The Baltimore Jewish Council was founded in 1939 in response to growing anti-Semitism in Europe. Locally, the BJC is a member agency of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Nationally, the BJC is a member of Jewish Council for Public Affairs. The Council advocates for Baltimore's organized Jewish community on a variety of social, political and humanitarian issues affecting Jews locally, nationally and worldwide. BJC promotes strong support for the security and safety of the State of Israel, calls for freedom and human rights for the Global Jewish Family, organizes communal programs on the Shoah and builds bridges with other ethnic and religious groups in the community. Finally, the BJC advocates for civil rights and stands against anti-Semitism and prejudice, pursuing social policies that enhance the quality of life for all.