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Jewish Community Relations Council

Advocate for Israel

Jewish Community Relations Council

Who We Are

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is a coalition of nearly 40 Jewish organizations, synagogues as well as at-large members in the Denver and Boulder metropolitan area that have come together to speak with one representative voice on issues of concern to the local and global Jewish community

What We Do

The mission of the JCRC is to advocate for domestic and international policy issues that affect the Colorado Jewish community, to represent these views to the Jewish community and to the general community of Colorado, and to organize the Jewish community in times of crisis.

JCRC convenes the “common table” around which member organizations, through open, representative, inclusive and consensus-driven process, meet to articulate positions, and develop strategies, programs and approaches designed to advance the public affairs agenda of the organized Jewish community.  Specifically, we:

  • Identify issues and articulate positions which are important to the organized Jewish community and the State of Colorado.
  • Support-through advocacy and education-the well-being and security of Jews in Colorado, across the United States, in Israel, and around the world.
  • Advocate for local & state legislative issues on which there is a group consensus.
  • Build and support coalitions with like-minded, faith-based organizations to strengthen social policy.
  • Work to build a network of support for the state of Israel and the quest for peace in the Middle East.
  • Convene the community in times of crisis, celebration and commemoration.

 How We Do It

  • Communicate with and establish relationships with government officials.
  • Explain the policies of the Israeli government and developments in the Middle East to the Jewish and non-Jewish communities, key policy-makers, and the media.
  • Build coalitions with other communities around key issues of mutual concern.
  • Monitor the media on priority issues.
  • Undertake efforts to maximize government dollars available for programs and services that enhance the quality-of-life for all people.

What We’re Accomplishing

  • Supported Colorado ASSET bill granting in-state tuition for undocumented students.
  • Supported Civil Unions bill, which provides legal protection and recognition for same-sex couples.
  • Supported a bill authorizing State Treasurer to invest in Israel Bonds.
  • Initiated and successfully advocated for Colorado law to prohibit life insurance companies from denying coverage or charge increased premiums due to past or future travel to lawful destinations, including Israel.
  • Secured assistance for vulnerable populations by  lobbying for:
    • federal Homeland Security grants.
    • extension of the Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit for preschools and camps.
  • Championed efforts for targeted divestment by state bodies from companies operating in Sudan and Iran.
  • Promoted state resolutions to commemorate the Holocaust and to support the State of Israel.
  • Obtained federal “Naturally-Occurring Retirement Communities” funding to support aging-in-place projects implemented by Jewish Family Service of Colorado.
  • Sponsor a “Day at the Capital.”
  • Co-sponsor a biennial Candidates Forum with National Council of Jewish Women, Colorado Section.
  • Sponsor educational trips–including missions to Israel–for elected and appointed public officials.
  • Hold annual JCRC luncheon to recognize community leaders.
  • Sponsor community events to express solidarity for the State of Israel and support for other communities in times of crisis.

 How You Can Help

  • You can give your time–volunteers help to raise awareness of and advocate for issues of concern.
  • You can give your charitable dollars–funds are always needed to help support the programs and activities of the JCRC, which is funded by gifts to JEWISHcolorado’s Annual Campaign.