“What Does It Mean to Be Free?”

April 11, 2022 | Virtual |

WHAT: The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) JCPA2022 National Conference will take place April 11, 2022 to tackle today’s challenges and rededicate ourselves to ensuring freedom for all. This year’s theme is “What Does It Mean to Be Free?”

Join Jewish leaders, advocates, and issue experts as we work to build a just, democratic, and pluralistic America; combat antisemitism, racism and hate; support Israel’s quest for peace and security; and advocate for human rights. Participants learn best practices in the field, develop strategies, and hone skills to be even more effective change agents and trusted intergroup partners.

“This year, JCPA’s annual conference takes place on the cusp of Passover – perfect timing as we address today’s social ills that have been exacerbated during COVID-19. JCPA2022 will address issues we consider today’s plagues: antisemitism, racial disparities, voting restrictions and threats to our democracy, and mass incarceration. We will put in practice the lessons of Passover that compel us to repair the world and unshackle the chains of oppression for all people. It is a Call to Action for the Jewish community, to systematically work for justice hand in hand with other diverse communities. Our Conference leads the way,” said Melanie Roth Gorelick, JCPA Senior Vice President.

WHO: Since 1944, JCPA, a network of 125 local Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs) and 16 national Jewish organizations, has been the organized national Jewish community’s convener, intergroup connector, and policy advocate. The Conference brings together the largest Jewish national network to address today’s crucial issues through a Jewish lens. The event co-chairs include JCPA Board members Lee Jason Goldberg, Susan Abravanel and JCPA Chair David Bohm.

WHEN: April 11, 2022

WHERE: Virtual via

AWARD: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to receive JCPA Albert D. Chernin Award. This high-level Award is given annually to an American Jew whose life work best exemplifies the social justice imperatives of Judaism, Jewish history, and protection of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Justice Breyer will give live remarks when he addresses the Conference. He will be introduced by Dahlia Litwick, of Slate Magazine.

PROGRAM: JCPA2022 features high-level plenary sessions and interactive workshop sessions with high level experts, policy makers, and advocates.

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SPEAKERS: Stacey Abrams, Former, Georgia House Majority State Leader • Hon. Michael Herzog, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States • Lt. Col. Alexander Vinman Former Director for European Affairs, US NSC • Christine Todd Whitman, Co-Chair, States United for Democracy • Bianna Golodryga, CNN, Senior Global Affairs Analyst • Hon Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s Ambassador to the United States • William Daroff, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations


SCREENING & TALKBACK: Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America — 6:15 PM ET Movie, 8PM ET Program. Join an interactive discussion with filmmakers Sarah Kunstler and Jeffrey Robinson as they discuss how we as American Jews can work to end racism in our society.


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