JCPA Condemns Aleppo Atrocities

by Jared Feldman

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs strongly condemns the atrocities currently underway in Syria, including the most recent executions of innocent civilians in Aleppo. JCPA calls on the Assad regime, as well as Russia and Iran, to put an end to the violence and seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict. “Today, we are left…

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.…

Reengaging the Jewish Community in Civil Rights

by Jared Feldman

JCPA’s Racial Equality and Criminal Justice Reform Initiative aims to educate and empower the Jewish community relations field and the broader Jewish community on the civil rights movement of today and to activate it at the federal, state, and local levels. Inequities within the criminal justice system constitute one of the major crises facing our…

2016 JCPA Frank Family Leadership Institute Fellows

by Haya Luftig

The Frank Family Leadership Institute educates a talented group of young leaders from around the country for involvement in the Jewish community relations field. This unique opportunity trains emerging leaders to be active in the areas of public policy, public affairs, and intergroup/interfaith relations at both the local and national levels. This year we selected…

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,…

Jewish Council for Public Affairs Congratulates Donald J. Trump, Urges Reconciliation

by Haya Luftig

New York, N.Y., – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the representative body of 125 local Jewish community relations councils and 16 national organizations, congratulates Donald J. Trump on his victory. “We wish President-elect Trump well moving forward,,” said David Bernstein, JCPA’s President and CEO.. “We commend him on the message of unity he conveyed in…

JCPA/JFNA Post-Election Conference Call

by Jared Feldman

SAVE THE DATE November 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST Post-Election Conference Call  Join the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and The Jewish Federations of North America for a post-election round-up. Who did Jewish voters support? What can our community expect from America’s 45th president? What did we learn about the Jewish community during the 2016 campaign?…

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…

Four Reasons To Re-engage In The Civil Rights Movement

by Jared Feldman

NEW YORK (The Jewish Week)October 6, 2016The Movement for Black Lives platform calling Israel an apartheid state guilty of “genocide” sent shock waves through the Jewish community. It should not have come as a surprise.I remember seeing scattered signs proclaiming “From Palestine to Ferguson” at protests in Ferguson, Mo. last year. I naively thought that protesters…