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Martin J. Raffel

Martin J. Raffel
Senior Vice President, JCPA

For more than 20 years, Martin J. Raffel has served as the senior vice president and director of the Task Force on Israel, World Jewry & International Human Rights at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). He is a primary resource on a broad range of Israel-related and other international issues for a field of 14 national and 125 local Jewish public affairs/ community relations organizations (CRCs). He communicates regularly with U.S. government representatives and maintains an ongoing liaison with senior Israeli officials in Jerusalem and the United States.

From 1979 to 1983, Mr. Raffel was assistant director of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, and he served as executive director of the Pennsylvania Regional Office of the American Jewish Congress from 1983 to 1986.

Mr. Raffel was admitted to both the Israel and the Pennsylvania Bar Associations. He received his law degree from the Hebrew University School of Law in Jerusalem (1976) and a BA in Political Science from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1970). He has written numerous articles and op-ed pieces on Israel related issues, and prepared a chapter on the history of Israel advocacy in the organized American Jewish community as part of the book, “Jewish Polity and American Civil Society,” which was published by Roman & Littlefield in 2002.