Jewish Groups Walk Tightrope On Racial Tensions

Trying to balance historic ties to black community and law enforcement.

07/13/2016 - 08:18
Staff Writer

As President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush sought to calm a jittery nation from Dallas this week in the wake of the killing of five police officers there, Jewish groups are walking a wind-blown tightrope as they respond to a national crisis that is putting the black community and law enforcement on a collision course.

Remembering the fallen: Photos of the slain police officers at Tuesday’s memorial service in Dallas. Getty Images

Why We Must Speak Out Against The Occupation

07/12/2016 - 10:53

At our National Assembly in April, J Street U students met with several prominent leaders in the American Jewish community – the head of the Reform movement, the CEO of the ADL, and the former head of the UJA-Federation of New York, among others. We invited these leaders to the assembly because we care about Israel’s  future as a Jewish and democratic state, and we believe that they have a crucial role to play in securing its future. As such, we asked them to use their considerable power to demonstrate leadership with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the occupation – in particular around the issue of settlements.

Marissa Rosenberg-Carlson. Via

Jewish Groups Back Obama On Gun Control Initiatives

01/06/2016 - 11:06

Washington — Jewish groups praised new executive actions by President Barack Obama to reduce gun violence.

President Barack Obama shedding tears as he talks about the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. JTA

New JCPA Head Sees Outreach To Latinos

12/22/2015 - 12:23
staff writer

David Bernstein takes over next month as president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the voice of the Jewish federations’ 125 Jewish community relations councils on domestic and international issues, and which represents 14 national organizations.

A longtime Jewish advocacy professional, Bernstein was president of Culture Solutions LLC, which helps Jewish federations and national foundations become more effective, and served as executive director of The David Project, which helps to improve Israel’s image on campuses. In addition, he handled community and government relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. This is an edited transcript of an interview with him.

David Bernstein: Heading out on a listening tour to help determine priorities.

Gutow Stepping Down As JCPA President

05/14/2015 - 20:00

Rabbi Steve Gutow is stepping down after leading the Jewish Council for Public Affairs for 10 years.

Albert Chernin, Jewish Policy Leader, Dies At 85

11/25/2013 - 19:00

Albert Chernin, a Jewish organizational pioneer who was Executive Vice Chairman Emeritus of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs died Monday in his sleep, reported his daughter, Anne Chernin. He was 85.

 Chernin led the organization, which was then known as the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council from 1975 to 1990 and was previously head of Jewish Community Relations Councils in Indianapolis and then Philadelphia.

JCPA Tables Gay Marriage Resolution

Striving for consensus, public affairs council honors OU's objection.
03/03/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

There are two resolutions up for proposal at the two-day annual policy plenum of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), starting Sunday in Washington, D.C. One advocates for fair pay, and the other for gun control. But the talk among the delegates will be about a third resolution that won’t be on the agenda.

JCPA Statement Looks AT Benefits And Drawbacks Of Fracking

05/16/2012 - 20:00

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs announced its qualified support for "fracking," a technique used to extract underground deposits of natural gas.

The JCPA statement issued Tuesday noted that last week's annual plenum of the consensus-driven public policy umbrella approved a resolution highlighting the potential benefits and drawbacks of the process known as “hydrofracking,” which extracts “vast amounts of natural gas from previously inaccessible underground deposits.”

JCPA Endorses Title VI As Campus Tool

05/07/2012 - 20:00

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs endorsed using federal law to counter anti-Semitism on American college campuses.

During the organization’s annual plenum in Detroit, the JCPA and its 14 national member agencies and 125 community relations councils adopted a resolution that calls on campus leaders to do more to make students safe from anti-Semitism.

BDS Goes To Church

To counter Israel divestment, JCPA organizes Presbyterian outreach.
02/13/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community announced this week that it is intensifying a national “organizing” effort against a resolution, likely to be on the agenda of the Presbyterian Church’s national convention this summer, calling for divestment from three U.S. firms that do business with Israel.

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