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Jewish Council for Public Affairs

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The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is an

The JCPA was established as the National Community Relations Advisory Council in 1944 by the Steve Gutow has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since August 2005. The immediate past chair is Conrad Giles of Detroit.


  • Activities 1
  • Policy 2
  • Initiatives 3
  • Members 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6


The JCPA works on shaping consensus on public issues, developing strategic responses, and working with the media, elected officials, coalition partners, and others through public relations, advocacy, and lobbying. The JCPA also helps the 125 Jewish Community Relations Councils organize events and advocacy around the country, promoting interfaith and community partnerships.

International issues that the JCPA is concerned with include Israel-United States relations, global antisemitism, the United Nations, the well-being of Jews in endangered areas, genocide, and human rights. Domestic issues that the JCPA is concerned with include anti-Semitism, social justice, poverty, education, public health, the environment, immigration, individual rights, and religious liberties including the preservation of the separation of church and state.


Each year the JCPA has an annual conference known as the Plenum, the highest policy-developing body of the organization. At the Plenum the JCPA hosts speakers and debates and adopts

The JCPA has three main task forces:

  • Israel, World Jewry, and International Human Rights
  • Jewish Security and The Bill of Rights
  • Equal Opportunity and Social Justice


Shocked by the atrocities in South Sudan and working with the White House and Congress to ensure humanitarian assistance.

In September 2007, the JCPA launched an MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger have sponsored an annual Hunger Seder Mobilization, tying the Passover message of freedom to the ongoing struggles with hunger in America. The mobilization begins each year with a National Hunger Seder in the U.S. Capitol where Members of Congress and national faith and anti-hunger advocates read from a specially prepared haggadah. Hunger Seders have been held in over 30 states across the country.

Along with Catholic Charities USA and the National Council of Churches, the JCPA has been a cosponsor of the annual Fighting Poverty with Faith mobilization since 2008. Fighting Poverty with Faith mobilizes community's to hold events aimed at making ending poverty a national priority with a different theme each year. Past themes have included "Good Jobs, Green Jobs," poverty, hunger, and affordable housing.

The JCPA is also actively involved in environmentalism and climate change issues though its program the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), an affiliate of the National Religious Partnership on the Environment.

In partnership with The Jewish Federations of North America, the JCPA created the Israel Action Network in 2010 to help communities counter the delegitimization of Israel. The IAN was created to educate, organize and mobilize the organized North American Jewish community to develop strategic approaches to attacks on Israel and use partnerships to promote peace and security for two states for two peoples.

Other national campaigns of the JCPA have included the Vote On Guns campaign to end gun violence following the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the 2013 "Immigration Nation" campaign in support of comprehensive immigration reform.


The 15 National Member Agencies of the JCPA are:

See also

External links

  • Official website
  • Records of National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council at the American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY and Boston, MA
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