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.
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.
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.
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.
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.