Press Releases

Hundreds of Volunteers to Visit Local Nonprofits During Annual Mitzvah Day

December 5, 2019 – Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC (JCRC/AJC) will host its 23rd Annual Mitzvah Day this Christmas, Wednesday, December 25, at nonprofit organizations throughout Detroit and its surrounding communities. The daylong event is held in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Beginning as early as 6:30 a.m., more than 600 volunteers of… Read more »

JCRC/AJC Names Rabbi Asher Lopatin Executive Director

September 17, 2019 – Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC (JCRC/AJC) has named Rabbi Asher Lopatin its new executive director effective immediately. The announcement was made by Board President Alicia B. Chandler. Rabbi Asher Lopatin is the founding director of the Detroit Center for Civil Discourse, a nonprofit designed to bring diverse people together in enriching dialogue,… Read more »

Statements on Recent Events

August 21, 2019 – The following are the statements which AJC made following events of the past week: AJC Response on Israeli Decision to Bar Reps. Omar and Tlaib from Entering (August 15) American Jewish Committee (AJC) CEO David Harris issued the following statement in response to the Israeli government’s announcement: As long-time friends and… Read more »

JCRC/AJC Statement on Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

August 5, 2019 – The Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC grieves with the communities of El Paso and Dayton following this weekend’s mass murders. That such crimes have become commonplace in our American society is a tragedy and we call on government at every level to take action without delay. While the motivations behind the murders… Read more »

Community Briefing: A Security Update

May 8 – Last week we observed Yom HaShoah, a remembrance of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. Sadly, the admonition to ‘never forget’ is unnecessary in a world where hatred and violence directed towards the Jewish people remains commonplace. The assaults on the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in San Diego and the… Read more »