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JCPA E-Update

August 30, 2018


JCPA Publishes 2018 Candidate and Voter Engagement Guide – Civic engagement is the bread and butter work of the community relations field, and ensures Jewish representation and values remain an important feature of American public life. This guide offers resources, tools, and best practices to assist Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRC) and Jewish advocates with organizing:

  • Candidate Engagement Programs
  • Voter Education
  • Get Out the Vote Campaigns
  • Voter Protection Volunteering
Click here to download your copy!


Reflections from the U.S.-Mexico Border – Last week, JCPA's Melanie Roth Gorelick and Tammy Gilden traveled to both San Diego and Tijuana to learn firsthand about our nation’s immigration crisis as part of a Jewish Leadership Border Mission, led by HIAS and ADL, where participants met with the Mexican Consul General, immigration lawyers and advocates, government officials; visited detention centers; and attended an Operation Streamline hearing. They both came away with a deeper understanding that the U.S. immigration system is profoundly broken and in dire need of reform. Click here to read their reflection

OCTOBER 11: Join JCPA's Immigration Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill – Join JCPA at our upcoming Immigration Advocacy Day on October 11, where we will take our message of support for sensible immigration policy to Capitol Hill. Our nation is at a turning point, and the Jewish community must make its voice heard. Participates will engage with experts and lawmakers on several immigration issues, including rescinding the “zero tolerance” policy, passing a Clean Dream Act, and protecting the refugee resettlement program. Schedule still in formation. To register, contact Haya Luftig at hluftig@thejcpa.org.

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support a Refugee Admissions Cap of a Least 75,000 – In September, the President will determine the maximum number of refugees the U.S. will resettle in 2019. Despite the unprecedented refugee crisis—68 million people are currently displaced (1 in every 100 people globally)—the U.S. is resettling the fewest number of refugees in the history of the Refugee Resettlement Program. Click here to send a message urging your Members of Congress to support a refugee admissions ceiling of at least 75,000 refugees. 

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Repeal Tax on Houses of Worship and Other Nonprofits – The recent tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, requires tax-exempt organizations to file federal tax returns and pay taxes on the cost of parking and transit subsidies provided to employees. This new tax law entangles the IRS and these nonprofits for the first time in our history. Urge your Members of Congress to pass the Lessening Impediments from Tax (LIFT) for Charities Act, which would repeal this unfair tax on nonprofits that help their employees with transportation costs.

August Sign-on Letters – Below is a list of sign-on letters JCPA joined in August. 

  • Leadership Conference Comments on Proposed Information Collection on 2020 Census
  • Domestic Human Needs Letter to Farm Bill Conferees Opposing Cuts to SNAP
  • HIAS Letter to the President Urging an FY19 Refugee Admissions Cap of at Least 75,000
  • Justice Roundtable Reentry Working Group Letter to Farm Bill Conferees Opposing Lifetime Ban on SNAP for Formerly Incarcerated People
  • AARP Letter to Farm Bill Conferees Opposing Cuts to SNAP for Seniors


September 5th: Deadline to Nominate a Community Rep for JCPA's Delegates Assembly – JCPA's new Delegates Assembly will be the highest deliberative body on public policy matters for the community relations field. JCPA would like for  JCPA urges all JCRCs to nominate a lay representative from your community, a “Community Rep,” all communities will have both lay and professional representation. Please send the name and contact information of your nominee to Haya Luftig at Hluftig@thejcpa.org.

Tune In to JCPA's CRCast

The Jewish Role in Ending Mass Incarceration
Wednesday, September 12 at 1:00 PM EDT
Featuring Roy Waterman, JCPA Criminal Justice Project Manager
Register today!

Ending mass incarceration, which disproportionately harms people of color, is the civil rights issue of our times. How can the Jewish community support the movement to change this system? 



  • FEBRUARY 10-12, 2019: JCPA2019 National Conference in Washington, D.C. – Early bird registration is now open! Click here to register today.

  • APRIL 28-30, 2019: JCPA Delegates Assembly Civil Rights Mission – JCPA is organizing a mission to visit the Legacy Museum and Lynching Memorial in Alabama. The mission will begin in Georgia and end in Alabama. Please contact Haya Luftig at HLuftig@thejcpa.org for more information.

Donate Now to Matching Grant Opportunity for JCPA’s Criminal Justice Initiative – We need your generous donation to help our efforts to end mass incarceration in the United States. The Jewish community can be a significant voice in reform efforts. All donations will be matched! Click Here to Donate.

Roy Waterman speaks at an Ohio Bail Reform Advocacy Day, organized by the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, where 25 Jewish, black, and Latino leaders lobbied state lawmakers.

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