The Jewish Federation’s Combatting BDS Committee, chaired by Hylton Jonas and staffed by the JCRC, meets with students, faculty and Jewish professionals on our local and Texas campuses.
In April, meetings were held at University of North Texas (Denton) and University of Texas at Dallas. The purpose of the meetings was to learn about anti-Israel and BDS activity on campus; to coordinate and convene students, faculty and organizations working on these issues in order to ensure effective communication between them.
The meetings also provided resources of the Federation and JCRC to assist in their efforts promoting Israel and opposing anti-Israel sentiment on campus.
In April, the JCRC hosted a meeting for more than thirty Jewish parents to meet with leadership from Frisco ISD (FISD). Speakers included Bryan Dodson, Vice President of the FISD board of trustees, Trustee Steven Noskin – who is Jewish - and Trustee Debbie Gillespie.
The Trustees announced that they had just produced a new calendar listing Jewish and other faith holidays to be distributed throughout the district in order to avoid scheduling critical school events and tests on important faith holidays.
The JCRC has received tremendously positive feedback from meeting attendees who appreciated the opportunity to dialogue with the School Board members about issues of concern.
As part of its mission which includes the Jewish value of “Tikkun Olam”, or repairing the world, the JCRC has focused on ways to alleviate poverty in the Dallas area and how to work with other community stakeholders to help break the cycle of poverty.
In identifying an appropriate and useful way for the Jewish community to get involved, the JCRC established the JCRC Education Initiative Task Force. The goal of this task force, chaired by Debra Levy Fritts, is to educate about poverty in Dallas, engage the Jewish community as a stakeholder, and promote high quality early childhood education as an important solution to multi-generational poverty.
Informative postcards on early childhood development and poverty in Dallas were distributed to local synagogues to be displayed during services of the High Holy Days. Community-wide service opportunities have been arranged for November and December. Register here.
As a founder and steering committee member of the Anti-Poverty Coalition of Greater Dallas (APC), the JCRC has been arranging meetings with Dallas City Councilmembers to discuss the Coalition’s current work and priorities, and to hear about the Councilmembers’ current priorities.
The Anti-Poverty Coalition of Greater Dallas is a broad-based coalition focused on building community support for policies and initiatives that would improve the financial health of hard-working families. Founded in 2010, the APC is made up of faith communities, social service agencies, foundations, government entities, businesses, and educational organizations.
Steering committee members of the Anti-Poverty Coalition of Greater Dallas are the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Catholic Charities Dallas, CitySquare, Jewish Community Relations Council, National Council of Jewish Women, Texas Hunger Initiative, and United Way. Read more about recent APC work here.
In May, the JCRC coordinated with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas to bring the new Catholic Bishops to a meeting at the Federation. This was the first official meeting between the new Bishops, the Most Reverend Edward J. Burns and the Most Reverend Gregory Kelly, and Dallas Jewish community leadership.
Along with the JCRC, the Diocese is a founding member of the Anti-Poverty Coalition of Greater Dallas, which works to find solutions to multi-generational poverty in Dallas. The Diocese is also a generous supporter of the Dallas Holocaust Museum, and has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Museum over the past years. Read more about this meeting in the TJP here.