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					       JCPA                 Jewish council
                            for public affairs
             2010           AnnuAl report




R e pa i R i n g t h e Wo R l d t h R o u g h J e W i s h ac t i v i s m
letter FroM tHe CHAIr

   Dear Friends,

   Ask a question of any four Jews, the old joke goes, and you will get five opinions. Jewish
   tradition is robust with opinion and animated discussion. But it is not our disagreements
   that define the American Jewish community; rather it is our shared values.

   From prejudice at home to attempted genocide in Sudan, the Jewish community is
   motivated by the concept of b’tselem elohim – that each of us is created in the divine image.
   We are united by a shared commitment to justice: we welcome the stranger, feed the
   hungry, and clothe the naked. And we advocate for the future security, prosperity, and
   legitimacy of the Jewish State of Israel.

   These are the hallmarks of Jewish community advocacy, and at the JCPA, we know that the
   best way to repair the world and pursue justice is together, in one voice. Only at the JCPA,
   which represents all four of our religious movements, national advocacy organizations, and communities across
   the country do those four Jews bring their five opinions and reach a consensus that reflects the shared goals of
   Jews from across the political and religious spectrum.

   Convening the Jewish community’s roundtable is just one part of what we do to repair the world. The JCPA’s
   model is one of building relationships with interfaith partners, congregations, government officials, and other
   civic advocacy groups. This is the core of the JCPA’s work, and we are proud to be the leader in Jewish
   community relations. By working directly with our 125 community member agencies, we foster partnerships at
   the local level that make the Jewish community’s voice louder and more powerful, all the way up to the White
   House and Congress.

   As the Jewish community in America, our numbers are small, but through partnerships, we can expand our
   impact. Our greatest advocacy successes come from our ability to build broad coalitions. When the Jewish
   community reaches out to African Americans, as we do on our annual Jewish-African American community
   leader missions, we create a dependable relationship for the future. Building partnerships in our work on
   universal concerns, such as confronting poverty, can translate into new voices in support of our particular
   interests, such as support for Israel.

   The JCPA’s community relations model doesn’t just bring Jewish communities together, it helps bring our
   society together. I am proud of the successes this year has brought and the potential for future successes that
   it promises. As you will see in this report, our voice and our impact has indeed been amplified throughout the
   country as we continue our work to repair the world through Jewish activism.

   Sincerely,



   Dr. Conrad L. Giles
letter FroM tHe preSIDent

  Dear Chaverim,

  It is always difficult to sum up a year’s worth of work in a few paragraphs, numbers and
  charts. That was especially true for 2010. This year was a year of intensifying our existing
  efforts and initiating new ones. From our Confronting Poverty campaign to the Israel
  Advocacy Initiative to our work promoting civil rights and combating anti-Semitism, we
  built upon our programmatic offerings, refined our advocacy, and strengthened our
  community-based relationships. In 2010, we launched our Civility Campaign designed
  to promote productive and respectful public discourse, and we partnered with the Jewish
  Federations of North America to create the Israel Action Network, a program designed to
  specifically confront the ongoing efforts to delegitimize Israel. Our programs were successful
  and our policy achievements were numerous.

  However, the JCPA isn’t a collection of programs, policy positions, lay leaders, or staff. This
  organization is about building consensus within the Jewish community and reaching out to other communities
  to form relationships. So in organizing our annual report we emphasize our single organizing principle:
  partnership. Our story is told through the eyes of our partners. From our successes in Congress and communi-
  ties, to advocating for Israel or against poverty, the JCPA does not act alone. We extend our impact by building
  meaningful community-based relationships.

  In the following pages, you will see a story of communities coming together around common cause told by the
  partners we worked with. In 2010, the JCPA helped to build a coalition that USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack called
  instrumental in passing a bill to provide meals for hungry school children. Senator Joseph Lieberman cited
  JCPA’s advocacy as a key element in repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Our campaign within the Jewish
  community to promote civility touched communities across the country. The Coalition on the Environment and
  Jewish Life (COEJL), a JCPA initiative, has deepened Jewish community engagement on energy and environmen-
  tal issues. Our Israel advocacy efforts with the Presbyterian Church defeated an initiative to divest from Israel.

  As we set out to assemble this report, it became clear that what we may be most proud of is the role we played in
  creating consensus and using our partnerships to magnify our voice. If we are judged by the company we keep,
  then we could not be more proud of the work reported in these pages, as told by our friends, allies, and partners.

  I hope that you enjoy it as well.

  B’Shalom,



  Rabbi Steve Gutow
CoMMunIty            “ Bu IlDIng
r e l At I o n S     CoMMu nIty
                     re lAtIonSHIpS
                     IS wH At tHe
                     J CpA Doe S Be St.”


                     - MICHAe l
                       KInnAMon




                   Volunteers participate in a home
                     build sponsored by the Jewish
                   Community Relations Council of
                           the Jewish Federation of
                                 Southern Arizona.
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Co M M u n I t y r e l At I o n S : o u r M o D e l

                                My personal and professional relationship with the JCPA has been
                                a rewarding example of community relations. The partnership
                                between the National Council of Churches and the JCPA on a
                                local and national level has created opportunities to further both
                                of our—often overlapping—goals. When Israeli security concerns
                                meant restricted access to Christian holy sites before Easter, I
                                knew that I could rely on the help of JCPA’s President, Rabbi
                                Steve Gutow. Rabbi Gutow voiced the concerns of the Christian
                                community to the Israeli government. Through the work and
                                influence of the JCPA, the policy was revised to grant Christians
                                access to these sites.

MICHAel KInnAMon                Building community relationships is what the JCPA does best.
general Secretary, national     Their position as a national coordinator of so many Community
Council of Churches of Christ   Relations Councils affords them the unique opportunity to take
                                those friendships and translate them into material gains around the
                                country. When Rabbi Gutow asked me to speak out on the dangers
                                of a nuclear Iran, I was pleased to lend my voice and involvement
                                on more than one occasion.

                                Often, our interests are aligned, as with the alleviation of poverty
                                in America. In these instances, our positive relationship and
                                collaboration strengthens our efforts more than if we acted alone.
                                The NCC and I are proud to be a partner with JCPA in the annual
                                Fighting Poverty with Faith mobilization; the nation’s largest
                                interfaith anti-poverty campaign. For three years now, we have
                                rallied our communities and Congress to raise awareness and
                                protect the most vulnerable among us. The NCC is fortunate to
                                have a friend like the JCPA, and I know this fruitful relationship
                                will continue to benefit both of our communities for years to come.

                                - Michael Kinnamon


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ISrAel




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ISrAel
         “ I Know ou r pArtne rS H I p
         wIll Be InvAluABle An D
         Hope tHAt It wou lD
         provIDe A MoDe l to
         worK toge tHe r For
         pe ACe, Mu tuAl re SpeCt
         AnD u nDe rStAnDIng.”


         - ZIAD ASAlI




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ISrAel

                                  When a resumption of direct talks between the Israelis and
                                  Palestinians was announced last summer, I felt it was important
                                  to model the kind of respect, trust, and civility that we wanted
                                  to see in the negotiations. We had to be clear that support for a
                                  negotiated two-state solution was the unequivocal position of the
                                  mainstream Jewish and Palestinian American communities. As the
                                  central national coordinating body for Jewish community groups
                                  across the country, the JCPA is an ideal and committed ally in this
                                  effort. Our two organizations released a joint statement reaffirming
                                  the two-state vision as the only acceptable solution. I know our
                                  partnership will be invaluable and hope that it would provide a
                                  model for our communities and fellow citizens to work together for
ZIAD ASAlI
                                  peace, mutual respect and understanding.
Founder and president, American
task Force for palestine
                                  - Ziad Asali




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ISrAel   “ tHe u nIqu e ASpeCt oF
         tHe trIp wAS He ArIng
         ABou t tH e Ke y ISSu e S
         FACIng ISrAe l FroM MAny
         DIFFe re nt pe rSpeCtIve S: t H e
         ISrAe lIS, tHe AMe rICAnS, tH e
         J orDAnIAnS AnD pA prIMe
         MInISte r SAlAM FAyyAD.”


         - tonI you ng




                              JCPA leadership visit
                              Jerusalem with inter-
                                     faith partners.




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ISrAel

                   In December 2010, my husband Stuart and I enjoyed five action-packed days
                   as part of the JCPA mission to Israel and Jordan. Our group was composed
                   of knowledgeable people with diverse opinions, which made for lively
                   discussions during and in between official meetings. For me, the unique
                   aspect of the trip was hearing about the key issues facing Israel from many
                   different perspectives: the Israelis, the Americans, the Jordanians and PA
                   Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

                   Israeli influentials like Tzipi Livni, Dorit Beinisch, Natan Sharansky,
                   MK Isaac Herzog, and MK Dani Ayalon as well as scholars at the Israel
                   Democracy Institute, journalists and representatives of religious and civic
                   organizations showed us that democracy is thriving in Israel. A visit to
                   Better Place, the world’s leading electric vehicle services provider, which will
to n I yo u n g
                   have electric cars available throughout Israel by the end of 2011, showed
vice Chair, JCpA
                   us the power of “the start-up nation.” Conversations at the American
                   embassy in Tel Aviv and the consulate in Jerusalem taught us about the
                   role the United States has played in building security in the West Bank and
                   demonstrated America’s strong support for Israel and the peace process.

                   In Jordan, Prime Minister Samir Al Rifai, Deputy PM Ayman Safadi and
                   foreign minister Nasser Judeh emphasized their desire for peace with Israel
                   and their dreams for a better future for the region. Robert Beecroft, US
                   ambassador to Jordan, and Daniel Nevo, Israel’s ambassador to Jordan,
                   shared their valuable insights on Jordan and the peace process.

                   In Ramallah, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad strongly affirmed Israel’s
                   right to exist in peace and security. He described his efforts to build a
                   dependable, law abiding, economically stable country that Israel would be
                   proud to have as a neighbor. In just one year of governance, the PA is now
                   measuring up to international standards in many areas. Fayyad emphasized
                   that he is looking for a state, not the declaration of a state.
                   Based on our experience, I would highly recommend that you join the 2011
                   JCPA mission to Israel.

                   - Toni Young

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ISrAel   “ tHe J CpA Bu Ilt u pon
         FrIe nDSHIpS Cu ltIvAte D
         ove r MAny ye ArS
         BrIngIng Ke y FAItH
         le ADe rS toge tH e r
         For A Cou rSe oF
         reConCIlIAtIon AnD
         Au tH e ntIC DIAlogu e
         to re J eCt ISrAe l
         DIve StMe nt AnD
         ApArtHe ID lAnguAge.”


         - Ste ve Hu negS




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                               The JCPA, Jewish community and Christian friends of Israel faced a
                               difficult problem in connection with the 219th General Assembly (2010)
                               of the Presbyterian Church USA. The Church’s “Report of the Middle East
                               Study Committee” was considered “unbalanced, historically inaccurate
                               and theologically flawed” by 19 leading Presbyterian clergy, theologians
                               and academics. Resolutions strongly critical of Israel were prominent for
                               debate in the intensely democratic processes of this bi-annual gathering
                               of the General Assembly. How could the JCPA on behalf of the organized
                               Jewish community make its views heard and understood in conjunction
                               with Christian allies respecting the internal, but public, deliberations of
                               a leading mainline Protestant Church whose outcomes are often inform
                               the positions of other Churches? This is a delicate and weighty situation
Steve HunegS                   requiring both firm and nuanced leadership against a backdrop of gains by
executive Director, Jewish     Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS) proponents within some quarters in
Community relations Council:   some Churches.
Minnesota and the Dakotas
                               I saw the work of the JCPA and Ethan Felson on behalf of Rabbi Steve
                               Gutow and the entire organization, as the CRC on the ground, in
                               conjunction with stalwart Presbyterian friends day after day night after
                               night for the week of the General Assembly. It was marshalling the
                               arguments and building the coalition. It was the Honorable R. James
                               Woolsey—the former Director of the CIA—on the national front; Walter
                               Mondale—the former Vice President—on the local front and the Rev.
                               Dr. Katherine R. Henderson from Auburn Theological Seminary, to
                               name but a few examples of advocates, resources and interlocutors. It was
                               conservative, moderate and liberal Presbyterians from throughout the
                               country working with many of the JCPA member organizations. It was,
                               in the end, the unfolding of a scenario in which the Israeli-Palestinian
                               conflict was not reenacted at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Rather,
                               Ethan Felson and the JCPA built upon friendships cultivated over many
                               years bringing key faith leaders together for a course of reconciliation and
                               authentic dialogue to reject Israel divestment and apartheid language by
                               large margins in favor of a more positive and constructive relationship.

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                               - Steve Hunegs
                “ tHe J CpA tAu gH t Me tH At It I S

AntI-SeMItISM
                IMpe rAtIve to pArtne r wItH ot H er
                grou pS AnD orgAnIZAtIonS.”

                - H AnnAH roSe ntH Al




                               Abraham Foxman and Special Envoy
                               Hannah Rosenthal discuss global anti-
14                             Semitism at the JCPA Plenum.
AntI-SeMItISM

                               I was pleased to return to JCPA for the 2010 Plenum in Dallas to discuss
                               global anti-Semitism with Anti-Defamation League National Director
                               Abraham Foxman. The JCPA Plenum is a unique opportunity for Jewish
                               community professionals, volunteers, and thought leaders to address
                               contemporary issues.

                               Anti-Semitism remains a global problem. It is imperative that we continue to
                               press forward and educate our peers about the dangers of anti-Semitism and
                               the JCPA has an important role to play.

                               As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I have a passion to fight against anti-
                               Semitism. I approach intolerance, racism and anti-Semitism with urgency.
                               This passion led me to being a part of the President’s special delegation to
                               Poland for the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. My father is a
                               Holocaust survivor. He was the only survivor of his family. And it was there, at
HAnnAH roSentHAl               Auschwitz, where much of my family was murdered. Later in life, I asked my
Special envoy to Monitor and   father how he kept his sanity and how he lived with the guilt of survival. He
                               answered without skipping a beat, “I survived to have you.” It is then when I
Combat Anti-Semitism, united
                               realized that it is our collective responsibility as future generations to keep the
States Department of State     memory of those who perished and ensure that the slogan “Never Again” is
                               not just an empty promise.

                               Now, as the US Special Envoy to monitor and combat global anti-Semitism,
                               it is my responsibility to make a difference; to be the conscience of the US
                               government. My experience as past director of the JCPA, and the tools and
                               training I received has been invaluable to my current position. My job is
                               split into two functions: (1) to monitor global anti-Semitism and (2) to
                               combat global anti-Semitism. When monitoring global anti-Semitism, the
                               information obtained from the JCPA and its member agencies is invaluable.
                               It is also necessary resource for the latter role of my title – to combat anti-
                               Semitism. The combating function of my title is modeled after the work of the
                               JCPA. The JCPA taught me that it is imperative to partner with other groups
                               and organizations. It is not news if Hannah Rosenthal or Abe Foxman says
                               something is anti-Semitic. But if you have as the spokesperson someone who
                               is not Jewish, who comes from an interfaith or intergroup relationship, it has
                               much more power.

                               As the Special Envoy, I know that we must hook up with other groups and
                               organizations, educate each other and listen. We need other people to help
                               fight for us. It with this approach, working with multi-lateral groups and non-
                               governmental organizations, that we have been able to make a difference.

                               -Hannah Rosenthal
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“t H e Jew I S H
Co M M u n I t y In
n o rt H A Mer ICA
wA S At t H e
Fo r e F ro n t oF
ADvo C At I n g F o r
A St ro n g er CHIlD
nu t r I t I o n SAF et y
ne t. t H e Jew ISH
Co u nC I l F o r
puB lI C A F FA I r S
A nD M A Zo n : A
J e wI S H r e S p o n Se
to H u n g er
H e l p e D to l eA D
t H At C H A rg e.”


- SeCr etA ry toM
  v I l SAC K




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                              Few things should be more important to America than the health
                              and well-being of our children. Yet an astounding 30 percent of
                              them are overweight or obese, and last year, kids in more than
                              500,000 American families went without the food they needed.

                              In December, President Obama took action to help us combat
                              hunger and improve nutrition nationwide, signing into law the
                              Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Together with the president and first
                              lady Michelle Obama, I have been fighting for this major victory
                              for our kids since the earliest days of the administration. We were
                              joined in support by many organizations, including from the Jewish
                              community and communities of faith from across the country.
S e C r e tA ry
to M v I l SAC K              The Jewish community in North America was at the forefront of
united States Department of   advocating for a stronger child nutrition safety net. The Jewish
Agriculture                   Council for Public Affairs and MAZON: A Jewish Response to
                              Hunger helped to lead that charge. JCPA and their chapters hosted
                              child nutrition seders across the country to raise awareness, and
                              they helped to spearhead the interfaith effort Fighting Poverty with
                              Faith.

                              Thanks to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, we will take
                              important strides in improving school meals, combating hunger
                              and supporting families. And to ensure a healthier future for our
                              children and our nation, we must all continue to work together—
                              from the local to the national level—to build on this success. USDA
                              looks forward to being an even better partner in our mutual efforts
                              to respond to the call to repair the world.

                              - Secretary Tom Vilsack
                               Excerpted from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency



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          “ By Hu MAnIZIng
          tHe HoMe le SS
          CoMMu nIty’S pl I g H t
          AnD te llIng tHeI r
          StorIe S to ou r
          FAMIlIe S, FrIe nDS,
          ne IgHBorS AnD
          e leCte D oFFICI Al S,
          we CAn InSpIre reAl
          re ForM.”


          - IlAnA H oStyK




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                              It is very easy for New York City residents to walk past, step over
                              and generally ignore the countless numbers of homeless people in
                              our midst. Unfortunately, looking the other way and pretending
                              not to see a homeless individual does not make the problems
                              related to homelessness go away. By humanizing the homeless
                              community’s plight and telling their stories to our families, friends,
                              neighbors and elected officials, we can inspire real reform and help
                              these individuals find sustainable options for food and shelter.

                              I was very excited when I heard about the Fighting Poverty with
                              Faith mobilization coordinated by the JCPA and knew that I
                              wanted to organize something with other students to help the
IlAnA HoStyK
                              homeless in New York as part of this effort. Working together with
Student, yeshiva university
                              other students from Yeshiva University and the Hillels at Columbia
                              and New York University, we planned an interfaith homeless
                              resource fair, at which student volunteers provided blankets and
                              food to nearly 100 homeless participants and heard stories of
                              individuals struggling with homelessness over shared lunches. The
                              stories that we collected have been shared with elected officials in
                              New York to focus attention on homelessness and poverty in the
                              state. News about this successful fair spread in student newspapers
                              and heightened volunteer interest in poverty issues.

                              The JCPA staff was incredibly helpful in planning our event and
                              providing guidance and resources. The JCPA’s leadership in the
                              Fighting Poverty with Faith mobilization inspired the idea of the
                              interfaith homeless resource fair and helped to make the event a
                              meaningful success. It was a wonderful experience to be involved
                              with the JCPA’s Confronting Poverty campaign.

                              - Ilana Hostyk



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poverty   “ tHe Se De r H e lpe D pArtICIpAntS
          gAIn A Be tte r u nDe rStAnDIng o F
          Hu nge r AnD nu trItIon AnD How
          to BeCoMe Be tte r ADvoCAte S.”

          - lorI De ArMAn




                      Children at the National Child Nutrition
                            Seder in the United States Capitol.

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                              The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Greater
                              Miami Jewish Federation held its second annual Intergenerational
                              Advocacy Seder and discussion — featuring two Jewish agencies’
                              perspectives on hunger and policy issues. Advocacy presentations
                              were given by representatives from the Jewish Council for Public
                              Affairs and Jewish Community Services of South Florida, provoking
                              a thoughtful, intergenerational dialogue on the Jewish community’s
                              role in hunger activism. The Seder helped participants gain a better
                              understanding of hunger and nutrition and how to become better
                              advocates. The forum was organized as a component of “Through
                              a Different Lens: Generation to Generation Advocacy Discussion
                              Series,” an innovative initiative created by the JCRC and sponsored
lo r I D e A r M A n
                              by the JCPA to educate and engage local students, senior adults,
Associate Director, Jewish
                              young adults and community leaders in meaningful conversations
Community relations Council
                              about the vast portfolio of Jewish advocacy efforts. Participants
of the greater Miami Jewish
                              have had the opportunity to learn and share ideas about topics of
Federation
                              importance, such as public policies affecting South Florida and
                              the nation, and have helped foster relationships between people of
                              different generations. Attending various programs in the series were
                              representatives from the offices of the Israeli Consulate General,
                              two Congress members, and Florida’s Governor and Chief Financial
                              Officer.

                              Federation received much positive feedback from community
                              members. For example, the child of a senior adult participant
                              wrote to say, “I can’t tell you how grateful I am... to everyone who
                              made this experience possible for him. I’d like to extend my thanks
                              especially to Levy, the young man who made such a wonderful
                              connection with my dad and was so kind to him. It has been
                              difficult having him in Miami because I live in Philadelphia…. I
                              am grateful to [the JCRC and Miami Jewish Health Systems] for
                              providing these opportunities for him.”

                              - Lori Dearman                                                         23
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          “ I wAS InSpIre D to ConSIDer
          ADDItIonAl AllIAnCe S
          For My CoMMu nIty’S
          J CrC to ForM wItH otH er
          CoMMu nIty grou pS
          Se e KIng to IMprove
          ou r CIty, InClu DIng tH e
          poSSIBIlIty tH At J e wISH An D
          AFrICAn-AMe rICAn you ng
          proFe SSIonAlS In Au StIn
          Cou lD worK toge tH e r to
          ContInu e Stre ngtHe nIng
          ou r u rBAn Core.”


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          - lArry SCH oole r
poverty

                                  In June 2009, I was privileged to participate along with my friend Bill
                                  Hopkins in the African American / Jewish Community Leaders Mission
                                  to Birmingham sponsored by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Six
                                  communities, including Austin, each sent JCRC leaders paired with
                                  African-American leaders to Alabama to explore issues of civil rights,
                                  race, and poverty, in a setting where those issues come up again and
                                  again. As part of our journey, we replicated the beginning of the famous
                                  Selma-Montgomery march, one which initially encountered violent
                                  resistance but eventually occurred peacefully.

                                  In Birmingham, we witnessed widespread poverty—a downtown
                                  struggling with massive blight and limited pedestrian activity; numerous
                                  requests for money on the streets; and large neighborhoods with homes
                                  in rundown condition. But we also witnessed some extraordinary efforts,
lArry SCHooler
                                  many of which have been fostered by the Birmingham Jewish community.
Co-Chair, Jewish Community        I was inspired to consider additional alliances for my community’s
relations Council of the Jewish   JCRC to form with other community groups seeking to improve our
Community Association of Austin   city, including the possibility that Jewish and African-American young
                                  professionals in Austin could work together to continue strengthening
                                  our urban core, an area many of us gravitate towards professionally and
                                  socially.

                                  Throughout the Mission I was reminded of the potential for small actions
                                  to make a significant difference, particularly when others join in the
                                  effort, and was motivated to consider what measures we could pursue
                                  as a community that do not require much time or effort but do make a
                                  difference in defeating poverty.

                                  I am grateful for the JCPA’s leadership in organizing the African
                                  American / Jewish Community Leaders Mission to Birmingham. This
                                  powerful experience motivated all of us who participated to deepen our
                                  commitment to building bridges across communities to ensure that all
                                  can enjoy the prosperous lives we may occasionally take for granted.
                                  In doing that work, we can follow the powerful example set by Rabbi
                                  Abraham Joshua Heschel: to pray with our legs, our hands, and our entire
                                  bodies, heeding the call from the heavens to help those most in need.

                                  - Larry Schooler

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CIvIl rIgHtS




 “I HAv e A D M I r eD t He
 wo r K o F t H e JCpA F or
 M An y yeA r S An D HAv e
 B e e n p r I v I l egeD to wor K
 wIt H yo u o n A n uM B er
 o F o CC A S I o nS Dur In g M y
 t I M e I n t H e un IteD StAt eS
 Se n At e.”
                                     President Barack Obama signs
 - S e n . JoS ep H lIeB er M An         legislation to repeal ‘Don’t
                                           Ask, Don’t Tell’ into law.
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CIvIl rIgHtS

                          December 23, 2010 was a big and historic day for civil rights in America.
                          Our country will remember it as the day when the President signed into law
                          the bill that will repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the policy of discrimination
                          that was, for far too long, the status quo in our Armed Forces.

                          The successful effort to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was supported by many
                          groups and individuals, but I know that it would not have been possible
                          without the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). Whether it was
                          rallying voters on the Armed Services Committee or on the Senate floor, or
                          generating broad grass roots support, the JCPA was there. The JCPA’s work
                          with the Jewish communities across the country was critical in building the
                          popular support needed to move this bill forward. Your letter to Congress—
S e n Ato r J o S e p H   signed by a dozen national Jewish movements and organizations—was an
lIeBerMAn                 important factor in creating the bipartisan coalition needed to get the bill
united States Senate      enacted.

                          I have admired the work of the JCPA for many years and have been
                          privileged to work with you on a number of occasions during my time in
                          the United States Senate. Your steadfast support for the repeal of Don’t
                          Ask, Don’t Tell is just one example of the good work that you have done to
                          advance the democratic principles of equality, justice, and rule of law that
                          our country was founded upon.

                          One of my heroes, President Harry Truman, integrated our Armed Forces
                          over sixty years ago. In doing so, President Truman did the right thing in
                          the face of widespread skepticism and criticism, and his brave decision
                          paved the way both to greater civil rights throughout the country and to
                          our ultimate victory in our struggle against the Soviet Union. I like to think
                          we were able to follow President Truman’s example by fighting to allow gay
                          Americans to openly serve our country in the greatest military the world
                          has ever known. And I am confident that repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will
                          make our military even stronger.

                          - Senator Joseph Lieberman
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CIvIlIty




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CIvIlIty
“t He JC pA’ S C HA M p Ion In g
o F C I v I l I t y, p rov IDIn g
o utS tA n D I n g tr AIn In g An D
r e So u rC eS to elevAte A n D
D e e p en D I SCour Se IS SHA p In g
A n At I o n A l Co n v er SAtIo n
A B o u t C I v I l I ty.”

- AB I g A I l MI C H elSon p o rtH




                                            Blu Greenberg and Louise
                                        Greilsheimer discuss civility at
                                         a JCPA Civility Consultation.




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CIvIlIty

                                   The Jewish community has developed exceptional institutions
                                   where we gather, care for the vulnerable, educate ourselves, build
                                   meaningful community, and foster a strong Israel. We cannot
                                   afford to wait and watch as partisan divides splinter our cherished
                                   community. The JCPA’s championing of civility, providing
                                   outstanding training and resources to elevate and deepen discourse
                                   is shaping a national conversation about civility. Together, with
                                   our San Francisco Bay Area campaign - the Year of Civil Discourse
                                   - we are turning the corner. We are bringing together the Jewish
                                   community from across the political spectrum, with disparate views,
                                   and communicating across conflict, learning how to listen and how
                                   to live within community, even when we don’t always see eye to eye.
ABIgAIl MICHelSon                  With JCPA’s leadership and support, Jewish communities around the
portH                              country will have richer, more vibrant conversations about the issues
Associate Director, Jewish         affecting us today.
Community relations Council
of San Francisco, the peninsula,   - Abigail Michelson Porth
Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and
Contra Costa Counties




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CIvIlIty   “ I AM InSpIre D
           By, In Awe oF,
           tH e worK J CpA
           IS DoIng to
           proMote CIvI l
           DISCou rSe.”


           - AvI poSte r




           Rabbi Melissa Weintraub
           signs the JCPA Statement
32                       on Civility.
CIvIlIty

                                     I am just one of many proud JCPA members applauding our
                                     national JCPA leadership for spearheading the call for civility in the
                                     Jewish community, both in the discussions about Israel and other
                                     issues important to American Jewry and beyond. The Nashville
                                     Jewish community, as is the case in cities around the country, has
                                     been racked with heightened discord created by disparate opinions
                                     among Jews centering on peace in Israel. To address the resulting
                                     rancor, we used JCPA’s Statement on Civility as a prototype to
                                     develop and adopt our own community civility statement, one that
                                     has been published broadly and has been endorsed and signed
                                     by synagogues, organizations, and individual members of our
                                     local Jewish Federation for the purpose of providing guidelines
Av I p o S t e r                     for listening to and respecting divergent opinion. In addition,
past Chair, Community relations      given the local debate on substantive social issues, similar discord
Committee of the Jewish              has surfaced within the broader Nashville community around
Federation of nashville and Middle   conversations related to issues such as the building of mosques and
tennessee                            the fear of Islam, the treatment of new arrivals, our local response
                                     to poverty reduction, etc. Using JCPA’s civility statement as a
                                     guide, social advocates are in the process of creating a communal
                                     statement for civility that will guide more reasoned conversation
                                     among state and local policy makers and among our citizenry.
                                     I am inspired by, in awe of, the work JCPA is doing to promote
                                     civil discourse. In our collective journey to seek resolution to the
                                     seemingly endless issues and conflicts with which we are faced, it is
                                     important that the Jewish community lead the way in modeling how
                                     best to conduct reasoned conversations that will ultimately lead to
                                     reasonable and meaningful solutions.

                                     - Avi Poster




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energy AnD tHe   “ ( tH e ) De vAStAtIon
                 CAu Se D By ou r nAtIon’S
envIronMent      worSt oIl SpIll In
                 H IStory… (H AS ) long Been
                 ou t oF tHe He ADlIne S,
                 ye t tH e CAtAStropHIC
                 ConSequ e nCe S ContInu e
                 AS Doe S ou r re SponSIBI l I t y
                 to Do SoMe tH Ing ABou t
                 It. I AM prou D to SAy tH At
                 Coe J l IS H e lpIng Me e t tH At
                 re SponSIBIlIty.”


                 - rABBI J u lIe SCH onFe lD




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energy AnD tHe envIronMent

                            In July 2010, together with other national religious leaders and the
                            Sierra Club, I traveled to Louisiana to witness the tragedy of the
                            Gulf of Mexico oil spill and show solidarity with local leaders. I
                            traveled on behalf of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish
                            Life (COEJL). While there, I saw first-hand the immense magnitude
                            of the damage and devastation caused by our nation’s worst oil spill
                            in history. By the time these words are read, the issue will have
                            long been out of the headlines, yet the catastrophic consequences
                            continue as does our responsibility to do something about it. I am
                            proud to say that COEJL is helping meet that responsibility.

                            Our dependency on oil and fossil fuels not only destroys our
rABBI JulIe                 atmosphere and environment but also threatens our national
SCHonFelD                   security. Along with going to the Gulf region, I serve on the
executive vice president,   leadership committee of COEJL’s Jewish Energy Covenant
rabbinical Assembly         Campaign. The campaign encourages the Jewish community to
                            take concrete action by adopting more sustainable behaviors and
                            reducing our carbon footprint. In 2012, I will join other leaders
                            from throughout the Jewish community, including JCPA’s Rabbi
                            Steve Gutow, in publicizing our support for the Declaration on the
                            Jewish Environmental and Energy Imperative. As signatories, we are
                            committing to reduce our green house gas emissions by 14% by the
                            fall of 2014, which starts Judaism’s next shmittah (sabbatical) year.

                            Our desire to increase energy efficiency and utilize cleaner, more
                            renewable, sources of energy is a matter of tzedek (justice). The
                            Covenant Campaign, trips like mine to the Gulf Region, and other
                            COEJL activities present an important opportunity for the Jewish
                            community to stand together as Jewish energy advocates and take
                            action to become more sustainable and energy efficient.

                            - Rabbi Julie Schonfeld


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energy AnD tHe
envIronMent




     “ wHIle w e Co n tIn ue ou r e FFortS towArD CoMpre H e nS I ve
     C lIM Ate legISlAtIon, we Mu St tAKe Me AnIngFu l Ste pS n ow
     to p rot eC t our n Atu rAl re Sou rCe S AnD H e rItAge.”

     - r A B B I F r eD SCHer lInDe r DoBB AnD te rry gIpS


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energy AnD tHe envIronMent

                             With a tradition thousands of years old, Judaism informs us on taking the
                             long view—the Divine view, as it were—since God is concerned even to
                             the thousandth generation in the future (Ex 34:7). So with environmental
                             policy, we consider not only our own immediate interests, but also
                             protecting Creation overall. Our organization, COEJL (the Coalition on
                             the Environment and Jewish Life), which works with numerous Jewish
                             agencies and all major denominations, has this notion as its mission:
                             “protecting Creation from generation to generation.”

                             This year we’ve seen frustrating setbacks in our efforts to protect Creation:
                             Needed legislation to dramatically reduce the United States’ greenhouse
                             gas emissions has failed, even as we suffered the largest oil spill in our
rABBI FreD
                             history. However, there’s something we can and must do, even in this
SCHerlInDer DoBB
                             political climate of rancor, divisiveness, and indecision.
CoeJl governance Committee
                             As part of Creation, our land and water have the capacity to nourish or to
                             vanquish each one of us. We humans (adam in Hebrew) come from and
                             are dependent upon the land (adamah), and the “living waters” (mayim
                             chayim, as Jeremiah calls them). This year, we urge Congress to fully fund
                             the bi-partisan supported Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in
                             order to protect our precious public lands and water resources.

                             While we continue our efforts toward comprehensive climate legislation,
                             we must take meaningful steps now to protect our natural resources
                             and heritage. In this, the hottest year in recorded history, our spiritual
                             contribution to the national and global conversation on environmental
                             policy is more needed than ever. We are turning up the heat in our
                             efforts to protect public lands. We are recommitting to our sustained
                             effort against the scourge of climate change. Both efforts are needed. Our
terry gIpS                   descendants demand no less.
CoeJl governance Committee
                             - Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb and Terry Gips
                               Excerpted from the Huffington Post

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FInAnCIAlS




             Dr. Conrad Giles speaking at the
                       JCPA Board Meeting.

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FInAnCIAlS
                          FY 2010 Summary Revenue and Expense Statement
                   Revenues*                                           occupancy
                                                               Misc.
                                                                     reimbursement
national Agency Dues                   137,440                  2%
                                                      programs            3%                  Allocations -
CrC Dues                              256,653
                                                         9%                                     Alliance
non-Alliance Federation Allocation      87,628                                                Federations
Alliance Federation Allocation        630,457                                                     22%
grants                                980,266
leadership Appeal                      327,466                                                Allocations -
                                                    grants                                    non-Alliance
other Contributor Donations              43,137
                                                     35%                                      Federations
occupancy reimbursement                 90,963
program                               256,930                                                      3%
Misc.                                     2,769                                            Dues - CrCs
                                                                                                9%
Total Revenues                       2,813,709                                        Dues - national
                                                                      leadership        Agencies
                                                                       Appeal               5%
                                                                         12%
                   Expenses*                             Benefits
                                                           9%                                occupancy
program                                 317,936                                                 11%
Administration                          216,420
grants given                             19,650
occupancy                               309,723                                                     program
Salaries                             1,460,002      Salaries                                          11%
Benefits                               245,895       53%
                                                                                                  grants given
Consultants                              84,017
                                                                                                      1%
retiree Compensation                    44,066
technology                               55,549                                                  Consultants
travel                                   59,271                                          technology 3%
                                                                                               2%
                                                               Administration      travel
Total Expenses                       2,812,529
                                                                   8%               2%
Net                                      1,180
                                                                                                           National
                                                                                                           Federation/Agency
                                                                                                           Alliance




                                                                                The JCPA is a proud beneficiary of the
*unaudited                                                                       National Federation/Agency Alliance.


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B oA r D o F D I r e C to r S
A n D p r o F e S S I o n A l S tA F F




                                         JCPA Board members
                                             and staff visit the
                                                      Knesset.




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B o A r D o F D I r e C to r S A n D p r o F e S S I o n A l S tA F F
Board of Directors                      Philip Gordon, Boston                           William Siegel, AJCommittee
                                        Vikki Grodner, Birmingham                       Robert Sugerman, ADL
Chair                                   David Gutin, Philadelphia                       Albert Vorspan, URJ
Dr. Conrad Giles, Detroit               Mona Friedman Kolko, Rochester                  Jerry Wagner, USCJ
                                        Toby Shylit Mack, Monmouth County               Marilyn Wind, WLCJ
Vice Chairs                             Bruce Mandel, Cleveland                         Shawn Zevit, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
Elihu Davison, Jewish Labor Committee   Anita Miller, New Mexico                        Robert Zweiman, Jewish War Veterans
Lawrence Gold, Atlanta                  Maxine Richman, Rhode Island
Harold Goldberg, Silicon Valley         Daniel Robins, Columbus, OH                     Ex Officio
Bruce Lev, Youngstown                   Samuel Rosenberg, Baltimore                     Jonathan J. Ellis, Tampa
David Luchins, Orthodox Union           Jane Schiff, Atlanta                            Jerilyn Gelt, San Francisco
Susan Penn, Northern New Jersey         Irving Shapiro, Washington, D.C.                Marlene Gorin, Dallas
Midge Perlman Shafton, Chicago          Steven Silverman, Detroit                       Robert Horenstein, Portland, OR
Robert Siskin, Chattanooga              Stephen Skrainka, St. Louis                     Michelle Kohn, Palm Beach County
Stephen Stone, Springfield IL           David Steinhardt, So. Palm Beach County         Geoffrey Lewis, Boston
Susan W. Turnbull, Washington, DC       Michael Stern, San Antonio                      Jack Moline, Washington, D.C.
                                        Alice Viroslav, San Antonio                     Avi Poster, Nashville
Treasurer                               Wendy Wagenheim, Detroit                        James Rosenstein, Philadelphia
David Bohm, St. Louis                   Warren Wolfson, Cleveland                       David Steirman, San Francisco
                                        Ira Youdovin, Santa Barbara
Secretary                                                                               Chair’s Appointee
Robert Yass, Hartford                   At-Large Members                                Rosalind Osterman, Lee & Charlotte Counties
                                        Donna Beyer, Tucson
Chair’s Appointees                      Mary Ellen Gurewitz, Detroit                    Professional Staff
Alan Jaffe, New York                    Howard Hammer, Cumberland County
Toni Young, Delaware                    Marc Stanley, Dallas                            Rabbi Steve Gutow, President & CEO
                                        Marc Winkelman, Austin                          Elisa Dell’Amico, Administrative Assistant
Past Chairs                                                                             Jared Feldman, Washington Deputy Director
Marie Abrams, Louisville                National Agency Representatives                 Ethan Felson, Vice President
Jordan C. Band, Cleveland               Merom Brachman, JFNA                            Elana Fox, Confronting Poverty Field Organizer
Michael Bohnen, Boston                  Martin Bresler, AJCommittee                     Lynn Gefsky, IAI Director
Leonard Cole, No. New Jersey            Charney Bromberg, JLC                           Alison Holstein, Program Intern
Lois Frank, Atlanta                     Debbie Cosgrove, JFNA                           Hod Klein, IAI Outreach Coordinator
Jacqueline Levine, MetroWest            Behnam Dayanim, Orthodox Union                  Elyssa Koidin, Senior Policy Associate
Lynn Lyss, St. Louis/NCJW               Nathan Diament, Orthodox Union                  Dylan Kurlansky, COEJL Web Fellow
Andrea Weinstein, Dallas                Marla Feldman, URJ                              Haya Luftig, Director of Administration
Maynard Wishner, Chicago                Steve Freeman, ADL                              David Marks, COEJL Program Director
Bennett Yanowitz, Cleveland             Gail Goldfarb, WLCJ                             Andi Milens, Vice President
                                        Sandra Goldstein, Hadassah                      Josh Protas, Vice President & Washington Director
President and Chief Executive Officer   Richard Gordon, AJCongress                      Martin Raffel, Senior Vice President
Rabbi Steve Gutow                       Leonard Gordon, USCJ                            Sybil Sanchez, COEJL Director
                                        Joel Kaplan, B’nai B’rith International         Marc Schlesinger, Legal Fellow
Executive Vice Chair Emeritus           Shelly Kupfer, JFNA                             Michelle Shaland, Civility Fellow
Albert D. Chernin                       Arieh Lebowitz, JLC                             Simcha Shapiro, Comptroller
                                        Lynn Leeb, ORT America                          Marya Shuksta, COEJL Intern
Community Representatives               Norman Liss, AJCongress                         Ben Suarato, Communications Associate
Louis Beckerman, Central New Jersey     Daniel Mariaschin, B’nai B’rith International   Victoria Sutton, COEJL Intern
Martin Belsky, Akron                    Judy Menikoff, ORT America                      Sara Yaverbaum, Executive Assistant
Leslie Billet, No. New Jersey           Nancy Ratzan, NCJW
Ruth Cole, No. New Jersey               Shepard Remis, JFNA
Theodore Eisenberg, MetroWest           Judy Rosenberg, NCJW
Mark Frank, Pittsburgh                  Herb Rosenbleeth, Jewish War Veterans
Howard Friedman, Atlanta                Carl Sheingold, Jewish Reconstructionist
Michael Futterman, San Francisco        Federation
Judy Gilbert-Gould, Miami               Judy Shereck, Hadassah                                                                   41
MeMBer AgenCIeS




                  NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific
                                        Visualization Studio
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MeMBer AgenCIeS
National Member Agencies                   Delaware                            Raleigh
                                           Denver                              Rhode Island
American Jewish Committee                  Des Moines                          Richmond
American Jewish Congress                   Detroit                             Rochester
Anti-Defamation League                     Dutchess County                     Sacramento
B’nai B’rith International                 Eastern Connecticut                 St. Louis
Hadassah                                   El Paso                             San Antonio
Jewish Labor Committee                     Elmira                              San Diego
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation        Erie                                San Francisco
Jewish War Veterans                        Flint                               Santa Barbara
National Council of Jewish Women           Fort Worth                          Sarasota
ORT America                                Greensboro                          Savannah
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations     Harrisburg                          Scranton
of America                                 Hartford                            Seattle
Union for Reform Judaism                   Houston                             Shreveport
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism   Indianapolis                        Silicon Valley
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism    Jacksonville                        South Bend
                                           Kansas City                         South Palm Beach County
                                           Knoxville                           Southern New Jersey
Member Communities                         Las Vegas                           Springfield, IL
                                           Lee & Charlotte Counties            Springfield, MA
Akron                                      Long Beach                          Stamford
Albany                                     Los Angeles                         Syracuse
Allentown/Lehigh Valley                    Louisville                          Tampa
Ann Arbor                                  Madison                             Tidewater
Atlanta                                    Memphis                             Toledo
Atlantic & Cape May Counties               MetroWest                           Tucson
Augusta                                    Miami                               Tulsa
Austin                                     Middlesex County                    Virginia Peninsula
Baltimore                                  Milwaukee                           Washington, D.C.
Baton Rouge                                Minnesota and the Dakotas           Western Connecticut
Birmingham                                 Monmouth County                     Wilkes-Barre
Boston                                     Nashville                           Wichita
Bridgeport                                 New Bedford                         Worcester
Broome County                              New Haven                           York
Broward County                             New Mexico                          Youngstown
Buffalo                                    New Orleans
Canton                                     New York
Central Kentucky                           Northern New Jersey
Central New Jersey                         North Shore
Charleston, SC                             Oklahoma City
Charlotte                                  Omaha
Chattanooga                                Orange County, NY
Chicago                                    Orlando
Cincinnati                                 Palm Beach County
Cleveland                                  Palm Springs
Clifton-Passaic                            Peoria
Collier County                             Philadelphia
Columbia, SC                               Phoenix
Columbus                                   Pinellas County
Connecticut                                Pittsburgh
Cumberland County                          Portland, ME
Dallas                                     Portland, OR
Danbury                                    Princeton, Mercer, Bucks Counties
Dayton                                                                                                   43
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