Jackie Congedo — In Conversation
New Tool Helps JCRC Further Mission, Address Contemporary Challenges
What is the purpose of creating a new and improved website? To provide higher quality and more relevant content? To generate new channels of awareness? To serve as a means for future engagement?
As technology is increasingly integrated into our daily lives, the JCRC recognizes the need to adapt with changing times. To be a relevant part of the conversation, information about the JCRC must be at a person’s fingertips—easily accessible, up-to-date, and useful. By creating a platform that serves the community well, we can better accomplish our mission to protect Jewish security, recognizing that Jewish security depends on a just society for all.
The new website serves as a resource for our supporters and an entry point for those who are seeking to become engaged. It is designed to increase our transparency as an organization by clearly laying out who we are, what we stand for, and how we make decisions. It is also designed to be a resource, to empower Jewish Cincinnati to create change.
That is done in the following ways:
The Who We Are and What We Do sections of the site articulate the JCRC’s mission, values, history, and passionate staff and board members. Our daily work is broken down into three main categories: Community and Government Relations; Israel Education and Combatting Antisemitism; and Discrimination and Hate. The Where We Stand section includes statements on past incidents and our process for choosing which issues to take on.
We see citizens mobilizing for action at all levels of government. To give people the tools to advocate on issues important to them, we have organized contact information for local, state, and federal elected officials in one easy-to-access spot.
Interfaith Engagement and Social Justice
A number of impactful community and faith-based organizations and coalitions work collaboratively to create change in our city. Whether a person resides in the suburbs or in the city, there are ways to help others. The new site helps people get involved in Cincinnati’s interfaith network and learn more about the collaborative work being done to create a more just society for all.
Antisemitism and BDS
Unfortunately, hate and intolerance continue to penetrate our communities, classrooms, and businesses. To combat that, we have shared resources to help students and others respond to antisemitic, anti-Israel, and other hateful conversations or incidents. We continue to send out a weekly Israel Update email, to help people stay informed.
To works towards our mission of protecting Jewish security, we work closely with SAFE Cincinnati, a community-wide initiative to improve Jewish Cincinnati’s readiness to deal with security threats and natural disasters. Whether it be antisemitism, suspicious activity, destruction of property, menacing and/or unusual behaviors, or other hate incidents at your child’s school or in the public sphere, SAFE Cincinnati has created a useful tool to enable you to easily and quickly report the activity from your smartphone, mobile device, or computer.
Our new website was created with you in mind—to make it easy for you to join in our important mission of protecting Jewish security, recognizing that Jewish security depends on a just society for all. We hope you’ll find it an easy-to-navigate source of practical and relevant content. By combining educational and advocacy material with modern methods of communication, engagement, and information sharing, we hope to spark a renewed sense of civic engagement, community awareness, and social responsibility. Take a few minutes to browse around and let us know what you think. We hope you’ll feel empowered to be part of our work.
The Jewish Community Relations Council is just one of over fifty programs and agencies funded in part by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.
The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati: We look at the whole picture, taking into account the diverse needs of the entire community. Together we can do almost anything.