Bradley J. Schlang, Community Relations Committee (CRC) Chair

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Community Relations Committee Mission

Working with people of all faiths and ethnicities to build a more just and civil society through advocacy, volunteer, and community building initiatives.

CRC History


The CRC is one of 125 community relations committees or councils across the country. Established post-World War II to strengthen the ties of the Jewish community to the general community, the community relations field was conceived to be the antidote to another Holocaust. Since 1951, our Cleveland CRC has been an active committee and department within the Federation.


The CRC is the public face of the Jewish community to the general Cleveland community. We build relationships across diverse communities, mobilize the Jewish community into action, and lead Israel education and advocacy efforts in Cleveland.


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Building relationships
across diverse communities

We establish collaborative relationships with other ethnic, racial, civic, and religious groups


brings together Cleveland’s esteemed civic leaders to explore Israel’s innovative approaches to community and economic development, and to create opportunities for partnership with each other and Israeli counterparts.


examines a topic of broad interest to the Jewish and general community like education equity, women in STEM, and shared society efforts in Israel.

Interfaith and Intergroup

brings coalitions of diverse groups together to make a difference in Cleveland.

“The Jewish Community has demonstrated solidarity with us. I hope we continue this ongoing dialogue between our two communities. It’s an important relationship.”

―The Reverend Max Rodas

Mobilizing our community into action

We enable Jewish community members to address critical public affairs issues and to enhance the quality of life for all, based upon the Jewish values of tzedekah (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and chesed (acts of kindness).


Work with Federation leadership to determine how and when the Federation makes statements on public affairs issues and events.

Fighting Anti-Semitism

by working with partners across the community to ensure that anti-Semitism and hate have no place in Cleveland.

Civil Discourse

to ensure that our community’s wide array of voices and opinions can be heard with respect and that we build communication and listening skills.

Supporting Israel

We strive to increase community knowledge about Israel and
advocate for the Israeli people.

Community Support

to combat the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement on campus, in the community, and nationally. We also offer support to local campus Hillels as they confront anti-Israel bias.

Israel Advocacy Fellows

teaches young adults about the complexities of Israel advocacy and provides them with the tools to stand up for Israel.

Special Events

for Clevelanders of all backgrounds that celebrate, commemorate, and provide educational opportunities for the community on Israel-related topics.

“The bond of friendship between the United States and Israel is strong and unshakeable. It thrives at the national and neighborhood level. I am resolved to protect that friendship and the right of all Israelis to live with peace and security.”

―Congresswoman Marcia Fudge

Supporting Greater Cleveland

1500+ Volunteers

Each year, 1,500+ volunteers participate in programs related to hunger, poverty, and literacy through our Jewish Volunteer Network (JVN).

200+ Students

Our volunteer mentorship program, Public Education Initiative (PEI), is the largest literacy tutoring program in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), helping 200+ K-12 students in seven Cleveland schools learn to read each year.

Our Partners

Agudath Israel of America

American Jewish Committee

Anti-Defamation League

Cleveland Hillel

Hillel at KSU

Kol Israel Foundation

Mandel Jewish Community Center

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

National Council of Jewish Women – Cleveland Section

ORT– America Cleveland Region

Meet our CRC Staff

Debbie Klein

Debbie L. Klein
Managing Director for Community Relations


Aviva Roland

Aviva C. Roland
Assistant Director for Community Relations