STATEMENTS & UPDATES

Glendale Proclamation for tolerance and inclusivity

Glendale Proclamation for tolerance and inclusivity

After vile, hateful flyers were left in Glendale and other cities in the West Valley, the JCRC was proud to lead a coalition of community partners to push back against hate. We are grateful for our partners at Arizona Faith Network, CAIR-Arizona, Chicanos Por La Causa...

JCRC Statement on Sen. Rogers comments

JCRC Statement on Sen. Rogers comments

"The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix is deeply concerned with Sen. Rogers' use of extremist terms that have inspired some of the worst atrocities in recent history. Given the uptick of antisemitism and extremism in our state, and across the...

JCRC Featured in AZ Republic story

JCRC Featured in AZ Republic story

The JCRC Executive Director Paul Rockower was featured in the Arizona Republic article alongside the Arizona Faith Network on how interfaith organizations fight extremism and hate.  

Passage of the Arizona Holocaust Education Bill

Passage of the Arizona Holocaust Education Bill

“…that I have tried to keep memory alive, that I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget we are guilty, we are accomplices.” -Elie Wiesel With the passage of a legislative mandate for Holocaust education across the state, the JCRC is extremely...

Fighting antisemitism with public diplomacy

Fighting antisemitism with public diplomacy

"Public diplomacy works in multiple directions, both externally and internally. Jewish institutions have helped communicate the wide support the Jews in Tucson received from other faith and community organizations. In conducting public diplomacy to publicize and echo...

Phoenix PD Statement to Phoenix Jewish Community

Phoenix PD Statement to Phoenix Jewish Community

In light of the recent violence against Jewish communities, we are sharing an update from the Jewish Advisory Board to the Phoenix Police Department: "Today Assistant Chief Connolly of the Phoenix Police Department called Rabbi Levi Levertov, the Jewish Advisory Board...

Neo-Nazi Rally in Phoenix

Neo-Nazi Rally in Phoenix

The JCRC was heavily involved in countering the neo-Nazi rally that took place on April 17, 2021. Thankfully, it all passed peacefully and uneventfully. Barely a dozen neo-Nazis came out, and the counter-protest against them was measured. Nothing escalated, and the...

JCRC at the AACCC Press Conference on Voting Rights in AZ

JCRC at the AACCC Press Conference on Voting Rights in AZ

The Jewish Community Relations Council was honored to take part in the African American Christian Clergy Coalition's Press Conference on protecting the right to vote in Arizona. These are ExecDir Paul Rockower's remarks: Shalom, my name is Paul Rockower, I am the...

Statement of Solidarity with the Asian American Community

Statement of Solidarity with the Asian American Community

In light of the recent shootings in Atlanta that targeted the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, the JCRC was proud to help support the local AAPI community with the circulation of this open letter of support: Statement of Solidarity with the Asian...

JCRC Machloket L’shem Shemayim Project

JCRC Machloket L’shem Shemayim Project

Jews can disagree. That is what we do. The JCRC asked rabbis in and around the Phoenix community to tell us how they envision unity for the Jewish community. We asked them to share their messages for healing after the turbulent political season. Our differences of...

Post-election statement

Post-election statement

Many of us were hoping for more certainty today about the Presidential election. But here’s what we do know: Every eligible ballot must be counted, and every vote counts. Here are some ways that we can all stay grounded in the days ahead: Withhold skepticism. Counting...

A Jewish Statement on Elections and Democratic Principles

A Jewish Statement on Elections and Democratic Principles

We were proud to sign onto the Jewish Council for Public Affairs-led “A Jewish Statement on Elections and Democratic Principles,” which included more than 90 Jewish organizations, including fifteen national member agencies and 76 local Jewish community relations...

Welcoming our new Fellow

Welcoming our new Fellow

We are pleased to introduce our new Communications & Public Diplomacy Fellow, Ilana Krill. Ilana is from Rochester, NY and recently graduated from Brandeis University this spring with dual bachelor's degrees in International & Global Studies and Psychology....

JCRC Statement over support for Proud Boys

JCRC Statement over support for Proud Boys

We join our partners at the ADL and AJC in declaring that there can be no equivocating by the president — or by any elected officials — on the issue of white supremacy. Our leaders must not feed the hate of individuals or organizations that promote racial strife,...

JCRC quoted on anti-Semitic incident in Queen Creek

JCRC quoted on anti-Semitic incident in Queen Creek

“It’s unfortunate these individuals would stoop to such stupidity, climb out on bridges hang hateful material and that they wouldn’t do something better with their lives,” said Paul Rockower, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. JCRC...

JCRC quoted in JTA story on Phoenix Mayor Gallego

JCRC quoted in JTA story on Phoenix Mayor Gallego

But in a state that’s about evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, she got her way in part by making a point of not engaging in the partisan warfare that has characterized the response to the pandemic in some places, said Paul Rockower, the director of the...

JCRC Statement on Scottsdale councilman Phillips’ remarks

JCRC Statement on Scottsdale councilman Phillips’ remarks

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix condemns Scottsdale councilman Guy Phillips’ utterly inappropriate use of the phrase “I can’t breathe” on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The councilman’s words were insensitive and callous, and appear to be...

JCRC Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

JCRC Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

The Jewish Community Relations Council was horrified by the killing of George Floyd. We have reached out to our partners in the African-American community to share our sympathy and support. We are working with community partners across the Valley to try to create...

Incident at Scottsdale Community College

Incident at Scottsdale Community College

In light of a recent incident at Scottsdale Community College, involving a series of Islamophic questions, the JCRC is releasing the following statement: The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix denounces a recent incident at Scottsdale Community...