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Mission & History

About Us

Mission Statement 

“The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) works within the Jewish and broader communities in St. Louis to enhance cooperation with other religious, racial, ethnic and civic groups; foster a just, democratic and pluralistic society; and promote the security of Israel and Jews everywhere. Guided by Jewish values, the JCRC advocates, educates, collaborates and mobilizes action on issues important to the Jewish community.”


The Constitution of what was then called the Jewish Coordinating Council was adopted and signed by representatives of the seven founding organizations on December 28, 1938. Among the organization's first actions was an objection to the sale of the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" in St. Louis. In 1945, the name of the Jewish Coordinating Council was changed to the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the JCRC joined other local community councils across the United States to form the National Community Relations Advisory Council, now called the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).                 

The focus in the early decades was on intergroup relations. With time, the issues of Israel, Soviet Jewry, and other Jewish communities worldwide also took prominent positions on the JCRC agenda. At present, the JCRC has five focus areas: Israel, International Issues, Domestic Issues, Social Justice and Intergroup Relations. The JCRC has administered the Jewish Fund for Human Needs since its establishment in 1985.