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Community & Interfaith Relations

The Community Relations Department supports the Federation’s mission of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world through its deep commitment to combat anti-Semitism and discrimination, clarify church/state issues and build bridges to the community, educate and advocate for Israel, heighten consciousness and remembrance of the Holocaust, maintain a harmonious Jewish community, and strengthen the Jewish community’s relations with the general community.

For more information about the Community Relations department and the programs it supports, contact Shelly Shapiro, 783-7800 ext. 235 or email


Since 1999, Capital Region Jewish Coalition for Literacy ROAR participants from all over the community have learned firsthand how reading can bring people together. Through the program, sponsored by the Community Relations Department, more than two hundred reading coaches—middle school, high school, and college students as well as adults and senior citizens—work with inner-city students in kindergarten through third grade on reading skill development. Learn more.

Community Security

Community Relations continues to monitor security concerns and provide annual security briefings and preparedness training for our community’s synagogues, schools, agencies, and institutions along with federal, state, and local law enforcement.

Annual security briefings for Jewish community agencies, synagogues and institutions with FBI, Albany Division and local and state law enforcement are held.  Security Contact Form.

Teaching & Learning About Israel Workshops

Workshops for area public & private school teachers
Sponsored by the Community Relations Department and the Capital District Council for the Social Studies, these programs focus on Israel, and bring authors, professors, and other leaders in this field to present to teachers to assist in development of curricula for a balanced presentation on Israel.

Annual Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration

Kristallnacht marked a violent turn in the Nazis’ anti-Jewish policy and is known as the night the Holocaust began.

This annual event, sponsored by Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center, the Community Relations Council, and the Center for Jewish Studies at the University at Albany, features members of the interfaith community throughout the Capital Region.

Promoting Inter-Religious Understanding & Combating Bigotry

  • Interfaith Programs
  • Jewish – Catholic Dialogue programs
  • Schenectady Interfaith Community Programs

Jewish Holy Days and Festivals 3-Year Calendar  distributed to school districts throughout the region as a guide to scheduling with sensitivity to the needs of Jewish students and staff.

Environmental Coalition

Environmental Coalition works to increase awareness and mobilize the Jewish community to get involved in protecting the environment in partnership with synagogues and groups, including a partnership with the Saratoga County Interfaith Environmental Coalition.

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