Bethesda woman elected chair of JCPA

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A Bethesda woman who has long been an activist for Jewish causes and the Democratic Party was elected chair this week of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs at that organization’s plenum in Atlanta.

Susan Turnbull is the immediate past chair of Jewish Women International and was named one of JWI’s Women to Watch. She is a former vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. She also is involved with EMERGE Maryland, the University of Maryland Institute for Citizenship and Politics, Hillel and the Jewish Social Service Agency of Greater Washington.


“JCPA’s role in convening the ‘common table’ both within and outside the Jewish community on issues to protect, preserve and promote a just society is a unique opportunity. Building on JCPA’s strong foundation, I am excited by this challenge. I am hopeful that working with my friend, [President] Rabbi Steve Gutow and our talented staff and lay leaders, we can continue to move JCPA forward in the years ahead,” Turnbull said. 

Gutow said he was looking forward to continue working with Turnbull. “The JCPA and the Jewish community relations field are sure to benefit from her experience and dedication to tikkun olam, repairing the world. Susan’s energy and passion are unmatched and we are excited to welcome her as our new chair.”

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