Jewish Community Relations Council

The Durham Chapel Hill Jewish Community Relations Council serves as the convening network to mobilize the Jewish community (individuals and organizations) to:

  • establish strong coalitions within the Jewish and the broader community
  • work to safeguard the rights of the Jewish people and our local community regarding issues such as anti-Semitism, racism, LGBTQ, and
  • advocate for Jewish values such as Tzedakah (justice & charity), Chesed (kindness), and Tikkun olam (repairing the world).

Through outreach, educational forums, films or speakers, inter-faith or inter-cultural dialogues, hosting or joint sponsorship of events, the JCRC engages the community in the following ongoing programs:

  • Clergy Conference – bringing inter-faith clergy together, from around the state, for an annual lunch and learn.
  • Community wide initiatives – hosting letter writing campaigns, You Can Vote programs, and collaborative presence at events such as Durham Pride
  • Annual Jewish topic series – each year committee selects a relevant Jewish issue or topic to host 3-4 programs around over the course of the year

Join us for the 2019 Annual Jewish Topic Series – Radical Discourse

Framing Radical Discourse with Yaviliah McCoy – Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 9am-2pm.  Lunch will be served.  Register here. 

Playing Nice on the Playground: A Lesson for Adults Too with Joy Brand Richardson and Donna Richardson – Monday, March 18, 2019 from 7pm-8:30pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  Register here. 

Table Talk Conversations Dinner and Discussion – Monday, April 15, 2019 from 6pm-8pm.  Dinner will be served.  Register here.  

If you’d like to learn more about the Jewish Community Relations Council please contact Lana Dennis at