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JCRC relies on our community’s active involvement to ensure that our voices are heard and our impact is felt. Whether it’s writing to an elected official in support of a bill, attending an event or taking part in an advocacy day, we need you.

Help young unaccompanied refugees here in the Bay Area

Show your support for Israel

Change a child's life as a volunteer reading tutor

 


YOU can help unaccompanied minors here in the Bay Area

Last summer, thousands of unaccompanied minors fled gang violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, enduring horrific experiences on their journey to the United States. They have come in hopes of finding their families and a life without fear and violence. Once in the United States, they still need legal assistance as they go through the harrowing and confusing process of trying to get refugee status in order to make the United States their home.

As Jews, we know what it means to be an immigrant, and we too have been refugees. Our tradition teaches us the importance of welcoming the stranger. We must take action on behalf of the hundreds of kids, right here in the Bay Area, who need our help as they await deportation hearings in court.

What can you do?

Are you a lawyer?
Become a pro bono attorney.

Do you speak Spanish?
Become a volunteer translator.

Please email our partners at Legal Services for Children at probono@lsc-sf.org for more details.

Click here to learn more about JCRC's Immigration Issues consensus statement.

 


Show your support for Israel today

JCRC recognizes Israel’s integral role in the modern Jewish identity, and the importance of showing our support for its right to exist as a Jewish, democratic country both in times of peace and war. Here are ways you can show your support for Israel:

1. Encourage your Member of Congress to show continued, public support for Israel.
It is crucial that we show our appreciation for elected officials that have taken a public stand in advocating for Israel and that we encourage others that have yet to do so. Click here to find your representative.  

2. Submit letters to the editor
Monitor your local newspapers' coverage of Israel, and write letters to show solidarity with Israel. In the event of biased or inaccurate reporting, be sure to correct inaccuracies from the report you are responding to in your letter. 

3. Show your support on #socialmedia
Post on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms and show your solidarity with the people of Israel. Please be sure to thank elected officials who have publicly stated their support for Israel on social media. 

4. Reach out to your friends outside the Jewish community
Tell them about Israel beyond the headlines and provide them with accurate, factual information about the context and history of Israel and the conflict. 

Hold an “Israel Neighbor to Neighbor” program by inviting and hosting 10-15 of your friends and neighbors in your home for an informal Israel 101 presentation and discussion. Contact JCRC for more information at 415-957-1551 or dmahrer@jcrc.org

5.  Participate and promote a “buycott”

Do the opposite of the BDS movement--support Israel by buying Israeli products (see www.buyisraelgoods.org). 

6. Talk about Israel with your community
Contact JCRC at dmahrer@jcrc.org if you would like to bring a speaker or Israel education program to your synagogue or community. 

 


Just an hour a week can change a child's life

Just one hour a week can help a struggling young reader succeed. Become a volunteer reading tutor with the Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Click here to change a child’s life.