The Mission of the JCPA
The mission of the Council is to serve as the representative voice of the organized
American Jewish community in addressing the principal mandate of the Jewish community
relations field, expressed in three interrelated goals:
• To safeguard the rights of Jews here and around the world;
• To dedicate ourselves to the safety and security of the state of Israel;
• To protect, preserve and promote a just American society, one that is democratic and
pluralistic, one that furthers harmonious interreligious, interethnic, interracial and
other intergroup relations.
These goals are informed by Jewish values. History teaches us that Jewish security is linked
inexorably to the strength of democratic institutions. Thus the Jewish community has a direct
stake and an ethical imperative to assure that America remains a country wedded to the Bill
of Rights and committed to the rule of law, a nation whose institutions continue to function
as a public trust.
The JCPA reflects a unique and inclusive partnership of national member agencies, local com-
munity relations councils and committees, and the federations of which they are a component
part or affiliated agency. It convenes the "common table" around which member agencies,
through an open, representative, inclusive and consensus-driven process, meet to identify
issues, articulate positions, and develop strategies, programs, and approaches designed to
advance the public affairs goals and objectives of the organized Jewish community.
The work of the JCPA, especially in matters relating to democratic pluralism and social jus-
tice, reflects the profound Jewish commitment to tikkun olam, the repair of the world. It ex-
presses the conviction of the organized Jewish community that it must be active in the
effort to build a just society. The JCPA has the responsibility to enhance the capacity of mem-
ber agencies to effectively pursue the public affairs agenda. This responsibility requires the
JCPA to provide coordination, support, and guidance for public affairs initiatives undertak-
en by national and local member agencies, to advocate on behalf of the public affairs poli-
cies of the organized Jewish community, and to respond to those member-identified needs
which strengthen their individual and collaborative capacity to advance the communal public
The Jewish Council for
Public Affairs is a beneficiary of
On the Front Cover: Mission to New Orleans participants the National Federation/Agency Alliance.
From the JCPA Chair and President
As you flip through the pages of the 2009 Annual 2009 was significant for our country and also for
Report, you may notice the JCPA.
that this year’s adapta-
tion is different from past For our nation, it began
versions, and you’d be with the inauguration of a
correct. new president and a new
hope for bipartisan lead-
The goal of this year’s ership in Congress.
report is to provide you
with more than just bullet For the JCPA, we began
points and a sampling of 2009 similarly looking
what it is that we do, but also share a narrative with you forward to a new and ex-
that gives you an insider’s look at the extraordinary work citing year. And for us it was such a year. Our Plenum in
our community has accomplished over the last year. Washington was one of the first leadership conferences in
Washington, D.C. following President Obama’s inaugura-
It is no secret that the JCPA is at the forefront of public tion. We concluded the year with a new vision and call to
policy within the Jewish community and offers a trusted action to encourage civility in our national discourse.
perspective on issues before Congress, the Judiciary, and
elsewhere. We are proud that a countless number of local, We confronted poverty, protected the environment, and
state, and federal leaders turn to the JCPA, our network of engaged energy policy debate. We combatted the horrors
community relations councils, and our national member of Darfur and Sudan as well as the Iranian nuclear threat.
agencies as the consensus voice of the organized Ameri- We fought the campaign to delegitimize Israel.
can Jewish community on a variety of domestic and in-
ternational issues such as the U.S./Israel relationship, pre- Our “There Shall Be No Needy Among You” confront-
venting a nuclear-armed Iran, reducing poverty across ing poverty campaign grew. We held our second annual
the country, the environment, and civil rights. Fighting Poverty with Faith initiative with Catholic Chari-
ties USA and kicked off a new Child Nutrition Seder pro-
But what does it mean to be dedicated to the safety and gram with MAZON. These initiatives helped make anti-
security of Israel or to confront poverty? What do we mean poverty legislation a greater priority. Throughout 2009,
when we say we are growing grassroots or building rela- the JCPA was as an important line of defense against the
tionships? How do we take the issues that you and your Iranian regime’s desire to be a nuclear power. We helped
family discuss around the dinner table each night and organize and host a number of gatherings in New York,
provide a Jewish community’s perspective to decision Washington, DC, and across the country to ensure that
makers in Washington? The answers to these and other our national leaders and international allies understand
questions can be found throughout the following pages. that a nuclear-armed Iran is unacceptable.
All of us at the JCPA – both our professional staff and lead- As the year drew to a close it became clear that the hope
ership – are proud of what we continue to accomplish as and optimism of the beginning of 2009 was fading into
an organization and as a community. But no one will dis- partisan bickering, finger pointing, and unnecessary rhet-
agree that there are still many challenges that we must oric. The same was true in the Jewish community, espe-
work to overcome in the days, months, and years ahead. cially when we speak about Israel.
Domestically, our economy is struggling. Unemployment In response, JCPA initiated a Civility Campaign to help
is too high and more people are living in poverty than America and the Jewish community discuss major issues
ever before. Internationally, Iran is inching closer to nu- more respectfully. Indeed, our ability to repair our broken
clear weapons capability and tensions in the Middle East world demands that we be repairers of the breach in our
remain high. The JCPA will continue our work on behalf of own community. And we are doing just that.
all Americans – Jewish or not – and will continue to advo-
cate for a better and stronger tomorrow for all.
Who is the JCPA?
Encouraging New Dialogues
The JCPA is at the vanguard of
intergroup relations, reaching
across the United States. The
JCPA and its member Jewish
Community Relations Coun-
cils (JCRCs) serve as key con-
veners of interfaith coalitions
nationally and in over a hun-
The JCPA marshals the re-
sources needed to promote
positive relations with our counterparts in mainline Protestant church-
The Jewish Council for Public es at the national and community level. The JCPA led the fight against
anti-Israel divestment in several Protestant denominations, recognizing
Affairs builds bridges of under- how misguided divestment is and the harm such a one-sided action
standing and works in coalitions would cause to our relationships.
with ethnic, religious, and other In 2009, working with a key cadre of Evangelical Christians who share
communities. These relationships our concerns on issues such as social justice and the environment, the
JCPA convened a national roundtable bringing together twenty Jew-
help repair our world by furthering
ish and Evangelical leaders from the top echelons of each community
our broad agenda – from confront- to build relationships, discuss commonalities, and explore differences.
ing poverty to building support for In the room were the heads of denominations, seminaries, prominent
institutions and key thought leaders.
Building on a resolution adopted at the 2009 Plenum, the JCPA fosters
positive ties with Muslim and other leaders who share our core values.
Furthering Community Links with African
In June 2009, the JCPA sponsored a second mission to New Orleans for
African American and Jewish community leaders. Local JCRC leaders,
lay and professional, strengthened relationships with African Ameri-
can partners by exploring together the intersections between race and
poverty. This unique trip included: a tour of areas still affected by hur-
ricanes Katrina and Rita; meetings with local faith, civic, and political
leaders; and a day of service to help with ongoing reconstruction ef-
forts. The participants planned concrete actions to engage their com-
munities in Gulf Coast activism as an entry-point into broader sustained
...The JCPA is Building Strong Relationships.
Campaigning For Civility
The JCPA is helping our community and our world to act
in more civil ways. At our board meeting in October, the
JCPA set the stage for a national campaign on civility. Dr.
Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Doug Kahn, Karen Weber and
Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay explored the roots of the break-
down in civility we are experiencing, the difficulties we
face in addressing it, and why as Jews we are called to
meet this challenge.
Advising the Administration
A JCPA Campaign for Civility was inaugurated at this ses- Shortly after assuming office in January of 2009, President
sion – a campaign that will include programmatic resourc- Obama created the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and
es for communities, training for professionals and volun- Neighborhood Partnerships. The JCPA’s President Rabbi
teers, and other vehicles to help foster greater civility. Steve Gutow and then-Washington Director Hadar Suss-
kind were named respectively to the Advisory Council’s
Standing Up Against Genocide Everywhere Task Force on Economic Recovery and Domestic Poverty
The JCPA continued to and the Task Force on Environment and Climate Change.
focus attention on inter- The JCPA played a key role in formulating recommenda-
national human rights, tions adopted in the Advisory Council’s final report that
especially Sudan. With emphasizing the needs of the nation’s most vulnera-
Steve Gutow serving ble. One proposal ensures that families who are eligible for
on the Save Darfur Co- income-enhancing government benefits are better able
alition (SDC) Executive to access these benefits and gain the support they need.
Committee, the agency joined in interfaith letters asking Another emphasizes raising energy efficiency goals and
the Obama Administration and Congress to give height- creating new green jobs as part of any economic stimulus
ened attention to the ongoing violence in that part of the package. Both were adopted by the Advisory Council and
world. We called for intense efforts to implement the Com- became part of the Obama Administration’s policy.
prehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), including the referen-
dum on independence in southern Sudan scheduled for
early 2011. In addition to its advocacy work as part of na-
tional coalitions on international human rights issues, the
JCPA provided JCRCs with information and programmatic
guidance on the Sudan and other human rights concerns,
including legislation in Uganda directed against the LGBT
(Page 2) Panel discussion at the Plenum
(Page 3) Mission to Israel participants; Representatives at the
Plenum voting on Resolutions
Who is the JCPA?
Working to Prevent a Nuclear Armed Iran
The JCPA took decisive action as the clock ticked closer to Iran acquiring
nuclear weapons capability. The JCPA dramatically expanded its efforts
to mobilize communities, coordinating a working group with all of the
key partners in the National Inter-Agency Task Force on Iran to promote
stronger community-based advocacy.
The JCPA organized a National Jewish Leadership Advocacy Day on Iran, in
partnership with the National Inter-Agency Task Force on Iran. Hundreds
of Jewish leaders from dozens of communities gathered in Washington,
D.C., met with key administration officials and advocated with Members
of Congress to adopt strong Iran sanctions legislation.
Reinforced by the Israel Advocacy
Anchored by a central rally in New York,
Initiative (IAI), the Jewish Council the JCPA sponsored “Stand for Freedom
for Public Affairs strengthened the in Iran Day” during which communities
across the country organized events to
ability of Federations and Jewish
express solidarity with the brave peo-
Community Relations Councils to ple of Iran who took to the streets in
engage in effective community- their struggle for greater freedom and human rights.
based Israel advocacy within a na- The JCPA produced valuable community organizing
tionally coordinated and strategic materials including: a comprehensive list of expert
speakers on various subjects regarding Iranian hu-
framework. The IAI is a joint proj- man rights abuses; a one-pager, “Why Iran Divest-
ect of the JCPA and the Jewish ment Matters;” an Iran activism checklist; and action alerts regarding Iran-
related initiatives. The JCPA encouraged media commentary and guided
Federations of North America
communities in outreach to non-Jewish leaders and representatives of
(JFNA). foreign nations.
Advancing Iran Sanctions Legislation
For several years, the JCPA has worked vigorously at the federal, state,
and local levels to implement meaningful polices to prevent Iran from
developing weapons of mass destruction. Key to this strategy were two
pieces of federal legislation: the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act (ISEA) and
the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act. The JCPA mobilized its network
of local agencies to urge their Representatives and Senators to pass this
legislation and coordinated a national effort designed to demonstrate
the broader Jewish community’s interest in this legislation.
(Page 4 clockwise) Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep.
Steny Hoyer (D-MD) at the Iran Fly-in in Washington, DC
(Page 5) Andrea Weinstein and Natan Sharansky
...The JCPA is Dedicated to the Safety and
Security of the State of Israel.
Combatting the Global Campaign to Advocating for the Release of Gilad Shalit
Delegitimize and Demonize the Jewish State The JCPA fights for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
In 2009, the JCPA stepped up its efforts to fight the well- On the third anniversary of Gilad Shalit’s capture, June 25,
financed campaign to delegitimize Israel through Boy- 2009, the JCPA joined with Gilad’s parents, Noam and Aviva
cotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). The BDS tactic tar- Shalit, the JCRC of NY, the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC),
gets university campuses, churches, labor unions, cultural and other Jewish groups to generate thousands of Father’s
events and other forums to isolate Israel in the internation- Day cards and e-cards to President Obama. The campaign
al arena as a pariah state. asked the President to think, as a father, of Gilad’s plight
and do everything in his power to bring Gilad home.
The JCPA worked with Hillel to respond to a five-campus
tour sponsored by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Oc- Preventing a Repeat of Durban
cupation, which aimed to teach students and faculty how Billed as an international event to confront international
to launch and sustain anti-Israel BDS campaigns. racism , the 2001 World Conference against Racism, held
in Durban, South Africa, is most remembered as a stri-
The JCPA assembled a working group of key professionals dently anti-Israel, anti-Semitic event. JCPA worked in part-
from the JCPA, JFNA, and other partners. This group devel- nership with national Jewish organizations to prevent the
oped a set of principles and a strategic framework to guide so-called Durban II Conference, held this year in Geneva,
the system in tackling the BDS challenge. from the same devolution. The JCPA provided JCRCs with
guidance on how to approach Members of Congress, me-
The JCPA coordinated a major session at the JFNA General dia representatives, and other non-Jewish influentials re-
Assembly on the scope and nature of the campaign to garding United States participation in the conference. The
delegitimize Israel. JCPA also drafted a comprehensive res- Obama administration ultimately did not join Durban II.
olution on countering delegitimization that was adopted
by the General Assembly.
The JCPA helped communities cultivate relationships with
individuals in each mainline Protestant denomination
who can counter anti-Israel stances and polemics. This has
contributed to several national denominations reversing
or rejecting divestment.
Promoting a Strong US-Israel Relationship
With a new administration in Washington and a new gov-
ernment in Israel, the JCPA reminded decision-makers and
opinion-molders of the shared strategic objectives and
moral values that underpin the historic US-Israel alliance.
The JCPA also distributed action alerts, analyses, and mod-
el op-ed pieces on US-Israel relations.
Thousands of community leaders and activists partici-
pated in “Israel Perspectives” conference calls convened
by the JCPA and JFNA. Topics included: Obama’s speech to
the Muslim world, the Obama-Netanyahu meeting in June
2009, the Netanyahu policy speech, the Papal visit, and the
Who is the JCPA?
Advocating New Policies for Economic Recovery
With the American economy suffering in early 2009, the JCPA supported
several important components of the American Recovery & Reinvest-
ment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The JCPA backed provisions within the bill
that directly address the poverty increase caused by the recession. Ul-
timately, this resulted in enhanced federal support for programs includ-
ing SNAP (the Food Stamp program); extension of unemployment in-
surance benefits; subsidized COBRA benefits for displaced workers; and
changes in the Federal Medicaid contribution formula, known as FMAP,
The Jewish Council for Public which allows states facing plummeting tax revenues to continue impor-
tant services to vulnerable populations including children, the elderly,
Affairs’ “There Shall Be No and those with disabilities. As 2009 continued, the JCPA worked closely
Needy Among You” Confronting with Congress and Administration officials to further extend unemploy-
ment insurance and COBRA benefits and to fortify programs designed
Poverty Campaign, now in its to spur economic development and job creation.
third year, is a power ful and
Hosting Child Nutrition Seders
effective vehicle for engaging the
The JCPA sponsored a national Child Nutrition Seder in the spring in
Jewish community nationally in the U.S. Capitol Building. Participants included U.S. Senator Tom Harkin
anti-poverty advocacy, outreach, of Iowa and U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri as well as
national anti-hunger leaders, community activists, and students. The
partnership, and activism against Capital Seder, co-hosted with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger,
a backdrop of increased need. With marked the start of national efforts with similar Seders coordinated by
Jewish Community Relations Councils in 30 communities around the
the continued rise in poverty as a country.
result of the recession, in 2009, the
The Seders brought much needed attention to the tremendous chal-
JCPA advanced two specific goals:
lenges of hunger. They highlighted the need for Congress to reautho-
cutting poverty in half in ten years rize the Child Nutrition Act, and made the case for critical investment in
and ending childhood hunger in the anti-hunger programs in order to reach the goal of ending child hunger
U.S. by 2015.
...The JCPA is Confronting Poverty.
Organizing the “Fighting Poverty with Faith”
Building upon the success of the 2008 Fighting Poverty
with Faith mobilization, the JCPA partnered again with
Catholic Charities USA to bring together 34 national faith
community partners around the theme of “Good Jobs-
Green Jobs” to ensure low income populations benefit
from job creation efforts in the emerging green sector.
The Fighting Poverty with Faith week of action began with
a conference call featuring Representatives Mike Castle of
Delaware and Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri and concluded
with a high level meeting between faith leaders, anti-pov- The 2009 micro-grants supported the Middlesex County
erty advocates, and Administration officials. Anti-Poverty Coalition (Middlesex County, NJ), Adopt a
Grandparent Program (Miami), Social Action Census (Mil-
Across the country, many JCRCs held events during the waukee), Poverty Field Trip to the Black Belt (Birmingham,
week of action to bring state and local attention to the is- AL), and the hiring of a Poverty Fellow (Silicon Valley, CA).
sue of good and green jobs.
Additional Rising Star Community grants were awarded to
JCRCs in Minnesota and the Dakotas, Memphis, and Provi-
dence to support anti-poverty programming and advoca-
cy and to enable community organizing “boot camps” to
catalyze grassroots anti-poverty action.
In the fall of 2009, the JCPA awarded five micro-grants to
support selected Jewish Community Relations Councils
(JCRCs) in anti-poverty engagement. These micro-grants
were established to: build the capacity of JCRC anti-pov-
erty efforts; leverage community support through match-
ing funds; position JCRCs as centers for effective anti-pov-
erty advocacy; engage cadres of activist volunteers; and
strengthen relationships with faith and civic organizations
and community leaders.
(Page 6) National Child Nutrition Seder
(Page 7 clockwise) Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) and H. Eric Schockman at the Child Nutrition Seder; a Seder Plate; Rep. Rosa DeLauro
(D-CT) receiving a letter advocating for the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, signed by attendees of the Child Nutrition
Who is the JCPA?
Protecting Religious Liberty
The JCPA worked closely with the Obama tran-
sition team and new administration officials to
communicate our perspectives on how to pro-
tect religious liberty, including strong rights
and religious freedom protections for publicly
funded program beneficiaries and employees.
The JCPA met several times with Joshua DuBois,
Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neigh-
borhood Partnerships. Mr. DuBois was a featured guest at the 2009
The Jewish Council for Public Af- The JCPA’s activism to protect religious liberty was not limited to the
Executive Branch. The JCPA filed a friend of the court brief in the case
fairs believes firmly in the teach- of Salazar v. Bouno challenging the constitutionality of a cross within a
ings that all people are created national wilderness preserve. The JCPA filed several other briefs before
the United States Supreme Court and lower federal courts addressing
b’tselem elohim (in the divine im-
religious liberties and other issues important to the Jewish community.
age) and that no individual should
be persecuted because of gender, Upholding Civil Rights
The JCPA tackled a number of civil rights priorities in 2009, including
race, religion, sexual orientation voting rights and employment discrimination. The JCPA campaigned for
or social status. The JCPA advo- the swift passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Act to restore the ability of work-
ers to challenge wage discrimination in court. The JCPA also pushed
cates for the civil protections of for the Americans with Disabilities Act
all Americans through the judicial, (ADA) Amendments Act to update the
landmark ADA to better protect dis-
legislative, and executive branch-
abled workers after a series of unfavor-
es of our government. able court rulings. Also, in an effort to
protect civil rights in the workplace,
the JCPA advocated for the passage of
the Employment Non-Discrimination
Act and brought the Jewish commu-
nity together to develop a consensus policy calling for the repeal of the
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law.
(Page 8) Joshua DuBois, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-
Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; Wade Henderson Esq., President and
CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leader-
ship Conference Education Fund
(Page 9) Attorney General Eric Holder
...The JCPA is Countering Hatred and
Balancing Civil Liberties and National Countering Anti-Semitism and Hatred
Security 2009 culminated a dozen years of hard work and tireless
At the 2009 Plenum, the Hon. Eric Holder gave his first advocacy by the JCPA and our partners for passage of the
public address as U.S. Attorney General. He discussed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA). This critical legislation
tensions between civil liberties and national security. The expanded the federal definition of a hate crime to include
JCPA urged the Obama Administration and Congress to violence committed because of gender, gender-identity,
ensure that “unlawful enemy combatants” captured in sexual orientation, and disability bias. Further, it provided
Iraq and Afghanistan have meaningful opportunities to federal back-stop authority to ensure that all of these hei-
challenge their detention before an impartial judge and nous crimes can be prosecuted, even if the local authori-
are treated humanely and interrogated according to con- ties are unwilling or unable to pursue justice. The JCPA
ventions of international law. and our member agencies played a leading role in build-
ing support for the legislation through direct backing and
by mobilizing the broader Jewish community in support
of this legislation. The JCPA also developed a specialized
web portal that provided resources about the HCPA and
facilitated a national letter writing campaign to Members
of Congress. On October 28, 2009, JCPA Vice President
Ethan Felson and Senior Policy Associate Jared Feldman
joined President Obama at the White House to commem-
orate the passage of this historic legislation. Rabbi Mi-
chael Miller, Executive Director of the Jewish Community
Relations Council of New York, also attended the ceremo-
ny representing his organization and the broader Jewish
community relations field.
Engaging the Judiciary
During Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination and con-
firmation process, the JCPA launched a dedicated web-
site about her confirmation, providing a broad range of
The JCPA consulted with top military leaders and officials resources and analysis, and a platform for grassroots en-
from the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security gagement in the nomination process. The JCPA was also
as they developed new national security policies that si- part of a working group that evaluated her religious liber-
multaneously protect the United States from attack and ty jurisprudence and advocated for a civil, thorough, and
uphold our American principles of justice and human thoughtful confirmation process.
The JCPA also called for the creation of an independent
“Commission of Inquiry” to review the detention, inter-
rogation, and treatment policies in the War on Terror. As
a member of a broad left-right coalition that included
the major civil liberties and human rights organizations,
the JCPA worked with Members of Congress and the
Administration to ensure an end to the polices that led to
disturbing instances such as the mistreatment of detain-
ees at Abu Ghraib.
Who is the JCPA?
Bringing Together a
As the first major Jewish confer-
ence following the inauguration
of President Barack Obama, the
2009 Plenum brought together
hundreds of Jewish advocates to
discuss how the new Administra-
tion’s policies would impact the
Jewish community’s work on so-
cial justice, human rights, Israel,
and Jewish security at home and
abroad. Held in Washington, D.C.,
The Jewish Council for Public speakers included U.S. Attorney
Affairs understands the value of General Eric Holder, Ambassa-
dor Martin Indyk, constitutional
a unified voice in supporting and law giant Professor Laurence
strengthening policies that affect Tribe, U.S. Senators Amy Klobu-
char of Minnesota and Ben Car-
the nation. Tapping into our net- din of Maryland, and Maryland
work of activists and leaders from Governor Martin O’Malley. Plenum delegates were also joined by over
50 Members of Congress at a closing reception held at the U.S. Capitol
more than 125 community rela-
tions councils and 14 national or-
ganizations ensures that the Jew- Among the resolutions approved by Plenum participants were new
polices and recommendations on Muslim-Jewish relations, comprehen-
ish community plays a strong role sive energy reform, criminal justice reform, the genocide in Darfur, early
in shaping national policy. childhood education, nutrition, the defamation of religion, and the fed-
eral poverty measure.
...The JCPA is Growing the Grassroots.
Organizing a New Generation of Activists
The JCPA conducted a top-to-bottom review of our tech-
nology needs and capabilities, thanks to the generous
support of the Righteous Persons Foundation. Among the
report’s recommendations is the expansion of the small,
but successful ENGAGE Program. This innovative program
combines a sophisticated web-based advocacy portal with
specialized consulting to build online organizing capacity
throughout the community relations field. Several new
communities joined the ENGAGE program in 2009 and us-
age grew exponentially.
Building Strong Community Institutions
Another reason why JCPA is unique is the broad network of
our local community members. The 125 JCRC’s that belong
to JCPA each bring together the diverse constituencies of
their local communities – and each works on a vast array of
issues, often in coalitions that they have shaped and lead.
The JCPA’s community consulting department helps make
this happen. JCPA helps JCRCs do more – sharing programs
and strategies to maximize our impact, build community,
and repair our world.
(Page 10) Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley; Ambassador Martin Indyk
(Page 11) Mission to New Orleans participants; Professor Laurence Tribe speaks with guests at the Plenum
Who is the JCPA?
...The JCPA is Protecting the Environment.
Revitalizing the Coalition on the Environment and
2009 marked the revitalization of COEJL through an augmented budget
and the hiring of a new director; the rebooting of the weekly climate
change blog, “To Till and to Tend,” http://coejlblog.blog.com; and the
launching of the groundbreaking Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign.
COEJL was founded at the JCPA in 1993 to help Jewish organizations
better campaign for environmental reforms and to pursue a greener
way of life.
Launching the Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign
Led by COEJL, the Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign is a two-year mo-
bilization that engages the broader Jewish community in conserving
energy, increasing sustainability, and advocating for implementation of
The Coalition on the Environment policies to increase efficiency and promote energy independence.
and Jewish Life (COEJL), an ini- Hosting the Jewish Sustainability Conference
tiative of the Jewish Council for The first-ever Jewish Sustainability Conference brought together 40
representatives from 17 Jewish organizations and groups. This two
Public Affairs, seeks to deepen day conference held in Baltimore, Maryland expanded the contempo-
and broaden the Jewish commu- rary understanding of Jewish values such as tikkun olam (repairing the
world) and tzedek (justice) to include the protection of humans and
nity’s commitment to stewardship
other species from environmental degradation. Participants prepared
and the protection of the Earth detailed “going green” work plans to help them take steps towards in-
through outreach, activism and creased sustainability in Jewish institutions nationwide.
Jewish learning. Bringing Groups Together to Bless the Sun
COEJL and the JCPA brought together Jewish groups from around the
country and facilitated their observance of Birkat Hahammah, an event
that occurs every 28 years when the sun is in the same position it was in
the sky on the day of Creation. COEJL’s website – blessthesun.org – pro-
vided a central location for publicizing events and resources.
Advocating for the Environment
Through its Fighting Poverty With Faith Campaign in 2009, the JCPA
mobilized its grassroots network to lead the Jewish community in ad-
vocating for “green jobs” that make homes more energy efficient and
help build the green economy. Together with COEJL and a coalition
of organizations, the JCPA advocated for the passage of the American
Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, legislation that established a na-
tionwide policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 83% in 2050.
This legislation made significant investments in clean renewable energy
sources and has paved the way for an ongoing effort in the Senate in
which the JCPA remains engaged.
Who is the JCPA?
... The JCPA is:
Achieving a Building Bridges and
Consensus Making Connections
Images: (Community - clockwise) Andrea Weinstein presents the Chair’s Tikkun Olam Award to Susan Turnbull; Lois Frank
addresses Plenum attendees; Mission to Israel participants; The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey accepts the Award for
Program Excellence from Alice Viroslav (Diversity - clockwise) Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD); Donna
Beyer, Imam Mohamed Magid, JCPA Vice President Ethan Felson; Rabbi Neal Borovitz (Building Bridges and Making Connections
- clockwise) Richard Foltin, Marc Stern, Rabbi David Saperstein, Professor Laurence Tribe, Martin Bresler; Andrea Weinstein, Judy
Gilbert-Gould, Lori Dearman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Carol Brick-Turin, Pepi Dunay; Leibel Fein, Lois Frank, Heather
Booth, Lynn Lyss; Janet Sherman, Marie Abrams, Arden Shenker, Mike Stern (Achieving a Consensus - clockwise) Representatives
voting on Resolutions at the Plenum; Rabbi Steve Gutow at the Iran Fly-in in Washington DC; Voting card distribution
FY 2009 Plenum 2009
Summary Revenue and Expense Summary Revenue and Expense
National Agency Dues 135,880 Registration 91,480
CRC Dues 256,190 Sponsorships 91,047
Non-Alliance Federation Allocation 102,745 Grant Allocation 8,250
Alliance Federation Allocation 713,072 Total Revenues 190,777
Leadership Appeal 228,365
Other Contributor Donations 57,868
Fundraising/Development Fund 10,000
Occupancy Reimbursement 88,745
Total Revenues 2,670,226
Program 239,140 Materials 23,843
Administration 199,269 Program 61,361
Grants Given 79,550 Catering 87,929
Occupancy 284,957 Lodging & Travel 40,847
Salaries 1,350,348 Total Expenses 213,980
Retiree Compensation 44,586
Total Expenses 2,644,915
Net 25,311 Net (23,203)
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs is a beneficiary of the
*Unaudited National Federation/Agency Alliance.
JCPA Revenue FY 2009*
Allocations - Misc. Alloc - Alliance Fed
Federations Programs Alloc - Non-Alliance Federations
Allocations - Dues NA
Federations Leadership Appeal
Dues - Grants
Dues - Leadership Appeal
National Agencies Misc.
JCPA Expenses FY 2009*
Consultants Grants Given
Administration Travel 2% Occupancy
JCPA Member Agencies
National Member Agencies
American Jewish Committee Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.
American Jewish Congress National Council of Jewish Women
Anti-Defamation League ORT America, Inc.
B’nai B’rith International Union for Reform Judaism
Hadassah Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
Jewish Labor Committee United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Women’s League for Conservative Judaism
Akron Erie Pittsburgh
Albany Flint Portland, ME
Allentown/Lehigh Valley Fort Worth Portland, OR
Ann Arbor Greensboro Princeton, Mercer, Bucks Counties
Atlanta Harrisburg Raleigh
Atlantic and Cape May Counties Hartford Rhode Island
Augusta Houston Richmond
Austin Indianapolis Rochester
Baltimore Jacksonville Sacramento
Baton Rouge Kansas City San Antonio
Birmingham Knoxville San Diego
Boston Las Vegas San Francisco
Bridgeport Lee & Charlotte Counties Santa Barbara
Broome County Long Beach Sarasota
Broward County Los Angeles Savannah
Buffalo Louisville Scranton
Canada Madison Seattle
Canton Memphis Shreveport
Central Kentucky MetroWest Silicon Valley
Central New Jersey Miami South Bend
Charleston, SC Middlesex County South Palm Beach County
Charlotte Milwaukee Southern New Jersey
Chattanooga Minnesota and the Dakotas Springfield, IL
Chicago Monmouth County Springfield, MA
Cincinnati Nashville St. Louis
Cleveland New Bedford Stamford
Clifton-Passaic New Haven Syracuse
Collier County New Mexico Tampa
Columbia, SC New Orleans Tidewater
Columbus, OH New York Toledo
Connecticut North Shore Tucson
Dallas Northern New Jersey Tulsa
Danbury Oklahoma City Virginia Peninsula
Dayton Omaha Washington, DC
Delaware Orange County, NY Westchester, NY
Denver Orlando Western Connecticut
Des Moines Palm Beach County Wichita
Detroit Palm Springs Wilkes-Barre
Dutchess County Peoria Worcester
Eastern Connecticut Philadelphia York
El Paso Phoenix Youngstown
Elmira Pinellas County
JCPA Board and Staff
Chair Community Representatives Ex Officio
Andrea Weinstein, Dallas Louis Beckerman, Cen. New Jersey Jonathan Ellis, Tampa
Leslie Billet, Northern New Jersey Marlene Gorin, CRC Directors Association;
Vice Chairs Ruth Cole, Northern New Jersey AJCRW
Martin Belsky, Akron Theodore Eisenberg, MetroWest Jerome E. Milch, Northern New Jersey
Donna Beyer, Tucson Howard M. Friedman, Toledo Rabbi Jack Moline, New York
Susan Calechman, Boston Michael Futterman, San Francisco Avi Poster, Nashville
Elihu D. Davison, JLC Judy Gilbert-Gould, Miami Robert H. Siskin, Chattanooga
Lawrence M. Gold, Atlanta Harold Goldberg, Silicon Valley Michael Stern, San Antonio
Bruce Alan Lev, Youngstown Phil Gordon, Boston Alice Viroslav, San Antonio
David Luchins, UOJCA Gerald P. Greiman, St. Louis
Susan Penn, Northern New Jersey David Gutin, Philadelphia JCPA Staff
Midge Perlman Shafton, Chicago Toby Shylit Mack, Monmouth County Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and CEO
Stephen Stone, Springfield, IL Bruce P. Mandel, Cleveland Eduardo Bialosotzky, Legacy Heritage Fellow
Cynthia Mann, Hartford Elisa Dell’Amico, Administrative Assistant
Treasurer Anita P. Miller, New Mexico Becky Eisen, Poverty Campaign Coordinator
Geoffrey H. Lewis, Boston Maxine Richman, Rhode Island Jared Feldman, Senior Policy Associate
Daniel S. Robins, Columbus Ethan Felson, Vice President
Mark S. Rosentraub, Cleveland Ilana Foss, Rabbinic Fellow
Secretary Jane Schiff, Atlanta Lynn Gefsky, Director, Israel Advocacy
Robert Yass, Hartford
Steven G. Silverman, Detroit Initiative
Stephen Skrainka, St. Louis Dana Hartman, Development Associate
Chair’s Appointees Susan Turnbull, Washington, DC Martine Katz, Outreach Coordinator, Israel
David Bohm, St. Louis Wendy Wagenheim, Detroit Advocacy Initiative
Conrad Giles, Detroit
Elyssa Koidin, Senior Policy Associate
National Agency Representatives Haya Luftig, Director of Administration
Past Chairs Martin Bresler, AJCommittee Andi Milens, Vice President
Marie Abrams, Louisville Charney Bromberg, JLC Maxwell Mulcahy, Program Director
Jordan C. Band, Cleveland Leona Chanin, AJCongress Ian Newman, Executive Assistant
Michael J. Bohnen, Boston Debbie Cosgrove, Jewish Federations of Josh Protas, Vice President/Washington Director
Leonard A. Cole, Northern New Jersey North America Martin Raffel, Senior Vice President
Lois Frank, Atlanta Behnam Dayanim, UOJCA Mark Rosenthal, Intern, Israel Advocacy
Jacqueline K. Levine, MetroWest Nathan Diament, UOJCA Initiative
Lynn Lyss, NCJW Marla J. Feldman, URJ Sybil Sanchez, Director, COEJL
Theodore R. Mann, Philadelphia Gail Goldfarb, WLCJ Simcha Shapiro, Comptroller
Michael N. Newmark, St. Louis Joel Kaplan, B’nai B’rith Int.
Steven Schwarz, MetroWest Shelly Kupfer, Jewish Federations of
Arden E. Shenker, Portland, OR North America
Maynard I. Wishner, Chicago Arieh Lebowitz, JLC
Bennett Yanowitz, Cleveland Lynn M. Leeb, ORT America
Penny Leifer, WLCJ
President and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin, B’nai B’rith Int.
Rabbi Steve Gutow Judy Menikoff, ORT America
Nancy Ratzan, NCJW
Executive Vice Chair Emeritus Robert Raymar, AJCongress
Albert D. Chernin Shep Remis, Jewish Federations of
Judy Rosenberg, NCJW
Herb Rosenbleeth, JWV
Carl Sheingold, JRF
William D. Siegel, AJCommittee
Carol Smokler, Jewish Federations of
Albert Vorspan, URJ
Hon. Jerry Wagner, USCJ
Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit, JRF
Robert M. Zweiman, JWV On the Back Cover: Mission to Israel participants
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