Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)



The JCRC’s primary mission is to promote and enhance the relationships between the Jewish community and the general community of Greater Naples. The JCRC participates in many programs with a number of groups with whom it collaborates, especially activities that promote religious freedom, separation of religion from government and social justice issues.


JCRC membership consist of representatives from Jewish organizations that serve our community as well as at-large members. The diversity of members enables the JCRC to represent the thinking of the Jewish community on social issues of community-wide interest.


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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — The organization SWFL Showing for Racial Justice is partnering with community organizations to bring fresh produce to those in need.
Sunday, June 28, The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples donated $2,500 to SWFL Showing Up for Racial Justice. This is the largest donation the project has received to date.
“It is called tikkun olam, which means repairing the world, ” said Jane Schiff.

Federation responds to hunger crisis

By Joel Pittelman, Chair, Jewish Community Relations Council

June 2020

When you are asked in the world to come, “What was your work?” and you answer, “I fed the hungry,” you will be told, “This is the gate of Adonai, enter into it, you who have fed the hungry.”                                                                        ~ Midrash Psalms 118:17 

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a severe food crisis has developed in Collier County. This urgent hunger problem is impacting the most vulnerable within our community. Worker illness, lack of access to food markets and an array of other reasons are causing tremendous food insecurity for many Collier County low-income families.


While established food pantries are doing their best to meet the needs, the needs have outstripped the usual resources.  As a result, other organizations have recruited volunteers who are working long hours to collect, sort and deliver food, while following the safety guidelines imposed by the pandemic.


The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples identified two organizations that are providing food assistance to hundreds of low-income families — the SWFL Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Collier County. These two organizations are providing an invaluable service to the most vulnerable people in our community – feeding hundreds of people weekly with quality food delivered in a safe manner.  But they are struggling for funds to meet the increasing needs.  


In Pirke Avot we read, “Hillel said, do not separate yourself from the community.” The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, recognizing it responsibility to be part of the effort to meet the needs of the Greater Naples community, has made a meaningful grant to each of these two organizations. While the Federation recognizes that their donation cannot meet all the needs of these two organizations, our contribution will relieve the hunger of several hundred families for a month. We encourage members of our Jewish community to extend the impact of our support by making tax-exempt individual contributions to these two organizations:  SWFL SURJ Mutual Aid Project,  and the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Collier County,   The JCRC is grateful to the Federation and to our many caring community members for their support.

In 2013, the Federation Board renamed the former Community Relations Committee (CRC) the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). In addition, the membership of the newly created Council was expanded to include a greater number of representatives of other Jewish organizations within the Greater Naples. The purpose of these changes reflected a movement among JCRC's throughout the nation to achieve greater inclusiveness in membership, so that policy positions and actions of the Council reflect the thinking of the broadest possible spectrum of the Jewish community.

The JCRC’s primary mission is to promote and enhance the excellent relations that the Jewish community now has with the broader Naples and Collier County community. JCRC outreach, both within the Jewish and general communities, is intended to educate and inform by offering programs for the community on Jewish issues and experiences.

The JCRC monitors state and federal legislation and its effect on the Jewish community. It works in conjunction with other JCRC's throughout Florida on State issues, and with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the national organization for JCRC's, on Federal and international issues affecting Jews throughout the nation and the world.

JCRC's originally arose from the need for Jewish security. While the need for protection from physical threats has been greatly reduced, we continue to address more subtle security issues. The JCRC promotes separation of religion from government and public schools, provides programs on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, and promotes religious freedom.

The JCRC sponsors several events during Florida Jewish History Month, including the annual JCRC/Friends of the Library of Collier County Naples Klezmer Revival Band Concert and the annual UN Holocaust Remembrance Observance- Yom HaShoah, held at a local synagogue or church, featuring local clergy, a guest speaker and musical performances.

The JCRC also presents a major community event each year.

For more information on JCRC, please contact Jeff Zalasky, Chair of JCRC here.

Anti Semitism Task Force 
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Annual Human Needs Award

Several years ago the Federation Board and the JCRC established a “Fund for Human Needs” to recognize organizations for their generous spirit and service to the entire community. It was another way for Jews in Collier County, as represented by their Federation, to practice tikkun olam, “bettering the world.”

Grants have been made to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Collier Council on Aging, NAACP Collier Branch, Collier County Education Foundation, Redlands Christian Association Literacy Program, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, Baby Basics, Bedtime Bundles, Shelter for Abused Women and Children, and the Senior Friendship Health Center.


Annual Stand Up For Justice Educator Award

In 2011, the Jewish Community Relations Council established an Educator Grant Award to recognize middle school and high school teachers, librarians, media specialists, guidance counselors and administrators who demonstrate outstanding, unique and replicable education initiatives countering bigotry and bullying.

Nominees’ lessons or activities must be of their own design or adaptations from other programs, and should be able to show evidence of a positive nature as a result of implementation. These lessons or activities should teach students to stand up for justice no matter what religious, racial, cultural or other differences exist.

For more information, contact Beth-Ellen Povlow at:


Catholic-Jewish Dialogue

The Catholic-Jewish Dialogue (CJD) of Collier County’s purpose is to engage Catholics and Jews in understanding our long history and to advance the cause of mutual understanding and appreciation for our differences as well as our commonalities. The CJD holds a series of lectures and sponsors several events including the annual Kristallnacht Memorial Convocation.

For more information on CJD, email:


Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

We are proud to join NAACP and participatein the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, which is an annual event in which we could proudly display the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples (JFGN) banner and give information about the Federation. 

June 5, 2020


Vincent A. Keeys

NAACP Collier County

P. O. Box 990727
Naples, FL 34116


Dear Mr. Keeys,


The Naples Jewish community stands in solidarity with the Naples Chapter of the NAACP, SURJ and all fair-minded people throughout the nation in abhorrence of the death of George Floyd.  We recognize the unequal use of police powers that has resulted in Mr. Floyd’s death and the deaths of many other people of color.  We stand with all oppressed minorities in seeking equal treatment under the law.


The SURJ march on June 10 is a meaningful way to call attention to the urgency of a situation that demands correction immediately.  Some people may characterize a march as a disruptive and divisive action.  We disagree.  We join the NAACP in feeling it is a necessary exercise of our Constitutionally protected right of assembly to call attention to injustice and to demand that it be addressed and corrected by all community leaders.


Your decision to call for this assembly is entirely appropriate but comes at an unfortunate time for many in our community.  Just as justice in this country does not always treat everyone equally, so too, the corona virus threat is unequal in its affect on its victims.  People of color can easily see this.  Many individuals in our community, due to our age and other complicating health factors, view the pandemic as a heightened menace.  Many of us will be there with you, but while we all fully support your assembly and the equal justice you demand, many of us cannot be with you in physical person.


By our signatures on this letter, we want you to know we stand with you.  We stand with you in heart, we stand with you in commitment, we stand with you in the righteousness of your cause and the knowledge that we shall prevail.



Thank you for your efforts to make our country a better place.



Members of the Greater Naples Jewish Community:


Jane Schiff

Board Chair, Jewish Federation of Greater Naples


Joel Pittelman

Chair, Jewish Community Relations Council


Jeffrey Feld

President/CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

Cantor Donna Azu

Temple Shalom of Naples


Rabbi Ariel Boxman, Rabbi Educator

Temple Shalom of Naples


Rabbi Ammos Chorny

Beth Tikvah


Rabbi Mark Wm. Gross, D.D.

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island

Rabbi Howard S Herman DD

Naples Jewish Congregation


Rabbi Adam Miller

Temple Shalom of Naples


James H. Perman, D.D.

Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Shalom of Naples


Belle and Ron Agronin

Lea Bendes

JoAnne Burka

Suzanne Cherney

Bob Davidson

Susan Dean

Rene and Sam Geist

Kenneth Goldstein

Lenore Greenstein

Lee and Joe Henson

Carol and Burton Hirsch

Susan and Michael Horowitz

Harriet Kleinman

Ida and Jeff Margolis

Judi Palay

Irene Pomerantz

Beth and Irv Povlow

Mae Riefberg

Betty Schwartz

Linda and Marc Simon

Elaine Soffer

Shellie Specter

Jean Stanley

Joyce Toub

Michelle Levine-Troupp

Linda and Alex Wertheim


Jewish Community Relations Council Members


Previous JCRC Events

January MLK Jr. Parade 2020

2019 MLK Jr Parade


2019 Naples Klezmer Revival Band Concert

2018 Naples Klezmer Revival Band Concert

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

January 2018

The Jewish Community Relations Council 

of the Jewish Federation of Collier County 

and Naples Jewish Congregation


 are Pleased to Sponsor a 


Special Interfaith Shabbat Service 


Friday, May 26, 2017

7:30 p.m.


Officiating: Rabbi Sylvin Wolf, Reverand,

Irvin Stallworth, Pastor, Unity Faith Missionary Baptist Church


 A choir composed of members of several churches of the the Spiritual Aims Group and the Naples Jewish Congregation will lead the Congregation in song. A joyous Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. All are invited and welcome to attend.


Service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Napa Woods Way

Interfaith Shabbat Service