What We Do
As the public affairs voice of the Detroit Jewish community, JCRC uses a consensus-building process to identify issues, articulate positions, and develop strategies, programs and approaches to advance the Jewish community’s collective goals. JCRC’s programs and activities include:
- Supporting the U.S.- Israel relationship and the Middle East peace process.
- Promoting Jewish values and participation in the public arena, including advocacy on domestic issues of social justice.
- Advocating to preserve and expand federal government funding of local social service agencies.
- Facilitating positive city-suburban relations and regional development and cooperation.
- Advocating for religious liberties and church/state separation.
- Strengthening inter-cultural, religious, ethnic and race relations.
JCRC promotes support for Israel including:
- Educating both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities about Israel – its quest for peace and security, its role in the Middle East and importance to the world.
- Encouraging Congress and the White House to sustain a strong U.S-Israel relationship.
- Supporting the growing alliances between Israel and the Detroit community at large, including the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Partnership 2000.
(l. to r.) Detroit Free Press deputy editorial page editor Brian Dickerson, deputy editor Ron Dzwonkowski, JCRC executive director Robert Cohen and Free Press editor and publisher Paul Anger meet regularly to discuss issues of concern to the Jewish community.
JCRC serves as the news media’s key link to the Detroit Jewish community. The media turn to JCRC first when seeking a Jewish perspective on issues and events of concern in the Middle East and in our own community. The foundation of JCRC ’s effectiveness has been earned from decades of relationship-building with reporters and editors at local news outlets. As a result, JCRC provides a clear, articulate voice for Detroit Jewry, demanding evenhanded coverage of Israel and the issues that matter most to our community.
JCRC helped organize the JCPA (Jewish Council for Public Affairs) Mission to Detroit in June 2011, when Black and Jewish activists from seven cities gathered in Detroit to plan joint anti-poverty projects upon their return home.
JCRC brings together Jews throughout the
metro area, creating opportunities for unity through action. Engaging
members of the Jewish community as public policy advocates and
- Advocates on the priority issues of Jewish Detroit.
- Advances those issues through coalitions with other organizations that share our concerns.
- Builds bridges between the Jewish and other religious and ethnic communities to prevent conflict and promote cooperation.
- Provides opportunities for hands-on social action.
"Building a community of activists" is JCRC's strategy for engaging Jewish and non-Jewish community members, leaders, organizations and institutions in the work of tikkun olam - repairing the world. JCRC maintains a direct on-going connection to public officials at the federal, state and local level. JCRC also promotes grassroots advocacy on key Jewish community concerns, mobilizing Jews and non-Jews to action on significant public issues, often through JCRC's efforts to build or join broad-based coalitions.
JCRC promotes activism also by providing Jewish community members with meaningful volunteering opportunities, such as Bookstock - the Jewish community's huge used book and media sale, JCRC literacy programs, and - in partnership with the Jewish Federation - Mitzvah Day.