Washington, D.C. – Delegates to the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) annual Plenum elected Cheryl Fishbein as the organization’s new Chair. Cheryl previously served as JCPA Vice Chair and Co-Chair of its Israel, World Jewry and International Human Rights Task Force. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of New York for 12 years.
“Cheryl is becoming Chair of the JCPA at a turning point for the organization as it embarks upon an effort to strengthen the Jewish community relations network. We could not be more fortunate and proud to have a leader with Cheryl’s intellect, experience, and warmth. Her unique ability to build partnerships, focus on community, and imagine a larger strategic vision will undoubtedly be a huge asset to the JCPA. I welcome her election and cannot wait for us to continue to work together to advance the Jewish Community Relations agenda,” said David Bernstein, JCPA President and CEO.
“I am so very honored to be elected as chair and to be following in the footsteps of my friend and colleague, Susan W. Turnbull. As I begin my term as chair, I am hoping to expand upon the vision of our President & CEO, David Bernstein, in moving us forward together. We will work tirelessly to build the Jewish community relations field, restore civility in our politics, and defend Israel against BDS attacks,” said Cheryl Fishbein, newly elected JCPA chair.
Fishbein currently serves on several boards, including the executive committees of both the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and the JCRC of New York. She also serves on the President’s Advisory Board of UJA-Federation of New York. While serving on a number of committees for a wide variety of organizations, such as the International Board of Governors of Beit Hatfutstot and the Museum of the Jewish People, Cheryl also maintains a private practice as a clinical psychologist and an attorney. She worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as a consultant to individuals wishing to donate to charitable organizations. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook, a law degree from New York University, and a bachelor’s in psychology from Barnard College. She is married to Philip Schatten, and they have four children and five grandchildren.
JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 16 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.