JCPA Israel Mission 2016: Overview

by Jared Feldman

JCPA Israel Mission 2016:  December 4-10 Overview Melanie Roth Gorelick JCPA Senior Vice President As American Jewry is grappling with how to deter delegitmization efforts against Israel and is experiencing polarization on how best to support the Jewish state, JCPA headed to Israel on its annual JCPA Israel Leadership Mission from December 4-11. The 20-person…

JCPA Israel Mission Notes

by Jared Feldman

DAY 1 Dear friends, Day one of the JCPA Israel Mission 2016 started with lectures at our hotel. At 8:00 a.m we began with David Denker, Senior Associate of the Government Relations Israel Office of JFNA who advised mission members to remember that Jews in the world today are better off than at any point for 3000 years…

Jewish Council for Public Affairs Calls Upon President Obama to Veto Destructive UN Resolution

by Jared Feldman

New York, N.Y., – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) strongly opposes a proposed United Nations Security Council resolution targeting Israel’s settlement construction and urges the United States to exercise its veto of the resolution The draft resolution, originally circulated by Egypt, and now reintroduced by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal, is one-sided and…

Day 1-2

by Haya Luftig

Though it may seem like days if not weeks ago, our day today began with a series of lectures at our hotel. At 8:00 a.m we began with David Denker, Senior Associate of the Government Relations Israel Office of JFNA who advised mission members to remember that Jews in the world today are better off…

Obama to Dismantle Visitor Registry, After Condemnation by JCPA and Coalition Partners

by Jared Feldman

Last month, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and almost 200 other religious and civil rights group sent a letter to the Obama administration demanding the cessation of the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). The NSEERS program was found to be ineffective as a counter-terrorism tool, has resulted in tremendous harm for individuals who were directly…

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…