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Jewish Community Relations Council

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the non-partisan, public affairs voice of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

We are committed to:

  • Protecting, strengthening and celebrating Jewish life locally, in Israel and throughout the world;
  • Demonstrating our Jewish ethics and values as liaison to the non-Jewish community; and
  • Working with our neighbors of all faiths for the common good.

The JCRC speaks out on issues of public policy, advocates for political and legislative initiatives, takes on the challenges of social justice and articulates our Jewish community’s positions on world events affecting Israel and Jews throughout the Diaspora. Everything JCRC does is informed by fundamental Jewish law and values, particularly:  

  • Tzedakah (righteous giving)
  • Tikkun Olam (repairing the world)
  • K’lal Yisrael (serving the worldwide Jewish community)
  • G’milut Hassadim (acts of loving-kindness)

How JCRC Works

Israel
We are committed to:

  • The sanctity of Israel as a sovereign state and the well-being of Jews throughout the world;
  • Fostering better understanding of Israel; and
  • Maintaining an emergency response system to crises in Israel in conjunction with Federation and other Jewish organizations.

Government
We work to help:

  • Safeguard the Constitution and the Bill of Rights;
  • Prevent hate and discrimination;
  • Defend the civil, political, economic and religious rights of people of all faiths and backgrounds;
  • Protect the separation of church and state;
  • Help pass state and federal legislation that mirrors these values; and
  • Actively advocate our Democratic values, which are the bedrock of both American and Israeli society.

Social Justice
We take a “hands-on” approach:

  • To promote economic, social and political justice for all: health care, housing, jobs, and equal opportunity;
  • To protect the environment; and
  • To affirm “Never Again” not for Jews only, but to help stop genocide and human suffering wherever it may be.