The 2015 Jewish Community Town Hall will be October 10-13, 2015 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.  The Town Hall will begin with Havdallah Saturday night and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.


Extremism in America

Ken Jacobson, Deputy National Director of the ADL, continued the conversation on extremism in America for this breakout session. According to Jacobson, overall anti-Semitism is no acceptable by society at large, unlike what was seen in the past when it was championed by those like Henry Ford.

Keynote Address by Rabbi David Saperstein

Rabbi David Saperstein’s keynote address was a prophetic call for peace, justice, and tolerance in a world riven by polarization, violence, and disregard for the sanctity of the Earth and all of its inhabitants. He described a world in which we currently face a complex set of issues: military conflicts that destroy people and the countries in which they live; growing income inequality; the largest number of refugees and displaced persons that the world has seen since the end of World War II; and rampant climate change and the destruction of the environment.

Identity Panel
Community Conversation on Israel and American Jewish Identity

The Community Conversation on Israel and American Jewish Identity featured Dov Waxman, Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies at Northeastern University; Laura Blumenfeld, senior fellow at SAIS Johns Hopkins Center for Strategic Studies; and Jonathan Rynhold, director of the Argov Center for the Study of the Jewish People and the State of Israel in the Political Studies Department at Bar-Ilan University.

Delegates Discuss Social Justice In Israel

The first to speak during this session was Nancy Kaufman, who discussed Israel’s history regarding the rights of women. She opened her talk explaining that although Israel’s pre-state existence created a deep appreciation for gender equality, this did not translate to a state constitution, due to opposition on religion and military grounds. However, in 1992, the Knesset established a constitutional law based on human dignity and equality; this has been interpreted to encompass gender equality. Women continue to face several challenges in Israel, including having difficulty securing divorces and the lack of civil marriages.

about the 2015 JCPA Town Hall
JCPA’s Annual Plenum, this year called the Jewish Community Town Hall, is where hundreds of activists come together to shape our community relations agenda as the united voice of the organized Jewish community.