Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Introduction to this guide:

The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast is your starting point to answer questions regarding all things Jewish. Our executive director, Maxine Kaufman, will be happy to speak with you. Call us at (727) 530-3223 or email at Maxine also can direct you to other experts if you require more detailed information or need a comment from another local Jewish leader.


We have created this guide to serve as a convenient go-to document when you need reliable information regarding Judaism and issues pertaining to Israel. Included in this guide are short descriptions of the three major Jewish denominations and some of the more well-known Jewish organizations as well as contact information for our local Jewish organizations. Also included is a calendar of Jewish holidays and a short description of each. This calendar can be consulted when scheduling important events and is useful for teachers and the Board of Education to avoid scheduling exams during the High Holidays as well as the holidays of Sukkot, Pesach, and Shavuot.