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Jewish Community Relations Council

We build community relationships.

We are diverse ambassadors for JewishColumbus. Through collaboration, advocacy and education, we build and deepen community relationships throughout Columbus and beyond.

Engage

  • Advocate for issues of vital importance to the organized Jewish Community
  • Represent the diversity of opinions in our Jewish community
  • Promote the JCRC’s work throughout Columbus & beyond

Secure

  • Ensure a safe and secure Jewish community here and abroad
  • Combat anti-Semitism, discrimination, and hate
  • Oppose efforts to delegitimize Israel and promote Israel’s security

Unite

  • Support our partner Jewish agencies who serve all those in need
  • Preserve the memory of the Holocaust to ensure it never happens again
  • Build relationships outside the Jewish community

Who We Are

Our Mission 

The mission of the JCRC is to 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.

Our Values

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.

Our People 

JCRC Board 

Ted Fisher – Co-Chair
Bradley Kastan – Co-Chair
Audrey Tuckerman – JewishColumbus Board Chair
Rabbi Avi Goldstein – Columbus Board of Rabbis President
Rabbi Harold Berman
Andrea Britcher
Bill Byers
Steven Edelstein
Rabbi Avi Goldstein
Michael Lord
Miriam Portman
Andrew O. Smith
Debbi Sugarman
Susan Zelman

 

View Our Governance Structure 

What We Do

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 and Government Relations 

The JCRC cultivates meaningful relationships with ethnic, religious, business, and academic leaders and strengthens ties with our policy makers.

Israel Education 

The JCRC enhances the greater community’s understanding of Israel and foster connections between Columbus and Israel. The JCRC combats efforts to delegitimize Israel, supports efforts to enhance Israel’s security, and actively advocates for a strong US/Israel relationship.

Combating Anti-Semitism and Hate 

The JCRC responds to local anti-Semitic and anti-Israel activity, as well as educates our local community about national and global incidents.

The JCRC is the central coordinating and resource organization for the security of the Jewish community in the Columbus area.

The JCRC continues to perpetuate the memory of the unique atrocity of the Holocaust to ensure that it never happens again. Through our Holocaust Education Committee we offer a variety of resources to assist in educating about the Holocaust.

Where We Stand

The JCRC strives to provide thoughtful statements in response to arising local and global Jewish issues.

The JCRC comes across a variety of issues from year to year and it is sometimes challenging to identify which issues we should focus on. To determine this, we have created a decision making flow chart which highlights our process for choosing an issue to take on.

The JCRC has developed this Core Values Document.

Join Us

The mission of the JCRC is to educate and advocate for issues of vital importance to the organized Jewish community based on consensus, civility and an expanded commitment to living Jewish values of social justice.

  • Our focal points include:
  • Security
  • Combating anti-Semitism
  • Israel
  • Holocaust education

Shorter-term working committees are created for special projects, events and activities.

Questions? Let’s connect.

Justin Shaw
Senior Director of Community Relations