2018-06-06 / Local News

JCRC installs officers, hears from interfaith trip participants


JCRC officers at the Annual Meeting were (from left), Immediate Past President Amy Clayman; Vice President Carol Orwitz; President Marcia Baruch; Vice President Jeff Apell, and Interim Executive Director Jeff Shacket. JCRC officers at the Annual Meeting were (from left), Immediate Past President Amy Clayman; Vice President Carol Orwitz; President Marcia Baruch; Vice President Jeff Apell, and Interim Executive Director Jeff Shacket. The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), an agency of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, held its annual meeting on Tuesday evening, May 22. The program featured remarks from selected Interfaith Mission participants who discussed the impact of their trip to Israel in January that was sponsored by JCRC. Community members who spoke included Rabbi Andy Green, Cong. Beth El; Pat Slater, Catholic Community of Christ our Light; Pastor John Haslon, Power for Life International; and Farhat Biviji, Interfaith community activist. For Haslon, Slater and Biviji, it was their first time in Israel, and their messages conveyed their deep connection with history as they walked in the footsteps of religious figures. Rabbi Green focused his remarks on the unique perspective the mission offered to see Israel through Christian, Muslim, Hindu, as well as Jewish eyes. Green also read a message from David Snyder, former executive director of JCRC, who was at the airport ready to depart for Israel and unable to attend.


The keynote speakers at JCRC’s Annual Meeting were participants from JCRC’s Interfaith Clergy Mission to Israel this past January. They spoke of their experiences and life changing moments while in Israel, seeing many sites pertaining to Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Pictured were (from left), Pastor Tasha Haslon, Pastor John Haslon, Pat Slater, Farhat Biviji and Amir Biviji. The keynote speakers at JCRC’s Annual Meeting were participants from JCRC’s Interfaith Clergy Mission to Israel this past January. They spoke of their experiences and life changing moments while in Israel, seeing many sites pertaining to Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Pictured were (from left), Pastor Tasha Haslon, Pastor John Haslon, Pat Slater, Farhat Biviji and Amir Biviji. Jewish Federation President Glenn Fuhrman discussed the importance of telling the JCRC story. He recently returned from Poland, where he participated in the March of the Living. Fuhrman installed incoming members of the board, including David Bross, Alysa Cooper, Stefanie Jeffreys, Alan Moldoff, and Harriet Schulman; followed by his installation of the Executive Board, including returning President Marcia Baruch. He joined immediate Past President Amy Clayman in thanking Leonard Berman for his active role on the Board and welcomed him as an Associate member.

Baruch summarized the many successful events during the past year and mentioned some of the new ideas for the next 12 months. Interim Executive Director Jeff Shacket outlined 11 “themes” or challenges as JCRC moves forward in 2019 and beyond.

“I am very excited about our next steps, and all that we will accomplish together. I also want to sincerely thank Marcia Baruch and our board members for their contributions and leadership in making the JCRC an essential voice in our community,” said Shacket.

JCRC oversees the Esther Raab Holocaust Museum & Goodwin Education Center and BookMates—the South Jersey Interfaith Coalition for Literacy—co-sponsored with the Catholic-Jewish Commission, as well as the community’s Israel Advocacy Initiative.

The JCRC Annual Meeting was co-chaired by JCRC Board members Barbara Rothberg and Lilly Cowan.

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