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Community Relations Committee (CRC)

The Community Relations Committee (CRC) is the public affairs and education arm of Memphis Jewish Federation. The CRC educates, advocates, and mobilizes the Memphis Jewish Community on behalf of domestic issues facing Jews at home, Israel and world Jewry. It sponsors and participates in programs that unite the community in times of celebration, crisis, and commemoration. The CRC reaches out to the broader Memphis community, including elected officials, law enforcement, other ethnic and religious groups, and the media, in order to inform, foster good relations and form coalitions on issues of mutual concern.

Spotlight on Jewish Education

We periodically feature a conversation with a Jewish family in Memphis that has chosen formal or informal Jewish education for their child/children.

Visit the Memphis Jewish Education page to learn more!


Federation Spearheads Community-Wide Diversity Ad in Commercial Appeal

Memphis Jewish Federation Spearheads Community-Wide Diversity Ad in Commercial Appeal

In partnership with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim congregations and other non-profits in Memphis, Memphis Jewish Federation led a community-wide effort to publish a statement of unity and diversity in The Commercial Appeal appearing on Saturday, March 30th as the front-page wrap-around. The ad was paid for by a group of multi-faith congregations and non-profit organizations in greater Memphis.  Along with 250 congregations and non-profit organizations, Mayors  AC Wharton and Mark Luttrell signed the statement which recognizes that our city is stronger and more vibrant for its diverse multifaith and multiethnic character. All Jewish congregations, schools and agencies in Memphis signed on to the ad. The outpouring of community support from an incredibly broad swath of the Memphis community is truly inspiring.
See an ABC-24 news report about the diversity ad. Read a letter-to-the-editor in The Commercial Appeal  here.  See the full ad here.

51st Annual Community Yom HaShoah Observance

On Sunday, April 7 a standing room only crowd of 400 people filled the MJCC social hall for Memphis Jewish Federation's 51st annual On Sunday, April 7 a standing room only crowd of 400 people filled the MJCC social hall for Memphis Jewish Federation's 51st annual Yom HaShoah observance. Co-chaired by Dorothy Goldwin and Marty Kelman, this year's program featured child survivor, artist and memoirist Dr. Nelly Toll. Using a PowerPoint presentation of the 60+ watercolors she painted while in hiding as a young girl, Nelly recounted how her art helped her to survive because it gave her a channel with which to hope and believe in a better world.
Follow the links for Fox 13 News and ABC 24 News coverage of the program. 
The program also featured Presentation of Colors by the Jewish War Veterans, the joint BSSS-MHA children's choir led by Robb Robbo Zelonky, teen violinist Alana Olswing, candlelighting by six Memphis Holocaust survivors, a musical selection by our community's cantors, an essay reading by Christian Brothers High School sophomore Sam Elder, second place winner in MJF's fourth annual Holocaust essay contest, recitation of Tehillim and Kaddish  by second generation survivor Mike Stein, the chanting of El Maleh Rachamim by Cantor John Kaplan, and closing remarks by Rabbi Aaron Rubinstein.
Adorning the walls of the social hall were photographs of Memphis Holocaust survivors, living and deceased, which were part of the Living On exhibit, generously on loan to our community from the Tennessee Holocaust Commission.

Volunteer Opportunities in our Memphis Jewish Community

There are many volunteer opportunities in the Memphis Jewish Community. Our agencies need you - please check our list (click here) and see where there is a good fit for you. Whether delivering meals to home-bound seniors, assisting with activities at the Memphis Jewish Home, or making sandwiches for the soup kitchen, there is a place where you are needed.

Make a difference - Volunteer today!