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Community Relations


The Jewish Community Relations Council, inspired by Jewish values, seeks to sustain a more civil and caring community in Western New York and around the world.


Representing the Buffalo Jewish community, we will:

  • Build meaningful and collaborative relationships with other faith, ethnic, and cultural communities toward the goal of building a more civil society.
  • Be visible and vocal in the greater community during times of crisis and on vital social issues.
  • Be actively involved in key issues impacting the Jewish community
  • Educate and advocate on all those issues, seeking consensus based on core Jewish values.


Respecting all viewpoints and with concern for social justice, we will build our collective voice based on the following core Jewish values:

Community Relations - Understanding
Darchei Shalom

Paths of peace. Keeping peace through ongoing inter-group relations, promoting mutual respect, and fostering understanding within our community.

Community Relations - worlds
Tikkun Olam
Repair the world. Making the world a better place for all people.
Community Relations - Voice
Lo Ta’amod Al Dam Rey’echa
Do not stand idly by. Making our voice heard on issues of vital importance to the Jewish community and the communities in which Jews live.
Community Relations - Refuge
Ger Hayiti B’Eretz Nachriyah
I was a stranger in a strange land. Caring for the immigrant and the stranger, welcoming those who seek refuge in our community.
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Erie County Voting 2021

Engage in Racial Justice

Antisemitism and hate.

Engage in Racial Justice Resources

What to read, watch, listen to, and do to educate yourself on racial justice as a member of the Jewish Community.

JCRC 2020 Survey

The Buffalo Jewish Community Relations council seeks YOUR help to create a a more civil and caring community in Western New York and around the world. Please help us improve our mission by taking this 12 minute survey by August 14.

We Stand in Solidarity

The Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council, powered by the Buffalo Jewish Federation, joins the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (125 social justice organizations) to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the African American community.

Standing by Our Friends

Buffalo Jewish Federation and JCRC along with 75 other Jewish organizations signed onto a solidarity Letter to Chinese American and Chinese communities. During this time of rising xenophobia and racism towards the Chinese communities over the spread of the Coronavirus, we stand by our friends.

Shabbat of Kindness

We held a Shabbat of Kindness May 3-4, 2019.  Many local clergy and community members provided resources and tools to assist you in creating a meaningful Shabbat experience.

Official Statement RE: Terror attack in New Zealand

The Buffalo Jewish community is shocked and saddened by the terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand today. At least 49 people were murdered and more were injured while attending Friday prayers in two different mosques because they were Muslim. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, those who are injured, and all Muslim communities around the world.

Stronger Than Hate – Buffalo Stands with Pittsburgh

The shooting on Shabbat morning (October 27, 2018) at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA was a direct attack on the Jewish community, motivated by hatred.  The anti-Semitism and xenophobia that fueled these violent acts have no place in our society.

Connections Newsletter

Linking you to the work of creating a more civil and caring community in WNY

Upcoming Events

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Buffalo Jewish Service Corps

Federation, in partnership with the American Red Cross, supports the Buffalo Jewish Services Corps (BJSC), a Jewish response team that is at the ready to respond to local emergencies as an adjunct for Red Cross and other organizations. BJSC members have received basic Red Cross training such as Sheltering and Psychological First Aid. The Corps is always looking for new team members. Please contact Federation’s office to learn more about how you can be a part of BJSC.