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JCRC-NY President Charles S. Temel speaks at the 2018 Winter Benefit
Reception at the Museum of the City of NY on December 3rd.
Photo by Michael Priest Photography


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Tuesday, April 9th
JCRC-NY 2019 Gala Dinner 
at The Pierre

Sunday, June 2nd
2019 Celebrate Israel Parade
Fifth Avenue, 57th-74th Streets
For more information, contact
Grant Silverstein: or 212-983-4800 x149

A Message From Our President

Dear JCRC-NY Friends & Supporters,

This fall season has been a challenging time for the Jewish community locally and nationally.  We all grieve for the victims of the massacre in Pittsburgh and struggle to understand how the scourge of anti-Semitism could again become such a serious threat. Fortunately, JCRC-NY has well-established, on-going relationships with community leaders and public officials across the ethnic, religious and political spectrum. We are also in close contact with law enforcement and will continue our efforts to improve the security of all our institutions. However, that is just defense. We also know that words matter and that inflammatory language in the public square can incite violence. That violence is not just directed towards Jews. That is why our core mission is to work with all communities because we are all threatened.

All of our activities display innovation and influence and show results. Our work vividly demonstrates how JCRC-NY’s core mission of uniting New York’s diverse communities and advocating for a safe city for all of us and a safe State of Israel helps strengthens the Jewish community.  As we turn the page on a new calendar year, we look forward to even more success stories. We are grateful to our generous donors, our Board of Directors, and UJA-Federation, our major benefactor.

We hope you will consider including JCRC-NY in your end-of-year charitable donations and thank you again for your support!
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!


Charles Temel Signature

Charles S. Teme
photo.cahns onlyGuests of Honor and Event Patrons Sandy and Stewart Cahn
Event Co-Chair Carol Levin, JCRC-NY Board Member and Event Emcee Marissa Shorenstein, Event Co-Chair and JCRC-NY Executive Committee Member Jerry Levin, JCRC-NY President Charles S. Temel and JCRC-NY Exec. VP and CEO Michael S. Miller present the gift to Sandy and Stewart Cahn.

Photos by Michael Priest Photography

Winter Benefit Reception Honors Sandy and Stewart Cahn

JCRC-NY’s third annual Winter Benefit Reception recognizing Guests of Honor and Event Patrons Sandy and Stewart Cahn was a great success.  200 guests attended the event held at the Museum of the City of New York on the second night of Chanukah.  Sandy and Stewart were honored for their lifelong dedication to the Jewish people locally, in Israel, and throughout the world.

Willy Pilku, owner of CORE Scaffold Systems, served as Corporate Benefactor; Birthright Israel, Melanie and Matthew Bronfman, Aaron Frenkel, Nancy and Paul Levy, Linda Mirels, Tina and Steven Price, Jeff Schoenfeld, and Cindy and Jacob Worenklein served as Sponsors; and multiple individuals and couples served as Supporters.

Highlights of the evening included a traditional NY/Jewish style smorgasbord of hot dogs and deli in the museum’s elegant Rotunda; tours of its exhibitions NY at Its Core - 400 Years of NYC History, Port City 1609-1898 & World City 1898-2012; a Chanukah menorah-lighting ceremony with Rabbi Peter Weintraub and Cantor Netanel Hershtik; and remarks by Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in NY, and Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of NY.

For more details, please click HERE

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Tree of Life Synagaogue in Pittsburgh, PA

JCRC-NY Exec. VP and CEO Michael Miller speaks at vigil convened by Mayor Bill de Blasio with religious and poltical leaders. Photo credit:  Michael Appleton/Mayor Photography Office

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In the last few months, JCRC-NY has addressed many challenges.  After the tragedy at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, our team, led by Executive Vice President and CEO Michael Miller and Commission Directors Noam Gilboord, Bob Kaplan, David Pollock, and Dori Zofan, immediately mobilized. 

We connected with our close contacts in law enforcement and government to ensure the safety of synagogues and other Jewish institutions and provided invaluable security guidance to those entities.  We are now administering a program generously funded by UJA-Federation that will enable recipients to qualify for state and federal grants and upgrade their infrastructure and procedures. 

We also collected and published statements of solidarity from more than 150 elected officials and community partners and participated in multiple vigils across the metropolitan area.  Michael Miller spoke at the vigil convened by Mayor Bill de Blasio at Temple Emanu-El with religious and political leaders.  

Most recently, we have been working with NYPD and other law enforcement agencies after the disturbing anti-Semitic incidents at Union Temple, Columbia Teachers College, and Williamsburg. 

Once again, we can see that, more than ever, we need an organization like JCRC-NY effectively representing New York’s diverse Jewish community, strongly advocating for our rights, interests, and values, and successfully partnering with governmental and communal leaders.

Click HERE for JCRC-NY's response to the tragedy in Pittsburgh.

Click HERE for JCRC-NY's press release in reaction to anti-Semitic graffiti at Columbia Teachers College.

Click HERE for the latest security updates from our Commission on Public Policy and Jewish Security, led by Associate Executive Director David Pollock.
israeli flag pastors photoLatino Pastors Mission participants on Mt. Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee.


Update from Israel and International Affairs Commission

Throughout the year, JCRC-NY's Commission on Israel and International Affairs hosts meetings with academicians, military experts, and Israeli public officials for organizational representatives, volunteer leadership, donors, and friends to showcase a wide range of opinions on a diverse array of issues concerning Israel and Global Jewry.

Recent guest speakers include Hon. Benny Kashriel, Mayor of Ma'ale Adumim; Prof. Adam Ferziger, Bar Ilan University, who discussed The Widening Chasm: American Jews vs. Israeli Jews; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard Natonski, USMC, and Col (Ret.) Marc Warren, USA, who discussed Israel's Next Northern War: Operational and Legal Challenges; and Natasha Hausdorff, Co-Director of UK Lawyers for Israel, who discussed the upsurge of anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party.

The roster of alumni from JCRC-NY's Missions to Israel project continues to expand.  The week of December 10th, JCRC-NY led a delegation of 15 Latino pastors to Israel.  Click HERE for more information about the missions.

As part of the Faculty Engagement Program (FEP), which works with faculty from New York City's colleges and universities, JCRC-NY hosted Dr. Khalil Shikaki, Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, and Prof. Tamar Hermann from the Israel Democracy Institute, To learn more about FEP, click HERE to read an article in  eJewish Philanthropy written by FEP Director Dr. Shahar Sadeh.

Plans are already underway for the 2019 Celebrate Israel Parade on Sunday, June 2nd up Fifth Avenue.  Registration is now open for marching groups.  Please visit to register and for more information.  This year's theme is Only in Israel - Rak B'Yisrael. 

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Fellows completing the Identity Clouds activity as a part of Personality and Leadership Styles at Orientation on October 16th.

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Jorge Fanjul teaching fellows at Navigating Local Government seminar at Brooklyn Borough Hall on December 4th.

We Are all New York Fellowship 2018-19 Cohort Launches

Entering its 11th year of training New York City’s non-profit leaders, The Center for Community Leadership launched its third We Are All New York cohort of 30 nonprofit, government, and faith-based professionals.   From October to June, fellows gather for monthly skill-building seminars and complete a challenge project around an issue facing New York City through development, grant making, and community organizing efforts. 

This year's fellows have chosen the topic of Youth Engagement for their challenge project. Since the cohort's orientation on October 16th, the fellows have learned about Cultural Humility, Empowered Leadership, Coalition and Partnership Building, and Navigating Local Government from JCRC-NY staff including Bob Kaplan, Director of the Center for Community Leadership at JCRC-NY, and Dori Zofan, Director of the Jewish Communal Affairs Commission, and alumni presenters including Carla Downie, Jorge Fanjul, and Cory Provost. Future skill-building seminar topics include Changing Demographics of NYC, Storytelling, and Resource Development
Click HERE to read the newest We Are All New York community newsletter and to learn about the new Program Director Alyssa Hartstein.

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The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York serves as the central coordinating and resource body for the Jewish community in the metropolitan New York area and as an advocate for a strong and secure State of Israel. An active force in New York civic and communal life, JCRC-NY builds working relationships within the Jewish community, with other ethnic and faith communities, and with public officials and government agencies.


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