Category Archive for: Press Center

Eight Things to Keep in Mind when Issuing a Public Statement

by Haya Luftig

By Abby Porth and David Bernstein Two weeks ago, we co-authored “Nine Reasons Jewish Organizations Should Issue Fewer Statements.” The response was overwhelmingly positive. “Finally, someone said it out loud,” we heard from more than one person. But several people asked us “what criteria do you suggest for issuing a public statement?” As we argued…

Nine Reasons Jewish Organizations should Issue fewer Public Statements

by Haya Luftig

By David Bernstein and Abby Porth Since the Presidential election, there has been unceasing demand on Jewish organizations to issue public statements condemning or condoning this or that policy, nominee, comment made by a public official, and – remarkably – even this or that other Jewish organization for their accomplishment or failure to do one…

JCPA and NAJL Partner to Strengthen Jewish Voice in Nation’s State Capitols

by Haya Luftig

New York – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)and the National Association of Jewish Legislators (NAJL) have announced a new partnership to strengthen the American Jewish community’s voice in state capitols. The two organizations are seeking to build stronger ties with state legislators and Jewish community relations councils in a coordinated and unified effort…

JCPA2017: The Path Forward Feb 25-28, Washington, DC: At Time of Unprecedented National Debate Jewish Communal Leaders Convene to Shape Agenda Under the New Administration

by Haya Luftig

New York, NY — The first weeks of the new administration have been a dizzying roller-coaster ride for Americans; a time of unprecedented divisiveness, protests and debate about the nature of our democracy. The Jewish community in particular faces a number of difficult challenges in the months and years ahead. We are living in exciting,…

Jewish Council for Public Affairs Opposes Executive Orders Targeting Immigrants and Refugees

by Haya Luftig

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the coordinating body of the Jewish community relations field, opposes President Trump’s executive orders that would restrict entry for refugees from predominantly Muslim countries, halt federal funding for “sanctuary cities,” and expand detention for immigrants and asylum-seekers. “We are deeply concerned about President Trump’s actions…

A Few Observations About Secretary of State John Kerry’s Speech

by Haya Luftig

By David Bernstein Prior to Secretary of State Kerry’s remarks today, rumors were swirling that the Secretary would formally recognize a Palestinian State. That did not come to pass Instead, Kerry delivered an impassioned, 70 minute exhortation that the two parties must reach a two state solution. Time and facts on the ground are threatening such a…

Dinner in Israel. You’re Invited!

by Jared Feldman

We just returned from an inspiring JCPA leadership mission to Israel, and my head is still spinning. Participating in a high level JCPA mission can be a bit like plopping yourself in the middle of somebody else’s heated family dinner discussion. You hear familiar tropes. You instinctively agree with some comments and disagree with others.…

Eight Challenges for Community Relations in the Wake of the Election

by Jared Feldman

By David BernsteinLike many (ok, all) of you, I’m struggling to make sense of the election. How should the community relations network respond over time?Here are eight challenges (and opportunities?) that emerge from the 2016 contest:Possible changes to the status of many social policy issues, such as health care, immigration, reproductive rights, and the environmentFear,…

Why we Must Strengthen the Community Relations Field

by Jared Feldman

JCPA recently performed a scan which revealed that today, at least 63 JCRC directors have been on the job for less than two years. That’s actually not unusual in today’s Jewish non-profit world. Turnover abounds. It does serve as a reminder, however, of the need to continually build our field and strengthen our connections to…