We know silence is not the answer.

As you well know, we face no shortage of problems in society, worldwide and locally. As individuals and as Jews, regardless of our affiliations – or lack of affiliation - we are often troubled by what we see happening in the community and in the larger world around us.

In many Jewish communities, there is a process or platform to speak out about these problems - to speak up from a place of Jewish values. Usually that is done through is an organization called a Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). JCRC’s across the country reach outward to the broader community as partners for community problem-solving, and inward to bring members of the Jewish community together to talk about pressing issues and to try to bridge the gaps within when possible. The Phoenix Jewish community has not had a mechanism for adding our voice to the communal voice since the former entity tasked with this work closed in 2008.

The time is right to give voice to our community through a community relations initiative of our own, for our time.

Lend your voice, your ideas, your talents. Together, we can move mountains.

Thank you for showing your interest in the Jewish Community Relations Initiative. Take a few moments to share your information so that we might connect in a bigger, broader way. For additional information, please see the background fact sheet. For questions or other needs, feel free to contact the BOR liaison to this initiative, Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, or our new Executive Director, Karolyn Benger.

A special thanks to the Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix for helping birth this initiative.