Jewish Community Relations Council

Faith & Action: A Rabbi and Nun at the US-Mexico Border

Hear from two powerful, faith-driven advocates for migrants at the Mexican border in Arizona and Texas. Moderated discussion followed by Q&A.

Program details:

Wednesday, Oct. 30
7 pm
Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid | 6880 N. Green Bay Ave.

Free. RSVP for the program here.

Asylum Seekers Resources

The JCRC and Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee has compiled a list of statements and opportunities for you to learn and take action.

Highlights from 2019 Annual Meeting

2018-2019 Highlights Video
JCRC Director’s Remarks
JCRC Chair’s Remarks
JCRC Brochure

Support the JCRC

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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.

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.

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The JCRC council 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

Officers 2018-2019

Ann Jacobs, Chair
Brian Schupper, Chair-Elect
Jane Avner, Vice Chair
Laura Emir, Vice Chair & Domestic Policy Task Force
Craig Johnson, Vice Chair
Michael Pollack, Immediate Past Chair

Board Members 2018-2019

Michael Altman
Rabbi Jessica Barolsky
Anneliese Dickman
Miriam Fleming
Gerald Glazer
Meagan Holman
Paula Lorant
Michael Maistelman
Jill Plavnick, Anti-Semitism/Constitutional Law Task Force
Jill Weinshel

Constituent Organizations

Americans for Peace Now
Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah
Congregation Anshai Lebowitz
Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid
Congregation Beth Jehudah
Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun
Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha
Congregation Shalom
Congregation Shir Hadash
Congregation Sinai
Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center
Hillel Milwaukee
Jewish Family Services
Jewish War Veterans
Lake Park Synagogue
Milwaukee Association of Russian Speaking Jews
National Council of Jewish Women
Temple Menorah
Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee
Wisconsin Council of Rabbis


5-Year Calendar of Major Jewish Holidays

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