Jewish Community Relations Council


The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the public affairs arm of the Jewish Federation. Its mission is to represent the Jewish community's interests and concerns to public officials and agencies, the media and the community at large. It promotes tikkun olam, the repair of the world, through advocacy and action.


For more information on how to get involved with Jewish Community Relations Council, contact CEO Judy Alperin at (203) 387-2424 or 

JCRC Co-Chairs: Betty & Arthur Levy


Hot Topics:

  • Signing of the Abraham Accords

    On September 15, President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu joined foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain in signing historic normalization agreements between Israel and the two Arab countries.

  • The Tragic Killing of George Floyd

    George Floyd, 46, was stopped by police investigating the purchase of cigarettes with counterfeit money on 25 May in Minneapolis. A video showed Mr Floyd being arrested and a white police officer continuing to kneel on his neck for several minutes even after he pleaded that he could not breathe.

    One of the first things that the Torah teaches us is that every person is born in the image of God.
    Our hearts break for Mr. Floyd’s family and friends. Your pain is our pain.

  • Middle East Peace Plan Unveiled

    On January 29, President Trump unveiled the new US Middle East Peace Plan. "Peace to Prosperity, A Vision to Improve the Lives of Palestinian and Israeli People', lays out, among other things, plans for new border proposals, bilateral security measures, benchmarks for achieving a recognized Palestinian State, and joint venture investment incentives. This resource page offers links to the peace plan and to hand-picked commentary.

  • Hanukkah Stabbing at Rabbi's Home in Monsey, NY

    A violent attack occurred on the 7th night of Hanukkah in an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City, leaving five people wounded. Within two hours of the assault, police tracked down and arrested the suspect. Officials have yet to announce a motive in the stabbing in Monsey, but state leaders were quick to denounce the attack as an act of anti-Semitism.

  • Anti-Semitic attack on Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City

    his past week was difficult for the Jewish community. We saw another brazen anti-Semitic attack which resulted in the killing of four people at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City. Three innocents - Mindy Ferencz, Moshe Deutsch, and Douglas Rodríguez and the brave Det. Joseph Seals. The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey has established a dedicated donation web page.100% of collections will go to support the victims' families.

  • Executive Order on Combating Anti-Semitism

    Yesterday at the White House Chanukah Party, President Trump signed an Executive Order addressing anti-Semitism on college campuses. It codifies the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which has been used by the U.S. State Department since 2018. The Executive Order requires that the Department of Education, when reviewing whether there has been a violation of Title VI, consider an individual's actual or perceived shared Jewish...



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"Op-ed: 'A failing grade in Middle East History 101' by Arthur L. Levy, Allan Hillman, and Elaine Braffman


"FORUM: Faith Matters column scarce on factual support" by Rabbi Joshua Ratner


"What is the Essence of Passover?" by Rabbi Joshua Ratner

"Experience tells us that we can’t be for ourselves if we are only for ourselves. Social justice and self-preservation, it turns out, go hand and hand." Read here to learn how, even after 75 years, national-local Jewish community relations still play key roles in Jewish wellbeing.