JCRC Statements, Comments, and Articles

In Search of the Center

As the fall election season approached, the community relations field was focused intently on the idea of “the center.”  This was in response to what has been aptly described as the “polarization” gripping our country, our Richmond community – and most definitely the Jewish commun…

Congratulations to our Federal Candidates in an Unprecedented Election

The Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond joins our partners at Jewish Federations of North America, JCPA, ADL, AJC, AIPAC, and Federations and JCRCs across the country in congratulating President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect K…

Overcoming Polarization in the Aftermath of the Election

Published in the November Issue of the Reflector
Amy Melnick-Scharf, JCRC Chair


Rabbi Yitzhak taught that "A ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted" (Babylonian Talmud Berachot 55a)

Voting is an expression of being Jewish

When I think about democracy, I see …

A Jewish Statement on Elections and Democratic Principles

The bedrock of American liberty is a strong, thriving democracy and an engaged citizenry. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered almost every aspect of the way we live, including how we vote in elections. It’s a longstanding tradition that nonpartisan groups across the spectrum do their part by…