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The Federal and State governments will likely consider cuts to balance the budget. While JCRC supports deficit reductions, the Palm Beach County area that Federation supports has a large elderly population. This population would be effected by budget cuts. We are committed to their well-being and as a result JCRC will continue to closely monitor those programs that we consider vital for the elderly population at both the state and federal level. The JCRC continues to meet with influential politicians on this subject. (add existing paragraph here)
In December 2011, the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s JCRC, along with the JCRC of the South Palm Beach County Jewish Federation held a brunch with members of the Palm Beach County legislative delegation in order to address issues that concern the Jewish community. Federation partner agencies, including Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children Services and MorseLife, each made presentations about how budget and Medicaid cuts may affect their services.
African-American & Jewish Relations Committee
The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County (JCRC) has worked extensively with the African-American community over the last 11 years. Throughout this period the JCRC has developed a dialogue and activities aimed at fostering the understanding between the two communities, and has coordinated and co-sponsored several activities with the Martin Luther King Coordinating Committee. JCRC has participated annually in the Martin Luther King Jr. commemorations, along with some of the largest African-American Churches in Palm Beach County as well as the leaders of key African-American cities, particularly West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach. JCRC has also organized a number of other activities, such as a community-wide program featuring Martin Luther King III and Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Institute for Ethnic Understanding.
The JCRC has also has carried out programs involving Jewish and African American teenagers, including Passover Seders as well as an all-day program including joint community projects, anti-prejudice education and a concert.
- Sound of Diversity was organized by a committee of teens and adults representing a variety of organizations, including the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Federation’s Jewish Teen Initiative, the Coleman Park Neighborhood Association, the Lorraine & Jack N. Friedman Commission for Jewish Education, Max M. Fisher Boys & Girls Clubs, Urban League of Palm Beach County, the Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service, the cities of Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach, K&T Teens of Tomorrow, the Anne & Sam Klein Jewish Coalition for Literacy, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, the Teen Tzedakah Project and the West Palm Beach Housing Authority. This day of community service and ethnic understanding was so successful that teens from both groups have expressed interest in continuing to work together on similar programs.
Learn more about the Sound of Diversity event here.
- In January, Temple Torah in cooperation with the African-American/Jewish Relations Committee of Palm Beach County will host a service honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It will take place at Temple Torah in Wellington and feature messages from Rabbi Stephen Pinsky of Temple Torah and music from the Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir under the direction of Ralph Pitman.
The Interfaith Clergy Committee of Palm Beach County, a group consisting of Jews, Christians, Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals Muslims, Mormons and Quakers, continues to meet monthly to make presentations about religion and relevant issues in Palm Beach County. The committee will meet on January 17 at 10:00 a.m. and feature Hugh Jacobs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints who will speak about Mormonism.