Compatible Impulses

by Jared Feldman

We all love to cite the great sage Hillel: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”I doubt there’s a quote in the Jewish cannon that better captures the essence of Jewish community relations.The first statement perfectly captures…

#JewsforRefugees Assembly

by Haya Luftig

You are invited to show strong Jewish support and to advocate for the safety and dignity of refugees around the world. The JCPA is co-sponsoring a HIAS event, “#JewsforRefugee Assembly,” on September 14, from 7-9 pm in New York City. The goal is to influence U.S. policy at two upcoming and high level meetings on…

Take the Deep Dive

by Jared Feldman

One mistake we often make in intergroup relations is that we reach out to a potential target group, such as an African-American organization we’ve never worked with, and immediately try to form a joint agenda. We hastily push our own interests on the other group and don’t take the time to know their agenda or…

Jewish Values in Action
Israel

by Haya Luftig

The United States plays a vital role in negotiating a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The only viable path forward is through a two state solution: the Jewish State of Israel and a State of Palestine, existing side-by-side in peace and security. While recent peace talks have not moved forward, violence on Israel’s borders…

Jewish Values in Action
Gun Control

by Haya Luftig

With mass shootings occurring nearly every day, gun violence in America has reached epidemic levels. Americans are 25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries. Though the United States makes up just 4.4% of the world’s population, we own almost half of all guns in the world.…

Jewish Values in Action
Climate Change

by Haya Luftig

Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our generation. As global temperatures increase, extreme weather patterns and rising sea levels will exacerbate conflict, the spread of disease, habitat destruction, and species extinction. We are already experiencing many of these harmful impacts.Last year, representatives from 196 nations agreed to a historic climate accord, the…

Jewish Values in Action
Education

by Haya Luftig

Education is one of the most important determinants of lifetime earnings, social mobility, and health outcomes. Yet our nation’s public schools are chronically underfunded and under performing, especially within low-income and rural communities. In society that prides itself on being the “land of opportunity,” poverty should not be the deciding factor in a child’s prospects…

Jewish Values in Action
Immigration

by Haya Luftig

We are a nation of immigrants, yet our immigration system is broken. For centuries, people from all over the world have come to the United States seeking a better life, free from persecution and marginalization. They have brought with them rich and diverse cultures that have become our nation’s greatest strength. However, an estimated 11…