$1 million in funding
for security initiatives each year
$382k raised
to support Ukrainian Jews
120+ Columbus kids
sent to overnight Jewish summer camp

Community and Government Relations

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) exists to build a strong and vibrant Jewish community in Columbus and around the world. Through collaboration, advocacy, open communication, education, understanding, and respect, we shall build and deepen our relationships with communities throughout Columbus and beyond.

Community Building

The JCRC works to promote and engage with a variety of interfaith community initiatives and organizations in Columbus that seek to foster respect, education and understanding while striving to ensure a just society for all. We represent one of the nine diverse faiths that comprise the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO).

Political Advocacy

We educate and advocate on issues of vital importance to the organized Jewish community based on consensus, civility, and an expanded commitment to living Jewish values of social justice. In our work, we have a tremendous partner in Ohio Jewish Communities (OJC), which coordinates advocacy efforts for all eight Jewish communities throughout Ohio. We work closely with Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to support their public affairs agenda. We are one member of more than 125 local Jewish Community Relations Councils that make up the Jewish Council of Public Affairs.

Find Your Elected Official

We are excited to play our part in helping our great city thrive and encourage you to do the same. Here are ways to find your local elected representative:

Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month is an exceptional occasion dedicated to the recognition and honor of the invaluable contributions made by Jewish Americans. However, our celebration...

The City of Columbus recognizes the month of May as Jewish American Heritage Month

JewishColumbus and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) are proud to announce that Columbus City Council has officially proclaimed May as Jewish American Heritage Month. Jewish...

JewishColumbus Supports Jailed Journalist Evan Gershkovich

JewishColumbus and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) stand with Evan Gershkovich, and you can, too. In March 2023, The Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ)...

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Justin S.

Senior Director of Community Relations