The Jewish Council for Public Affairs hires woke Democrat activist as its new leader
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs is the national umbrella organization for Jewish Federations around the country. As such, it can legitimately claim that it represents the broadest Jewish perspective and voice in America.
Yet, it has recently hired Democrat Party insider Amy Spitalnick as its new CEO.
As Jonathan Tobin writes in JNS, by doing this, the JCPA “has sent a clear message to the rest of the Jewish world about its priorities. It is all-in on the policy agenda of the left wing of the Democratic Party and their every partisan talking point.”
The most disturbing aspect of Spitalnick’s record, however, is her past work for the anti-Israel organization J Street.
As APT documented in our 2014 film The J Street Challenge: The Seductive Allure of Peace in Our Time, J Street and its leaders have, among many other things:
• Opposed sanctions against the genocidal Islamic regime in Iran.
• Said that if “peace” cannot be achieved with genocidal Islamic terrorists, then “Israel really ain’t a very good idea.”
• Demanded that the U.S. put pressure on the Israeli government to make “peace” with Palestinian leaders who fund terrorism and reject Israel’s right to exist.
• Honored anti-Israel activist Sara Benninga.
• Partnered with the National Iranian American Council, an Iranian regime front group.
• Endorsed BDS.
• Distorted Jewish theology to justify their partisan political aims.
This is an unforgivable betrayal of American Jews, at a time of skyrocketing anti-Semitism, not just from the neo-Nazis (whom Spitalnick became famous for suing), but also from Muslims, black racists, and the energized half of the Democrat Party.
So passionately has the JPCA abandoned its mission that it recently broke off from the Jewish Federations of North America — the umbrella group representing all American Federations and the United Jewish Appeal — in order to form, as its press release described, a “NEW” JCPA, whose specific focus was “social justice” causes including “democracy,” “disinformation,” “racial justice,” and abortion.
As press accounts explained, this move freed the progressives within the JCPA from more “conservative” Federation donors whose concerns are more traditionally Jewish.
What will be interesting is to see which local Federations move to the JCPA and which join the “NEW” one.
The Jewish Leadership Project’s new book, Betrayal: The Failure of American Jewish Leadership, which comes today, specifically addresses the JCPA’s renunciation of its mission in an essay by attorney Joanne Bregman.