbi Bob Kaplan
JCRC of New York
Robert Silverman
AJC: Global Jewish Advocacy

  • To watch the first webinar on the Basics of Islam for the Jewish Community, click here..
  • To watch the second webinar on the Organizational Structures of the American Muslim Communityclick here.

JCPA Represents Jewish Community Relations Field at JFNA's Annual Disability Advocacy Day – On February 6, CEO David Bernstein and Senior VP Melanie Roth Gorelick joined more than 250 advocates from around the country on Capitol Hill for the Jewish Federations of North America's (JFNA) Jewish Disability Advocacy Day. Participants asked legislators to support the Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA) Act and oppose cuts Medicaid.

  • Click here for JFNA's issue brief on Medicaid
  • Click here for JFNA's issue brief on the IDEA Act

JCPA Joins Jewish Groups in Opposing Justice Department Request to Add Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census – This addition would adversely affect response rates, especially among vulnerable populations. Click here to read the full letter.

Register today! JCPA2018: The Power of the Network
New York City, April 22-24

JCPA2018 will feature an interactive hands-on workshop featuring:

A Polarized America-A Polarized Jewish Community:
Strategies for Dialogue and Engagement

Today’s politics are more divisive than ever. Polarized politics threatens the democratic order and generates political extremism and bigotry. This polarization places a strain on the community relations field, which serves as a common table for diverse Jewish voices and acts together on common cause.

This workshop will provide tools to strengthen civility within the Jewish community, create a political culture that allows for dialogue across differences and the potential to find common ground, and how to effectively implement community relations work in polarizing times.

REGISTER TODAY with your leadership to share the experience!


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