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A Statement from the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and JEWISHcolorado

Focusing on Our Jewish Values During These Challenging Times

Dear Friends,

In the aftermath of the recent election, there continues to be a great deal of discussion about the state of our nation and our local community, especially as Presidential appointees are being announced.

During these challenging times, we are committed to upholding key Jewish values of Tikkun Olam—repairing the world – and Derech Eretz—civility and the consideration of others. Our tradition teaches us to show respect for ALL of our fellow human beings regardless of their age, race, culture, nationality, immigration status, income, gender, religion, sexuality, or political views.

As Jews, and as minorities, we understand the very real consequences of fear, hate speech, hate crimes and bigotry. Over the past week, we have been horrified by the surge of harassment and violence in our community and across the country, including the spray painting of Nazi swastikas at a local elementary school. We condemn these acts, and we call upon our elected officials on both sides of the aisle to engage in discourse that affirms the great tenets of American society and reinforces the unabated safety of all its citizens.

Consistent with the policy of our national organization, Jewish Federations of North America, JEWISHcolorado will not comment on specific Presidential appointments. Nevertheless, we will continue to uphold our Jewish values, demand equality for all, and not hesitate to speak out against specific policies or legislation that impact vulnerable populations or compromise our civil liberties.

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, we encourage you to be respectful of each other’s differences yet vigilant against any and all divisive rhetoric. Our mission as Jewish people is to be Or La Goyim, a light unto the nations. We hope you will join us in helping our nation come together through the values that unite us all.

Stay tuned for opportunities to participate in dialogues surrounding these and other issues as they develop.

Ben Lusher, Chair
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
Janet Sherman, Director
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Diana Zeff Anderson, Board Chair
JEWISHcolorado

Doug Seserman, President & CEO
JEWISHcolorado

About JCRC
The JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council), a program of JEWISHcolorado, advocates for domestic and international policy issues that affect the Colorado Jewish community, represents these views to the Jewish community and to the general community of Colorado, and organizes the Jewish community in times of crisis. JCRC consists of more than 30 member organizations, 15 at-large members, and is affiliated with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).

About JEWISHcolorado
Founded in 1946, JEWISHcolorado is inspired by the collective responsibility to build and sustain Jewish life in Colorado, Israel, and around the world. Our mission is to secure, steward, and share philanthropic and human resources in support of vibrant Jewish life as well as mobilize the community in times of need. JEWISHcolorado is a proud member of Jewish Federations of North America, which is collectively ranked among the top ten charities on the continent. Last year, JEWISHcolorado’s Annual Campaign raised approximately $10 million and the Endowment and Planned Giving arm houses more than $60 million in long-term assets.

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