We're pleased to announce registration is open for the 2015 Jewish Community Town Hall. If you have come before, you are in for a surprise. If you haven't joined us before, our goal is justice and plans are underway for a true Town Hall conversation. It will be three concentrated days of discussion and strategizing about how we can lead. This conversation shouldn't happen without you. Join us today! Register before September 10 for discounted rates!
David Luchins, Touro College professor, community activist, and lifelong advocate for social justice, will receive the Albert D. Chernin Award at the 2015 Jewish Community Town Hall, October 10-13, in Washington, D.C. 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. Dr. Luchins represents the Orthodox Union on the JCPA Executive Committee and currently serves as the chair of the Political Science Department at Touro College. Click here for more.
2015 Town Hall Honorees
At Sunday night’s Chair’s Dinner, 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 dinner we will also recognize the remarkable accomplishments of two local Washington area leaders — Vivian Bass and Stuart Kurlander – with our Chair’s Tikkun Olam Award: Partner in Repairing the World.
Our adopted resolutions guide our collective actions and help to identify issues, articulate positions, develop strategies, inspire programs, and suggest approaches for the Jewish community relations field. The Town Hall provides a setting that uses a consensus-based voting system for decision-making. The result is an invigorating session characterized by healthy debate, controlled chaos, and compromise where various resolutions are put to a vote by our membership.
The JCPA provides an opportunity to build interfaith relationships by working together.
Last year JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow sat down with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori from the Episcopal Church, to discuss how each faith struggles with its place as a small religious group, successful by any American standards, facing an era of declining religious identification.
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.
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.
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 11, 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 Washingtonians 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 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.