Jewish Community Relations Committee

Jewish Community Relations Council

We work to help Iowans learn more about our community and the issues that concern us.

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the non-partisan, inter-group relations and public affairs committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines. Learn more about our activities and how you can get involved.

Our Work

Consistent with the goals and values of the Jewish Federation, JCRC works in the following areas.

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Advocates for causes on behalf of the Jewish Federation

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Jewish Leadership

Maintains relations with national Jewish organizations and Jewish community leaders statewide


Helps ensure the security of the Jewish community through working with law enforcement

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Public Relations

Promotes relations with elected officials, civic, religious, and ethnic leaders, school officials, the media, and the general public

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Informs the community by means of e-newsletters, Facebook pages, the Jewish Press, and relevant programming

The Issues

Our community relations work spans a wide range of areas but is focused on specific issues.

  • Combating and educating about modern Anti-Semitism
  • Promoting and conducting Holocaust education
  • Educating about the establishment of the State of Israel, placing current events involving Israel in context and advocating for Israel’s safety and security
  • Ensuring the continued separation between religion and state
  • Building intergroup relations
  • Promoting civil and human rights and civic involvement
  • Educating about the modern streams of Judaism
  • Advocating to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and for combating hunger in Central Iowa

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Community Resources

Stay up to date on the latest community happenings, events, issues and news using our list of local, state and international Jewish resources.

We also welcome you to subscribe to emails from the JCRC based on your interests.