The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) advances the Greater Rochester Jewish community's active commitment to progress in tzedek (justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) through education and advocacy for social justice and for Israel in Rochester, the United States, and around the world.
As the public affairs coordinating and advisory body for the organized Jewish community, we advocate on behalf for social justice, civil rights, Israel, and more, under the auspices of the Jewish Federation. In addition to safeguarding and protecting the rights of Jewish people, we promote mutual understanding among all groups in the community through education, dialogue, and advocacy. We further general public acceptance and practice of principles promoting human dignity, individual rights, and relationships across religious, racial, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic lines.
Director of Community Relations
We work 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 engage in education and advocacy on issues affecting the Jewish community in Rochester and beyond, including refugees, gun violence prevention, Israel, security for places of worship, and more. Our Government Affairs Committee focuses on building relationships with our legislators through legislative visits and our annual Legislative Lunch.
Combatting Antisemitism, Racism & Extremism
Antisemitism—more currently referred to as Jew-hatred—and hate of all forms have surged in recent years. JCRC works to educate people of all ages to identify, prevent, and respond to hate crimes, white supremacist violence, and the persistence of online extremism.
Our interfaith partnerships enable us to offer mutually-meaningful programs and service opportunities focused on edifying and uniting our community. Please contact us for more information about new coalition-building programs.
From our seminars about inclusion 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.
We’re seeking active, dedicated Jewish lay leaders who represent and work on behalf of various constituencies including children, women, refugees, immigrants, the impoverished, and disenfranchised Rochesterians. Subcommittees include Government Affairs and Racial Justice. We also form subcommittees for special events and educational programming and are looking for individuals who:
All JCRC members must: