Happy New Year! The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is kicking off 2021 with a lineup of great events that will help you learn, educate, and advocate for the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community.
26th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service with Global Citizen360: A Dialogue
Monday, January 18, 2021, 11:00 a.m.
The JCRC is partnering with PRO-ACT (Philadelphia Recovery Community Center) on a dialogue on race and Martin Luther King’s continued legacy. The program will feature a video of MLK's speech "What's Your Life's Blueprint?" and JCRC and PRO-ACT community members will engage in dialogue on how King’s message continues to resonate today.
Pennsylvania’s “Fab Four” on What to Expect from the New Congress
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
JCRC in partnership with the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley will host a panel conversation with Congresswomen Chrissy Houlahan, Mary Gay Scanlon, Susan Wild, and Madeline Dean.
Web Series with David Horovitz
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
JCRC is excited to announce the next webinar in our continuing series with David Horovitz, Founding Editor of the online newspaper Times of Israel. In this session, Horovitz will discuss the most pressing issues in Israel and the Middle East today, including the recently announced national elections that will take place in March, Iran, and the incoming Biden-Harris Administration.
JFNA Virtual Mission to Washington
Monday and Tuesday, February 1-2, 2021
The first-ever National Jewish Virtual Mission to Washington is an opportunity for communities across the United States to join together virtually with political leaders and policymakers from both sides of the aisle, to advocate for the future of the Jewish community. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and advocate for laws that fight antisemitism, ensure a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and provide government resources to keep Jewish institutions flourishing.
JFNA’s Jewish Disability Advocacy Month
February, 2021 - All month
From diverse communities across North America, we are coming together to harness our collective power to break down barriers to opportunity and inclusion. Join us in helping advance policy that empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve maximum independence.
Hear from thought leaders and experts about the current state of disability rights, and what can be done to promote the best inclusion and supportive care practices. Learn new advocacy strategies and take action to put the needs and rights of people with disabilities squarely on the policy agenda of the Biden administration and the 117th Congress.
Making the World More Accessible in the Time of COVID
Monday, February 15, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
JCRC is proud to host our Jewish Disability Advocacy program with Stacy Levitan, Executive Director JCHAI and Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Acting Co-Executive Director, Jewish Learning Venture. Levitan and Kaplan-Mayer will describe their agencies and the people they serve and what they are doing to ensure that their communities are remaining engaged during the time of COVID.
JCRC Celebrates Black History Month: Tracing the Story and Legacy of Rabbi Abel Respes
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
The JCRC and the African American Museum in Philadelphia will be joined by members of the Respes family and a local historian to share the revolutionary and inspiring story of Rabbi Abel Respes. Rabbi Respes, who was Black, and his family lived in areas of North Philadelphia in the 1940s and 50s and were privately connected to Judaism. Through a series of "signs from God', Abel Respes was drawn to discover more about his Judaism and eventually became a Rabbi and opened a synagogue.
Gamal Palmer – Diversity Gym and Jews of Color
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Gamal Palmer, Senior Vice President of Leadership Development at the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and a Jew of Color from the Philadelphia area, will lead a workshop titled Diversity Gym. Much like we all approach fitness from different levels, we also work through our biases from different levels of biases. Some are better at working alone, while others need more personalized coaching to help reach their goals.