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Jewish Community Relations Council

 JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)  is the leading advocate for the Greater Orlando  Jewish community, engaging in important public policy discussions and ensuring that our voices are amplified. We are one of 125 JCRCs in the nation that form the grassroots of the national umbrella organization, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

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Community Relations

We work to promote mutual understanding among all groups in the Greater Orlando area and to advance democratic pluralism and respect for human dignity and individual rights across religious, racial and ethnic lines. We’re committed to building bridges between the Jewish community and the community at large.

Issues Advocacy

JCRC insists that governmental actions neither endorse nor unduly inhibit religious practice. We enlist governmental and public support on behalf of Israel and oppressed communities throughout the world and advocate on human services and social legislation affecting the Jewish community.

Issues education

We regularly sponsor and organize community forums, expert discussions and other events open to the community and intended to help you make informed decisions about key issues of the day.

Social Action

We embrace the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world, by addressing challenges in the local community as well as issues that affect us globally. We offer and support educational programming and community activities

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Rapid Response

We sustain a rapid response team that is available to advocate on behalf of victims of anti-Semitism or other forms of hate and discrimination.

Israel Advocacy

JCRC submits media releases, letters and columns to important news and resource outlets to offer opinions on Israel-related issues.

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news and resources

News of note

April 9: Airbnb will cancel its ban on West Bank settlement listings

In a reversal of a 2018 policy announcement, Airbnb will not remove West Bank settlement listings from its website.

 

April 9: Israel to host Florida Cabinet meeting at embassy in May

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the next Florida Cabinet meeting will take place at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem at the end of May.

 

March 12: Florida bill defining anti-Semitism as racism advances

HB 741, sponsored by Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, next goes to the House Judiciary and Education committees before reaching chamber floors for adoption.

 

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Take action against anti-Semitism

Learn what you can do to recognize, report and respond to incidents of hate.

your jcrc is making a difference

Community event Oct. 30: Stop the Hate

Please join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, for “Stop The Hate: Remembering the Victims in Pittsburgh,” an interfaith and multicultural memorial service, coordinated by Central Florida Jewish organizations and the Greater Orlando Board of Rabbis. This community event,...

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JCRC statement on Pittsburgh shooting and gun violence

The Jewish Community has long been a member of the extended family of gun violence victims, and today that family grew tragically once again. As Jews around the United States participated in observance of Shabbat at their local synagogue this morning, we were...

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Advocate for your Jewish child in school

The Jewish Community Relations Council is pleased to share the following resources for parents: Calendar of Major Jewish Holidays and Religious Observances (through 2023) Brochure: 5 Effective Ways to Advocate for Your Jewish Child in School JCRC "Chain of Command"...

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Roundtable with Gov. Scott

Roundtable with Gov. Scott

JCRC organized a small roundtable discussion with Florida Gov. Rick Scott at the Rosen JCC in Southwest Orlando. We engaged with the governor on a wide range of issues of concern to our community, including security funding, education, healthcare and gun violence. 

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Roundtable with Gov. Scott

Roundtable with Gov. Scott

JCRC organized a small roundtable discussion with Florida Gov. Rick Scott at the Rosen JCC in Southwest Orlando. We engaged with the governor on a wide range of issues of concern to our community, including security funding, education, healthcare and gun violence. 

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Meet the candidates

The Federation's Jewish Community Relations Council serves as the political advocacy arm of our Jewish community, creating relationships and access to our elected officials and those who are running for public office at all levels. Last week, our JCRC organized a...

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JCRC backs Trump on Jerusalem

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando fully supports President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We continue to encourage all parties to work toward a path to peace through a two-state solution, and...

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Statement on immigration executive order

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando expresses great concern over the current and potential impact of the Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States signed by President Trump...

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Resources to combat anti-Semitism

Resources to combat anti-Semitism

The recent threats aimed at U.S. Jewish institutions have sown fear in more than 100 Jewish communities and institutions across the country, including right here on our Maitland Jewish Community Campus. Anti-Semitic graffiti at local schools and homes, fliers...

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Perspectives on  UN Security Council vote

Perspectives on UN Security Council vote

Following a vote in December by the UN Security Council on Israel’s settlements – a vote from which the United States abstained – outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave dueling speeches. Both occurrences are...

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Yonit Arthur

Yonit Arthur

Personal Trainer and Strength Coach

 

Yonit Arthur, a.k.a. “Coach/Dr. Yo," is a personal trainer and strength coach, and is currently building a boutique gym for women. She is also a licensed doctor of audiology with specialties in hearing and balance disorders, so she can get you fit and test your hearing at the same time! Yonit’s family moved to Israel when she was a child, and although she has made Central Florida her home, she visits her parents, siblings and nephews there often.

In the leadership program, her special interest is in helping working women and young mothers -- who are often overwhelmed with demands on their time and emotional energy- connect to their Jewish community and heritage in actionable, attainable ways.

By empowering people to find meaning and purpose on their own terms, she hopes to create momentum for positive change in our Central Florida community.

Stacey Fishkin

Stacey Fishkin

Recreation Guest Experience Manager

 

Stacey is originally from Springfield, NJ. In 2006, she graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island with a degree in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management. From there, she was accepted into the Disney College program for a 7-month internship. During her internship, she knew she wanted to make working at Disney a career. She was able to advance in her Disney journey overseeing roles under the Recreation umbrella, including Lifeguards, Children’s Activities, Marinas and Training.

Upon moving to Orlando, she became involved with the Jewish Federation’s Or Hadash group, which connected her to other young Jewish people. In 2015, she and her husband, Mike, welcomed their first son, Joshua.

Stacey says it was important to them that Joshua carried on the same Jewish values as she did growing up. They were happy to learn about The Roth Family JCC’s Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) and knew it would be a great learning environment. In 2017, they welcomed a second son, Ethan, and later enrolled him at the ECLC.

Since 2017, Stacey’s family have been active members at the JCC and have built strong relationships in the community with other ECLC families. Stacey am excited to start her journey with the Bornstein Leadership Development Program and develop as a young Jewish Leader in the community.

Stacy Gotlib

Stacy Gotlib

Public school principal

 

Stacy Gotlib is married to Daniel Gotiib and has lived in the Orlando area since 1994, moving here from South Florida. She is very active both in her school community and the Jewish Community.

As a public school principal, she is a facilitator in training for the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Leadership Academy. In the Jewish Community, she serves on the Board of Trustees and is stepping into the role of Youth Committee Chair at Congregation Ohev Shalom. She has been a table captain at Choices for several years and she is very involved in SPARK Orlando’s leadership team.

Both of her children are very active in the Jewish Community, too. As such, Stacy is very passionate about building lasting relationships in the Jewish Community so that people of all ages continue to benefit from all that we offer.

Sarah Koren

Sarah Koren

Attorney

 

Sarah is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Education Law. She serves as an attorney in the Orange County Public School’s Office of Legal Services where she specializes in exceptional student education and Office of Civil Rights student matters. She also provides legal support in the areas of McKay Scholarship, testing, behavior support, restraint/seclusion, accommodations and transition. Prior to joining the Office of Legal Services, Sarah served as an attorney in the Special Education and Mental Health Law Unit of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., where she represented dependent youth and families in special education, dependency, delinquency, and mental health matters. Prior to working at CLSMF, Sarah worked at the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow/Guardian ad Litem Program Education Attorney representing the educational and dependency (foster care) needs of foster youth.

Rachel Slavkin

Rachel Slavkin

Educator

 

Rachel brings to the Bornstein program years of leadership in her passion for working with and helping individuals with special needs. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Special Education from Penn State University and has been working in the field for over 25 years. Rachel has taught special education in the K-12 system and was Special Education Department Chair of a public school district in Pennsylvania before moving to Central Florida. Rachel now serves on the faculty of Seminole State College in the Adult Education department. As a facilitator for Social Bridges, she leads social skills therapy groups for adolescents and adults with social challenges.

Rachel is one of the founding members on the Jewish Federation’s RAISE (Recognizing Abilities & Inclusion of Special Employees) Leadership Team and currently serves as Director of Employment and Education. Rachel’s family is the center of her life. She married the boy 7 houses away (so not technically next door). Rachel and her husband have two children, a son in college, and a daughter just beginning her post-collegiate “adult” life. Rachel is enjoying being an empty-nester with her husband and their 2 dogs.