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…

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…