March 5, 2011
Dear Plenum Attendee,
Welcome to the Jewish Council for Public Affairs 2011 Plenum. We hope that your experience at this
important national gathering and your stay in Washington, DC is rejuvenating and educational.
Our theme this year is “Destination Justice: Framing the Future for America and for Israel.” We have the
distinct honor to host many wonderful sessions during the next three days.
Please take a few minutes to read through the information in this plenum program. It includes our agenda
as well as other important and helpful information about the Plenum.
We look forward to spending this time with you in our nation’s capital. We hope the Plenum will bring
you knowledge and resources that enrich you and the work you do.
Thank you for joining us at the JCPA Plenum.
As you leave this amazing gathering, may you always remember in the words of our prophets, “Let justice
well up as waters, righteousness as a mighty stream.” Amos 5:24
Susan Turnbull Jonathan Ellis
Plenum Co-Chair Plenum Co-Chair
Dr. Conrad Giles Rabbi Steve Gutow
JCPA Chair JCPA President and CEO
Welcome to the 2011 Plenum!
You have joined delegates representing the JCPA’s 14 national and 125 community member
agencies for a rich and rewarding experience repairing the world through Jewish activism.
Together we will seek out, explore, and debate the Jewish and political values behind a
variety of issues. Join us to discuss and shape policy on:
Advocating for Israel & Middle East Peace Confronting Poverty Enhancing Interfaith
Relations Fighting Anti-Semitism Promoting Civility in Society Protecting International
Human Rights Working Toward a Greener, More Energy Efficient America
We are motivated by Jewish texts and tradition to be committed stewards of our environment. We
recognize that the earth belongs to G-d, not to us. In addition to study, debate, and advocacy
around environmental issues, we have made special efforts to create a Green Plenum by reducing
our energy demand and environmental impact.
For the 2011 JCPA Plenum, we have:
• Purchased carbon offsets to compensate for the impact of Plenum travel and participation
• Printed this program on 20% recycled content paper using non-toxic soy-based inks
• Integrated technologies to reduce paper usage
• Used laptop computers, which use 10% less energy than desktops
• Purchased office products locally to avoid long distance shipping
• Served pitchers of water to reduce bottle waste
• Placed recycling bins for paper, plastics, and cans
• Purchased eco-friendly, recyclable, non-woven conference bags
A few notes regarding the Plenum:
• For security purposes, JCPA Plenum participants are required to keep their
identification badges visible at all times. Badges are required for admission to all
• Do not leave any items unattended. Please report any unusual or suspicious activity to hotel
• All sessions are at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel except where noted.
• Please silence your cell phone during all sessions.
• Kashrut is observed at all JCPA meals.
Conference coordination by Natalie P. Shear and Associates
Welcome to the Plenum!
It’s been quite a year since we gathered, in Dallas, for the 2010 JCPA Plenum.
The United States, Israel, and the entire world have witnessed great turmoil.
Since we last met, an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico caused a devastating oil spill; Wikileaks became a factor in
world diplomacy; floods devastated Pakistan; 33 miners were rescued from a mine in Chile after 69 days
underground; Iran’s nuclear program was attacked by the Stuxnet computer virus; and Southern Sudan voted
peacefully to separate from the rest of the country.
Israel suffered 150 rocket attacks and 215 mortar attacks and was castigated for its confrontation with a Turkish
flotilla. Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians appeared to lurch forward but once again stalled. Most
recently, the remarkable revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere leave many questions about what the
future will look like not only in the Middle East but worldwide.
Public discourse in America has devolved to frightening levels, and state budget crises threaten programs
serving the most vulnerable among us.
The JCPA has worked hard over the course of the last year to help our communities navigate these turbulent
waters, and in doing so has gained a strong cadre of new supporters.
In fact, over the last several years, we have significantly increased our outreach. Fifteen months ago, we
were sending our Insider e-newsletter to 2400 people. Thanks to increased interest in our work and
targeted campaigns, Insider’s successor, JCPActs, is currently being sent to more than 6300 people!
And even in this difficult economic time, we have seen tremendous growth in our fundraising. In 2005,
the JCPA solicited 159 gifts for $143,674. Five short years later, we have increased our donor base
nearly three-fold. In 2010, the JCPA secured 457 gifts for a total of $484,275.
In addition to special funding we have received from the Federation system for the Israel Advocacy Initiative
and now for the Israel Action Network, we have also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last few
years in new grant monies from the Legacy Heritage Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Save Darfur
Coalition, the Lippman Kanfer Foundation, the Rapoport Family, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the
Righteous Persons Foundation.
Thanks to you, our JCPA family, the future is looking bright. But our work never stops, and we need you now
more than ever. We thank you for your support, for your engagement, and for your generosity.
Looking forward to a successful 2011,
Conrad Giles Rabbi Steve Gutow
Larry Gold Andi Milens
Fundraising Chair Vice President
Pre-Plenum Civility Institute
Civility Institute sponsored by
Sheri and Steve Lear, Minneapolis • Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation • Jane Schiff and Lon
Thursday, March 3
7:00 p.m. Civility Institute
Friday, March 4
8:30 a.m. Civility Institute
Religious Action Center
6:00 p.m. Civility Institute Dinner
Saturday, March 5
9:00 a.m. Civility Institute
Saturday, March 5
7:30 p.m. Havdalah
Engaging the Next Generation: What’s up on Campuses?
A diverse group of students will explore their sense of Jewish life on campus,
relations with non-Jewish students, security, and whether there has been a
breakdown in civility particularly in conversations and activism related to the
Chair: Bruce Lev, Youngstown; Vice Chair, JCPA
Moderator: Dr. Stephen Trachtenberg, George Washington University,
Speakers: Logan Bayroff, University of Pennsylvania
Alex Grodner, University of Alabama
Rachel Goldrich, George Washington University
Jennifer Leiberman, University of Florida
Sunday, March 6
7:15 a.m. Executive Committee Breakfast
South Carolina Executive Committee members only
Sunday, March 6
8:00 a.m. New Delegates Orientation
Virginia Breakfast will be served
Presenter: Jonathan Ellis, Tampa; 2011 Plenum Co-Chair
8:45 a.m. JCPA Task Force Meetings
New Equal Opportunity and Social Justice
Hampshire Co-Chairs: Steve Skrainka, St. Louis
Susan W. Turnbull, Washington, D.C.; Vice Chair, JCPA
Vice Chairs: Sandy Rosenberg, Baltimore
Marc Winkelman, Austin
Getting Our Communities Back to Work: Perspectives and
Opportunities for the Faith Community
Update on the Confronting Poverty Campaign
Review of Resolutions
Massachusetts Israel, World Jewry and International Human Rights
Co-Chairs: Geoffrey Lewis, Boston; Treasurer, JCPA
Dr. Stephen Stone, Springfield, IL; Vice Chair, JCPA
Vice Chair: Susan Penn, Northern New Jersey; Vice Chair, JCPA
Iran, Middle East and the Peace Process: US Policy and Impact of the
Security of Jewish Communities Around the World: Status Report
Update on Israel Action Network, a Project of the JFNA in Conjunction
New York Jewish Security and The Bill of Rights
Co-Chairs: Donna Beyer, Tucson; Vice Chair, JCPA
Gerry Greiman, St. Louis
Vice Chair: Wendy Wagenheim, Detroit
Emerging Issues in Interfaith Relations
Sunday, March 6
10:45 a.m. OPENING PLENARY SESSION
Chinese Welcome: Jonathan Ellis and Susan W. Turnbull, Plenum 2011 Co-Chairs
Remarks: Rabbi Steve Gutow, President & CEO, JCPA
Changing Landscape in the Middle East: New Challenges and
Opportunities “The people who established this state lived and worked under
much worse conditions than I have to face, yet nonetheless they did not make do
with mere survival. They also attempted to establish a better, wiser, more humane,
and more moral state here. They were willing to die for this cause, and I try to live
for its sake.” Yair Lapid. Israel's Ambassador to the United States will discuss
Israel-diaspora relations and explore how dramatic changes occurring in the Arab
world will impact vital Israeli concerns including Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Israeli-
Palestinian peace, and the global delegitimization campaign being waged against
Chair: Dr. Conrad Giles, Detroit; Chair, JCPA
Speaker: H.E. Dr. Michael B. Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States
12:45 p.m. Lunch
Mincha will take place during lunch session.
1:30 p.m. WORKSHOPS
Rhode Island Iran at a Crossroads: The Jewish Community Responds “When I see an act of evil I
don't accommodate, I don't accommodate myself to the violence that goes on
everywhere.” Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Preventing the regime in Tehran from
acquiring nuclear weapons is a defining issue of our time. It is imperative that the voices
of all those who seek a more peaceful world are heard. This session will focus on how
the North American Jewish community is mobilizing a broad range of American voices
across religious, ethnic and political lines to fill the public square. Sponsored by Carl and
Chair: Mark Frank, Pittsburgh
Speakers: David Ibsen, United Against Nuclear Iran
Hindy Poupko, New York
Yehuda Yaakov, Foreign Ministry of Israel
Resource: Jared Feldman, JCPA
South CarolinaThou Shalt Not Bear False Witness: Confronting Israel’s Delegitmizers “Today, the
Jewish people has in it still those elements of strength and of endurance which enabled it
to surmount all the crises of its past, surviving thus the most powerful empires of
antiquity.” Cecil Roth. In recent years, we have witnessed an intensifying, highly
organized and well-financed assault on Israel’s legitimacy. Those engaged in this
campaign have sought to demonize and isolate Israel through the use of Boycotts,
Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). This workshop will focus on arenas heavily targeted
by anti-Israel activists. What strategies and messages have proven to be effective in
dealing with these challenges? Sponsored by Paul and Hilda Minkoff.
Chair: Renny Wolfson, Cleveland
Speakers: Julie Bernstein, San Francisco
Howard English, Toronto
Shlomi Kofman, Consulate of Israel to New Yor
Sunday, March 6 (cont.)
Pennsylvania Looking at Them Looking at Us: A Jewish Understanding of Christian Responses
to Israel “Let all the peoples walk each one in the name of its G-d.” Micha 4:5. Christian
attitudes toward Israel are varied and complex. How do we understand our Christian
neighbors? How should we place their stances on Israel and Zionism in the context of
our interfaith relationships? By understanding Christian perspectives, we are better able
to engage, build bridges, and make the case for a strong and secure Israel ready for
Chair: Toby Shylit Mack, Monmouth County
Speakers: Peggy Obrecht, Presbyterians Concerned for Jewish/Christian/Muslim
Rabbi Yehiel Poupko , Chicago
New How to be an Effective Israel Advocate: Tools for Your Tool Belt “Hillel said, do
Hampshire not separate yourself from the community.” Pirkei Avot. What strategies are friends of
Israel using to make sure that the portrayal of Israel is fair, accurate, and responsible?
Come hear how innovative programs such as speakers bureaus and text book
monitoring are promoting more balanced education about Israel.
Chair: Howard Hammer, Cumberland County
Speakers: Aliza Craimer Elias, San Francisco
June Penkar, Dallas
Steve Lear, Minnesota and the Dakotas
Massachusetts International Human Rights and Jewish Communal Responsibility “One who saves
a life, saves the world entire.” Sanhedrin 37a. Where there are workers, there are
opportunities to support their humanity and to exploit it. This session will address
various domestic and international human rights violations and how the Jewish
community can engage in activism to combat human and sex trafficking, labor and
rights abuses. Sponsored by Marc R. Stanley.
Speakers: Nancy Goldberg, Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking
Marc Schlesinger, JCPA
Melanie Gorelick, MetroWest
3:00 p.m. FORUMS
New Hampshire Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself: Civic Equality in Israel “He shall live with you
in any place he may choose among the settlements in your midst, wherever he
pleases; you must not ill-treat him.” Deut. 23:17. As the only Jewish and
democratic state in the world, Israel faces unique challenges and questions of
identity. How can Israel balance its Jewish character and the equality of non-
Jewish citizens? What role does Diaspora Jewry play in this debate? Sponsored by
Chair: Dr. Leonard Cole, Northern New Jersey; Past Chair, JCPA
Speakers: Ruth Carmi, New Israel Fund
Rabbi Doug Kahn, San Francisco
Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues
Sunday, March 6 (cont.)
New Jersey Never Again: The Jewish Community’s Role in Preventing Genocide and
Mass Atrocities “We have absolutely no right to disregard another when the other
is suffering. If you stand by when someone else is being tortured, you are an
accomplice. We suffered and died because of indifference. This is the lesson. Never
again.” Elie Wiesel. The campaign to save Darfur has engaged millions. However,
long after the Holocaust, the world continues to witness mass atrocities. This
session will explore what can be done to create global mechanisms to prevent
future genocides. Sponsored by Touro College
Chair: Midge Perlman Shafton, Chicago; Vice Chair, JCPA
Speakers: Mike Abramowitz, Committee on Conscience, U.S. Holocaust Museum
Felice Gaer, American Jewish Committee
David Sullivan, Enough
Senate L’dor V’dor: Engaging the Next Generation about Israel “I write to tell my
grandchildren where they come from, and what their grandparents were up to, and I
hope they will in their own way continue. I invite anyone else to listen in.” Rabbi
Arthur Hertzberg. How do our youth understand Israel? What initiatives are
connecting the next generation to Israel? What are we doing right, and what
needs to change? Sponsored by Conrad and Lynda Giles.
Chair: Toni Young, Delaware; Executive Committee, JCPA
Moderator: William Daroff, Jewish Federations of North America
Speakers: Wayne Firestone, Hillel
Jennifer Lazlo Mizrahi, The Israel Project
Peter Beinart, The Daily Beast
4:45 p.m. PLENARY
Chinese A Labor of Love: The Jewish Community and the Labor Movement in
America “Giving someone a job is the highest form of tzedakah.” Maimonides.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will offer remarks marking the centennial of
the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire - a watershed moment for the labor
movement and for the New York Jewish community. He will also share
reflections on the historical bonds between the Jewish community and organized
labor, the importance of the US-Israel relationship, and the exciting potential for
reenergizing the Jewish-labor partnership. Richard Trumka will be presented with
the JCPA Chaver Tzedek Award for his commitment to the Jewish people, to
the state of Israel, and to the struggle for a more just and fair American society.
Chair: Stuart Appelbaum, Jewish Labor Committee
Speakers: Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
6:15 p.m. Reception in Celebration of 67 Years of Community Leadership
Senate Minimum gift to JCPA’s Leadership Appeal -- $500
Chair: Larry Gold, Atlanta; Vice Chair, JCPA
Speaker: Howard Kohr, AIPAC
Maariv Immediately following Leadership Appeal.
Sunday, March 6 (cont.)
7:15 p.m. Chair’s Tikkun Olam Award Dinner Honoring Paul S. Berger and
East / State Debra Joyce Herman Berger, z"l
10:00 p.m. Neshama Carlebach Performance
East / State Neshama Carlebach, a renowned Jewish entertainer, is continuing the legacy
established by her father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Together with her incredible
band and in collaboration with Reverend Roger Hambrick and The Green
Pastures Baptist Church Choir, she continues to both deeply move and entertain
as she sings her father’s incomparable melodies and inspiring original
compositions. Their recording, Higher & Higher, an entrant in the 2011 Grammy
Awards, showcases the rare intersection of faith and talent.
This event is created and sponsored by Neshama's new project, Soul Journey,
which aims to bring hope and healing through music. For further information,
please visit www.NeshamaCarlebach.com
Monday, March 7
6:00 a.m. Shacharit
New York Traditional
New Jersey Egalitarian
7:00 a.m. CRC Chairs and Directors Workshop
Massachusetts Moving Forward: Strategic Planning for JCRCs
Sponsored by Susan and Bruce Turnbull. Breakfast will be served
Chair: Sherry Fishman, Portland, OR
Speakers: Bill Gabovitch, Boston
Vicki Zell, Southern New Jersey
7:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. PLENARY
Chinese Media Meshugas- Can Civility Win When Lashon Hara Sells? “One is
obligated to conduct his affairs with others in a gentle and pleasing manner.”
Maimonides. “Yellow journalism” has been around as long as journalism itself.
However, as incivility permeates our national conversation, the media are
increasingly viewed as part of the problem. Bad news sells. What role do media
play in the degradation of discourse – and conversely what can the media do to
lift up our debates?
Chair: Robert Siskin, Chattanooga; Vice Chair, JCPA
Moderator: Ellen Weiss, News Media Executive
Speakers: Ruth Marcus, The Washington Post
David Neff, Christian Century
Monday, March 7
10:00 a.m. NETWORKING TIME
Use this time to connect with friends and colleagues from across the country to
share ideas and experiences.
10:45 a.m. FORUMS
New Hampshire Gesharim: Bridging Troubled Waters Between Christians and Jews: “The
world is too small for anything but mutual care and deep respect; the world is too
great for anything but responsibility for one another.” Rabbi Abraham Joshua
Heschel. Interreligious partnerships have provided an invaluable voice for civil
rights, religious liberties, social justice, environmental concerns, and the
protection of religious minorities in other lands. On occasion, though, the Jewish
community has found itself at great distance from other faith communities.
However, where close relationships have existed or been formed, they have
helped mitigate the disharmony that might otherwise have resulted. How can we
foster meaningful ties in complicated times?
Chair: Michael Bohnen, Boston; Past Chair, JCPA
Moderator: Rabbi Yehiel Poupko, Chicago
Speakers: Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, Auburn Theological Seminary
Rev. John Wimberly Jr., Presbyterians for Middle East Peace
New Jersey The People of the Book: Exploring the Nexus Between Literacy, Service,
and Education Reform “Communities everywhere have an obligation to appoint
teachers for their children.” Bava Batra. “No Child Left Behind” will be vigorously
challenged when its reauthorization is debated this year. This session focuses on
public education and the tools children need to be “education ready.” The
National Jewish Coalition for Literacy (NJCL) has played a leading role for our
community in this endeavor. The JCPA and Repair the World are joining NJCL
in advancing that work. How can we help improve student performance and
public education through direct service and advocacy?
Chair: Lynn Lyss, St. Louis/NCJW; Past Chair, JCPA
Speakers: Leonard Fein, National Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Geri Palast, Campaign for Fiscal Equity / Israel Action Network
Jon Rosenberg, Repair the World
New York November Narishkeit: Restoring Civility to Elections and Political Life
“Guard your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech.” Psalm 34:14.
Legislative and political campaigns are not only hard fought, they are
increasingly uncivil. Opposing viewpoints are too often drowned out in a chorus
of demagoguery and demonization. What can we do to restore civility to our
political climate and integrity to our electoral process?
Chair: Jane Schiff, Atlanta
Speakers: Noam Neusner, 30 Point Strategies
Miles Rapoport, Demos
Nancy Tate, League of Women Voters
Noon Lunch on Own
Monday, March 7
Noon HIAS Sponsored Luncheon: Preregistration Required
Rhode Island Refugees or Infiltrators: African Asylum Seekers in Israel Israel is the only first world
country that shares a walking land border with Africa. Less than five years ago, Israel
began experiencing the phenomenon of Eritreans, Sudanese, and other Africans being
smuggled across the Sinai into Israel to seek political asylum. Today there are more
than 30,000 asylum seekers in Israel. How is the Jewish state coping with this new
challenge? A discussion led by Joel Moss, the HIAS Representative to Israel and an
expert asylum law embedded in the Israeli Ministry of the Interior's new Refugee Status
1:30 p.m. PLENARY
State Adam v’Adamah - Human Beings and the Earth: The Intersection of the
Environment, Energy, and Security “And the Lord God formed man of dust
from the earth, and he breathed into his nostrils the soul of life, and man became a
living soul.” Genesis 2:7. How can we support policies that promote conservation
and environmental stewardship while increasing energy security and reducing
dependence on foreign oil? What is the federal government’s ability to regulate
greenhouse gases? How does this affect human health, global climate, and
security? This session will explore these issues as well as our Jewish values of
protecting creation, supporting innovation and economic development, and
security for the U.S. and Israel.
Chair: Susan Penn, Northern New Jersey; Vice Chair, JCPA
Moderator: Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, The Rabbinical Assembly
Speakers: Rabbi David Saperstein, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Hon. R. James Woolsey, Jr., VantagePoint Venture Partners
Mincha immediately following session.
3:15 p.m. WORKSHOPS
Virginia From Empathy to Advocacy: Using Poverty Simulations to Deepen Anti-Poverty
Action in Your Community “Who closes his ears to the cry of the poor will himself cry
out and not be heard.” Proverbs 21:13. Poverty simulation is a unique community action
tool to educate people, from policy makers to local community members, about the
day-to-day realities of those for whom money is short and stress is in abundance. In this
poverty simulation, participants will role-play the lives of low-income individuals trying
to provide their families with food, shelter, and other basic necessities. Leaders will
discuss the significant educational opportunities poverty simulations provide, how they
have helped strengthen anti-poverty advocacy and coalition building, and how
communities can sponsor these programs. Sponsored by the Jewish Community
Relations Council of Greater Dallas.
Chair: Maxine Richman, Rhode Island
Speakers: Elana Fox, JCPA
Marc Jacobson, Dallas
Judy Saks, Nashville
David Sklar, Indianapolis
Monday, March 7
South Carolina Strangers in Our Midst: Immigration Legislation and Enforcement Measures
Coming to a City and State Near You “When a stranger resides with you in your
land, you shall not wrong him.” Leviticus 19:33. State and local immigration initiatives
are being advanced in the absence of federal comprehensive immigration reform.
They include draconian enforcement measures and efforts to redefine the
American citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Workshop presenters will examine state and local immigration measures and relate
on-the-ground experiences. Participants will learn how JCRCs can effectively
engage as advocates, share resources and strategies, and build coalitions to
confront the growing challenges to sensible immigration policy.
Chair: Avi Poster, Nashville
Speakers: Alfonso Aguilar, Law Offices of James G. Roche
Matt Goldberg, Louisville
Judy Lackritz, San Antonio
Melanie Nezer, HIAS
Rhode Island Saving a Single Soul: Bringing an End to Bullying “Do not stand idly by while your
neighbor’s blood is shed.” Leviticus 19:16. As many as one-in-three young people are
affected by bullying – and the internet provides a growing environment in which
children are being harassed and their safety threatened. This session examines the
nature of the problem and educational and advocacy strategies to protect our youth
Chair: Michael Futterman, San Francisco
Speakers: Idit Klein, Keshet
Michael Lieberman, Anti-Defamation League
Pennsylvania Talking Tachlies About Civility “Do not judge your fellow human being until you stand
in his place.” Pirke Avot 2:5. The decline in civility in our community and broader society
is a matter of urgent priority. This workshop will explore concrete steps that agencies
can take, including programming and training, that can help engender mutual respect,
shared listening and learning, and greater civility. Sponsored by Steve and Sheri Lear.
Chair: Mona Friedman Kolko, Rochester
Speakers: Ethan Felson, JCPA
Abby Michaelson Porth, San Francisco
New York L'Dor v'Dor: Community Organizing for the Online Generation “Act while you
can; while you have the chance, the means, and the strength” BT Shabbat 151b. How
people connect is rapidly changing. New tools and strategies are continually being
developed to reach and organize through the internet. This session will examine how
JCRCs are successfully using the internet, electronic communication, social media and
beyond to target, educate, and engage supporters. Sponsored by Jewish Federation of
Chair: Vicki Grodner, Birmingham
Speakers: Jared Feldman, JCPA
Ron Halber, Washington D.C.
Robert Cohen, Detroit
Monday, March 7
4:45 p.m. PLENARY
State A View from the White House Rabbi Chanina taught: "Pray for the welfare of
the government…” Pirkei Avot 3:2. Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the
President, will discuss the Obama Administration’s priorities and
accomplishments and the importance of working together with the Jewish
community to address issues of mutual concern.
Chair: Dr. Conrad Giles, Detroit; Chair, JCPA
Speaker: Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President
5:30 p.m. PLENARY
Chinese Panim el Panim - Face to Face: Faith to Faith Thus G-d will judge among the
many peoples, and arbitrate for the multitude of nations…And they shall beat their
swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” Micah 4.3. Faith can
unite – and it can divide. Respect for religious diversity is a hallmark of the
American experience. It has made our nation strong. Americans are
increasingly aware that there has been a breakdown in civility in politics and
across society. What role does faith play in this conversation about civility?
Sponsored by the Everett Foundation.
Chair: Edith Everett, New York
Speakers: Honorable Keith Ellison, U.S. House of Representatives
Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, Auburn Theological Seminary
Maariv Immediately following Leadership Appeal.
6:15 p.m. Dinner on own
7:45 p.m. Understanding the JCPA Resolution Process
New York Learn everything you need to know to understand and participate in the JCPA
7:45 p.m. Voting Card Pickup
8:15 p.m. PLENARY
East Presentation of the Albert D. Chernin Award to Senator Ron Wyden
“And the Lord said about our Father Abraham: For I have singled him out, that he
may instruct his children and his prosperity to keep the way of the Lord by doing
what is just and right.” Genesis 18:19. The Albert D. Chernin award is presented
each year to an American Jew whose life work best exemplifies the social justice
imperatives of Judaism, Jewish history, and the protection of the Bill of Rights,
particularly the First Amendment.
Presenter: Arden Shenker, Portland; Past Chair, JCPA
Recipient: Honorable Ron Wyden, U.S. Senate
Monday, March 7
8:45 p.m. Resolutions Session
East Chairs: Donna Beyer, Tucson
David Bohm, St. Louis; Treasurer, JCPA
Parliamentarian: Arden Shenker, Portland, OR; Past Chair, JCPA
Tuesday, March 8
6:45 a.m. Shacharit
New York Traditional
New Jersey Egalitarian
7:30 a.m Community Breakfast / Lobby Workshop
East "You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.”
Pirkei Avot 2:21.
8:15 a.m. Transportation to Capitol Hill
Buses depart from DeSales Street Exit
9:00 a.m. PLENARY
Dirksen Leadership Perspectives on the 112 th Congress Hear from Congressional
Senate leaders about their perspectives on the priorities, challenges, and opportunities
Office Bldg the 112th Congress. Insights about both international and domestic issues will be
Room 106 shared.
11:00 a.m. Hill Visits
2:00 p.m. Capitol Hill Reception
Congressional Meeting Room North at the Congressional Visitors Center
Chairs: Jonathan Ellis and Susan W. Turnbull, Plenum 2011 Co-Chairs
3:30 p.m. Transportation to Hotel
Post Plenum Meetings
4:00 p.m. JCRC Directors Meeting
Wednesday, March 9
8:30 a.m. JCRC Directors Meeting
Sunday, June 12, 2011 Task Force Meetings UJA-Federation, New York, NY
Monday, June 13, 2011 Board of Directors Meeting UJA-Federation, New York, NY
Sunday, October 23, 2011 Task Force Meetings UJA-Federation, New York, NY
Monday, October 24, 2011 Board of Directors Meeting UJA-Federation, New York, NY
Saturday, May 5 – 8, 2012 Plenum Detroit, MI
Sunday, October 28, 2012 (tentative) Task Force Meetings UJA-Federation, New York, NY
Monday, October 29, 2012 (tentative) Board of Directors Meeting UJA-Federation, New York, NY
Saturday, March 9 – 12, 2013 Plenum Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.
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New Delegates Guide to Everything (Almost)
Who are all these people?
Your fellow plenum delegates are lay and professional leaders from JCPA’s 125 local member
agencies (read Jewish Community Relations Councils) and 14 national member agencies. In other
words, the “grassroots” of Jewish community relations work.
Who can answer my questions at the Plenum?
Almost anyone who has been to one before. Don't be shy. Ask. We're all "mishpacha." Feel free to
approach JCPA staff!
There’s so much happening. What does it all mean? How do I choose?
Left your decoder ring at home? Here are some helpful hints:
• Task Forces: The JCPA’s three task forces meet simultaneously. Everyone is welcome to
attend any Task Force meeting. Task force meetings will include in-depth briefings an
opportunity to review resolutions. You may want to “task force hop” to get the flavor of
upcoming discussions. Or perhaps your CRC or agency has several people in its delegation
and you'd rather divide up to cover the 3 meetings.
• Plenaries: Plenary sessions feature a major speaker(s) followed by a Q & A period.
• Forums: Concurrent forums feature experts in areas of key concern to JCPA agencies.
Because these sessions are smaller than plenary sessions, they provide greater opportunity for
delegates to question and interact with presenters.
• Workshops: Workshops offer “best practices” and “how-to’s,” giving delegates an opportunity
to exchange program and resource information. You’re sure to return to your community with
at least one great idea.
• Resolutions: The Resolutions session is scheduled for Monday evening. In your kits are copies
of the resolutions that will be debated at that session. There will be a “how to” session at 7:45
p.m. beforehand where you can get your questions answered about the JCPA Resolutions
Process and Roberts Rules of Order. Please remember to bring your Resolutions packet to the
Just how oriented will I get at the New Delegates Orientation?
At the New Delegates Orientation, on Sunday at 8:00 a.m., we'll walk you through the Plenum’s
highlights and answer questions about format and process.
What's up with the name tags?
Pink Ribbon = JCPA Chair Grey Ribbon = CRC Chair
Red Ribbon = JCPA Executive Committee Orange Ribbon = CRC Director
Blue Ribbon = JCPA Board of Directors Aqua Ribbon = JCPA Staff
Yellow Ribbon = JCPA Plenum Co-Chairs Purple Ribbon = Plenum Conference Coordinator
Berry Ribbon = New Delegate
JCPA Board of Directors
Chair Community Representatives (Cont.) National Agency Representatives (Cont.)
Dr. Conrad Giles, Detroit Ruth Cole, No. New Jersey Marla Feldman, URJ
Vice Chairs Theodore Eisenberg, MetroWest Steve Freeman, ADL
Elihu Davison, Jewish Labor Committee Mark Frank, Pittsburgh Gail Goldfarb, WLCJ
Lawrence Gold, Atlanta Howard Friedman, Atlanta Sandra Goldstein, Hadassah
Harold Goldberg, Silicon Valley Michael Futterman, San Francisco Richard Gordon, AJCongress
Bruce Lev, Youngstown Judy Gilbert-Gould, Miami Leonard Gordon, USCJ
David Luchins, Orthodox Union Philip Gordon, Boston Joel Kaplan, B'nai B'rith International
Susan Penn, Northern New Jersey Vikki Grodner, Birmingham Shelly Kupfer, JFNA
Midge Perlman, Shafton Chicago David Gutin, Philadelphia Arieh Lebowitz, JLC
Robert Siskin, Chattanooga Mona Friedman Kolko, Rochester Lynn Leeb, ORT America
Stephen Stone, Springfield IL Toby Shylit Mack, Monmouth County Norman Liss, AJCongress
Susan W. Turnbull, Washington, DC Bruce Mandel, Cleveland Daniel Mariaschin, B'nai B'rith
Treasurer Anita Miller, New Mexico Judy Menikoff, ORT America
David Bohm, St.Louis Maxine Richman, Rhode Island Nancy Ratzan, NCJW
Secretary Daniel Robins, Columbus, OH Shepard Remis, JFNA
Robert Yass, Hartford Samuel Rosenberg, Baltimore Judy Rosenberg, NCJW
Chair's Appointees Jane Schiff, Atlanta Herb Rosenbleeth, Jewish War Veterans
Alan Jaffe, New York Irving Shapiro, Washington, D.C. Carl Sheingold, Jewish Recon. Fed.
Toni Young, Delaware Steven Silverman, Detroit Judy Shereck, Hadassah
Stephen Skrainka, St. Louis William Siegel, AJCommittee
David Steinhardt, So. Palm Beach Cty Robert Sugerman, ADL
Marie Abrams, Louisville
Michael Stern, San Antonio Albert Vorspan, URJ
Jordan C. Band, Cleveland
Alice Viroslav, San Antonio Jerry Wagner, USCJ
Michael Bohnen, Boston
Wendy Wagenheim, Detroit Marilyn Wind, WLCJ
Leonard Cole, No. New Jersey
Warren Wolfson, Cleveland Shawn Zevit, Jewish Recon. Fed.
Lois Frank, Atlanta
Ira Youdovin, Santa Barbara Robert Zweiman, Jewish War Veterans
Jacqueline Levine, MetroWest
Lynn Lyss, St. Louis/NCJW At-Large Member Ex Officio
Andrea Weinstein, Dallas Donna Beyer, Tucson Jonathan J. Ellis, Tampa
Maynard Wishner, Chicago Mary Ellen Gurewitz, Detroit Jerilyn Gelt, San Francisco
Bennett Yanowitz, Cleveland Howard Hammer, Cumberland County Marlene Gorin, Dallas
Marc Stanley, Dallas Robert Horenstein, Portland, OR
President and Chief Executive Officer
Marc Winkelman, Austin Michelle Kohn, Palm Beach County
Rabbi Steve Gutow
National Agency Representatives Geoffrey Lewis, Boston
Executive Vice Chair Emeritus Jack Moline, Washington, D.C.
Merom Brachman, JFNA
Albert D. Chernin Avi Poster, Nashville
Martin Bresler, AJCommittee
Community Representatives Charney Bromberg, JLC James Rosenstein, Philadelphia
Louis Beckerman, Central New Jersey Debbie Cosgrove, JFNA David Steirman, San Francisco
Martin Belsky, Akron Behnam Dayanim, Orthodox Union Chair's Appointee
Leslie Billet, No. New Jersey Nathan Diament, Orthodox Union Rosalind Osterman, Lee & Charlotte Counties
JCPA Plenum Committee
Chairs Gail Goldfarb, WLCJ Susan Penn, No. New Jersey
Jonathan J. Ellis, Tampa Gerald Greiman St. Louis Judy Rosenberg, NCJW
Susan W. Turnbull, Washington, DC Vikki Grodner, Birmingham Sandy Rosenberg, Baltimore
Members Ronald Halber, Washington, D.C. Jane Schiff, Atlanta
Donna Beyer, Tucson Robert Horenstein, Portland, OR Stephen Skrainka, St. Louis
Jason Block, PANIM Adam Kessler, Philadelphia Stephen Stone, Springfield, IL
Martha Cohen, No. New Jersey Joy Kurland, No. New Jersey Wendy Wagenheim, Detroit
Robert Cohen, Detroit Lynn Leeb, ORT Andrea Weinstein, Dallas
Conrad Giles, Detroit Geoffrey Lewis, Boston Warren Wolfson, Cleveland
Harold Goldberg, Silicon Valley Rachel Meytin, PANIM
Rabbi Steve Gutow, President & CEO Hod Klein, IAI Outreach Coordinator Marc Schlesinger, Legal Fellow
Elisa Dell'Amico, Administrative Assistant Elyssa Koidin, Senior Policy Fellow Michelle Shaland, Civility Fellow
Jared Feldman, Washington Deputy Director Haya Luftig, Director of Administration Simcha Shapiro, Comptroller
Ethan Felson, Vice President Andi Milens, Vice President Ben Suarato, Communications Associate
Elana Fox, Confronting Poverty Field Organizer Josh Protas, Vice President & Washington Director Sara Yaverbaum, Executive Assistant
Lynn Gefsky, IAI Director Martin Raffel, Senior Vice President
Alison Holstein, Program Intern Sybil Sanchez, COEJL Director
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel Meeting Rooms