The Westchester Jewish Council is the central communicating, convening and safeguarding body for the county's Jewish community, representing over 140 Jewish organizations and serving 150,000 Jews. As Westchester's Jewish community relations organization, the Council unites Westchester Jewry with the State of Israel, fosters communication among Jewish organizations and cultivates and strengthens relations with other ethnic groups, elected officials and the community at large. The Council encourages participation in Jewish life and supports and develops initiatives and programs that meet existing and emerging Jewish communal needs.
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The Westchester Jewish Council is an IRS 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. We are one of approximately 110 Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs) nationwide which serve as coordinating and resource organizations to the Jewish community.
Initially founded in 1975 as the Westchester Jewish Conference to organize the community's response to the Yom Kippur War, the Council has subsequently evolved to become Westchester's Jewish community relations organization, providing a myriad of services. In addition, the Council serves as a facilitator to help build relationships both within and beyond the Jewish community.
Westchester County is the eighth largest Jewish county in the United States with nearly 150,000 Jews. The community is served by approximately 60 synagogues and more than 80 Jewish organizations. Our community is known for cohesiveness where the principles that unite the Jewish community win over those that may divide us.
We work closely with 140 member organizations to help them better engage Westchester jewry. We do this in tandem with both the lay and professional leadership of synagogues and Jewish institutions. We serve as the Jewish community "point organization" to the non-Jewish community as well as to our Westchester elected officials and law enforcement. Israel advocacy and Jewish education are also central to our mission.