State & Local Advocacy

A Voice for Our Community

Washington State Capital Building, Washington-USA

“A Jew is asked to take a leap of action rather than a leap of faith.” – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) serves as a voice and champion of community priorities by educating and advocating at the local, state, and national levels to advance Jewish concerns in the public arena. Our guiding principles (prioritized through our annual public policy survey) include:

  • Combating antisemitism and hate crimes
  • Fighting attacks on human and civil rights
  • Protecting immigrants and refugees
  • Improving community safety and security
  • Strengthening assistance for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged

The Federation also advocates for the priorities of and secures resources for our local Jewish agencies—allowing them to most effectively serve their clients, strengthen their programs, and deepen their impact.

Our work includes legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, community education, and coalition building. Join us by signing up for action alerts here!

Make Your Voice Heard

Each year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and our Jewish Community Relations Council advocate in Olympia on behalf of both our local Jewish agencies as well as the broader Jewish community. Thanks so much for your generosity and input that make our work possible!

Last year, we learned that the top issues were: combating antisemitism and hate crimes, upholding civil liberties and human rights, and supporting immigrants and refugees. As a result, efforts were focused on those key areas in the 2023 legislative session. Check out some of the ways we made an impact together here. We need to hear from you now to assist in setting our 2024 legislative priorities!

Thank you, in advance, for helping your Federation’s JCRC support our Jewish community’s priorities in the 2024 legislative session! Your input and support make our work possible!

Our 2023 Legislative Wins

Learn about our accomplishments in the 2023 session of the Washington State Legislature, now adjourned.