The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is a standing committee of the Federation. The JCRC serves as the Federation's internal and external outreach arm, engaging all segments of the Greater New Orleans Jewish community and connecting with non-Jewish individuals and groups in the region to promote Jewish values.
The work of the JCRC generally falls into four categories: anti-Semitism and Israel advocacy, social and legislative action, inter-community and multi-faith partnerships, and governmental affairs. In line with the Federation’s new, broad-based approach to external relations, the JCRC is greatly expanding its outreach to non-Jewish communities in Greater New Orleans.
For more information, or to get involved, call 504-780-5608.
HBCU SPEAKER SERIES EVENT - SEPTEMBER 24, DILLARD UNIVERSITY
The Jewish Federation of Greater Orleans is one of over 275 national, state, and local organizations from every state in the country that signed on to the following letter to United Senators in support of the TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act, in July 2019:
Washington, DC 20510
We, the more than 275 undersigned organizations and institutions, representing millions of Americans strongly support the recently-introduced Trauma-Informed Modernization of Eldercare for Holocaust Survivors Act (aka the TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act). This bipartisan legislation will ensure that Holocaust survivors living in the United State have access to the care and services that align with their needs.
Between 1933 and 1945, the Nazis and their collaborators murdered 6,000,000 Jews and many others. Millions more spent these years living in concentration camps, work camps, ghettos or as refugees. Today approximately 80,000 Holocaust survivors live in the United States. With an average age greater than 85, many are 90 years of age or older. Shockingly, one-third have incomes below the official U.S. poverty threshold, limiting their ability to receive care that meets their specific needs. Holocaust survivors live with the physical, mental, and social scars from the traumas they faced. Although aging Holocaust survivors have needs similar to those of other older Americans, the consequences of premature or unnecessary institutionalizations can be more severe for this population. For many, institutionalized settings produce sights, sounds, smells, emotions, and routines which can induce panic, anxiety, and re-traumatization as a result of their experiences during the Holocaust.
The TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act focuses on allowing these survivors to age in place with dignity, comfort, security, and quality of life, at the end of their lives. Specifically, this bill:
Holocaust survivors today are aging and entering their final years. We must uphold our responsibilities and provide Holocaust survivors with the best possible care and treat them in a manner that honors their lives. This legislation, should it become law, will go a long way toward meeting that goal. Please cosponsor the TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act now. If you have any questions about this bill, please contact Stephan.Kline@JewishFederations.org.