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Public Affairs

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) serves the needs of the Jewish community through the practice of community relations, social action and advocacy. In pursuit of these goals, and consistent with Jewish teachings and ethics, we are dedicated to improving inter-group understanding and the enhancement of a just and pluralistic society.  Among its guiding principles is the belief that sustained efforts to promote understanding and harmony among diverse groups strengthen the Jewish community and society at large.

As a voice of the local Jewish community in interfaith circles, JCRC nurtures and advocates for a strong connection to the people of Israel and commemorates and sustains the memory and lessons of the Holocaust in the Philadelphia community at large.

Established in 1939 as an independent non-profit organization, JCRC merged into the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in 2003. The JCRC functions through its board and three main task forces focusing on domestic affairs, Israel advocacy in the interfaith and interethnic community, and building Holocaust awareness in the Jewish and non-Jewish community.

  • Domestic Affairs - responds to current issues confronting the community, such as immigration, education, gun violence, environmental concerns, and maintaining civil discourse in society and other issues as they arise. 
  • Israel Advocacy in the Non-Jewish Community - utilizes and expands upon JCRC intergroup and interfaith efforts to advocate for Israel through educational programming and by conducting an annual study mission to Israel for interfaith leaders.
  • Holocaust Programming - click here

For more information contact Adam Kessler, Director, at (215) 832-0650 or email akessler@jfgp.org.