About the Jewish Community Relations Council

JFGP's Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) develops and articulates consensus positions concerning matters of public importance on behalf of its constituency. It is the public affairs coordinating and advisory body for the organized Jewish community of NW Oregon and SW Washington.
 

JCRC Policy Positions

The JCRC advocates on issues of great importance to the Jewish community in the areas of social justice, civil rights, the environment, Israel and more. Read more on the current issues supported by JCRC.

 

►  Legislative Advocacy

►  Israel Advocacy

►  Intergroup Outreach


See the latest JCRC Meeting Minutes here
  • Intergroup Passover Seder

    Be our guest as we bring together community members of varied faiths and backgrounds at our holiday meal telling the ancient story of the Jewish Exodus. Of the many special components of the Passover Seder - none are more important than the guests seated at our table.

    Join us

    Be our guest as we bring together community members of varied faiths and backgrounds at our holiday meal telling the ancient story of the Jewish Exodus. Of the many special components of the Passover Seder - none are more important than the guests seated at our table.

    Join us

    Be our guest as we bring together community members of varied faiths and backgrounds at our holiday meal telling the ancient story of the Jewish Exodus. Of the many special components of the...

    Join us

    Be our guest as we bring together community members of varied faiths and backgrounds at our holiday meal telling the anc...

    Join us

    Be our guest as we bring together community members of varied faiths and backgro...

    Join us

    Be our guest as we bring together community member...

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  • Jewish Holiday Calendar

    The Jewish religion celebrates a number of special days of observance. These dates occur according to the Jewish calendar. The Jewish holy days fall on different dates from year to year within the Gregorian calendar.

    The Jewish religion celebrates a number of special days of observance. These dates occur according to the Jewish calendar. The Jewish holy days fall on different dates from year to year within the Gregorian calendar.

    The Jewish religion celebrates a number of special days of observance. These dates occur according to the Jewish calendar. The Jewish holy days fall on different dates from year to year within the ...

    The Jewish religion celebrates a number of special days of observance. These dates occur according to the Jewish calendar. The ...

    The Jewish religion celebrates a number of special days of observance. These dates occu...

    The Jewish religion celebrates a number of special days o...

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  • What Did We Accomplish this year?

    JCRC lobbied on behalf of more funding for Medicaid, supported legislation to combat hunger, worked against wage theft, stood up for common sense gun control, and helped ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

    JCRC lobbied on behalf of more funding for Medicaid, supported legislation to combat hunger, worked against wage theft, stood up for common sense gun control, and helped ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

    JCRC lobbied on behalf of more funding for Medicaid, supported legislation to combat hunger, worked against wage theft, stood up for common sense gun control, and helped ban the sale of e-cigarette...

    JCRC lobbied on behalf of more funding for Medicaid, supported legislation to combat hunger, worked against wage theft, stood u...

    JCRC lobbied on behalf of more funding for Medicaid, supported legislation to combat hu...

    JCRC lobbied on behalf of more funding for Medicaid, supp...

    JCRC lobbied on behalf of more f...

    JCRC lobbied on behalf...

 

Working Hard for the Jewish Northwest

JCRC develops and articulates consensus positions concerning matters of public importance on behalf of its constituency. It is the public affairs coordinating and advisory body for the organized Jewish community of NW Oregon and SW Washington. 

 

The JCRC seeks to promote mutual understanding among all groups in the greater community and to advance democratic pluralism, harmonious relationships, and respect for human dignity and individual rights across religious, racial, and ethnic lines. The JCRC consists of a cross-section of Portland Jewry representing area organizations and synagogues.

 

If you like assessing current issues and developing strategies to further the interest of your community, JCRC invites you to get involved. Interested in learning more about JCRC and its committees? Contact Director of Community Relations, Bob Horenstein at 503-245-6496.

NAME AFFILIATION
Marilyn Abend JCRC Executive Committee
Naomi Angier Beit Haverim
Nancy Becker Havurah Shalom
Craig Berne Shaarie Torah
Doug Blauer Neveh Shalom
Rabbi Michael Cahana At-large
Dina Dubson At-large
Elizabeth Friedenwald Beth Israel
Harry Glauber Kesser Israel
Joel Glick P'nai Or
Mitch Goldstein Shir Tikvah
Doug Green At-large
Yoni Kahn-Jochnowitz At-large
Hank Kaplan Legislative Advocacy
Shelly Klapper Jewish Federation
Charles Levy Ahavath Achim
Susan Marcus Cedar Sinai Park
Joyce Mendelsohn Jewish Federation/IOC
Michelle Minch Israel Advocacy
Paul Norr JFCS/JCRC Exec. Comm.
Randie Peterson Immediate Past chair
Jeff Reingold JCRC Executive Committee
Terry Reynolds Central Oregon
Stan Sandberg Kol Shalom
Arden Shenker JCPA
Neil Simon At-large
Ed Tonkin Federation Chair
Michael Weiner JCRC Chair
David Wolf Kol Ami
  • Oregon and SW Washington

    Congressional Delegation - Find your senators and representatives for Oregon and SW Washington here. Information provided by Govtrack.us

    Congressional Delegation - Find your senators and representatives for Oregon and SW Washington here. Information provided by Govtrack.us

    Congressional Delegation - Find your senators and representatives for Oregon and SW Washington here. Information provided by Govtrack.us

    Congressional Delegation - Find your senators and representatives for Oregon and SW Washington here. Information provided by G...

    Congressional Delegation - Find your senators and representatives for Oregon and SW Wa...

    Congressional Delegation - Find your senators and repres...

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  • Buy Israeli Goods

    The JCRC’s Israel Advocacy Subcommittee promotes the strengthening of US-Israel ties and is currently focusing on countering the global movement to delegitimize Israel through boycotts and divestment. You can help by purchasing Israeli goods in our area.

    The JCRC’s Israel Advocacy Subcommittee promotes the strengthening of US-Israel ties and is currently focusing on countering the global movement to delegitimize Israel through boycotts and divestment. You can help by purchasing Israeli goods in our area.

    The JCRC’s Israel Advocacy Subcommittee promotes the strengthening of US-Israel ties and is currently focusing on countering the global movement to delegitimize Israel through boycotts and divest...

    The JCRC’s Israel Advocacy Subcommittee promotes the strengthening of US-Israel ties and is currently focusing on countering ...

    The JCRC’s Israel Advocacy Subcommittee promotes the strengthening of US-Israel ties ...

    The JCRC’s Israel Advocacy Subcommittee promotes the st...

    The JCRC’s Israel Advocacy Sub...

    The JCRC’s Israel Ad...