The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is a nonprofit public affairs agency working on behalf of the Southern New Jersey community, representing synagogues and Jewish organizations on critical issues affecting Jews as individuals and as a community. JCRC creates consensus and leads advocacy efforts in the organized Jewish community, ensuring that our voices are amplified and heard. We build bridges with other faith, interest, and ethnic based groups that share our passion for social justice, forging relationships based on the issues our community cares about most. JCRC of Southern New Jersey is one of 125 Jewish Community Relations Councils in the country. Together, these JCRCs form the grassroots of the national umbrella organization, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
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The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, join the leaders of Jewish institutions around the country and the world in expressing our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been murdered and wounded at the hands of terrorists in France.
We mourn the loss of those who died at Charlie Hedbo Magazine in Paris on Wednesday and in today's ongoing hostage situation. Hostages were killed today at a kosher supermarket near Paris. Still more hostages are being held at a printing warehouse in Paris - our hopes are with those who are victims to this attack. We pray that they come out of this situation safely. We stand united with the citizens of France and the civilized world in supporting the vital tenant of democracy which is free speech and condemn any effort to stifle such freedom.
The Jewish Federations of North America condemn the attacks on civic institutions and Jewish targets in the strongest possible terms, mourn the loss of life and pray for the injured, and express our support for the people of France at this difficult time. We strive for a safe community, regardless of religious affiliation. Our local JCRC offers many programs and services to fight injustice in our community and around the world.
If you would like to lend your voice and become more involved with the important work of building bridges between the numerous faith communities of South Jersey or have any questions about today's events, please contact David Snyder, Executive Director of JCRC, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856.751.9500, ext. 1224.