Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Our Mission

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation envisions a just community that reflects American and Jewish values.

The mission is to speak as the representative of the Jewish community on issues of public affairs and public policy by convening and mobilizing the Jewish community through education, advocacy, social justice and support for Israel.

Click here to download the 2013 JCRC brochure.  

The JCRC board includes 28 organizational members representing Milwaukee area synagogues and Jewish organizations, an equal number of at-large members, past presidents of the Council, and board officers. The Council is a core function of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and is one of 122 Jewish community relations councils affiliated with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Areas for JCRC programs and activities include:

  • Counteracting Anti-Semitism and Discrimination and Protecting Jewish Security
  • Building Support for Israel
  • Promoting Social and Economic Justice
  • Safeguarding Equal Rights and Opportunities
  • Advancing Intergroup Dialogue and Understanding
  • Strengthening Intra-Communal Relationships
  • Coordinating Advocacy Efforts
  • Resource Clearinghouse and Consultation

What is the JCRC?

Founded in 1938, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) advocates for the rights and values of Jews individually and collectively, here and abroad. The Council implements a coordinated program of education, action, and advocacy for the Jewish community. 

On March 1, 2010, the Council became a core function of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

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Contact Us


Elana Kahn-Oren, JCRC Director
Shawn Matson, JCRC Assistant

Meet Elana Kahn-Oren, JCRC Director

JCRC DIrector Elana Kahn-Oren brings to her position a passion for community relations work and many years’ experience in the Milwaukee Jewish community, most recently as Editor of The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle.

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