What We Do

Educating on Judaism, Israel, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust 

The Speakers Bureau of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) is ready to partner with you to bring compelling distance learning to your classroom, house of worship, or organization.

Since 2003 our volunteers have spoken to thousands of audiences, building bridges through respectful, open-minded and frank exchanges about important topics. This is our community at its best – appreciating one another for both our similarities and our differences.

Now, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have pivoted to virtual presentations. We think this work has never been more essential.

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We offer the following presentations on the virtual platform of your choice, live or pre-recorded, free-of-charge, and tailored to meet your timetable and learning goals:
  • Judaism on One Foot: Fulfills the Social Studies Standard asking for a description of the beliefs and practices of Judaism.   We cover the beliefs, values and religious traditions upon which the Jewish faith is based. This program covers the common roots of the 3 Abrahamic Faiths, introduction to Torah, holidays, ritual objects, ethical principles,  connection to Israel, Jewish diversity, life cycle events, kosher, etc. Together we will foster understanding and religious tolerance. After a pre-recorded video we can join your group for a live Q and A, or take questions and record another video with answers.
  • Amazing Israel: People, Places, and Culture: Get acquainted with a country brimming with biblical history and cutting-edge innovation, the Jewish homeland that is also a dynamic, multi-ethnic democracy. This tiny land has a huge story to tell!
  • Israel & Palestine: A Dual Narrative Approach: A one hour values-based conversation using excerpts from the book Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor: With an Extensive Epilogue of Palestinian Responses by Yossi Klein Halevi. Designed for those classes engaging in a deep and meaningful conversation about Israelis and Palestinians. Challenges students to find their own voice and come to better understand how pride and empathy can inform conflicts near and far. We can also bring you into our Letters Project, which provides books and assigns students the task of writing a letter to the author.
  • Antisemitism – Historical Overview and Current Challenges: A presentation addressing old myths in a new era with historical context, fact-based descriptions of prevalent antisemitic myths, contemporary examples and calls-to-action for addressing this hate.
  • Holocaust Family Story: The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime, its allies, and collaborators. Our Holocaust education presentations are offered by community members who represent their family’s story, recounting their experience during the war and the larger historical context.
    The life stories of Holocaust survivors transcend the decades and remind us of the constant need to be vigilant citizens and to stop injustice, prejudice, and hatred wherever and whenever they occur. A Holocaust survivor family member can come to your school virtually, tell their story, and answer questions.