Standing Together Against Antisemitism

Dear Friends, I don’t need to tell you that we’re facing a crisis of antisemitism. What was already dire before October 7th has become even more horrific – taking various forms over the past eight weeks: Conspiracy theories about Jewish or Zionist control of our institutions and government. The gaslighting of

JCPA Statement on Shooting of Three Palestinian Students in Burlington, VT

For Immediate ReleaseNovember 26, 2023 Jewish Council for Public Affairs CEO Amy Spitalnick released the following statement: “We’re absolutely horrified by the shooting of three Palestinian students in Burlington last night. There is still more to learn but reports indicate that the students were wearing keffiyehs and speaking Arabic, and the

Five Years Since Pittsburgh

October 27, 2023 Today marks five years since the Tree of Life shooting, in which a white supremacist killed 11 Jews in synagogue on Shabbat. We’re commemorating the fifth anniversary of the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States — even as we continue to mourn October

A Note from Israel

October 20, 2023 Dear friends, I’m writing to you from Israel, as I conclude a two-day solidarity mission with my fellow CEOs of Jewish American organizations. We were here because it’s vital to show the Israeli people that the Jewish American community is with them. As one survivor of Hamas’

The Jewish Community Rejects Bigotry and Hate

Since Hamas’ terror attacks in Israel on October 7th, we’ve seen bigots and extremists exploit the crisis to spread hate, disinformation, and extremism. This is a moment of deep Jewish pain, mourning the lives taken and praying for the safe release of the hostages in Gaza – and this pain

Over 150 Jewish Groups Unequivocally Reject Islamophobia and Anti-Arab Hate

For Immediate ReleaseOctober 17, 2023 Media At a Moment of Rising Hate and Bigotry, Statement Organized by JCPA Underscores Urgency of Fighting Hate Against Muslim, Arab, and Jewish Americans: 
“All of Our Communities’ Safety and Futures are Inextricably Linked” 
In the wake of the attack in which a six-year-old

Yesterday at the White House

October 12, 2023 Dear friends, It has not been an easy few days. It’s now clear that October 7th was the deadliest day for the Jewish community since the Holocaust — and each new detail about Hamas’ attacks in Israel provides another level of horror. Make no mistake: our community

JCPA Condemns Bigotry and Disinformation in Wake of Terror Attacks in Israel

  For Immediate ReleaseOctober 11, 2023 In response to growing concerns about bigotry, disinformation, and hate crimes related to the situation in Israel and Gaza, Amy Spitalnick, CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), issued the following statement:  “Let’s be abundantly clear: antisemitism, Islamophobia, and all forms of


Dear friends, I don’t have sufficient words to describe the horror of the past two days. To wake up on Saturday morning — Shabbat and Shemini Atzeret — to a barrage of headlines: Some 2,500 rockets batter Israel, terrorists infiltrate from Gaza, Israeli civilians killed “We are being slaughtered”: Israel


For Immediate Release: October 7, 2023 Statement from JCPA Board Chair Leslie Dannin Rosenthal and CEO Amy Spitalnick: “Our hearts are utterly broken watching the horrific news out of Israel. As Israeli families were marking Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, they were brutally and deliberately attacked in communities across the

JCPA CEO Amy Spitalnick Remarks at Rally for Israeli Democracy

September 22, 2023 We are here between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, a time when we’re called to consider who we’ll be in the year ahead — at a moment when the Jewish community itself is facing existential questions of who we are and what we stand for. In the U.S. and

NY Daily News Op-ED – THe lesson of history & hate: Neo-Nazis Twist rhetoric into deeds

By Amy SpitalnickSeptember 17, 2023 When Mayor Adams claimed that the influx of asylum seekers to New York “will destroy” the city, extremists were soon celebrating his comments — including leading neo-Nazi hate website the Daily Stormer, which welcomed the mayor’s “based” and “insightful” words. This would be disturbing enough on