MILWAUKEE – Martin Raffel, a consultant, columnist and former vice president with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, spoke at the Jewish Community Relations Council annual meeting and also met with Milwaukee Jewish Federation representatives in June.
“The Jewish community often needs to be a leader in pulling people together,” he advised, while speaking in a meeting with about a dozen Federation staff and leadership. He noted that this can be the response to rising tensions against Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ and other groups.
He said that community relations work can be very rewarding, because those involved get to ask, “What kind of world do we want to be in?”
Raffel has served as assistant director of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Jewish Committee and executive director of the Pennsylvania Regional office of the American Jewish Congress. He writes a biweekly column, Raffel’s Riffs, for the New Jersey Jewish News.