Regional Diplomacy in the Middle East
Jerusalem in International Diplomacy -- Analysis of the legal and historic rights of Israel in Jerusalem according to existing agreements and UN documents.
The Peace Process, Human Rights, and International Law -- International human rights lawyer and Jerusalem Center Scholar-in-Residence Justus R. Weiner researches the status of human rights in
the wake of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
New Atlantic Initiative -- Since March 2000, JCPA has been cooperating with the American Enterprise Institute and 18 think-tanks in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, examining ways to revitalize the Atlantic Community and U.S.-Israel relations.
American Jewish Community
- Jews and the American Public Square --
A three-year program of communal dialogue,
research and publication, initiated by
The Pew Charitable Trusts and directed by Prof. Alan Mittleman,
designed to explore the theme of religion and the public square
in the context of the American Jewish experience.
Jewish Communal Service in the U.S.A. --
A series of new Jerusalem Center publications on Jewish communal
The Director Had a Heart Attack and the President Resigned: A Handbook on
by Gerald B. Bubis, and "Post-Zionist" Philanthropists: Emerging Attitudes of American
Jewish Leaders toward Communal Allocations, by Steven M. Cohen and Gerald B. Bubis.
Israel's Internal Agenda
Privatization of the Israeli Economy --
For over a decade, the Jerusalem Center has been encouraging the expansion of privatization in the Israeli economy. Under the direction of Director General Zvi Marom, and in cooperation with the Milken Institute and the Koret Foundation, the project looks at various types of privatization from public, economic, legal, and social perspectives. The project includes conferences, workshops, and publications that have been widely distributed among decision-makers, economists, and experts on the capital market.
Water in Israel in the Year 2020 --
In a new, multidisciplinary study on the issue of water in Israel and the Middle East, leading experts in the field offer their recommendations, in studies to be published by the Jerusalem Center in both English and Hebrew. This project is being undertaken in cooperation with the office of Ronald S. Lauder.
Israel's Educational System -- Conducting applied research on educational problems from a
systematic perspective to better deal with the educational needs of the
The Druze in Israel --
This project has been working with leading members of the Druze
community to enable that community to acquire a more equal position in Israeli
Other activities involving Israel's Internal Agenda have
included studies of Israel's constitution, electoral reform, and
election studies (with books covering every Israeli election
since 1977); domestic issues such as improving Israel's health
care system; local government; religion and politics; and communal relations within Israel
Study of Jewish Community Organization
- The Study of Jewish Community Organization, initiated in
1968, was the first world-wide study undertaken of every
organized Jewish community. The Study led to the establishment in
1970 of the Center for Jewish Community Studies in Philadelphia,
the forerunner of the Jerusalem Center and today the center of
our work in America. Products of this study include People
and Polity: The Organizational Dynamics of World Jewry and Community and Polity: The Organizational Dynamics of American
The Canadian Centre for Jewish Community Studies monitors
Canadian Jewish communities, and provided major assistance toward
the publication of Maintaining Consensus: The Canadian Jewish
Polity in the Postwar World - winner of the National Jewish
Jewish Political Tradition
- The Jerusalem Center has published landmark works in this
field including Kinship and Consent: The Jewish Political
Tradition and Its Contemporary Uses, The Jewish Polity:
Jewish Political Organization from Biblical Times to the
Present, Authority, Power and Leadership in the Jewish
Polity: Cases and Issues, and Covenant and Polity in
Biblical Israel; as well as being the home of the Jewish
Political Studies Review (since 1989). Since 1977, the
Jerusalem Center has been developing an experimental core high
school course which uses the Jewish political tradition to teach
Jewish civic values. The Jerusalem Center has introduced
sessions devoted to Jewish Political Studies at meetings of the
Association for Jewish Studies, the World Congress of Jewish
Studies, and the American Political Science Association.
Jewish Women's Human Rights
International Jewish Women's Human Rights Watch --
Directed by Sharon Shenhav, this Jerusalem Center project, co-sponsored by the
International Council of Jewish Women, is working to gather information,
research, and publicize the infringement of Jewish women's rights to equality in marriage,
divorce, and the founding of a family.
Teaching and Outreach
- The Jerusalem Center organizes workshops and conferences,
including international conferences, special study sessions,
forums, and training courses which are conducted for members of
the academic community, public officials, Jewish leaders from
Israel and abroad, and the general public. The JCPA offers
scholars and students from abroad an opportunity to conduct
research and participate in the JCPA's programs.
The Jerusalem Center has published hundreds of reports and monographs, as well as over 60 books.
The JCPA.ORG website contains a treasury of Jewish political studies resources. Available on-line:
- Over 100 Jerusalem Viewpoints -- in-depth, bi-weekly reports and analysis on changing events in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world.
Some recent titles:
"Militant Islam and America" by Dore Gold
"Palestinian Children in the Intifada" by Justus Reid Weiner
"American Evenhandedness" by Saul Singer
"Islam in Southeast Asia" by Colin Rubenstein
"The Threat of Iraq" by Richard Butler
"Druze in the IDF" byi Zeidan Atashe
plus Sherry Israel, Manfred Gerstenfeld, Jeff Helmreich, Gerald Steinberg, Yakir Plessner, Raphael Israeli, Robert O. Freedman, Steven M. Cohen, Betsy Gidwitz, and many more.
- Daniel Elazar On-Line Library -- 240 articles by the Jerusalem Center's Fonder on Israeli society and religion, government and politics, Jewish community studies, American political culture, and more.
- Full-text Reports -- on Jerusalem in International Diplomacy (also in Hebrew), Recogition of a Palestinian State, and Attitudes of American Jews on Religion in the Public Square.
- Jerusalem Issue Briefs -- Concise, insider reports on timely topics.
- The Literature of Jewish Public Affairs -- An illustrated, descriptive catalogue of 44 English and 26 Hebrew JCPA publications.
- Jewish Political Studies Review -- Abstracts of 175 published articles.
- Jewish Environmental Perspectives -- Studying the relation of Jewish tradition to environmental issues.
- All content is searchable by keyword using the site's powerful Search Feature.