As the public affairs voice of the Detroit Jewish community, JCRC/AJC uses a consensus-building process to identify issues, articulate positions, and develop strategies, programs and approaches to advance the Jewish community’s collective goals. JCRC/AJC’s programs and activities include:
- Supporting the U.S.- Israel relationship and the Middle East peace process.
- Promoting Jewish values and participation in the public arena, including advocacy on domestic issues of social justice.
- Advocating to preserve and expand federal government funding of local social service agencies.
- Facilitating positive city-suburban relations and regional development and cooperation.
- Advocating for religious liberties and church/state separation.
- Strengthening inter-cultural, religious, ethnic and race relations.
- Educates both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities about Israel – its quest for peace and security, its role in the Middle East and importance to the world.
- Encourages Congress and the White House to sustain a strong U.S-Israel relationship.
- Supports the growing alliances between Israel and the Detroit community at large, including the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Partnership2Gether.
JCRC/AJC serves as the news media's key link to the Detroit Jewish community. The media turn to JCRC/AJC first when seeking a Jewish perspective on issues and events of concern in the Middle East and in our own community. The foundation of JCRC ’s effectiveness has been earned from decades of relationship-building with reporters and editors at local news outlets. As a result, JCRC/AJC provides a clear, articulate voice for Detroit Jewry, demanding evenhanded coverage of Israel and the issues that matter most to our community.
JCRC/AJC brings together Jews throughout the metro area, creating opportunities for unity through action. Engaging members of the Jewish community as public policy advocates and volunteers, JCRC/AJC:
- Advocates on the priority issues of Jewish Detroit.
- Advances those issues through coalitions with other organizations that share our concerns.
- Builds bridges between the Jewish and other religious and ethnic communities to prevent conflict and promote cooperation.
- Provides opportunities for hands-on social action.
"Building a community of activists" is JCRC/AJC's strategy for engaging Jewish and non-Jewish community members, leaders, organizations and institutions in the work of tikkun olam - repairing the world. JCRC/AJC maintains a direct on-going connection to public officials at the federal, state and local level. JCRC also promotes grassroots advocacy on key Jewish community concerns, mobilizing Jews and non-Jews to action on significant public issues, often through JCRC/AJC's efforts to build or join broad-based coalitions.
JCRC/AJC promotes activism also by providing Jewish community members with meaningful volunteering opportunities, such as Bookstock - the Jewish community's huge used book and media sale, JCRC/AJC literacy programs, and - in partnership with the Jewish Federation - Mitzvah Day.