The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) serves as the representative voice of the organized Jewish community of Greater New Orleans. The JCRC is responsible for education and advocacy regarding Jews, Israel, and public policies of concern to Jews and the Jewish community. The Council comprises representatives from all Jewish communal organizations, a rabbi from each synagogue, and individuals appointed by the Federation and local leadership. The Council identifies issues, develops programs, and articulates positions that support our Jewish values. Special attention is directed toward issues concerning support of the State of Israel and promotion of a democratic and pluralistic American society.
The JCRC is comprised of the three subcommittees: External Relations, Jewish Outreach, and Government Relations. For more information, or to get involved, call 504-780-5600.
External Relations collaborates with other non-profits in the Greater New Orleans community to promote the JCRC’s mission and to engage in social action. This committee organizes activities aimed at helping New Orleans citizens and fostering strong community relationships.
The pursuit of strong relationships between all racial, ethnic, religious, and social groups in the Greater New Orleans area is a vital component to the recovery of the region and the general well-being of the local Jewish community.
Jewish Outreach works within the Jewish community to cultivate new relationships and increase involvement of less-engaged community members. We focus on a long-term strategy for deepening the engagement of those on the periphery of Jewish life. Outreach achieves its goal through a series of personal contacts with friendly, trained Jewish community representatives at fun, educational, and meaningful programs and events. We reach out to groups such as Woldenberg Village, LGBTQ groups, AVODAH, and Moishe House.
Government Relations works to identify issues of importance to the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community. We address issues at all levels of government—local, state, and federal.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans strongly disagrees with the United States Department of Commerce’s decision to add a citizenship status question to the 2020 Census survey. We believe that this question undermines the integrity, accuracy, and fairness of the Census, with wide-ranging implications for our country.
Immigrant and other minority communities are already historically undercounted in the Census, and the Commerce Department’s inclusion of a citizenship question greatly increases the likelihood that the response rate from these groups will be further depressed. Particularly at a time when immigrant communities are feeling increasingly vulnerable – due to the termination of DACA and the ban on entry of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, among other actions – the new question will raise fears about the federal government now or in the future using citizenship information against them or their loved ones.
Depressed Census participation, in turn, will have far-reaching consequences, as the data gathered by the Census is utilized to both (1) allocate federal funding and (2) determine congressional representation. First, if communities with large immigrant populations are undercounted by the Census, the government’s ability to meet the needs of the American people through the provision of essential services and aid dollars will be thwarted. Second, the interests of immigrant communities would not be accurately represented in Congress if the congressional apportionment process, a foundational aspect of our representative democracy, is based upon flawed data.
The citizenship question is costly and unnecessary, and adding it to the 2020 Census cannot be abided. We call on Congress and the courts to reject this question and enable the Census Bureau to obtain the most precise and full count possible.
Henry Miller | Chair, Board of Trustees
Arnie D. Fielkow | Chief Executive Officer
Bradley Bain | Chair, Jewish Community Relations Council
Chair: Bradley Bain
Executive Committee: Bradley Bain, Gail Chalew, Nicole Harvey, Dr. Daliah Bauer Wolfson
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