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.


In a meeting of the chief executive officers of the largest Jewish Federations in New Jersey (West- Central, Greater MetroWest, Northern, Southern, and Heart), and in consultation with community leadership, we call for the following action items in light of the shameful capitulation of Rutgers to the pro-Hamas encampment.


Public actions

  1. We call on the Jewish community to sign the following two letters. The first letter is to the State Senate President Scutari and Assembly Speaker Coughlin, calling for an investigation into the negotiation and capitulation. The second letter is to President Holloway and Chancellor Conway, calling on them to revoke the agreement, or to resign immediately.
  2. We will work with our student leaders, community representatives, and allies, to plan a large community rally at Rutgers in the near future to articulate our pain and outrage


     Additonal actions 

  • We will work with our State Representatives to ensure that New Jersey holds a legislative inquiry into Rutgers’ shameful negotiation and capitulation.
  • We will work with the House Education and Workforce Committee to support a congressional inquiry into Rutgers’ shameful negotiation and capitulation.
  • We will discuss Rutgers’ shameful negotiation and capitulation with the university’s donors and governors.
  • We will discuss Rutgers’ shameful negotiation and capitulation with our State and Federal legislators and representatives, including potential budgetary implications.



Below are the links to the letters. We ask every member of the Jewish community to click on the two links to send.


To Speaker Coughlin and Senate President Scutari.


To President Holloway and Chancellor Conway.


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The Jewish Community Relations Council is Chaired by Jeff Schwartz