Jewish Community Relations Council

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is a standing committee of the Jewish Federation of Florida's Gulf Coast. Its primary purpose is to develop and carry out a unified community relations program to broadly represent the interests of the local Jewish community in Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando Counties, to fight antisemitism in all its forms, and to support and promote Israel advocacy and education for the local Jewish community.

 

The JCRC committee includes co-chairs and at-large members. Meetings are generally held bi-monthly. if interested, please contact Stuart Berger at stuart@jewishgulfcoast.org, or call him at 727-333-3108

Current Events & In The News

History of the Jewish People presented by Rabbi Ed Rosenthal

 

Ignorance breeds antisemitism, and both have been on full display following Hamas’s October 7 attacks on Israel.

Protestors have accused Israel of genocide, denied the millennia-old ancestral heritage of Jews in Israel, rejected the centrality of Israel to Jewish identity, and compared Israel and its leaders to the Nazis. All such accusations are shameful, offensive, and inaccurate.

 

These examples are extreme but tragically common. Ignorance of the rich history of Jews in Israel is a society-wide problem. The Holocaust taught us that Jews suffer immeasurably when misinformation dominates, and we must continue to insist that facts matter.

 

In February, The Florida Holocaust Museum was proud to present History of the Jewish People in the Land of Israel, a three-part course taught by Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Founder and CEO of Repair the Sea | Tikkun HaYam. The course is focused on actual facts. Rabbi Ed is a master teacher who left all participants better equipped to think and talk about Israel, its connection to Jews, and the pathway to peace. It will continue to arm the public with the information necessary to continue to combat the latest manifestations of antisemitism.

 

The lecture series was presented in partnership with Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg and Temple Beth-El and sponsored by The Sher Endowment Fund.

 

We thank everyone who came out to learn in person, and we’re so excited to now make this course available to everyone online. You can access the recorded sessions at the links below.

 

An overview of each session follows:

 

Session 1: 4,000 Years in 40 Minutes
Abraham, David, Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander, the Babylonians, Assyrians, Greeks, Romans, Muslims.... so many people and conquerors and so little time. This session will be an overview of the Land of Israel and the continuous Jewish presence amidst its tumultuous history.

Watch Session 1 Now.

 

Session 2: A Peace to End All Peace
A step-by-step examination of the changing borders in the Middle East over the last hundred years, the impact these changes have had, and the challenges they present for the future.

Watch Session 2 Now.

 

Session 3: Words Matter
Around the world, Israel is accused of genocide, apartheid, ethnic cleansing and colonialism. This session will address these terms and examine in detail the reality on the ground.

Watch Session 3 Now.

CLICK HERE to read our letter regarding Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announcement of a series of measures to make it easier for students enrolled at institutions nationwide who might have experienced - or feel fearful of - antisemitism or other religious discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or violence at their current institutions to transfer to Florida.

St. Pete leaders take action as community highlights rise in antisemitism

St. Pete leaders take action as community highlights rise in antisemitism
Posted at 6:12 PM, Sep 14, 2023
 
and last updated 7:21 PM, Sep 14, 2023

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — People in Pinellas County are shining a light on the rise of antisemitism as the St. Pete City Council took action on Thursday.

City Council approved a resolution supporting the establishment of a definition of antisemitism to help identify, measure, monitor, and fight antisemitism.

“Being able to identify what something is is the first step in then knowing how to solve it,” said Michael Igel, the Board Chair of the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Pete.

Read the full article at https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-pinellas/st-pete-leaders-take-action-as-community-highlights-rise-in-antisemitism

 
  • Purpose & Goal

    The objectives of the JCRC shall be to defend and preserve the civil rights of the Jewish community, domestically and overseas, and to promote its interests in relation to the community at large.

  • REPORT AN ANTISEMITIC INCIDENT

    If you witness or are the victim of an antisemitic act, call 911. After making that call, please report the incident to the Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast's “Rapid Response Task Force” by calling (727) 530-3223 or emailing info@jewishgulfcoast.org.

  • PRIMER

    Promoting Responsibility In Middle East Reporting
    “A huge lie repeated often enough is accepted as truth.”
    — Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister

  • In Memory of Norman

    Norman Gross founded the Tampa Bay chapter of PRIMER. He worked tirelessly, writing hundreds of
    letters to the editor of the Tampa Bay Times, to remove bias about Israel from the media.
    He will be missed.

Contact Us

 

Learn about how you can get involved with the JCRC today.

 

Contact Stuart Berger
stuart@jewishgulfcoast.org

 

Fully tax-deductible donations to support the efforts of the JCRC can be made to the Jewish Federation of Florida's Gulf Coast. For more information, contact our office. Thank you!

 

PRIMER's Ten Points of Media Bias

Bias can sometimes be hard to spot if you aren't looking for it. Here are a few things to look for to help you point out biased reporting.

Letter to the Editor Guidelines

If you've never written a letter to the editor, or if you're looking for some advice on how to write an even better letter, check out these guidelines on what to include.

Resources

Check out our list of links to get more information about social action in the Jewish community.