The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is the network hub of the Jewish community relations field, representing over 125 local community relations councils and 16 national Jewish organizations, including the four denominations of American Judaism (Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist). JCPA convenes its network to grapple with pressing issues of the day, build consensus across the Jewish community, and actively engage in American public life in common cause with diverse communities to promote a just and pluralistic American society, support Israel’s quest for peace and security, and advocate for human rights around the world.

We believe that to best guarantee the safety, security, and freedom of American Jews, we must strive for the safety, security, and freedom of all people. An inclusive, fair, and just society is a cornerstone of Jewish communal relations, building upon our faith tradition and values as a Jewish people.

Most of the issues on which we work intersect and overlap with racial justice and equity. Allof our work is informed by a racial justice lens. As we address the issues of the day, we keep in mind the needs of the multiracial, multiethnic demog­­raphic of our country and our Jewish community.

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Our “first 100 days” policy priority recommendations include, but are not limited to, the following:

Domestic Issues

Antisemitism and Hate: Antisemitism and hate of all forms have surged in recent years, highlighting the critical need to improve tracking, response to, and prevention of hate crimes, white supremacist violence, and the spread of online hate.

Criminal Justice Reform: End mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people and communities of color.

 

 

 

Immigration: Protect immigrants and immigrant communities and ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect for their basic human rights, health and safety, and family unity. Restore and expand our asylum and refugee resettlement systems.

 

Democracy and Voting Rights: Strengthen our democratic institutions, extend representation, and expand access to the ballot box. 

Poverty and the Social Safety Net: Provide the necessary assistance to ensure that every person, regardless of income, is able to sustain a basic standard of living.

 

Gun Violence Prevention: Enact meaningful measures to address the epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings in our country.

 

 

International Issues

 

Israel: Support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and promote efforts to secure a two-state solution for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples, where they can peacefully coexist.

 

 

Environmental and Climate Justice: Take bold action to address international climate change, including rejoining the Paris Accords.

 

International Human Rights: Restore U.S. leadership in the provision of international humanitarian aid and the prevention of genocide and other mass atrocities.

 

For more information, please contact Tammy Gilden, Associate Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Communications, at tgilden@thejcpa.org.

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