Jewish Community Relations Council

At the core of Community Relations work at the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester are active commitments to tzedek, pursuing justice, and tikkun olam, repairing the world. We work in cooperation with local Jewish organizations and other ethnic and religious community partners, as well as with the national Jewish Council for Public Affairs, to respond to emerging policy concerns and current events. We strive to create a more just community locally, nationally and in Israel through service, advocacy and education.


For more information, please contact Karen ElamDirector, The Levine Center to End Hate



Our Areas of Focus

  • Israel

    The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) offers engaging cultural and educational Israel programming, including an annual Israel Speaker Series, Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day) ceremony and Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) celebration.

  • Government Affairs

    We engage in education and advocacy on issues affecting the Jewish community in Rochester and beyond, including refugees, gun violence prevention, Israel and more. Our Government Affairs Committee focuses on building relationships with our legislators through legislative visits and our annual Legislative Lunch.

  • Literacy

    Through the Rochester Jewish Coalition for Literacy, we mobilize nearly 100 volunteers each year to help elementary school children discover the joy of reading.

  • Interfaith

    Our interfaith partnerships enable us to offer meaningful programs and service opportunities, including our Commission on Jewish/Muslim Understanding's sponsorship of the Rochester International Academy Thanksgiving celebration, and the Interfaith Bible Study presented by our Commission for Christian/Jewish Relations.

  • Refugees

    The JCRC has committed to supporting and advocating on behalf of our refugee neighbors. In addition to meeting with legislators, the newly-formed Refugee Committee organized an event which gathered over 500 bags and boxes of donated items for Rochester's refugee community.

  • Community Engagement

    From our annual Superintendent's Meeting to our responses to recent occurrences of intolerance, we take pride in our role as both a resource and a leader in the broader Rochester community.