Category Archives: Sessions 2017

Criminal Justice Reform: Reengaging the Jewish Community in Civil Rights

Mass incarceration constitutes one of the greatest civil rights crises facing our nation. Our country now incarcerates more than 2.2 million people–a full quarter of the world’s prisoners. One in every 15 black men and one in every 36 Latino men is incarcerated today. The Jewish community has a strong tradition of advocating for civil
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Civil Rights: Then and Now

The Jewish community has a strong tradition of advocating for civil rights, such as supporting passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act. Efforts to erode these critical laws are currently underway at both the national and state leve, and since the Civil Rights Era, the Jewish and African American
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Jerusalem: Shared Spaces

This year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem, let’s explore ways that all of her residents are bridging divides and building bridges within Jerusalem. Learn more about shared society programs that bring Arabs and Jews together. Speakers: Myriam Darmoni, Civics and Shared life Education, Center for Educational Technology in Tel
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Challenges of 2017

The priorities of the new administration and Congress will bring new challenges and opportunities to the community relations field. Our field has a strong tradition of engagement on civil rights issues, anti-Semitism, and in ensuring a pluralistic and democratic America, and for being strong nuanced advocates for Israel. Hear from a diverse group of pundits
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Reforming Police Practices: How Your Community Can Help

This summer’s shootings of unarmed African Americans serve as a sad reminder of the racism and discrimination that still plagues our society and the unfinished business of civil rights. These shootings tear at our social fabric and strain race relations. The Jewish community can play an important role in reducing discrimination and repairing our communities
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50 Years After the Six Day War – Is Peace Possible

On the heels of the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, the passage of the Israel’s new Regulation Law, and the New Administration’s priority of achieving peace between Israel and Palestinians, learn from our high-level speakers about implications of the Six-Day War and how we can achieve a much needed two-State solution. The panel will feature
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Civil Rights Challenges: Working Together

JCPA 2017 opening panel features Glenn E. Martin, featured in Nextflix 13th documentary and Rabbi Jonah Pesner . Inequities within the criminal justice system constitute one of the major crises facing our country. Mass incarceration is not just a federal issue. In fact, more people are incarcerated in state and local facilities than federal prisons.
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Leveraging the Power of the Network

The Power of the Network will aim to showcase the potential power and strength of the Community Relations field. JCPA’s goals this year are to help streamline, strengthen and harness the skills of the JCPA and also advocate for the important role that the JCRCs play within the Federation system and Jewish community. This session
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Reaching Out to Progressive Christians

Rabbi Steve Gutow Partners in Peace ForumJoin us in a dialogue with Interfaith Partners for Peace (IP4P) Rabbis and Ministers who are working to support a two-state for two-people solution from within Mainline denominations and in partnership with the Jewish community. Reverends and Rabbis will discuss their takeaways from an interfaith journey to Israel and
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A Movement not a Moment: Civil Rights Challenges in 2017

Since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act our nation has advanced civil rights protections on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship and more. We know this does not include all Americans and recognize how much work remains to be done. Join us for a conversation
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