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JCPA Condemns White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville

New York, NY— The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) condemns the violent, racist, anti-Semitic, and hate filled  “Unite the Right” rally by white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.  We urge President Trump to directly denounce, in no uncertain terms and without equivocation, the white nationalist marchers and to make fighting hate a…


Why Communities Must Change Everything to Combat Antisemitism

By Jackie Congedo and David Bernstein The resurgence of antisemitism on both sides of the ideological spectrum, exhibited in novel and sometimes deadly ways, demands that Jewish communities reevaluate priorities and create new strategies to combat it. In the latter part of the twentieth century, American Jews enjoyed a welcome respite from history. Antisemitism plummeted. Many thought…


Fighting Anti-Semitism Isn’t Just About Jews. It Kills Non-Jews, Too.

By Rori Picker Neiss Forward Anti-Semitism kills. Racism kills. Islamophobia kills. Homophobia kills. Bigotry kills. Each of these forms of bias uproots lives, devastates families, and destroys dreams. They kill violently and they kill painfully. Most shockingly of all, they kill indiscriminately. As a Jewish community, we fight anti-Semitism not only to protect ourselves, and not only to protect…


We’ll Never Be Royals

By Abby Michelson-Porth Sh’ma Magazine/Forward The foundational creed of Judaism aligns magnificently with that of America. Where the Jewish creed rests in an individual’s relationship to God, and in one’s deeds, justice, fairness, and the utilitarian good, the American creed is devoted to individual liberty, self-government, equal opportunity, and sovereign states’ belonging to a union. Similarly…


Jewish communal public diplomacy

By Paul Rockower Jewishaz.com Throughout my career, I have been a practitioner of public diplomacy. I did so as a press officer for the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest, directing media and public diplomacy outreach across a five-state region during the Second Intifada and Gaza Disengagement. More recently, I have run State Department cultural…


Why We Must Rehabilitate Anti-Semites

By David Bernstein jewishweek.timesofisrael.com When newly elected Rep. Max Rose (D-Staten Island-Brooklyn) first joined the army, he met people who never came across a Jew and thought Jews had horns, he told a gathering of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Private Rose didn’t issue a written condemnation, seeking to ruin their careers. He gently…


Amy Spitalnick, Integrity First for America

Amy Spitalnick is the Executive Director of Integrity First for America, a nonpartisan  nonprofit organization dedicated to holding those accountable who threaten longstanding principles of our democracy - including our country's commitment to civil rights and equal justice. Most notably, IFA is the organization supporting Sines v. Kessler, the lawsuit filed by a coalition of Charlottesville community members against…

Resolution on White Supremacy

On August 11 and 12, 2017, white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a large rally they called “Unite the Right.” The event, which was ostensibly organized to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from a local park, featured a torch-lit march, racist and anti-Semitic signs and chants (including “Jews will not…


How To Combat Anti-Semitism From The Left And The Right

I was caught off guard by a slew of messages and social media posts after the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the organization I head, condemned the Charlottesville white supremacy march. “What about anti-Semitism on the left?” more than a few asked. Does that mean, I wondered, that every time we speak out against left-wing…


JCPA’s Leadership in Combating White Supremacy and Hate

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has been at the forefront in opposing racism, bigotry, and xenophobia for decades. Following recent events related to Charlottesville, JCPA’s has been leading its network to ensure that the Jewish community is safe physically and connected politically by standing in solidarity with other targeted groups to counter hate.…