Jewish Community Relations Council


The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the public affairs arm of the Jewish Federation. Its mission is to represent the Jewish community's interests and concerns to public officials and agencies, the media and the community at large. It promotes tikkun olam, the repair of the world, through advocacy and action.


For more information on how to get involved with Jewish Community Relations Council, contact Rabbi-in-Residence, Director of Jewish Life & Community Relations, Rabbi Joshua Pernick at (203) 387-2424 or 

JCRC Co-Chairs: Ina Silverman & Jay Sokolow


Hot Topic:

  • Israel’s Proposed Judicial Reforms & The Israeli Public’s Response

    On December 29, 2022, a new government was sworn in in Israel, supported by a coalition of 64 out of the Knesset’s 120 members. This new government is pursuing a series of significant reforms that aim to alter the relationship between Israel’s parliament and its judicial system. Learn the background behind the reforms, the positions for and against them, and how Federation is responding.

Current Initiatives:

  • New Haven Beit Midrash

    The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven has joined forces with Pardes North America and many New Haven area synagogues to present the New Haven Beit Midrash, an empowering Jewish learning initiative created to enrich our adult Jewish community through thought-provoking sessions led by world-renowned Jewish educators.



Ways to Get Involved with JCRC



Jewish Coalition for Literacy


Volunteer to be a reading partner matched with youngsters in New Haven​ public schools. More About JCL





Israel Action Network (IAN)


Partner with IAN to provide many local activities and resources in support of Israel and against delegitimization. More About IAN






                            Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement (JCARR)


Help provide refugee families with comprehensive support as they are welcomed to their new home in the United States. More About JCARR





Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)


​Join in the united voice of the organized Jewish community. More About JCPA





Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut (CONECT)


Discover, research, analyze, and articulate a powerful moral voice to negotiate with business and government leaders regarding social, economic, and political issues that affect our member congregations. More About CONECT


"Experience tells us that we can’t be for ourselves if we are only for ourselves. Social justice and self-preservation, it turns out, go hand and hand." Read here to learn how, even after 75 years, national-local Jewish community relations still play key roles in Jewish wellbeing.