Tag: JCRC/AJC

Award-Winning Israeli Documentary Filmmaker To Discuss ISIS at Feb. 6 Event

January 24, 2019 – Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC (JCRC/AJC) and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Israel & Overseas department will welcome Itai Anghel, one of Israel’s most prominent TV journalists, to Temple Beth El (7400 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills) on Wednesday, February 6. His presentation, “ISIS – The Day After: A Look from Within,” will begin at 7 p.m. and will conclude with a dessert reception – dietary laws observed.

Through clips and first-hand experience, Anghel will address what led to the rise and fall of the ‘Islamic State’ and the Jihadists in the Middle East, which influenced Israeli and U.S. foreign policy. In doing so, he will help attendees understand the possible re-emergence of the organization’s ideas. Anghel is the only Israeli journalist who has been covering the region from the fall of Saddam Hussein to the present-day breakup of Syria.

The recipient of numerous awards, Anghel was the top recipient of the Sokolov Award, the highest award for outstanding journalism in Israel, in 2017. He is known for his unique field-work and in-depth documentaries, which feature his unique ability to deeply and fearlessly explore the most dangerous hot-spots around the globe, while intimately connecting with all parties involved. Since 2004, he has served as a senior correspondent on Israel’s Channel 2 “UVDA”, a documentary and current affairs programs, where he produces investigative documentary segments from around the world. He is currently a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.

There is no cost to attend. advance registration is appreciated at itaidetroit.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Lauren Herrin at 248-642-2641 or herrin@jfmd.org.

JCRC/AJC’s mission is 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. For more information visit www.jcrcajc.org.

JCRC/AJC Responds to Surge of Violence in Israel

November 13, 2018 – The Jewish community of metropolitan Detroit stands in solidarity with Israel as it faces the worst surge of violence since the 2014 Hamas-Israel war.  More than 400 rockets have been fired by Hamas at civilian targets in southern Israel over the past 24 hours.

While Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System has intercepted one-quarter of these rockets, many buildings and other structures have been hit. Sadly, this barrage of rockets has resulted in many injuries.  A 48-year-old Palestinian man lost his life when a rocket from Gaza struck an apartment building in Ashkelon, Israel.

As the rocket fire continues, life for those in the cities affected has come to a halt – schools have been closed, all public events have been canceled and residents have been told to stay in or close to bomb shelters. To help protect these people, the IDF is moving additional tanks and infantry units to the Gaza border region and striking terrorist locations throughout Gaza.

Here in metropolitan Detroit, we are monitoring the situation closely and with great concern, but from afar. However, tomorrow we will welcome Gil Hoffman, the political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, to two events where he will provide insight into Israeli politics and the relationship between Israeli and American Jews. Now, he undoubtedly will address this escalation in violence and explain how Israel is responding.

We remain hopeful that a ceasefire will follow soon and we keep the victims, families and individuals in southern Israel in our thoughts.

 

We Mourn the Victims in Pittsburgh and Stand in Solidarity

October 28, 2018 – JCRC/AJC mourns the 11 Jews murdered at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh yesterday. We pray for those wounded, including the police officers who were injured in the line of duty. The horror of a synagogue being targeted on Shabbat, on the morning of a bris, is the worst nightmares of our community come to fruition. We are shaken to our core. This hate crime not only inflicts immense pain on those who were attacked, but also terrorizes the entire Jewish community. We are strong and resilient. We will not cower in the face of such evil.

We are grateful for the many expressions of support and sympathy from the diverse communities of metropolitan Detroit. Community leaders and individuals have raised their voices publicly and privately to let us know that we do not stand alone in our pain and grief. These expressions of solidarity strengthen us in this dark time.

As the tragedy unfolded yesterday, JCRC/AJC’s first focus was to fulfill our role as the media spokesperson for the Jewish community. We worked closely with local news outlets to make sure that the voice of the local Jewish community was represented in their stories. Some of our published and recorded comments can be found at the bottom of this e-mail.

We commend the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit for their eloquent community message, which can be read here, and thank them for their partnership with JCRC/AJC as we work together to respond to this tragedy.

JCRC/AJC and our partners are working now on opportunities for the community to mourn together. We will share updates as soon as the details are available. Please follow our Facebook page for updates and when plans are confirmed, we will email you again.

We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and communities nationwide. May those who are injured find complete healing and may the memories of those lost forever be a blessing.

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WJBK-FOX 2 News

WDIV- NBC 4

WXYZ- ABC 7

JCRC/AJC Gun Violence Prevention Policy Statement

March 21, 2018 – Approximately 38,000 people are killed by firearms in the United States each year. These deaths are caused by suicide and homicide, as well as by accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, the firearm death rate was approximately 12 deaths per 100,000. That statistic exceeds many other nations and represents a national tragedy and serious public health issue. The Jewish value of pikuach nefesh teaches Jews that the preservation of human life is of supreme importance and overrides almost every other commandment in the Torah. Because of this, JCRC/AJC feels compelled to call on our leaders to take the necessary steps to reduce gun violence in the United States.

Specifically, JCRC/AJC calls on our legislative leaders to:

  • Support universal background checks for all gun transactions, including person-to-person
  • Oppose concealed carry reciprocity
  • Support extreme risk protection orders
  • End the prohibition of government funding of gun violence research because gun violence is a grave public health epidemic
  • Oppose permitless carry
  • Support the abolition of open carry
  • Oppose the sale of semi-automatic firearms with a large magazine of ammunition designed and configured for rapid fire and combat useMoreover, JCRC/AJC calls on our legislative and community leaders to engage in open and productive dialogue on this issue in order to craft a multi-faceted approach to eliminate gun violence in our nation.

Black and Jewish Congregations Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 2018 – Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church and Adat Shalom Synagogue, together will celebrate the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Where do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 14 at Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit.

 

Presented in partnership with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC, the program will feature the Adat Shalom, Greater New Mt. Moriah and Russell Street choirs under the leadership of Hazzan Daniel Gross, Elder Herman Harris and Reverend Michael Kennedy. Other presenters will include Rabbi Aaron Bergman, Reverend Dr. Deedee M. Coleman, Reverend Kenneth James Flowers, and the youth choirs of Greater New Mt. Moriah and Hillel Day School.

 

The theme of the program – “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” – is taken from the name of Dr. King’s final book before his assassination. The book, written in 1967, analyzed the state of race relations in America in light of recent federal protections and posed the question of whether or not the new protections would usher in a new era of racial equality.

 

“Dr. King’s last book was actually a call for love and unity in the face of what he felt was an increase in racism across America,” says Reverend Kenneth Flowers of Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. “It is profound and sad that these words ring so true today, which is why we must keep his message alive and never cease in our commitment to overcome injustice wherever and whenever we can.”

 

The program will be followed by a dessert reception sponsored by AIPAC. It is open to the community at no charge and reservations are not required.  For more information, contact Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church 313-871-8025; Adat Shalom Synagogue, 248-851-5100; or Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church 313-875-2458.