JCRC Director's Note

Welcome from Your JCRC Director

Max Patashnik Headshot

August 20, 2020

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I write this note. The re-creation of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has been a long time coming. Between the external pressures facing our people and the polarization within, the need for a JCRC could not be greater and the timing could not be more fortuitous. Now, the final pieces are coming together.  We are so grateful for the support of community members like you who made this possible. Thank you!

Every other week, I’ll reach out and use this letter to share updates, ideas, resources, or opportunities for engagement from the JCRC. We’ll cover issues that are core to the mission of the JCRC, like: 

  • Combating antisemitism, bigotry, and racism

  • Supporting a peaceful, secure, Jewish, and democratic State of Israel

  • Fostering positive and meaningful relations with other communities and public officials

  • Strengthening our Jewish communities through building cohesion and civil discourse

A significant role of the JCRC is to identify areas of community concern, build consensus, and mobilize our people to stand up and speak out together. But today, there are countless significant issues commanding our attention and energy. 

How can we act and not be paralyzed by indecision? 

One of the most important ways you can help guide the JCRC to action is to complete the Jewish Federation’s annual public policy survey. This survey is an effective tool that helps us understand what issues are most important and where there is consensus. 

We are diverse Jewish communities, with a multitude of observance levels, locations, ages, races, affiliations, political beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, and more. But we are bound together by our shared values, history, religion, and culture. 

Kol yisrael arevim zeh la zeh, all in the house of Israel are responsible for one another. Through advocacy and engagement, the JCRC will bring our community together—mobilize us to speak out and stand up, and inspire us to listen to and better care for one another by building understanding and respect. We will honor our diversity and work to uphold our shared values

I look forward to getting to know you and working with you! To learn more about the work of the JCRC, check out our website. If you have questions, concerns, ideas for content, or you or your organization would like to get involved with the JCRC, please reach out to jcrc@jewishinseattle.org.

Kol Tuv, 

Max Patashnik
Director of JCRC and Government Affairs