Meet Susan R. Borison, 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.

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.

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 social justice (tzedekah), repairing the world (tikkun olam), and acts of kindness (chesed).


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

Fighting Antisemitism

by working with partners across the community to ensure that antisemitism and hate have no place in Cleveland.
Learn more about combating hatred.

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.

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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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

Marc Ashed

Marc Ashed
Assistant Vice President / External Affairs

Aviva Roland

Aviva C. Roland
Managing Director, Community Relations (CRC)

Oliver Young

Oliver Young
Senior Associate, Community Relations (CRC)