Community Relations Council

The Community Relations Council (CRC) of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater educates the community on issues impacting the rights of Jews locally, in the United States, in Israel and around the world. The CRC transforms issues into action through the community, public officials and government, the media and other faith and ethnic communities.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the CRC is to establish constructive dialogue, create educational opportunities and maintain positive exchanges within the Jewish community, as well as in other communities throughout the greater Tidewater area.

What We Do

Educate
Educates the community on Issues impacting the rights of Jews locally, in the United States, in Israel and globally.

Translate Issues
The CRC translates issues into action through the community, public officials and government, the media and other faith and ethnic communities.

Campaign
The CRC is supported through your generous gifts to UJFT's Annual Campaign.

Our Committees

The Chair of the CRC is Megan Zuckerman. The CRC made up of members from the Tidewater Jewish Community and is comprised of three committees with the Chairs coming together to form the CRC Leadership, known collectively as the CRC Steering Committee.

Legislative Action

Provides education on issues and candidates with elections on the local, state and national levels while creating relationships with officials to ensure dialogue between our Jewish community and those representing us in Richmond and Washington, D.C.

 

Chair – Alyssa Muhlendorf

Vice Chair – Raizel Cook

Israel Education and Advocacy

Advances community-based advocacy and education on behalf of Israel and the Jewish community.

 

Chair – Andy Fox

Vice Chair – Shikma Rubin

Outreach

Addresses interfaith and human rights issues; builds coalitions between local Jewish and non-Jewish organizations.

 

Chair – Susan Feit

Vice Chair – Scott Debb and Shawm Lemke

The Community Relations Council of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is one of 125 Jewish Community Relations Councils in the country. Together, these JCRCs form the grassroots of the national umbrella organization, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.


About Israel

Looking for a historical overview of the State of Israel? Looking for facts on the many incredible accomplishments by the Israeli people? Click through to get fast facts and equip yourself with basic knowledge of Israel and the Israeli people.

Become Friends of the CRC

Sign up to get action alerts, CRC news, and event information

Israel Today

The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, along with community partners present the Israel Today Forum, an annual series of events focusing on Israel’s image, threats, and innovation.

BEAR

BeAR is in eight Title I elementary schools and pairs a volunteer mentor with a student for an hour each week. BeAR provides students with at least five books for their at-home library, school supplies, and a time commitment each week throughout the school year. Because there is no shortage of children that need assistance, the program’s capacity is solely dependent on the number of volunteers that sign up.



Take Action

Israel Advocacy

Deligitimization? Boycott, divestment and sanctions movement? Click through to learn more about these anti-Israel movements and how you can be a better advocate for the State of Israel. Read about myths and facts, talking points, and the different ways you can become an advocate.

Legislative Action

The CRC works to educate the Jewish community and to encourage its active participation to address local, state and national issues of importance to the Jewish community. Click through to find out how you can contact your elected officials at all levels and tips on how to contact them. Also learn more about the different programs we offer including Date With the State and upcoming events!

How To

Want to know how to send a letter to the editor or how to get your voice heard on locally or nationally broadcast radio talk shows? Click through to find out how to get their contact information and tips on how to write letters, express yourself on the radio, and more! 

Resources

Links on how to get started, organizations, campus resources, and more.



Contact Us

Robin Mancoll, Director: 757-965-6120, rmancoll@ujft.org

Melissa Eichelbaum, Assistant Director: 757-965-6107, meichelbaum@ujft.org