Community Relations Council

of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg

Thank you to our colleagues from the York JCRC and our sponsors for bringing this important program to town on November 5. 

A Civil Discussion on Israel’s Path to the Future: Perspectives from Left and Right​


The Jewish Community Relations Councils of York and Greater Harrisburg hosted an unforgettable program featuring speakers Jonathan S. Tobin, opinion editor at and contributor to the New York Post and National Review, and J. J. Goldberg, editor-at-large of the Forward newspaper and former U.S. bureau chief of the Israeli news magazine The Jerusalem Report. Thought leaders Tobin and Goldberg will debate critical issues concerning the State of Israel. This program was moderated by David Bernstein, President & CEO of Jewish Council for Public Affairs.


Read this article written by Bernstein: Each of us can -and should -reduce political polarization.

Thank you to our sponsors of this program!



Dr. Ed and Esther Beck

Ed Finkelstein, Esq.



Brenner Family of Dealerships*

Mark and Janice Illfelder

Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania

Debby and Raymond Rosen



Avi and Anat Beck

Marian Frankston and Burton Morris

Peggy Grove

Scott and Rishona Myers

Jenn Ross

Marjorie Sherman*

Conrad and Gail Siegel

Bryan and Allison Siegelman

Elliott and Sue Weinstein*




Jonathan Brandow and Susan Brodkin

Marty and Debbie Brill

Gail and Joel Burcat

Donald Feldman

Faith and Davy Goldsmith*

Arthur and Carol Hoffman*

Michael and Kim Klein

Jon and Andi Liss

Mark and Neysa Maisel

Mark and Ruby Schmidt

Alyce & Morton Spector*

Cynthia Sussman*

Temple Beth Israel of York

Michael Yaffe


In Kind Supporters

Bailey Coach

Beth El Temple

Additional Financial Supporters

Temple Ohev Sholom

* The noted individuals made recommendations through The Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania

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Greater Harrisburg CRC Overview: Under the leadership of Julie Wright Halbert, Esq., our region’s Community Relations Council (CRC) reemerged in 2015, and is currently co-chaired by Marty Brill and Keith Welks. Three committees address critical issues locally, nationally, and internationally: Communications (Chair Jeanette Krebs), Public Affairs (Co-Chairs Steve Loux and Alex Halper), and Interfaith/Intra/faith (Chair Rabbi Carl Choper). The CRC works with representatives from the Greater Harrisburg community to proactively and reactively deal with issues seeking guidance from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and input from our members. Every affiliated organization in the Greater Harrisburg community has a representative member of the CRC. For additional information about the Community Relations Council of the JFGH, please contact Jennifer Ross at 717-236-9555 x3104


The Community Relations Council (CRC) and Israeli Speakers Educational Endowment

The Community Relations Council (CRC) Israeli Speakers Educational Endowment of the Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania was established in 2015 by Dr. Edward and Esther Beck and Dr. Gustav (z'l) and Rita Beck, to bring to Harrisburg and Central PA notable expert Israeli speakers representing the many different and diverse views and voices of a vital Israeli society to brief the Greater Harrisburg community on the many challenges facing Israel in this complex world. Speakers will be chosen by the CRC with the consent of the Board of  Directors of The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg. 

It is hoped that enough funds could be raised to have at least two speakers per year in perpetuity and those interested in growing this important fund should contact Paulette Keifer.