Frequently Asked Questions


WHAT IS THE JCRC/AJC?

We are the public affairs voice of the Detroit Jewish community…

  • to the news media
  • to legislators and other government officials
  • to the area’s diverse ethnic, racial, and religious groups
  • to the overall community in southeast Michigan.

We connect Israel to both our Jewish community and the general public, and we work with local Jewish organizations and institutions to build a stronger Detroit Jewish community.

HOW DO WE ENGAGE THE NEWS MEDIA?

JCRC/AJC arranged for WDIV Channel 4 anchor Devin Scillian to interview
Ambassador Dennis Ross on the U.S.-Israel relationship on "Flashpoint"

  • We monitor local media coverage to ensure fair and accurate news coverage.
  • We respond to interview requests and meet on a regular basis with editors, columnists, and reporters.
  • We arrange background briefings on issues of concern to the Jewish community.
  • We mobilize Jewish voices to support or oppose editorial positions.

HOW DO WE ENGAGE ELECTED OFFICIALS?

Stabenow and Mary Ellen

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow talks with JCRC/AJC board member
Mary Ellen Gurewitz at the JCPA Plenum Policy Conference

We work directly…

  • with members of Congress
  • with local governments
  • with state legislators and government officials

We urge their support on issues of concern to Jewish Detroit and Israel. We also educate them on our issues to build relationships that benefit the Jewish community and that advance a deeper appreciation of Israel.

HOW DO WE BUILD BRIDGES TO OTHERS?

We develop and maintain friendly and productive relationships with Detroit’s diverse ethnic, racial and religious groups…

  • to form alliances on issues that we share
  • to seek support on issues of Jewish concern, such as civil rights, health care, public education, immigration and Israel to promote our own security and well being.

HOW DO WE ADVOCATE FOR ISRAEL?

  • We provide important, accurate information about Israel to the media.
  • We organize activities and events to mobilize and demonstrate community support.
  • We engage local, state, and national officials to support Israel.
  • We bring Israeli dignitaries and experts to speak at public events and with local media.
  • We teach Jewish students how to speak effectively on behalf of Israel on campus and to deal with anti-Israel encounters at school.
  • We maintain the Israel Advocacy Network (IAN) with several hundred online activists. 

HOW ARE WE STRUCTURED

Our board of directors reflects our community’s broad range of opinions. As a representative body, our board comprises the entire spectrum...

  • from seniors to the young
  • from Orthodox to non-practicing
  • from all income levels
  • from the entire spectrum of political beliefs.

Through a deliberative process, the board sets JCRC/AJC’s policy positions, as well as long- and short-term programming. The board and its officers are elected at JCRC/AJC’s annual meeting. The professional and support staff is overseen and directed by the Executive Director.

HOW ARE WE FUNDED?

The majority of our annual operating funds come from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit; the remaining funds come from our partnership with AJC, program revenues, grants, and individual contributions – including 100% board participation in the Friends of JCRC/AJC Campaign.