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 mechanism to speak out about these problems - to speak up from a place of Jewish values. Usually that mechanism 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 broader communal voice since we closed our JCRC in 2008.