Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
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.
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Principles of Cultural Humility & Jewish Values
Working toward an all-encompassing and inclusive view of the world. Repair the world–תקון עולם—(Mishnah Torah)
- Life-long learning and critical self-reflection
Love your neighbor as yourself– ואהבת לרעך כמוץ—(Leviticus 19:18)
- Recognize and change power imbalances within our own organizations and our larger community
Justice, justice you shall pursue– צדק צדק תרדוף—(Deuteronomy 16:20)
- 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
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.