The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) leads, convenes, and advocates on behalf of Jewish interests and issues throughout Greater Philadelphia, in Israel and around the world.

Through community relations, government affairs, social action and advocacy, we are dedicated to improving inter-group understanding and advancing a just and pluralistic society.

Who We Are

The JCRC is a convening body for local Jewish agencies involved in advocacy and public affairs. Greater Philadelphia’s JCRC is part of a national network that works to provide a Jewish voice on national public policy.

What We Do

We work with diverse stakeholders to develop consensus positions on political, social, and interfaith issues and to advocate for these positions – both within the community and at the policy-making level. Locally, we are the hub around which diverse groups can come together to air concerns, find common ground, and raise public awareness. Through dialogue and advocacy we work for a more just, inclusive world.

Lead and Convene

We address a wide range of domestic and international policy concerns from gun violence and human trafficking to immigration reform and the organized effort to delegitimize the state of Israel.

Educate and Advocate

We host educational events and interfaith conferences on critical issues. We sponsor arts exhibitions and youth symposia on the lessons of the Holocaust and hold an annual commemoration for those who perished. We rally friends through action alerts and informational backgrounders that provide ways to get involved. On occasion, we partner with synagogues and local community organizations to take part in political debates.


Our interfaith clergy and elected official trips to Israel inform participants, many of whom are traveling to the area for the first time, about the complexity of life in the country.