STATEMENTS & UPDATES

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...

JCRC Executive Committee 2020-21

JCRC Executive Committee 2020-21

The Jewish Community Relations Council has a new Executive Committee for 2020-21. Joining the JCRC Executive Committee are Alan Zeichick as Secretary, Tim Eckstein as Treasurer and Vicki Cabot as At-Large Member. They join Board Chair Adam Goodman and At-Large Member...

Solidarity with the Chinese and Chinese-American Community

Solidarity with the Chinese and Chinese-American Community

The JCRC's Executive Director Paul Rockower has a new op-ed published this week in the Jewish News, "When global health issues arise, solidarity is an antidote": With the outbreak of the COVID-19 “coronavirus,” there has been an additional side effect alongside the...

Jewish News article on German-Jewish Relations program

Jewish News article on German-Jewish Relations program

Wonderful article by the Jewish News on the recent visit by former ambassador Stefan Schlüter to Phoenix. The JCRC was honored to host the distinguished former diplomat for a briefing and discussion on German-Jewish relations.

Newest JCRC Board Addition

Newest JCRC Board Addition

The JCRC is pleased to announce the newest addition to our Board: Tim Eckstein. Read a little bit more about Tim, his background and his service to the community: Tim Eckstein is a Phoenix native and attorney, focusing on investigations and criminal defense. Tim has...

“The Soft Power of Our Jewish Community” in the Jewish News

“The Soft Power of Our Jewish Community” in the Jewish News

The JCRC's Executive Director Paul Rockower has a new op-ed published this week in the Jewish News, "The Soft Power of Our Jewish Community": Soft power describes how communities and countries exert influence through persuasion. Soft power is how countries and...

Statement on Yom HaShoah 2019

Statement on Yom HaShoah 2019

Today marks Yom HaShoah, the day we honor the memory of the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. As we remember the lives of those who perished because of Nazi persecution and anti-Semitism, we declare: Never Again. In the face of increasing anti-Semitism...

Joint Statement on Shooting in Synagogue Near San Diego

Joint Statement on Shooting in Synagogue Near San Diego

The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and ADL Arizona are devastated by the terrorist attack today on the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California. Our grief at this horrific tragedy is compounded by the fact that this act of...

JCRC/JCPA Letter to the New York Times

JCRC/JCPA Letter to the New York Times

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix would like to bring your attention to a letter to the New York Times to which we were proud to support. In an age of increasing Antisemitism, it is beyond reprehensible that one of the world's most prominent...

Passover Greetings 2019

Passover Greetings 2019

The Executive Director and Board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix wish you a Happy Passover. As we gather around the Seder table and recount our many blessings, we remember the many who are less fortunate. Let us recommit ourselves to...

JCRC response to New Zealand Mosque Attacks

JCRC response to New Zealand Mosque Attacks

The JCRC was at the forefront of the Jewish community of Phoenix's response to the New Zealand mosques attack. On Saturday March 16, JCRC Executive Director Paul Rockower spoke at the vigil held at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe, and was interviewed by a number...

The JCRC of Greater Phoenix Statement on New Zealand Mosques Attack

The JCRC of Greater Phoenix Statement on New Zealand Mosques Attack

"The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix condemns the brutal and horrific attack on the two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand today that killed 49 people and injured many more. The attack on worshipers during their Friday prayers is an absolute...