Named for the JCPA’s Executive Vice Chair Emeritus, the Chernin Award is given to Jewish leaders whose life work best exemplifies the social justice imperatives of Judaism, Jewish history, and the protection of the Bill of Rights. This year's recipient is Abe Foxman, National Director of the ADL, for leading the fight against violence, oppression and racism with the hope that peace and human dignity will prevail.
The Plenum provides an opportunity building interfaith relationships and working together.
Last year JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow sat down with Sister Simone Campbell, the Executive Director of NETWORK, and Rev. Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners, to discuss how faith inspires our work and how these partnerships can produce real results.
Join this year's discussion and help frame our priorities for the future!
What Is PLENUM?
The Plenum provides a prominent national forum to enable our community to shape the policies and strategies that best advance our priority objectives.
The 2015 Plenum will be October 10-13, 2015 at the Capital Hilton, in Washington, D.C. The Conference will begin with Havdalah Saturday night and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Beyond the traditional D.C. attractions — the Smithsonian museums, the U.S. Capitol, the monuments — you’ll find fresh food, arts and nightlife scenes. You can spend your morning perusing the city’s cache of farmers’ markets and contemporary exhibits and your afternoon taking in the scenery from the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument before catching a show at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
At the Chair’s Dinner on Sunday, October 11th, there will be a special tribute to our outgoing President, Rabbi Steve Gutow, who has championed the issue of social justice for decades. At the dinner we will also present our prestigious Tikkun Olam Award to two notable Washintonians who embody the principles for which this award stands: Vivian Bass and Stuart Kurlander. Each has demonstrated a deep commitment to improving the lives of people everywhere. They embody the principle of tikkun olam – healing the world – by living lives dedicated to a fairer and more just society.
about the 2015 JPCA PLENUM. The Plenum brings together hundreds of Jewish leaders to study and debate the key issues of the day.