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, contact Jewish Community Relations Council Director Eliraz Shifman Berman at (203) 387-2424 x308 or eshifmanberman@jewishnewhaven.org

Hot Topic:

  • 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...

Upcoming Events:

How to Respond to Anti-Semitism and BDS on Campus

Tuesday, January 7 | 7-8:30 PM | JCC of Greater New Haven

 

We invite you to join ADL, JTE and The Jewish Federation at this interactive workshop to learn about anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias on campus. Increase your understanding, explore effective resources and learn how to strategically respond. 

 

Donate to Words to Action: Empowering Students to Address Anti-Semitism and BDS

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"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.

 

 

Get Involved

 

 


Jewish Coalition for Literacy

 

Volunteer to be a reading partner matched with youngsters in New Haven​ public schools. More About JCL

 

 

 

 

Israel Action Network (IAN)

 

Partner with IAN to provide many local activities and resources in support of Israel and against delegitimization. More About IAN

 

 

 

 

 

                            Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement (JCARR)

                                           

Help provide refugee families with comprehensive support as they are welcomed to their new home in the United States. More About JCARR

                            

 

 

 

Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)

 

​Join in the united voice of the organized Jewish community. More About JCPA

 

 

 

 

Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut (CONECT)

 

Discover, research, analyze, and articulate a powerful moral voice to negotiate with business and government leaders regarding social, economic, and political issues that affect our member congregations. More About CONECT

 

 

JCRC Co-Chairs: Betty & Arthur Levy

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jan

26

No Hate in New Haven Press Conference

Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel (BEKI) 85 Harrison Street
New Haven, CT 06515-1724

Jan

28

JCRC Meeting

Beckerman Lender Jewish Community Center 360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525

Apr

01

JCRC Legislative Breakfast

Beckerman Lender Jewish Community Center 360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525

Publications

"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