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JCPA E-Update

March 12, 2018


19 National Jewish Organizations Speak Out on Ending Gun Violence  On Monday, 19 major national Jewish organizationincluding all four streams of Judaismreleased an open letter outlining our collective principles for ending gun violence in the U.S. and calling for immediate action. Read our open letter here. 

  • Reform Jewish teens lead mobilization on gun violence prevention; focus on March 24th March for Our Lives in Washington and around the country. Click here to learn more.
  • Read Rabbi and JCPA Vice Chair Neal Borovitz's Times of Israel article on gun violence and the Megillah of Ester. 

JCPA Goes to Washington – On March 15, JCPA leaders will engage in an Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill to amplify the voice of the community relations field on our priority concerns, inlcuding gun violence, the FY19 federal budget, immigration, criminal justice reform, and an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Click the links below for our issue briefs.   

Jewish NGOs Team Up to Stop Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya People – To raise awareness and mobilize in response to ongoing atrocities, the newly formed Jewish Rohingya Justice Network organized a webinar offering listeners a firsthand account of Burmese military's brutal ethnic cleansing campaign. We also discussed actions the Jewish community can take to provide humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees and help stop the ethnic cleansing.

What You Can Do:

1. Advocate for the passage of the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act (S. 2060). Send a letter to your senators urging them to cosponsor the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act by clicking here.

2. Donate to the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network’s short-term, emergency fund, hosted by AJWS. 100% of your donation will go directly to NGOs on the ground in Burma and Bangladesh. To learn more and contribute, please click here.

3. Raise awareness. Share this webinar and organize educational programs in your community. ADL's lesson plans are excellent for high school teachers.

JFNA Action Alert: Support the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program – As Congress considers federal funding for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19), please ask your representatives to sign on to the following letters urging House appropriators to fully fund the Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

JCPA Endorses Rally to End Racism on National Mall – JCPA is officially sponsoring the the National Council of Churches’ ACT to End Racism Rally in Washington, D.C., on April 4, marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination in 1968. By joining this initiative, JCPA and our partners are committing to finish the work of eradicating the entrenched racism and racial inequities that grip our nation. For more information, click here.


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 how to work with the American Muslim community and build grassroots Muslim-Jewish relationships. Click here to register.

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

Tune In to JCPA's CRCast: The Global Jewish Advocacy Agenda, March 14, 2:00 P.M. ET – What role do American Jews play in global affairs? How can we make a difference in how other countries relate to Israel, view anti-Semitism, and pursue human rights? Register today to learn more. 

The Global Jewish Advocacy Agenda
March 14 at 2:00 P.M. ET


David Harris
AJC: Global Jewish Advocacy

Click here for the schedule of upcoming CRCasts.

In Case You Missed It! Watch the Recording of Our Webinar, Eritrean and Sudanese Asylum Seekers: A North American Jewish Response, Featuring Irwin Cotler – The webinar looked at 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. Learn the facts and what you can do. Click here to watch.

Join us at the Chair's Awards Dinner
Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 7:00 P.M.

We're thrilled to announce that JCPA will be celebrating four awardees on the first night of #JCPA2018, Sunday, April 22. We will be honoring Cheryl Fishbein, JCPA Chair, for her extraordinary leadership; presenting the 2018 JCPA Chair's Tikkun Olam Awards to Susan K. Stern, a local national and international civic and Jewish communal leader, and Rabbi Rachel Ain of Sutton Place Synagogue, a tireless inspiration to the next generation; and giving the Albert D. Chernin Award to Floyd Abrams, who has been described as “the leading First Amendment lawyer of our age."


Celebrate our leaders, grapple with current issues
of the day, learn best practices,
and empower our network.

To learn more and RSVP for the dinner, click here.


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