The Jewish Federation of Louisville is the central fundraising and community planning organization for the Louisville Jewish Community. With an Annual Campaign of $2.0 million dollars, the Federation supports and enriches the lives of Jews locally, nationally, in Israel, and around the world. We provide funding to a number of local and regional agencies, many national and overseas partners, and numerous independent programs that provide deeper connection and facilitate a vibrant local Jewish community.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Louisville (JCRC) works within the Jewish and broader communities in Louisville 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. JCRC envisions a more just society and a strong, vibrant Jewish community in the United States and in Israel and seeks to enhance that strength and vibrancy through collaboration with other communities. To that end, we work to:
- Promote equality of opportunity and full civil rights and civil liberties for Jewish and all other racial, religious, and ethnic groups in Kentucky
- Encourage amicable relationship, mutual understanding, and respect among various religious, ethnic, civic, and political groups
- Create and maintain conditions that are conducive to encouraging the continuity and vitality of Jewish living in a pluralistic society
- Combat antisemitism and other forms of racism or group prejudice
- Spearheads the development of the public policy agenda, vets and educates on issues and current events to foster understanding and cooperation within the Jewish and broader community
- Builds relationships and mutual understanding with ethnic, racial, faith-based and civic groups
- Harnesses the power and resources of the Jewish community in supporting its social justice agenda
- Promotes through education and action, strong protection and support for Israel and the Jewish people at home and throughout the world.
- Working with JCRC leadership to cultivate relationships and represent the interests of the Jewish community with religious, non-profit, civic, corporate, political, ethnic, and academic arenas, as well as the media
- Educating and advocating for Jewish causes and issues including Israel, anti-Semitism, and against the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement
- Monitoring local, national, and international events, working with volunteer leadership to set policy and mobilizing leadership and volunteers for action as needed
- Serve as a resource to Jewish and general communities
- Position the Federation’s JCRC as the central address for the Louisville Jewish
community’s community relations agenda
- Staff annual community-wide Holocaust Commemoration.
- Maintain and enhance relationship with local schools to ensure The Holocaust is taught appropriately.
- Arrange for Holocaust appropriate speakers and programs when requested.
- Establishing and maintaining strong ties with government officials, elected and appointed, at the local, state and federal level
- Monitoring local, national, and international events for Jewish priorities and Israel advocacy, and working with leadership and community members to set policy, provide education, and mobilize community actions
- Organizing education and advocacy opportunities for the community
- Advance degree preferred in fields such as Jewish communal studies, social sciences and/or public administration
- Knowledge and understanding of government affairs, legislative processes, and advocacy
- Demonstrated leadership experience in promoting mission critical programs and initiatives
- Commitment to Israel and background on Israel-related issues, politics, people, and history
- Excellent oral and written communications skills, including public speaking, writing of letters, op-ed pieces, and responses to community issues
- Experience with social media and other forms of digital communication
- Strong knowledge and understanding of Jewish practices, customs, history, and community infrastructure
- Ability to set priorities and handle multiple tasks, strong organizational skills
- Personable, enthusiastic, self-motivated professional; comfortable in a fast-paced working environment, including occasional nights and weekends
- Ability to work closely with others in a team environment, and effectively interact with all
- Ability to create and manage project/program budgets and timelines
- Ability to work well under pressure and manage sensitive or controversial subjects with tact, kindness, and professionalism
- Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
- Maintain physical ability and stamina to meet position tasks and responsibilities
- Use of hands for simple grasping and fine manipulations
- Occasionally requires bending, squatting, climbing, reaching, with the ability to lift, carry, push, or pull light weights