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JCPA E-Update

March 8, 2019


JCPA Celebrates 75th Anniversary – On February 10, JCPA marked its 75th anniversary with a gala, held during its 2019 National Conference, to celebrate the success of the community relations field and honor past chairs, executive directors, and founding organizations. Click below to watch our our anniversary video and read our story & timeline to learn more about how JCPA's work has impacted our society!

JCPA Launches a Path Forward for the Community Relations Network – JCPA rolled out a strategic path for the future of the community relations during its Annual Conference in February.  These recommendations are based on a series of studies and analyses that together provide a roadmap for the organized Jewish community to meet today’s current and emerging challenges, such as the growing polarized political climate, anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment. You can hear more about the reports in Jewish WeekJTAWashington Jewish Week, and JBS TV.

JCPA Adopts New 2019 Resolutions – At the JCPA2019 Resolutions Session, JCPA's new Delegates Assembly voted to adopt four new resolutions, which are now policy for the community relations field. Please see below for links to the full text:


JCPA Urges Congress to Support H.R. 1, the For the People Act  JCPA sent a letter to House members ahead of a likely vote soon on H.R. 1, which would enact sweeping democracy reforms. The bill would help improve elections, advance voting rights, and reform campaign finance and ethics rules. Click here to read our letter.

JCPA Submits Statement for "Protections for Dreamers and TPS Recipients" Congressional Hearing  – JCPA submitted a statement for the record for a House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Protecting Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. JCPA urges Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution that provides a pathway to citizenship for all 1.8 million+ Dreamers, 300,000+ TPS holders, and 4,000+ Deferred Enforced Departure recipients without harming other immigrant groups. Click here to read our statement.

March 15: National "Make Noise" for the Rohingya People Call-In Day  This month, Jews around the world will observe Purim, a holiday celebrating Queen Esther's triumph over Haman’s genocidal threatLike the Jews of Esther’s day, the Rohingya people of Burma (Myanmar) are being targeted for a modern-day genocide simply because of their religious and ethnic identity. Join the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network on March 15 for a national Jewish call-in day in support of legislation to aid the Rohingya people and sanction the military officials responsible. Organizations interested in participating should contact Tammy Gilden at tgilden@thejcpa.org.

JCPA Opposes Health and Human Services (HHS) Department Waiver Allowing South Carolina Foster Agencies to Discriminate on the Basis of Religion – On January 23, HHS granted a waiver authorizing Miracle Hill Ministries, a government-funded South Carolina foster agency, to discriminate against prospective foster parents on the basis of religion. The waiver sanctions taxpayer-funded discrimination and harms foster children, one of society’s most vulnerable populations. This issue was brought to light when a Jewish woman was reportedly turned away due to her faith. JCPA partner Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Catholic women who was also turned away by the foster agency. JCPA will continue to monitor this issue.

Criminal Justice Reform at JCPA2019 – JCPA2019 featured a criminal justice reform track that included a plenary on Jewish advocacy, a two-part workshop on jumpstarting local engagement, and a documentary screening and discussion.

  • Watch the discussion on "How Incarceration Impacts Children and Families" (Cosponsored by the JCRC of Greater Washington) – The Conference began with a screening of The Sentence (HBO Documentary Films) exploring the devastating consequences of mass incarceration and mandatory minimum drug sentencing through the story of Cindy Shank, a mother of three young children who received a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement in a Michigan drug ring years before.
  • Watch "Criminal Justice Breakout, Part 1: How to Jumpstart Your Criminal Justice Advocacy" – National experts’ discussed solutions and best practices for how to engage your community locally in helping those who have been directly impacted by the justice system as well as how to remain centered in dignity and compassion in this work.
  • Watch "Criminal Justice Breakout, Part 2: How to Jumpstart Your Criminal Justice Advocacy" – The majority of criminal justice policymaking takes place at the state and local level. Jewish community leaders discussed effective strategies, best practices, and tools needed to jumpstart JCRC engagement and be a significant voice in criminal justice reform at these levels.. Participants left this workshop empowered and driven to action.

JFNA/JCPA Special Live Briefings on the Israel Elections – On April 9, Israelis will go to the polls to decide their political future. What are the key issues, who are the main players, and what will the results mean for Israel? Join JFNA and JCPA for a conversation with two top Israeli journalists about these issues and more.

Israeli Elections 2019: Polls, Projections, and Predictions 
Featuring Haviv Rettig Gur, Israeli Journalist & Times of Israel Political Correspondent 
Tuesday, April 2 at 1:00 PM EDT
Register today!

Rettig Gur will present an overview of what has taken place and what we can expect from the upcoming Israeli elections, analyzing the various alliances and their likely impact. He will also try to answer: Will Netanyahu remain in power, and what kind of governing coalition will emerge?

And the Results Are In! Outcomes & Analysis of the Israeli National Election
Featuring Lahav Harkov, Jerusalem Post Senior Contributing Editor
Wednesday, April 10 at 2:00 PM EDT
Register today!

Harkov will review and analyze the results of the Israeli elections just as the final results come in. She will help us understand who are the big winners – and the big losers – and what kind of government is likely to now be formed and discuss what this means for the future of Israel.



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