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 JCPA is Outraged and Heartbroken over Murderous Attacks in Orlando


For Immediate Release: June 12, 2016
Contact: Melanie Roth Gorelick, Jewish Council for Public Affairs; 212-684-6953

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) expresses its outrage at the horrific shootings at the Pulse night club whose clientele is the LGBTQ community in Orlando. According to President Obama, this act marks the deadliest shooting in the history of the country.    

"This is an act of terrorism and a mass hate crime," stated David Bernstein, JCPA's President and CEO. "We offer our heartfelt condolences to all of the families who were affected and wish a full recovery to all those injured."

"We know that the authorities will do everything in their power to establish the motives behind these crimes and spare no effort in bringing to justice all the responsible parties" he stated. "We urge the citizens of the United States to stand together neighbor to neighbor against hate crimes, terrorism and intolerance."

JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 16 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.

JCRC Mission Statement:

The JCRC is the public affairs department of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation and represents the Jewish communities of Mahoning and Trumbull Counties and of the Shenango Valley. Its mandate is to protect, preserve, and promote a just, democratic and pluralistic American society, and to safeguard the rights of Jews here, in Israel, and around the world. JCRC has a deep commitment to combating anti-Semitism and discrimination, to the support and advocacy on behalf of the State of Israel, and to strengthening the Jewish community relationship with the general community. Additional priorities on the JCRC agenda include clarifying church-state issues, helping to determine the Jewish community positions on critical public policy issues, promoting Holocaust education and commemoration, and playing a lead role in social action programming.


Israel and International Affairs:

Coordinates our community response to issues arising in the Middle East and around the world. Advocates for support of Israel and for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship to political and community leaders, as well as to the media, combats deligitimization of Israel, and educates the community through briefings and programs.


Government Affairs:

Reviews, critiques, and advocates for legislation on federal, state, and local issues which affect the regional Jewish community and/or enhance our community's ability to serve vital human needs. The wide range of issues addressed include Israel and foreign policy, separation of church and state, discrimination, anti-Semitism, civil rights and liberties, Jewish security and social justice, and funding for Jewish agencies.


Holocaust Education/Commemoration:

Preserves the memory of the Holocaust through community programs and educational activities. Plans and carries out annual Yom Hashoah activities, and provides speakers and museum quality educational materials to schools and community organizations. Liaison to YSU Judaic and Holocaust Studies program committee.


Interfaith/Intergroup Relations

Forming and maintaining broad based community relationships and friendships. Builds consensus and forms coalitions with other religious and ethnic groups which share common concerns on community relations issues. Engages in joint advocacy efforts with other communities on social justice issues. Plans and coordinates community social action/social justice projects.


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