Southwest Jewish Congress 

Founded: 2009


Founding Chair: Harry Ploss


Members: 500+


Areas Served: North Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico


Signature Events:

  • Educational Programming offered FREE to the community
  • Texas Sized Event featuring the Audrey Kaplan Inspiring Women of the Southwest (IWSW) & the Stan Golden Men of Action Awards (MOA)
  • Flame of Honor Awards Dinner (FOH)

Southwest Jewish Congress was established to expand the vision of advocacy and community educational programs in the Southwest, with regards to US-Israel relations, Constitutional guarantees and the celebration of diversity. We have a vibrant membership throughout the Southwest, committed to educating the public about the dynamics and complexities of the Middle East through ongoing community briefings, college lectures, electronic and print media, outreach and joint programs with like-minded organizations.


Celebrating unity through diversity and tolerance, SWJC remains vigilant to any forms of religion-based radicalism and terrorism, anti-Semitism, racism and other hate behaviors. SWJC strongly supports and advocates for the security and stability of Israel - the only democracy in the Middle East and America's strongest and most reliable ally in that region.

Southwest Jewish Congress (SWJC) is a membership organization open to all that welcomes diversity and builds bridges throughout our community.


We provide quality educational programs and events:

  • supporting US Constitutional and human rights;
  • regarding Jewish culture and history;
  • promoting Israel and its role in the world; and
  • honoring those who have significantly contributed to the advancement of our society, culture and lives

Who We Are

SWJC Profile

Our Mission