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Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)

As the community relations arm of the organized Jewish community, the JCPA represents 14 national agencies and 125 local communities. Under the JCPA’s umbrella, these organizations meet to shape consensus and inspire grassroots action around the globe on the most essential issues of interest to the Jewish community. The JCPA is committed to safeguarding the rights of Jews worldwide and promotes a just, democratic and pluralistic American society.

The JCPA provides consultation and guidance to communities engaged in the most important issues of the day: Israel advocacy, Iran, Darfur, energy and the environment, and poverty, among others. When the mainline Protestants discuss divestment, the JCPA and the UJC/Israel Advocacy Initiative (IAI) are there to develop a national strategy and assist communities in effectively combating divestment locally.

When the Palestine Solidarity Conference comes to a campus, the JCPA and IAI are there to assist the campus and the community in responding. The JCPA has been at the forefront, educating our community to the dangers of a nuclear Iran and encouraging local efforts to reach out to coalition partners to fight the Iranian threat. The JCPA leads the Save Darfur Coalition and is the primary driving force mobilizing the Jewish community to action. Through the JCPA’s Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, the JCPA spearheaded a campaign to raise environmental awareness, resulting in the installation of more than 50,000 energy-saving CFL light bulbs in Jewish homes and institutions around the country. Additionally, the JCPA has recently launched a year-long Confronting Poverty Initiative designed to re-engage communities in efforts to reduce poverty in both the Jewish and general communities.

Contact: Ethan Felson, Vice President
116 E. 27th St.
New York, NY 10016

JCPA has subscriptions available to numerous timely and important resources, including The Darfur Report, JCPA Insider, Iran Monitor, Middle East Briefing, Confronting Poverty, and Israel Advocacy Initiative Bulletin. Click here to subscribe!

JCPA Annual Report 2007

Alliance Documents:
Alliance JCPA Summary Report 2008
Alliance JCPA Summary Report 2009
2010 JCPA Evaluation Report
2011 JCPA Evaluation Report

The National Federation/Agency Alliance is a national funding structure to collectively allocate to, evaluate and/or review national agencies that seek allocations from the federated community. It is the successor to the National Funding Councils of the United Jewish Communities. If you are interested and need more information about the Alliance, please contact Stephan Kline, JFNA’s Associate Vice President, National Agency Relations and Public Policy at or 202.736.5864.

The agencies of the Alliance:

 Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies
 Foundation for Jewish Culture
 Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
 Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
 Jewish Community Centers Association of North America
 Jewish Council for Public Affairs
 JTA: The Global News Service of the Jewish People 
 NCSJ: Advocates on Behalf of Jews in 
      Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia

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