Two NJ advocacy groups merge, Metrowest federation slashes budget


In a cost cutting move, the UJC MetroWest’s Community Relations Committee and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Northern New Jersey will merge and form one regional Jewish advocacy group, the New Jersey Jewish News is reporting.

The two existing groups, which lobby for Jewish causes in New Jersey’s capital and deal with advocacy of Jewish interests locally, have until now represented Jewish communities that are roughly a half hour apart on the New Jersey Turnpike. They will become one entity effective July 1.

Representatives of the tow federations that now finance the CRCs, the UJC Federation of Metrowest and the UJA of Northern New Jersey, will also talk with the 10 other federations in New Jersey in coming weeks about bringing all of their advocacy groups under one umbrella.

The move comes after the Metrowest federation – one of the country’s largest – announced that it was slashing its budget by $1.15 million by eliminating 13 jobs, one of which was the executive director of the Metrowest CRC.

The merger and other programmatic cutbacks will save the Metrowest federation nearly $100,000.

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