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Community Relations & Israel Advocacy

The Community Relations Department of the Jewish Federation serves as the eyes, the ears, and the outreached hand of friendship of the organized Jewish community. Its function is to interpret the concerns of the Jewish community to the community at large, to educate and advocate for Israel, to work to advance Jewish security and social justice, to fight discrimination and anti-Semitism, and to work to foster harmonious relations among all community groups. While much of this work is “behind the scenes,” we are the Jewish voice at myriad meetings where issues of concern to the entire community are discussed.

 

CRC-Community Relations CommitteeJewish Community Relations work is an embodiment of Jewish historical imperatives as well as core Jewish values. In terms of representing and protecting the vital interests of the Jewish community, one has to be a friend in order to have a friend. That is why we work hard on behalf of institutions that have enabled our success and security in America – from public schools to social services agencies, to the health and strength of our democratic institutions.

 

Kol Yisrael arervim zeh la zeh –

“all in the house of Israel are responsible for one another.” Our work with ADL countering anti-Semitism, our work with Israel advocacy and Israel education comes under this category.

 

Mipnei darchei shalom –

“for the sake of peace” we reach out to other communities, both to build bridges and minimize misunderstandings. We have a long list of outreach activities.

 

Tikkun olam –

“repair the world.” We are especially proud of the work that we do on behalf of the needy in our community through the Community Closet.

 

To this end the Community Relations Department sponsors the following programs and events:

 

ISRAEL EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY

 

 

INTERGROUP RELATIONS AND CRC PRESENCE

 

For more information on how you can get involved a project of the Community Relations & Israel Advocacy Department, please call  (203) 372-6567 x175

 

To support our Federation’s efforts in Community Relations & Israel Advocacy, and to make a gift to the UJA-Federation Annual Campaign, please contact Linda Epstein at (203) 372-6567, ext. 175, or linda@jccs.org.