JCRC Supports, Promotes and Connects
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo’s mission is to support the State of Israel, to promote an understanding of Judaism, to monitor legislative issues, to build relationships with elected and /or other government officials and to promote positive relations with other faith-based and/or ethnic communities in Northwest Ohio.
The JCRC has many interest areas:
Israel Advocacy, promoting support for Israel, is a main area of focus for the relations council. Advocacy is done through media relations, community relations, and pro-Israel advocacy within the Jewish community and in the greater community, speaking as a unified voice for the Toledo Jewish community, promotes Israel missions, Washington missions, and other pro-Israel or Jewish oriented educational opportunities for public officials and/or leaders in other faith, ethnic, or civic communities.
Fighting Anti-Semitism and Promoting Religious Freedom
The JCRC works with local, state and national organizations in combating anti-Semitism. It promotes religious freedom for all in our diverse society, viewing the separation of church and state as an important safeguard of that freedom. Issues of concern include religion in schools and accommodation of employees’ religious practices in the workplace.
Advocating for Social, Economic and Racial Justice
Jewish prophetic tradition calls upon us to feed the hungry, give hope to the poor and promoted a just society. Joining with the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, the JCRC is renewing its efforts to fight poverty by advocating for improved economic opportunity, health care and education at all levels.
Promoting Responsible Environmentalism
Issues of global warming and energy independence both demonstrate the need for a renewed emphasis on environmental policy. The JCRC, in conjunction with the Coalition on the Environment in Jewish Life, promotes responsible and intelligent policymaking that will allow us to preserve the environment for future generations.
Promoting an understanding of Judaism. Serve as an educational resource for non-Jewish communities and groups. Respond to anti-Semitic instances or other hate crimes and provide Holocaust education resources.
Monitor legislative issues of importance to the Jewish community of Northwest Ohio
Prepare issues briefings for the Jewish community on local, federal and state legislative initiatives. Build coalitions with other religious and ethnic communities or civil institutions in support or opposition of legislative initiatives of importance to the Jewish community. Correspond directly with elected and other civic officials and coordinating community wide letter writing and phone call campaign when necessary.
Provide representation on various civic boards such as the Bureau of Community Relations, Multi-faith Council of NW Ohio, Sylvania Rotary and the UT student Union Board.
Fagie Benstein - Interim Director
Sue Ann Hochberg - Chair
Scott Rothsein - Immediate Past Chair
Thomas Klein - Interfaith Programming Coordinator
Devorah Shulamit - Interfaith Programming
Hindea Markowicz - Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center Director
Joanne Rubin - Church/State/Civil Liberties Coordinator
Robert K. Vincent - Israel Advocacy