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									2008 Annual Report   1
On the Front Cover: (Clockwise) Representative Keith Ellison; Representative Robert Wexler; JCRC and Federa-
tion representatives vote on resolutions and public policy; Bernice King plants a commemorative tree at the grave
site of her father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; The Most Reverend Katherine Jefferts Schori; Former Representative
Bob Barr; Representative John Lewis.
                                           From the JCPA Chair and President

                        W                                        W
                                    hile there were signifi-                 e thank our creator
                                    cant changes in 2008,                    from the bottom of
                                    the JCPA’s commit-                       our hearts for the op-
                        ment to social justice, its interfaith   portunities we have had this past
                        alliances and its campaigns grew         year to address the needs that ex-
                        even larger than before. Through-        ist in today’s society. In two of the
                        out my 30 years of involvement, I        areas where we put our full hearts:
                        have always been proud to see the        poverty and Iran, and we thank
                        JCPA confront the most difficult         G-d we did.
                        challenges head-on, with 2008 be-
                        ing no exception.                        We put our very being into cre-
                                                                 ating and building our poverty program, “There Shall
This year, the JCPA’s anti-poverty campaign proved more          Be No Needy Among You”: our efforts on housing, hun-
important than ever before by providing access to vital          ger, education, and health care are now mainstays of
services for the most vulnerable members of our society          what we do. We have brought together local and na-
in the harshest of economic times and being the voice            tional leaders in each of these areas of concern, spon-
in the halls of Congress for those who would be other-           sored trips to New Orleans for African-American and
wise voiceless. Our members across the country worked            Jewish leaders from different communities, and en-
to reduce the number of children who go to bed hungry.           gaged in large interfaith efforts. We had no idea, when
We worked in coalitions to bring closer the day that no          we began, that the world would turn upside down and
American goes without needed health care. We brought             we would face a financial crisis that would dwarf any in
interfaith leaders to New Orleans to aid with continu-           most of our lifetimes; thus, economic devastation is a
ing storm recovery efforts, and we worked with the new           powerful motivator as we continue our holy work. Sadly,
presidential administration to ensure that poverty eradi-        poverty rates, hunger rates and sickness rates are climbing
cation and health care for all continue to be its priorities     to all-time highs. Fortunately, we laid the ground work to
as well.                                                         help, and we will be able to put last year’s infrastructure
                                                                 to good use this year.
Our Israel Advocacy Initiative also made great strides by
building our campus networks, organizing rallies against         And Iran: We are working strategically to address the
Iran’s growing nuclear capacity, and providing briefings         threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. As the leaders of that
and analysis during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.        nation continue to move forward in their ambitions to
The IAI also worked with communities across the coun-            acquire nuclear weapons, our Israel Advocacy Initiative
try to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel.                 has been a major player in laying the groundwork for
                                                                 massive engagement this year to ensure that this nation
But the fact is we still face enormous challenges. The pov-      of ours does all she can to prevent Iran from becoming a
erty rate is climbing alongside unemployment. Iran is be-        nuclear power.
coming emboldened with its dangerous nuclear weapon
program. And still, the genocide in Darfur continues.            We continue our work in a myriad of other areas of our
                                                                 nation’s concerns, but by the grace of G-d we laid the
As David told his son Solomon, “Be strong and coura-             foundation to do the work in two of the most necessary
geous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged,         arenas. As 2009 unfolds we are better for what we did in
for G-d is with you.” (Chronicles 28:20) The words of            2008. For that, we can look up and say, ‘Amen!’
David will be our mantra in 2009 as we continue our work
and meet each challenge with courage and conviction.

Andrea Weinstein, JCPA Chair
                                                                 Steve Gutow, JCPA President and CEO                    11
    2008 JCPA Highlights
    Development Highlights
        •	 Our 2008 Leadership Appeal raised $198,000, slightly above our 2007 total.
        •	 Our 2008 Plenum raised $207,086, a 400% increase over 2007.

    New Technology
    Last year, the JCPA launched the ENGAGE program,
    which supports the community relations field by de-
    ploying innovative e-advocacy strategies and techno-
    logical tools. The JCPA and four “pilot” communities
    (Detroit, Milwaukee, Baltimore, and San Antonio) now
    use the Salsa platform by DemocracyInAction to send
    email blasts, collect online donations and event fees,
    manage website content, and store supporter records.

    This year, the ENGAGE program is entering its second
    phase. The JCPA is currently recruiting a new cohort of
    communities to use the Salsa platform.

    Press Coverage                                            Israel Advocacy by the Numbers
    In 2008 we received extensive press coverage, including     •	 Over 100 communities receive ongoing con-
    articles in:                                                   sultative services to meet their specific Israel
        •	 Associated Press                                        advocacy challenges.
        •	 Reuters                                              •	 Dozens of religious, civic and university
        •	 Washington Post                                         leaders participated in week-long Institutes in
        •	 Religion News Service                                   Israel.
        •	 PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
                                                                •	 Distributed microgrants totalling $60,000
        •	 Jerusalem Post
        •	 Haaretz                                                 to a dozen communities to stimulate innova-
        •	 JTA                                                     tive Israel advocacy programming.
        •	 New York Jewish Week                                 •	 A series of conference call briefings on Mid-
        •	 Forward                                                 dle East developments informed thousands
        •	 Washington Jewish Week                                  of participants from JCRCs and Federations.
        •	 Arizona Jewish Post
        •	 Baltimore Jewish Times
        •	 Philadelphia Jewish Exponent
        •	 Associated Baptist Press
        •	 Christian Post
        •	 Catholic News Service
        •	 San Antonio Free-Express
        •	 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
        •	 Nashville Tennessean
        •	 Youngstown Vindicator
        •	 Providence Journal

Israel, World Jewry, and International Human Rights
The Task Force on Israel, World Jewry, and International Human Rights (IWJIHR) serves as
a forum within which issues related to these topics are discussed and evaluated.

                                 Iran                                                            Global Anti-Semitism
                            Preventing the Tehran re-                                            The JCPA continued to
                            gime from acquiring nu-                                              monitor manifestations of
                            clear weapons capability                                             anti-Semitism throughout
                            became a central priority as                                         the world and paid special
                            the JCPA sought to mobi-                                             attention this past year to a
                            lize the Jewish community,                                           worrisome situation devel-
as well as non-Jewish allies, on this issue. Working in               oping in Venezuela. Guidance was provided to mem-
conjunction with select member agencies and others,                   ber agencies on how to appropriately and effectively
a National Task Force on Iran was established to de-                  express concern about anti-Semitism, whether in Latin
velop broad strategic approaches. This task force exam-               America, in Europe or in the former Soviet Union. Re-
ined and addressed the foreign policies of the incoming               calling the blatant anti-Semitism associated with the
administration, while the JCPA and the IAI specifical-                Durban I conference held in 2001, the field was kept
ly focused attention on enhancing community-based                     apprised of preparatory developments in the so-called
Iran advocacy.                                                        Durban II conference on racism, which took place in
                                                                      Geneva in April, 2009.
                       Israel Advocacy Challenges
                     2008 became a year of transition,                                          Darfur
                     not just in the United States but in                                        The JCPA remained a princi-
                     Israel as well when Prime Minister                                          pal leader in the Save Darfur
                     Olmert announced that he was step-                                          Coalition, and together with
                     ping down and new elections were                                            its member agencies, consti-
                     scheduled. The JCPA offered expert                                          tuted an important element
                     analysis and recommendations on                                             in the effort to stop geno-
                     how to interpret the changing politi-            cide in Darfur. Analysis and guidance were provided in
cal landscape in Israel and the ongoing negotiations with             connection with efforts to pressure China on this issue
Palestinian Authority representatives. Toward the end of              during the Olympic Games in Beijing and when the In-
the year, the JCPA and the IAI worked intensely to pro-               ternational Criminal Court indicted Sudanese President
vide member agencies with materials and assistance to                 Omar Al Bashir for war crimes and crimes against hu-
effectively respond to advocacy challenges raised by the              manity.
war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Images: Page 2 (top to bottom) JCPA ENGAGE online; Stop Iran
Rally, September 22nd 2008, New York City.
Page 3 (clockwise) Map of the Middle East; anti-Semitic graffiti; a
village in Darfur; signpost in Israel; bombing site in Gaza.
    Equal Opportunity and Social Justice
    The JCPA Task Force on Equal Opportunity and Social Justice (EOSJ) is the vehicle through
    which	the	JCPA	expresses	its	commitment	to	finding	and	implementing	solutions	to	the	
    problem of poverty and other injustices in the United States.

                                               Confronting                                   Federal Budget
                                               Poverty                         The JCPA led efforts to engage the
                                                                               Jewish community in advocacy for
                                               Campaign                        funding of federal programs that ad-
                                        The “There Shall                       dress vital human needs. More than
                                        Be    No       Needy                   100 national and local Jewish orga-
                                        Among You” cam-                        nizations joined the JCPA in a letter
    paign continues to be a major focus of the JCPA’s to Congress calling for sufficient funding to make real
    anti-poverty efforts. Four cluster groups have been health care reform possible this year; sufficient discre-
    launched, focusing on health care, hunger, education tionary spending to allow for new investments in critical
    and affordable housing. During the week between human needs programs such as the Low Income Home
    Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the JCPA, along with Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Commu-
    Catholic Charities, led twenty-two national faith groups nity Development Block Grant program (CDBG), the
    in a mobilization called Fighting Poverty With Faith. Social Services Block Grant, the Community Services
    Together these groups garnered participation from Block Grant and Sections 8, 811 and 202 affordable
    100 communities around the country and ended the housing programs; and funding for the Child Nutrition
    week standing on the steps of the United States Capitol Reauthorization and the National Housing Trust Fund.
    building in a powerful prayer vigil joined by members Programs such as these are critical to America’s most
    of Congress.                                             vulnerable populations, including the elderly, refugees,
                                                             children and persons with disabilities.
                                     New Orleans Mission
                                   The JCPA’s first annual mis-                                       Climate Change and
                                   sion of African American
                                   and Jewish community                                               the Environment
                                   leaders took place in June                                          The three pillars of envi-
                                   of 2008 and was an im-                                              ronmental concern, ener-
                                   mediate success. Directors                                          gy, security, and economic
    and board members from Jewish Community Rela-                                                      growth, continue to be the
    tions Councils around the country partnered with local                basis of the JCPA’s in-depth work on combating global
    African American leaders, including college presidents,               climate change and protecting the environment. In 2008
    elected officials, civil rights leaders and Episcopal and             the JCPA continued to play the role of convener, bring-
    Baptist ministers, to come to New Orleans and meet                    ing together Jewish groups from across the spectrum
    with faith leaders and elected officials, food bankers and            of public life, including drafting a new statement on
    environmental activists, journalists, community orga-                 climate change priorities that was endorsed by more
    nizers, professors and storm victims.                                 than a dozen national agencies. The JCPA played a
                                                                          prominent role in supporting national climate change
                                                                          legislation, advocating for a renewable electricity stan-
    Images: (Clockwise) “There Shall be No Needy Among You”; illus-       dard, urging a new standard for lead and phthalates,
    tration of the poverty/wealth gap; CFL light bulbs “growing green”;   and raising the moral voice of the Jewish community
    participants of the New Orleans mission.                              within the broader environmental debate.
                                Jewish Security and The Bill of Rights
Through the Task Force on Jewish Security and The Bill of Rights (JSBOR), the JCPA
focuses on issues important to the well-being of the Jewish community. Interfaith
efforts include education of the Jewish community about important issues and outreach
to other religious communities to foster understanding.
                        The security of the Jewish community in America is directly linked to the rights of individu-
                        als, including those rights protected by The Bill of Rights. The JCPA has passionately advo-
                        cated for policies that promote security and civil rights, recognizing that safety and liberty
                        are often complementary interests.

                         The Task Force on Jewish Security and The Bill of Rights engaged in an in-depth study of
criminal justice reform, including sentencing, alternatives to incarceration, and juvenile justice. The JCPA played
a prominent role in a coalition to oppose the use of torture and in efforts to protect the habeas corpus rights of
prisoners. The JCPA has continued to seek safeguards, under so-called faith based initiatives, to protect clients and
service provider employees from religiously-based discrimination. The JCPA also worked for stronger hate crimes
laws, protection for the rights of religious workers, and other measures to advance and ensure the rights of religious
and other minorities.

The JCPA Justice Initiative has bolstered the capacity of the Jewish community to protect civil rights
and promote a fair and independent judiciary. The Justice Initiative, with support from the Open
Society Institute, has helped local Jewish communities in four states create, expand, and nurture
networks of Jewish activists committed to these issues.

In the courts, the JCPA has worked to protect the separation of religion and state, the balance of
powers, and the ability of states to take measures to protect the environment.

              Promoting Intergroup Relations                                 Navigating the Federal
               Through a broad and coordinated pro-                          Election
               gram, the JCPA helps the Jewish com-                         The JCPA provides a critically important
               munity foster and maintain constructive                      service to the community relations field
               relationships with other faith communi-                      during election periods and throughout
               ties. During the past year, the JCPA has                     the year. In 2008 the JCPA produced a re-
helped the Jewish community address issues ranging          source guide to help communities get involved through
from the visit to the U.S. of Pope Benedict XVI to a se-    voter registration, candidate forums, and other activi-
ries of ads placed by some Evangelical leaders embracing    ties - while protecting their non-profit status. The JCPA
conversionary activities directed toward Jews. The JCPA     routinely helps member agencies find the answers to
played an instrumental role in shaping the Jewish com-      questions related to the role non-profits can play during
munal response to resolutions offered at the annual con-    elections, including guidance on questionnaires, publi-
ferences of the United Methodist Church and the Pres-       cations, forums and other arenas in which non-profits
byterian Church (USA). Among the proposed policies          must exercise particular caution so their legitimate ad-
were several that would have paved a path toward divest-    vocacy efforts to not violate tax and election law.
ment from certain companies operating in Israel and the
Palestinian territories. Many friends of Israel were out-
raged by some of the extreme anti-Israel rhetoric that
supported these efforts - including a polemical published   Images: (Clockwise) The Bill of Rights; signpost in Washington
by a United Methodist women’s group.                        DC; JCPA Voting Guide; Stop Iran Rally, New York City.      55
    Israel Advocacy Initiative
    A Joint Project of the JCPA and UJC

    The Israel Advocacy Initiative is making the case for Israel across the United States. The
    IAI enhances community-based Israel advocacy through the vast Jewish federation and
    JCRC system.

                          IAI Speakers Bureau and                                  The IAI on Campus
                          Community Resources                                      To help improve Israel advocacy
                           The IAI coached communities                             on North American campuses,
                           to speak about issues including:                        the IAI provides the Israel on
                           Operation Cast Lead, the grow-                          Campus Coalition (ICC) with
    ing threat of a nuclear Iran, Ahmadinejad‘s visit to the talking points, backgrounders and program materials
    UN, the British academic boycott, the kidnapped Is- for students advocating for Israel on campus.
    raeli soldiers and continuing efforts to delegitimize
    Israel on campus.                                                              Background Materials,
                                                                                   Israel Perspective Calls
                          Israel Advocacy                                          The IAI provided back-
                          Micro-grants                                             ground materials and host-
                           The IAI awarded 12 micro-grants,                        ed briefings to educate Jews
                           enabling communities across the  and the general public on developments includ-
                           country to implement innovative ing: Operation Cast Lead, the peace process, and the
    and sophisticated Israel advocacy programming in their threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. The IAI continued
    local communities                                       its leadership role in the international “Brand Israel”
                                                            strategy team and in the implementation of its recom-
              IAI Israel Outreach to
              Non-Jewish	Influentials                                              Israel at 60
                In 2008 the IAI brought religious and civic                        The IAI assembled and distrib-
                leaders to experience Israel firsthand. The IAI                    uted best practices for plan-
                helped engage friends in the Christian com-                        ning celebrations of Israel’s 60th
                munity who share the Jewish community’s                            anniversary which was observed
                concerns about proposed policies that would throughout 2008.
    be significantly imbalanced against Israel.

        Did You Know That IAI Institute Alumni Have...?
          •	 Combatted anti-Israel resolutions at several national church
          •	 Played key roles in organizing major rallies, press conferences,
             and statewide divestment resolutions to protest Iranian President
             Ahmadinejad’s policies.
          •	 Helped prevent adoption of anti-Israel divestment initiatives at
             colleges, city councils and churches.
          •	 Become an integral part of interfaith Iran coalitions.
          •	 Started an Israel studies abroad program at a major university.
                                                                                   Plenum Highlights
The	 Plenum	 convenes	 leaders	 of	 the	 most	 influential	 Jewish	 organizations	 to	 explore	
issues of domestic and foreign policy, meet experts and policy makers, and connect with
colleagues from across the country.
                          Courage: Our Journey
                          Toward Justice
                        The JCPA enjoyed many success-
                        es at the 2008 Plenum hosted in
                        Atlanta. The Plenum attracted
                        over 400 delegates from more
                        than 50 communities across the
nation. Plenum participants experienced three days of
high-quality sessions covering a wide range of policy is-
sues including: social justice, Middle East peace, health-
care, energy and climate change, and the 2008 election.
Additionally, thanks to the generosity of Plenum do-
nors, the JCPA raised over $200,000 in sponsorships in                                           Student Leadership
honor of Chernin Award recipient Bernard Rapoport                                                Track
and 2006-2008 JCPA Chair Lois Frank.                                                               The JCPA also launched its
                                                                                                   first ever Student Leader-
                               Plenum 2008 provided                                                ship Track, hosting young
                               many opportunities for                                              Jewish activists for a sym-
                               delegates to discuss issues                                         posium of education and
                               with political leaders and            training on social justice and Jewish activism. The cur-
                               advance the cause of so-              riculum instilled upon them the importance of commu-
                               cial justice. Atlanta Mayor           nity relations and facilitated conversation about Jewish
                               Shirley Franklin opened               issues on campus and in their community.
                               the 2008 Plenum welcom-
ing delegates to her home community. Plenum dele-                                               Keeping with the spirit
gates heard from a wide range of experts on important                                           of the 2008 theme, Cour-
issues confronting the Jewish community including:                                              age: Our Journey Toward
Ambassador Sallai Meridor, Professor Ken Stein, Repre-                                          Justice, Plenum delegates
sentative Keith Ellison, E.J. Dionne, Ambassador Stuart                                         visited the Martin Luther
Eisenstadt, and Representative Robert z.                                                        King National Historic Site
                                                                                                and museum followed by
                                                                                                a reception at The Temple,
Images: Page 6 (clockwise) Interfaith mission to Israel partici-     the site of the 1958 bombing. At the historic site, the
pants; students at the Plenum; IAI brochures; Jerusalem; Stop Iran
Rally, New York City; Interfaith mission to Israel participants;     JCPA awarded Representative John Lewis the Chair’s
the Israeli flag.                                                    Tikkun Olam Award. Rep. Lewis spoke about the historic
                                                                     relationship between the Jewish and African American
Page 7 (clockwise) Plenum logo; Resolution materials and vot-
ing cards; students at the Plenum; Bernice King at the tomb of Dr.   communities and our common fight against discrimina-
Martin Luther King, Jr.; Representative John Lewis.                  tion and anti-Semitism.

Financial Report

                     FY 2008                                         Plenum 2008
           Summary Revenue and Expense                        Summary Revenue and Expense
                   Statement*                                         Statement*

    Revenues                                           Revenues
    National Agency Dues                     151,250   Registration                                      109,110
    CRC Dues                                 262,125   Sponsorships                                      207,086
    Non-Alliance Federation Allocation       103,760   Grant Allocation                                    4,250
    Alliance Federation Allocation           837,786   Total Revenues                                  320,446
    Grants                                 1,231,661
    Leadership Appeal                        196,404
    Other Contributor Donations               29,097
    Fundraising/Development Fund              36,000
    Occupancy Reimbursement                   86,663
    Program                                  338,138
    Misc.                                     13,474
    Total Revenues                       3,286,358

    Expenses                                           Expenses
    Program                                  259,778   Materials                                          23,466
    Administration                           247,921   Program                                            73,733
    Grants Given                             114,397   Catering                                          102,298
    Occupancy                                273,393   Lodging & Travel                                   45,894
    Salaries                               1,447,839   Total Expenses                                  245,391
    Benefits                                 370,634
    Consultants                              228,716
    Retiree Compensation                      43,731
    Technology                                49,801
    Travel                                   182,924
    Total Expenses                       3,219,134

    Net                                     67,224     Net                                              75,055

                                                       The Jewish Council for Public Affairs is a beneficiary of
    *Unaudited                                                      the National Federation/Agency Alliance.
                                                                      Financial Report

                                JCPA Revenue FY 2008*

                                              Occupancy Reimbursement
                Allocations -                                       Misc.          Alloc - Alliance Fed
                  Alliance                                            2%
                Federations                                           Programs     Alloc - Non-Alliance Federati
                    25%                                                 10%
                                                                                   Dues CRC
             Allocations -
                                                                                   Dues NA
             Federations                                                           Leadership Appeal
                  3% Dues -
                       CRCs                                                        Grants
                        8%                                                         Programs
                               Dues -
                          National Agencies    Leadership Appeal                   Misc.
                                 5%                   6%

                                JCPA Expenses FY 2008*

                                                                   Occupancy       Administration
                                                                      8%           Travel
                46%                                                  Programs      Technology
                                                                    Grants Given   Consultants
                                                                 Consultants       Grants Given
                                        Administration   Travel 2%                 Occupancy
                                             8%           6%
                                                                                   Bene ts

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 of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
               Hadassah                                           Union for Reform Judaism
               Jewish Labor Committee                             United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
               Jewish Reconstructionist Federation                Women’s League for Conservative Judaism

                                                     Member Communities
      Akron                                   Harrisburg                             Phoenix
      Albuquerque                             Hartford                               Pinellas County
      Ann Arbor                               Houston                                Pittsburgh
      Atlanta                                 Indianapolis                           Portland, ME
      Atlantic & Cape May Counties            Jacksonville                           Portland, OR
      Austin                                  Kansas City                            Princeton, Mercer, Bucks Counties
      Baltimore                               Knoxville                              Raleigh
      Baton Rouge                             Las Vegas                              Rhode Island
      Birmingham                              Lee and Charlotte Counties             Richmond
      Boston                                  Lehigh Valley                          Rochester
      Bridgeport                              Long Beach                             Sacramento
      Broome County                           Los Angeles                            St. Louis
      Broward County                          Louisville                             San Antonio
      Buffalo                                 Madison                                San Diego
      Canton                                  Memphis                                San Francisco
      Charleston, SC                          MetroWest                              Santa Barbara
      Chattanooga                             Miami                                  Sarasota
      Chicago                                 Middlesex County                       Savannah
      Cincinnati                              Mid-Kansas                             Seattle
      Central Kentucky                        Milwaukee                              Shreveport
      Central Massachusetts                   Minnesota and the Dakotas              Silicon Valley
      Central New Jersey                      Monmouth County                        South Bend
      Cleveland                               Montgomery                             South Palm Beach County
      Clifton-Passaic                         Naples                                 Southern Arizona
      Columbia, SC                            Nashville                              Southern New Jersey
      Columbus                                New Bedford                            Springfield, IL
      Connecticut                             New Haven                              Stamford
      Dallas                                  New Orleans                            Syracuse
      Danbury                                 New York                               Tampa
      Dayton                                  North Jersey                           Tidewater
      Delaware                                North Shore                            Toledo
      Denver                                  Northeastern New York                  Tulsa
      Des Moines                              Northeastern Pennsylvania              Utica
      Detroit                                 Oklahoma City                          Virginia Peninsula
      Dutchess County                         Omaha                                  Washington, DC
      Eastern Connecticut                     Orange County, CA                      Western Connecticut
      El Paso                                 Orange County, NY                      Western Massachusetts
      Elmira                                  Orlando                                Wilkes-Barre
      Erie                                    Palm Beach County                      York
      Flint                                   Palm Springs                           Youngstown
      Fort Worth                              Peoria
 10   Greensboro                              Philadelphia
                                                                        JCPA Board and Staff

Chair                              Howard M. Friedman, Toledo                Ex	Officio
Andrea Weinstein, Dallas           Michael Futterman, San Francisco          Marlene Gorin, Dallas
                                   Lawrence M. Gold, Atlanta                 Jerome E. Milch, No. New Jersey
                                   Harold Goldberg, Silicon Valley           Rabbi Jack Moline, Alexandria
Vice Chairs
                                   Gerald P. Greiman, St. Louis              Robert H. Siskin, Chattanooga
Martin Belsky, Akron
                                   David Gutin, Philadelphia                 Michael Stern, San Antonio
Donna Beyer, Tucson
                                   Mahnaz Harrison, Pittsburgh
David Bohm, St. Louis
                                   Michele Lax, Baltimore                    JCPA Staff
Susan Calechman, Boston
                                   Bruce Alan Lev, Youngstown                Steve Gutow, President and CEO
Elihu D. Davison, JLC
                                   Susan Turnbull, Washington, DC            Melissa Boteach, Senior Policy Associate/
Conrad Giles, Detroit
                                   Bruce P. Mandel, Cleveland                  Poverty Campaign Coordinator
Susan Penn, No. New Jersey
                                   Cynthia Mann, Hartford                    Elisa Dell’Amico, Administrative Assistant
James Rosenstein, Philadelphia
                                   Anita P. Miller, New Mexico               Becky Eisen, Field Organizer, Confronting
Midge Perlman Shafton, Chicago
                                   Avi Poster, Nashville                       Poverty Campaign
Stephen Stone, Springfield, IL
                                   Rebecca Abigail Rapoport, Austin          Chavi Eisenberg, Associate Director of
                                   Maxine Richman, Rhode Island                Development
Treasurer                          Daniel S. Robins, Columbus
Geoffrey H. Lewis, Boston                                                    Jared Feldman, Senior Policy Associate
                                   Mark S. Rosentraub, Cleveland             Ethan Felson, Vice President
                                   Toby Shylit Mack, Monmouth County         Lynn Gefsky, Deputy Director, Israel
Secretary                          Stephen Skrainka, St. Louis                 Advocacy Initiative
Robert Yass, Hartford              Alice Viroslav, San Antonio               Lawrence Jackson-Rosen, Executive Assistant
                                   Wendy Wagenheim, Detroit                  Amos Kamil, Director, Israel Advocacy
Chair’s Appointees                                                             Initiative
David Luchins, UOJCA               National Agency Representatives           Martine Katz, Outreach Coordinator, Israel
                                   Martin Bresler, AJCommittee                 Advocacy Initiative
Past Chairs                        Charney Bromberg, JLC                     Haya Luftig, Director of Administration
Marie Abrams, Louisville           Leona Chanin, AJCongress                  Andi Milens, Vice President
Jordan C. Band, Cleveland          Behnam Dayanim, UOJCA                     Liore Milgrom-Elcott, COEJL Project
Michael J. Bohnen, Boston          Nathan Diament, UOJCA                       Manager
Leonard A. Cole, No. New Jersey    Marla J. Feldman, URJ                     Maxwell Mulcahy, Program Director
Lois Frank, Atlanta                Gail Goldfarb, WLCJ                       Martin Raffel, Senior Vice President
Jacqueline K. Levine, MetroWest    Joel Kaplan, B’nai B’rith Int.            Josh Ratner, Rabbinic Fellow
Lynn Lyss, NCJW                    Shelly Kupfer, UJC                        Simcha Shapiro, Comptroller
Theodore R. Mann, Philadelphia     Arieh Lebowitz, JLC                       Hadar Susskind, Vice President/
Michael N. Newmark, St. Louis      Lynn M. Leeb, ORT America                   Washington Director
Steven Schwarz, MetroWest          Penny Leifer, WLCJ
Arden E. Shenker, Portland, OR     Daniel S. Mariaschin, B’nai B’rith Int.
Maynard I. Wishner, Chicago        Judy Menikoff, ORT America
Bennett Yanowitz, Cleveland        Nancy Ratzan, NCJW
                                   Robert Raymar, AJCongress
President and CEO                  Shep Remis, UJC
Steve Gutow                        Judy Rosenberg, NCJW
                                   Herb Rosenbleeth, JWV
                                   Carl Sheingold, JRF
Executive Vice Chair Emeritus
                                   William D. Siegel, AJCommittee
Albert D. Chernin
                                   Carol Smokler, UJC
                                   Albert Vorspan, URJ
Community Representatives          Hon. Jerry Wagner, USCJ
Louis Beckerman, Cen. New Jersey   Jane Wishner, URJ
Leslie Billet, No. New Jersey      Rabbi Shawn Zevit, JRF
Ruth Cole, No. New Jersey          Robert M. Zweiman, JWV
Debbie Cosgrove, UJC
Theodore Eisenberg, MetroWest
Jonathan Ellis, Tampa
                                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
community 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 com-

The work of the JCPA, especially in matters relating to democratic pluralism and social justice,
reflects the profound Jewish commitment to tikkun olam, the repair of the world. It expresses 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 member agencies to effectively
pursue the public affairs agenda. This responsibility requires the JCPA to provide coordination,
support, and guidance for public affairs initiatives undertaken by national and local member
agencies, to advocate on behalf of the public affairs policies of the organized Jewish community,
and to respond to those member-identified needs which strengthen their individual and collab-
orative capacity to advance the communal public affairs agenda.
On the Back Cover: (Clockwise) Columnist E.J. Dionne; Isaac Farris; Interfaith mission participants at Mount of
Olives, Israel; Plenum participants; gospel choir performing at the Plenum; Steve Gutow speaking on Capitol Hill;
Interfaith mission participants.
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