Moving Forward: Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) Virtual Benefit to Take Place December 14, 2021

Moving Forward: Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) Virtual Benefit to Take Place December 14, 2021

New York, NY — The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is holding its Virtual Benefit on December 14, 2021 at 7 PM. For 77 years, JCPA has been the organized Jewish community’s primary policy advocate, convener, and consensus-builder with a network of 125 Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs) and 16 national Jewish agencies. The pandemic has exposed a myriad of social ills that must be addressed and JCPA’s mission remains critical. JCPA continues to work tirelessly with our interfaith and diverse partners to combat injustice and growing antisemitism, racism and bigotry, and to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable.

To learn more about our impact read the Special Edition of JCPA’s Annual Report COVID edition and our 2021 Impact Report.

Having a Jewish voice on the national landscape is especially critical at this moment, as our country works through multiple challenges to shape policies and culture for our future.  Join us as at the Benefit as we reflect on our resilience as the Jewish community committed to Tikkun Olam and we move forward with light and humor.

WHO:              Powering the Network:  JCPA’s Virtual Benefit, December 14, 7 PM

WHERE:           The Benefit will be held virtually.  People need to pre-register to attend and receive a link to join us on December 14.


WHAT:             Learn about how JCPA leads, supports and showcases the work of the Jewish community relations field. Our great line-up includes high-level speakers leading our country in combating antisemitism, racism, and hate, launching a Jewish Values Framework on Criminal Justice Reform, speaking to us from Israel, and laughing a little with our MC Scott Blakeman.

JCPA will present its Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World Awards to JCPA Immediate Past Chair Michael Fromm and to Ilana Kaufman, Executive Director, Jews of Color Initiative. This award recognizes their deep commitment and extraordinary efforts to improve the lives of others and to exemplify the Jewish values of social justice, tolerance, and civility.

Featured Benefit presenters include:

  • Amy Spitalnick, Executive Director, Integrity First for America
  • Jacky Rosen, U.S. Senate, Nevada (D)
  • Wade Henderson, President, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Nachman Shai, Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs
  • Alexa Fuentes, Masters Student, International Humanitarian Action
  • Entertainment by Standup for Peace uses comedy to bring together Jews, Muslims, Israelis, Arabs, and people from all backgrounds.
  • Jonathan Ellis and Suellen Kadis, Event Co-Chairs
  • National Jewish organization professionals including Jonah Pesner, RAC; David Luchins, OU; Meredith Jacobs, Jewish Women International; Naomi Adler, Hadassah; Eric Fusfield, B’nai Brith; Max Sevilla, ADL, and more.

Jewish Call to Action: Ending Mass Incarceration and Criminalization


Rabbi Robert Barr, Congregation Beth Adam •  Nigel Bowe, JEVS Human Services • Paul Fishman, Former United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey • Rabbi Rachel Gartner,  Georgetown University • Rabbi Hilly Haber, Central Synagogue • Rabbi Robert Kaplan, The Center for Community Leadership, NY-JCRC • Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism • Ruth Messinger, Global Ambassador, American Jewish World Service • Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, Jewish Community Relations Council of St Louis • Jonathan Rapping, Gideons Promise • Yolanda Savage-Narva, Director of Racial Equity, Union for Reform Judaism • Barry Scheck, Commissioner for New York’s Forensic Science Review Board • Rep. Tana Senn, Washington State • Faye Taxman, Co-Chair, JCPA Criminal Justice Initiative • Bruce Turnbull, Co-Chair, JCPA Criminal Justice Initiative • Joyce Vance, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama • Yael Averbuch West, National Women’s Soccer League Players Association • Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, Uri L’Tzedek

About JCPA: JCPA is a network of 125 Jewish Community Relations Councils and 16 national Jewish agencies and is the only body that represents all four denominations of religious Judaism. JCPA’s convenes its network to grapple with pressing issues of the day, build consensus, and work in common cause with other racial, ethnic, faith and civic leaders.  Together, we and our network advocate for a just and pluralistic society, and support Israel’s quest for peace and security, promote global human rights.

JCPA’s ability to continue its work to create an inclusive, fair and justi society based on our Jewish values.  In order to help the most vulnerable, combat Antisemitism and hate, and create trusted partnerships with diverse groups requires adequate resources and financial support from our many friends.