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JCPA E-Update

June 1, 2018


JCPA Condemns Separation of Children and Families at the Border – JCPA strongly condemns the Administration’s policy of separating children from their migrant families at the US’s southern border. This policy is cruel and inhumane, and only adds to the suffering of these families, who are often fleeing violence and oppression in their home countries. Click here to read the full statement. 


JCPA Steps Up Its National and State Advocacy on Criminal Justice Reform

  • JCPA Featured at ADL Leadership Summit – Roy Waterman, JCPA's Criminal Justice Project Manager, was a featured speaker at the ADL Leadership Summit where he made the case for reengaging the Jewish community in criminal justice reform. Click here to watch.
  • Cleveland Advocacy Day on Bail Reform – JCPA participated in an advocacy day on bail reform in Columbus, Ohio, organized by the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, which brought together 25 Jewish, black, and Latino leaders to lobby state lawmakers and influencers. Click here to read the news coverage.

JCPA Opposes the Prison-Only Bill–But Why?  JCPA believes that while prison reform is certainly necessary, without sentencing reform to reduce the number of people sent to prison, the FIRST STEP Act would do little to reduce the overall prison population. In addition, there are provisions in the FIRST STEP Act that would limit its ability to achieve the already narrow prison reform goals set out by the bill, such as the lack of funding overall and the inclusion of policies that would likely further entrench racial disparities.


JCPA Supports Jewish Advocacy Efforts on Appointment of Special Envoy – As a result of targeted efforts by the Jewish community to ensure an appointment of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo committed to filling the position at a House of Representatives hearing. Despite rising national and global anti-Semitism and xenophobia, the position has remained unfilled under the current Administration.  

Jewish Advocacy Efforts Help Defeat Cuts to SNAP – In coordination with MAZON, JCPA joined with other Jewish and faith-based groups to successfully defeat a partisan House Farm Bill that severely cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would hurt over 41 million food insecure Americans. JCPA worked with JCRCs to ensure that lawmakers were aware of the community's support for this vital anti-hunger program. Click here to read the interfaith letter on the Farm Bill.

World Refugee Day, June 20: Top 5 Actions for Faith Communities – As a community that has been refugees and welcomed refugees, we know the challenges they face are greater than ever. June 20 is a day to rally in support of preserving the resettlement program and promoting policies that help refugees rebuild their lives. Click here to learn more. 


JCPA Members Launch Civic Engagement Trainings – As election season kicks into gear, Jewish organizationsincluding JCPA–are preparing civic engagement programs and guides. We will be sharing opportunities for engagement from our member agencies and partners. 

JCRC of Greater Pittsburgh: Be Our Vote – #BeOurVotePgh is a nonpartisan civic engagement initiative that educates Pittsburgh-area high school students about the importance of voting. The name “BeOurVote” was chosen because most of the participating students are not old enough to vote, so they are asking those who are of age to vote on their behalf. To learn more, click here.


JCPA Adopts Resolution Supporting Israeli-Palestinian Coexistence – During this time of conflict and lack of peace negotiations, the Jewish community relations field is committed to promoting people to people initiatives, which have helped other communities in conflict to resolve differences. Click here the press release and resolution.

Resources on Tensions at the Gaza Border – In response to the U.S. Embassy opening and tensions at the Gaza border, a number of organizations produced statements and resources to help the community relations field provide a nuanced view. Click here for compilation of resources, produced by the Indianapolis JCRC.

New Resource: In celebration of Israel@70 – Watch the Center for Israel Education webinar featuring Ken Stein. Click here to watch.

Implications of U.S. Exiting the Iran Deal – To help people understand the impact of the U.S. exiting the Iran Deal, JCPA hosted a webinar featuring Michael Singh, Managing Director and Lane-Swing Fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Click here to watch the recording.


Tune into Our Summer CRCasts!

The Chinese American Community Today
June 6, 2018, at 1:00 PM EDT

Featuring Fred Teng, President of the America China Public Affairs Institute

Register today!

Jews of Color and the American Jewish Community
July 25, 2018, at 1:00 PM EDT

Featuring Lacey Schwartz, Director of Outreach, North America at Be’chol Lashon

Register today!

Professional Development Virtual Summer Institute 2018 – JCPA is pleased to announce that we are launching a Professional Development Institute for JCRC professionals from June-August 2018. The Institute will cover a range of topics from a new(ish) JCRC professionals 101 to strengthening lay-professional relationships to crisis management, and more. To learn more, email Haya Luftig at Hluftig@thejcpa.org


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