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ABOUT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL

JFGP's Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) develops and articulates consensus positions concerning matters of public importance on behalf of its constituency. It is the public affairs coordinating and advisory body for the organized Jewish community of NW Oregon and SW Washington.

WORKING HARD FOR THE JEWISH NORTHWEST

The JCRC develops and articulates consensus positions concerning matters of public importance on behalf of its constituency. It is the public affairs coordinating and advisory body for the organized Jewish community of NW Oregon and SW Washington. 

 

The JCRC seeks to promote mutual understanding among all groups in the greater community and to advance democratic pluralism, harmonious relationships, and respect for human dignity and individual rights across religious, racial, and ethnic lines. The JCRC consists of a cross-section of Portland Jewry representing area organizations and synagogues.

 

Current JCRC Committees:

  • Climate Action
  • Intergroup Outreach
  • Israel Advocacy
  • Legislative Advocacy

 

If you like assessing current issues and developing strategies to further the interest of your community, JCRC invites you to get involved. Interested in learning more about JCRC and its committees? Contact Director of Community Relations, Bob Horenstein at 503-245-6496.

Members of the JCRC meet with State Reps. Andrea Salinas, Janelle Bynum (front row) and David Gomberg (second row, second from left) on Oct. 29th, 2019. The discussion focused on Medicaid funding, implementation of the Holocaust education bill, gun safety, wage theft and climate change.

JCRC and Federation board members meet with Governor Kate Brown on Oct. 15th, 2018. The discussion focused on Medicaid funding, homelessness, a proposal to mandate Holocaust education in the public high schools and Oregon’s relationship to Israel.

The Interfaith Coalition for Dignity, which was formed under the leadership of the JCRC to counter the current climate of hate, meets with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on October 18, 2017

JCRC POLICY POSITIONS

The JCRC advocates on issues of great importance to the Jewish community in the areas of social justice, civil rights, the environment, Israel and more. Read more on the current issues supported by JCRC.

For information on the consensus of the Greater Portland Jewish community and their stance on anti-semitism and anti-zionism please click the button below.

PRINCIPLES ON ANTI-SEMITISM AND ANTI-ZIONISM

(Adopted November 8, 2017 by the JCRC)

  • Buy Israeli Goods

    The JCRC’s Israel Advocacy Subcommittee promotes the strengthening of US-Israel ties and is currently focusing on countering the global movement to delegitimize Israel through boycotts and divestment. You can help by purchasing Israeli goods in our area.

  • Click to read our 2019 legislative agenda

    With a focus on Holocaust education, hate crime legislation, gun control and protecting services for seniors and people with disabilities, this will be a packled legislative session. We are here for you, representing you in Oregon's capital.

  • Oregon and SW Washington

    Congressional Delegation - Find your senators and representatives for Oregon and SW Washington here. Information provided by Govtrack.us

  • We're Advocating for You

    We lobbied to maintain funding for Medicaid, enact legislation to combat hunger, end wage theft, put in place common sense gun control, and garner opposition to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

  • Jewish Holiday Calendar

    The Jewish religion celebrates a number of special days of observance. Because these dates occur according to the Jewish calendar, we provide our local school districts with this calendar to help limit scheduling of important school activities on days when many Jewish kids will be absent. Use it as a reference or send to your school!

AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS