The Community Relations Council is the public affairs arm of the organized Tidewater Jewish community. It represents the area synagogues and Jewish agencies on issues impacting the rights and protection of Jews as individuals and as a community. The CRC works to educate the community on public affairs issues and translates these issues into community action with the greater community, public officials, other faith and ethnic communities and the media.


1958 Olga Meshoe
Founder, CEO of DEISI—Defend Embrace Invest Support Israel
March 2, 2016, 7:30pm at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, RSVP here.

One of the world’s most vocal supporters of investing in Israel and denying the claim that Israel is an apartheid state is a black South African, a Christian, an attorney, a dancer & a politician. She shares her story with thousands of people a year, and this year, with Tidewater.  

1959 Matti Friedman
Journalist, former Jerusalem Bureau Reporter for the Associated Press
May 11, 2016, 7:30pm at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, RSVP here.

The AP had more staffers covering the Israel story than in China, or India, or all 50-odd countries in sub-Saharan Africa combined during Friedman’s tenure. Friedman saw first-hand the ongoing omissions, inflations, and has dedicated himself to exposing the anti-Israel media bias he saw for himself from the inside.


1982 The Community Relations Council’s 4th Annual Israel Poster Contest. The fourth annual Israel Poster Contest for first through 12th graders. All posters will be displayed in the Simon Family JCC Cardo March 18 through April 1. The community will be asked to vote in person for their favorite. Finalists will then be posted online and the community will be asked to vote electronically between April 1-17 for their favorite. During viewing and voting, the artists’ names will be hidden. The winning poster with the most votes will be announced on Sunday, March 15th at 7:30pm at the Israel Today event with Ofer Merin at the Sandler Family Campus. The winner will have his/her poster professionally framed and it will hang permanently on the Sandler Family Campus. In addition, attendees of the community Israel Festival on May 17th will receive a copy of the winning poster. For more information email Robin Mancoll at with your questions.






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