Jewish Community Relations Committee

Educate, Advocate, Take Action!

The Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) is the central public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community. The JCRC handles government affairs and represents the Jewish Community in many ciritical areas like:
 

Government and Legislative Affairs,

Israel Education and Advocacy, 
Intergroup and Interfaith Outreach, and

Public Education

 

For more information, visit our About the JCRC page.

Click below to read our latest JCRC Reflector Article:
Identity, Race, and the Imporatnace of Sharing Our Stories


 

Shared Legacies

The African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance

Thank you to all those who joined our program - and to our amazing panelists, community partners, and sponsors.
We appreicate all the positive feeback from thos who saw the inspiring film "Shared Legacies" and thosw who watched our panel of historians and community leaders discussing what we can learn from our shared history, what challenges we have faced since then, and what we can do to strengthen our ally-ship in the present and future.
Thank you to our Community Partners:
Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, NAACP Virginia State Conference, Henrico Branch NAACP, Baptist Ministers Conference of Richmond and Vicinity, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, Richmond Crusade for VotersVirginia Holocaust Museum, AJC Washington DC, ADL Washington DC, Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives, University of Richmond Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Richmond Hillel, Jewish Life at VCU, Jewish Family Services (JFS), Weinstein JCC, Congregation Keneseth Beth Israel, Congregation Or Atid, Temple Beth El, Congregation Or Ami, Congregation Beth Ahabah, Chabad of Virginia, Kehillah, Congregation Brith Achim
Thank you to our Sponsors:
The Allianz Foundation, Bon Secours, Salomon & Ludwin, Dominion Payroll and The Richmond Jewish Foundation 

Click to Watch Recording of Shared Legacies Panel Discussion

Thank you to our panelists: Eric Ward, Bishop Darryl Husband, Dr. Tarece Johnson, Dr. Michael Dickinson, Dr. Julian Hayter, and Rabbi Peter Berg


 

Interfaith Community Statement on Colleyville, Texas


We thank the leaders and institutions of all faiths across our community and the world who have sent us prayers, love, and strength for the freed hostages and the Congregation Beth Israel community – and we thank all those in law enforcement who ensured the safe outcome in Colleyville, Texas.

We also thank Governor Youngkin for his signing of Executive Order Eight aimed at combating Antisemitism in the Commonwealth. In 2022, violent Antisemitism is all too real and concern for our safety is too often at the forefront of our minds when entering our houses of worship. Shabbat in the Jewish community is a day of rest and a day of wholeness. To repeatedly have these sacred days torn asunder and our global community sent into chaos causes a trauma that no community should have to endure.

 

Please Click HERE for Full Statement

 

Executive Order to Combat Antisemitism
On day one of his new administration, Governor Glenn Youngkin signed an executive order establishing a commission to combat Antisemitism. We want to thank the Governor for following through on one of his earliest pledges in the campaign and we encourage members of the Jewish community to reach out and do the same.
We look forward to working with the Governor on the next steps in forming the commission and in implementing its recommendations. With the alarming rise in Antisemitism, highlighted by this past weekend's incident in Colleyville, Texas, this is an important and needed effort to rid the Commonwealth of Antisemitism and racism in all its forms.


 

Jewish Advocacy Day Virtual Program


In Case You Missed it Click HERE to Watch Recording

Thank You to Governor Glenn Youngkin, Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears, and Attorney General Jason Miyares for taking the time to meet with us and for their informative and heartfelt comments to our community.

 



JCRC 2021 Virtual Legislative Reception

A Virtual Program Featuring our
Central Virginia Senators and Delegates

 

Our community leaders presented our 2022 legislative focus areas, and our legislators shared what they will look to accomplish in the upcoming legislative session.

Thank you to all the legislators who were able to join us!
 

Please see the recorded programs below:

Evening Session Recording

Morning Session Recording

Evening Session:
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R) 12th
Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D) 9th
Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D) 72nd

Morning Session:
Sen. Joe Morrissey (D) 16th
Del. Betsy Carr (D) 69th

Del. Dawn Adams (D) 68th
Del. Rodney Willett (D) 73rd
Del. Carrie Coyner (R) 67th


 

Richmond
Stands Against Antisemitism

Richmond
Stands with Israel


 

Advocacy In Action

  • Click HERE to urge Congress to increase non-profit security funding.
     
  • Click HERE to urge the Senate to pass the supplemental funding for Iron Dome that has already passed the House.
     
  • Israel ACTION ALERT:  Urge Congress to Stand with Israel!
     

 

Please click HERE to view and download our 2021 Advocacy Agenda.
 

Please click HERE to find out how to e-mail your Delegate and Senator.

 


 

Recent Programs

Stand Against Antisemitism

Click HERE to watch the recording!

 

Thank you to our Special Guests, Allies, and Community Partners


 

Richmond Stands with Israel
Click HERE to watch the recording!

 

Yossi Klein Halevi:
The Meaning of Zionism

Click HERE to watch the recording!


 

Taking White Supremacy to Court:

The Charlottesville Case

Click HERE to watch the recording!

 

Thank you to our partner,

Integrity First for America
the organization spearheading the Charlottesville legal case.