Jewish Community Relations Council 

Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

The Jewish Community Relations Council is the advocacy and public affairs arm of Jewish Federation. Our mission is to mobilize the Jewish community on national, state and local issues to ensure that our community’s interests are addressed. By forging relationships with our elected representatives, educating and engaging our community, and building coalitions with other advocacy and faith-based groups, we make sure that our voice is heard on issues which are central to our values as Jews and Americans.

Who is the JCRC

As the central community relations agency of the organized Jewish community in our tri-county area, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) endeavors to foster a society based on freedom, justice and democratic pluralism for such a society affords Jews, and all people, the conditions most conducive to individual security, equal opportunity and creative group survival. JCRC accomplishes this goal through their work in government relations, Israel advocacy, inter-group relations, and social justice.

On behalf of the Federation’s constituent agencies, organizations and synagogues in Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties, the JCRC determines a consensus on the broad range of public policy issues central to Jewish conscience and concern and then promulgates those concerns to Federal, State and local legislators and civic, public opinion, media and interfaith leaders. The JCRC also coordinates community programs of information and advocacy for priority domestic and international issues.


International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism 

Working definition of antisemitism

Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

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Want to learn more about our work or join the committee please reach out to Lauren Edelman at 908.758.2003 or


Upcoming Events 

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The Jewish Community Relations Council is Chaired by Jeff Schwartz