Bob Kaplan is currently the founding Director of C.A.U.S.E. – NY, formerly known as the New York Center for Community and Coalition Building, a division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC), the central coordinating and resource body for 62 major Jewish organizations in the metropolitan New York area. As a liaison for more than 29 identified Jewish communities, Mr. Kaplan is involved in a variety of issues including coalition building, conflict resolution, ethnic media, interracial/inter‐religious relationships, combating hate crimes, and community building. Mr. Kaplan acts as a consultant to many community‐based organizations ‐‐ Jewish and non‐Jewish ‐‐ on the issue of intergroup relations and capacity building. Bob Kaplan is likewise the Executive Director of YouthBridge‐NY, a teen diversity leadership organization managed by the CAUSE‐NY/ JCRC. He also co‐directs the New York‐ Jerusalem Dialogue Project, a program of the UJA‐ Federation and the Jewish Agency.