Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

The Jewish Community Relations Council serves as the voice of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton on issues of public policy, social advocacy, and community outreach. We represent Dayton’s Jewish community on issues that impact the rights of the individual. The Jewish Community Relations Council fosters relationships among people of all faiths and cultures regarding Jewish, secular, and Israel-oriented issues.

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Dayton JCRC promises to educate the public, advocate for the most at-risk in our community and protect every Dayton Jewish constituent in all voting and electoral procedures. By providing thorough, accessible information, the Dayton JCRC hopes to assist you, every step of the way, on voting in the November 3rd general election for the United States of America.

While we all need to stay safe, the Dayton JCRC is here to help. By providing thorough, accessible information, the Dayton JCRC will assist you, every step of the way, to make sure you understand the Absentee/Vote-by-Mail procedures so you vote will count on November 3, 2020.

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Want to make a difference in Dayton? Contact Jewish Community Relations Director Marcy L. Paul, PhD at mpaul@jfgd.net or by calling (937) 610-1555.

JCRC Mission Statement:

The mission of the Dayton Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is to ensure the growth, resilience, and safety of the Jewish people in our community and nation, Israel, and throughout the world. The JCRC works in collaboration with the greater Dayton community to foster cultural humility and advocate for a just, democratic, and pluralistic mosaic society.  

Dayton JCRC Motto:


Principles of Cultural Humility & Jewish Values

A communal reflection convened to understand, analyze, and act upon the root causes of suffering and create a broader and inclusive view of the world. Repair the world–תקון עולם—(Mishnah Torah)

  1. Life-long learning and critical self-reflection
    Love your neighbor as yourself– ואהבת לרעך כמוץ—(Leviticus 19:18)
  2. Recognize and change power imbalances within our own organizations and our larger community
    Justice, justice you shall pursue– צדק צדק תרדוף—(Deuteronomy 16:20)
  3. Institutional accountability within our own organization and our larger community
    Do not stand idly by–לא תעמד על-דם רעך—(Leviticus 19:16)

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Jewish Council for Public Affairs: The Power of the Network

JCPA Mission
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs is the national umbrella for more than 125 local Jewish Community Relations Councils and 16 national Jewish agencies. Our mandate is to advance the interests of the Jewish people; support Israel’s quest for peace and security; promote a just American society; and advocate for Human Rights around the world. Backed by an unparalleled capacity to mobilize grassroots Jewish activism, we convene the organized Jewish community on key issues. We then identify and develop policies, strategies, and programs for our network.

History of JCPA
JCPA was created in 1944 to safeguard the rights of the Jewish People and to deter anti-Semitism in the United States and around the world. We do this through vigorous engagement in the public sphere sharing the Jewish voice and values on policy and legislative matters at the local, state and national level. More than 70 years later, this mission is as relevant as ever, as we lead the field in outreach to legislators, ethnic, faith, racial, and civic leaders. JCPA’s work is based on the principles that a Jewish community is best able to promote its own interests when it works in common cause with others. By building a Jewish community consensus and working in coalition with others JCPA successfully protects and promotes the interests of the American Jewish community.

JCPA’s Unique Role
JCPA reflects a unique and inclusive partnership of national Jewish organizations and local Jewish communities. It convenes the “common table”, or “Plenum,” around which member agencies meet to identify issues, articulate positions, and develop strategies, programs and approaches designed to advance the public affairs goals and objectives of the community relations network. We do this through an open, representative, inclusive, and consensus-driven process, allowing all voices to be heard. Collectively, this network reaches and represents many hundreds of thousands of diverse Jewish people at the grassroots level around the country.

5 Year Calendar of Major Jewish Holidays & Religious Observances

This calendar is designed to encourage public awareness of Jewish religious observances. We hope it will help you avoid scheduling meetings, examinations, assemblies, field trips, graduations, ceremonies, and other special events at times that conflict with Jewish observances.

There is a wide variation of religious Jewish practices. Therefore, some students and staff members will be absent while others may not.

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Upcoming Events

Thu 13

Virtual Annual Meeting

August 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sun 16

Jewish Dayton Donation Drop-Off

August 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH
Nov 08

Comparing Jewish Resources on the Genealogy Giants

November 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:45 am
Beth Abraham Synagogue
305 Sugar Camp Cir.
Dayton OH
May 16

2021 Presidents Dinner

16 May 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH

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