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JCPA E-Update

July 13, 2018


Support Our Dollar for Dollar Matching Grant Opportunity for JCPA’s Criminal Justice Initiative – Thank you to the Leon and Toby Cooperman Foundation, which has generously donated a matching grant to support JCPA’s Criminal Justice Initiative. We urgently need your support. Click here to donate.


JCPA Continues Jewish Advocacy on Immigration Issues – Keeping families together is a core tenet of JCPA’s immigration policy platform. A strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, JCPA is concerned about the country's shift toward hardline policies that undermine our values of a robust immigration system that protects refugees and asylum seekers and promotes human rights and dignity.  

Family Separation

  • Read JCPA's full statement.
  • JCPA first brought this issue to our field’s attention at our April conference.
  • Since then, we sent a letter signed by over 350 Jewish organizations urging Attorney General Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security Nielsen to immediately end the “zero tolerance” policy that separates families.
  • We helped successfully defeat a hardline anti-immigration bill in the House of Representatives by sharing our opposition with House offices.
  • In response to the executive order seeking to replace family separation with family detention, JCPA issued a statement voicing our opposition to family detention and urging the Administration to reunite families immediately.

Travel Ban

  • JCPA has opposed this policy since its first iteration, concerned about the ban’s discriminatory nature and the suffering it would inflict on both American citizens and those seeking refuge in the United States.
  • We publicly stated our opposition and signed on to amicus briefs in court cases challenging the travel bans. Most recently, JCPA joined ADL in filing an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold lower court rulings that blocked the President’s prohibition on travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim nations. 
  • JCPA issued a statement about Supreme Court Ruling upholding the travel ban.

JCPA urges the community relations field to organize home visits with your Congressional delegation during the August recess to urge them to pressure the Administration to end the “zero tolerance” policy and family detention.

JCPA to Brief Members of Congress on Sentencing Reform – Roy Waterman, JCPA Criminal Justice Project Manager, will be speaking at a Congressional briefing on "Quelling the Crisis: The Case for Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform" on July 18, organized by the Leadership Conference, ACLU, and The Sentencing Project.


Deadline July 27 to Register for JCPA’s Israel Mission (October 21-26) – The JCPA Leadership Mission to Israel provides attendees with firsthand knowledge of Israel’s efforts to pursue peace, advance pluralism, promote democracy, and protect the security of its people. This experience equips community relations leaders to be effective and nuanced advocates for Israel when they return home. If you are interested or planning to attend, please let us know prior to July 27. Click here to learn more and register.  

JCPA Calls for Nominations to its Delegates Assembly – JCRCs around the country have been invited to nominate a representative to JCPA’s new Delegates Assembly. The Delegates Assembly will be the highest deliberative body on public policy matters for the community relations field. For more information, contact Haya Luftig at Hluftig@thejcpa.org.                               


Upcoming CRCasts: A Webcast on Jewish Advocacy and Community Relations

Jews of Color and the American Jewish Community
Wednesday, July 25 1:00 PM EDT
Featuring Lacey Schwartz, Director of Outreach, North America at Be’chol Lashon
Register today!

Professional Development Virtual Summer Institute 2018 – The Professional Development Institute for JCRC professionals is taking registration for its 201 and 301 classes this summer. Topics range from strengthening lay-professional relationships to crisis management, and more. Click here to register. 

ICYMI: Interfaith Civic Engagement Webinar – On Wednesday, July 11, Tammy Gilden, JCPA Senior Policy Associate, joined JCPA's interfaith partners for a special webinar exploring how faith communities can engage in the elections. She shared best practices for candidate forums, as well as an innovative program administered by the Federation of Greater Pittsburg that engages teens in civic life. Click here to register and listen to the recording.

SAVE THE DATE FOR JCPA2019 – February 10-12, 2019, in Washington, D.C.


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