The Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council, was inaugurated in May of 2010. The Newmark Institute was established in recognition of the lifelong work and contributions of Michael and Barbara in the area of human relations and in supporting a diverse and pluralistic community. The Institute builds upon and amplifies the ongoing work of the JCRC in the area of human relations.
The Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council is committed to the concept of a pluralistic society where diverse religious, racial, and ethnic groups live and work together and their differences enhance the community. It is in that setting that Jews in America have thrived. We are dedicated to advancing pluralism by organizing, supporting and promoting programs and activities that foster good human relations between people of diverse backgrounds.
The Institute celebrates, educates, cooperates, and advocates on behalf of better human relations. It centers its programs and acts to:
- Celebrate occasions that promote diversity.
- Educate about the differences of people of diverse backgrounds through dialogue and other means.
- Cooperate and network in common cause with others on issues that support one another, as well as on issues for the common good.
- Advocate positions and support programs that promote civil and human rights and the inalienable dignity of the human person, and that combat, bigotry, prejudice, discrimination, and abuses based on differences in religion, race, ethnic background, or sexual preference.
Student to Student
JCRC's Student to Student program is operated through the Newmark Institute. Student to Student is a peer-to-peer education program that reduces stereotypes and prejudice in the students it reaches. Learn about the St. Louis Student to Student chapter.
Arts & Faith
In 2011, an interfaith group of community leaders, convened by Batya Abramson-Goldstein of the Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Timothy O’Leary of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, prepared the St. Louis community for a production of the opera The Death of Klinghoffer by creating programs for building understanding and bridging divides. These successful efforts inspired the creation, with the collaboration of Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis and the Sheldon Concert Hall, of an Interfaith Concert marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Visit the Arts & Faith website.
On hiatus due to COVID 19