To represent the metropolitan Detroit Jewish community, Israel and Jews throughout the world to the general community, and to establish collaborative relationships with other ethnic, racial, civic and religious groups. JCRC/AJC educates and advocates on important issues, seeking consensus with a commitment to Jewish values.
The JCRC/AJC should be:
- The agency for community relations representing the metropolitan Detroit Jewish community that is highly sought out and respected by Jews and non-Jews.
- The agency that promotes the interests of major Jewish organizations and other agencies through government relations at the federal, state and local levels and the media.
- Highly involved in issues affecting the Jewish community, Detroit and its suburbs, and Israel.
- An agency known for fairness and impartiality, concern for social justice and Jewish values.
The following values provide the foundation for JCRC/AJC's vision and inform the manner in which we fulfill our mission:
- Tikkun Olam – Repair the world. Making the world a better place for children, the aged, the sick and hungry, Jews and non-Jews.
- B'Tselem Elokim – All created in G-d's image. Ensuring respect for individuals regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability.
- Darchei Shalom – Paths of peace. Keeping peace through ongoing and effective inter-group relations, and continuing to promote mutual respect and foster understanding within our community.
- Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh La Zeh – All in the House of Israel are responsible for one another. Continuously working to support and aid Jews at home, in Israel and around the world.
- Lo Ta'amod Al Dam Rey'echa – Do not stand idly by. Demonstrating our commitments through activism and mobilization to ensure that our voice is heard on issues of vital importance to the Jewish community.
- Im ein ani li, mi li? U'kh'she'ani le'atzmi, mah ani? V'im lo'akhshav, eimatai? – If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And, if not now, when? Actively advocating for Jewish community interests while working in concert with other faith and ethnic communities to simultaneously pursue issues of universal concern.
- Shalom Bayit – Peace in the home. Committing to settling disputes and engaging in all our activities in a peaceful and respectful manner.
JCRC/AJC’s agenda is focused in three areas: (1) media relations, (2) Israel advocacy and (3) community activism. As the news media’s key link to the Detroit Jewish community, JCRC/AJC ensures a Jewish perspective to events that occur or opinions expressed in the media. JCRC/AJC advocates, educates and mobilizes the local community to take action in support of a strong U.S.–Israel relationship and the American government’s role in promoting a Middle East peace process. "Community activism" embraces JCRC/AJC's community relations activities connecting Detroit's Jews with their non-Jewish neighbors, advocating in the halls of government on issues of concern to our Jewish community, providing meaningful volunteer opportunities to community members, and promoting a more cohesive Jewish community.
JCRC/AJC carries the dual responsibility of reflecting the Jewish community’s consensus while providing leadership in pursuit of traditional and contemporary Jewish values. It is both a gathering of activists and a platform for advocacy, agents of social change and stewards of conscience. JCRC/AJC serves as a catalyst to heighten community awareness, encourages civic and social involvement, and provides a forum to deliberate key issues of importance to the Jewish community.
JCRC/AJC is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. JCRC/AJC is also an affiliate of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, which serves as the national representative voice of Jewish community relations councils.
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