You may be staying indoors, but that doesn't mean you can't connect with others around the issues you care about! Our Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) has moved their spring programming online, allowing you to learn from experts and make your voice heard virtually. Here are two great offerings around some of today's hottest topics. 

Webinars From Our JCRC

Discussion Series: Confronting Racism as Jews
May 13, 20, 27, & June 3, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. 

In partnership with Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, JCRC is hosting a series of discussions on racism facilitated by JCRC Director Rabbi Batya Glazer and Chad Dion Lassiter, Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Coming off the back of our recent Philadelphia Civil Rights Mission, these discussions will provide a forum for participants to engage deeply around issues of racism. We will delve into the history of race in the United States and how our identities as Jew influence our understanding of it, leaving plenty of time for discussion and self-reflection.

Topics covered include:

  • Anti-Semitism and Racism
  • Black-Jewish Community Relations
  • Racism Within the Jewish Community
  • A Discussion with Chad Lassiter, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
Register for all four sessions here.


Elections and Voting During a Pandemic
May 21, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. 

Recently, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania made a sweeping change to its electoral laws, allowing all citizens to vote by mail. And, with social distancing guidelines in place, the new ruling will be especially relevant in the upcoming primary and beyond. 

To help voters make sense of these new guidelines,  JCRC is co-hosting a webinar on changes in voting procedures in the age of COVID-19. We will be joined by special guests David Thornburgh, President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, and Kathy Boockvar, Secretary of the Commonwealth. They will cover how this election will be different and how voters can stay inform ed and make their voices heard. 

Register for this event here.

To request an absentee or mail-in ballot for the upcoming 2020 General Primary election occurring on Tuesday, June 2, please click here.

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