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The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Nov 28, 2018
Posted by Jessica Sterling, East Bay Program Assistant

How many measures of security will it take for a community to feel safe and secure?

Last Shabbat I arrived at Temple Beth Abraham’s Saturday morning services early. As a board member I volunteer to be “Shabbat Greeter” about once a month. The…

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Post Election Events

Post Election Events

Oct 31, 2018
Posted by JCRC Staff

The Jewish community is closely following the midterm elections and analyzing what it means for our most critical issues. We recognize that you too may be interested in accessing the best available analysis. So, as part of our democracy initiative,…

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Pittsburgh Inspires Widespread Solidarity Around the Bay

Pittsburgh Inspires Widespread Solidarity Around the Bay

Oct 31, 2018
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing and Communications

Following the atrocious events at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, there has been a tremendous turnout across the Bay Area at dozens of vigils and community gatherings. 1,200 people gathered at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco on Sunday,…

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We Stand With You!

We Stand With You!

Oct 5, 2018
Posted by San Francisco Interfaith Council
San Francisco Bay Area Religious Leaders Stand in Support of Survivors of Sexual Assault
 
JCRC Executive Director Abby Porth joins more than 140 leaders in signing interfaith statement addressing widespread scourge.
 
Statement:
 
We believe…
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A Threat to Democracy Itself

A Threat to Democracy Itself

Sep 12, 2018
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing and Communications

Last week, at his most recent rally, President Donald Trump railed against the “failing” New York Times because it published an anonymous op-ed written by a senior official on his staff. During his tirade he said, “…unelected deep state operatives…

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Israel Nation-State Law Passes Amid Deep Concern

Israel Nation-State Law Passes Amid Deep Concern

Jul 20, 2018
Posted by JCRC Staff

Early on Thursday, July 19, the Israeli Knesset passed legislation known as Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The new law has caused controversy in Israel and in the American Jewish community. National U.S. Jewish…

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As parents, we were compelled to visit a Texas immigrant detention center

As parents, we were compelled to visit a Texas immigrant detention center

Jul 11, 2018
Posted by Sonia Daccarett, Howard Kleckner, Suzanne Browne Mead

We heard from elected officials who have been allowed entry to the detention facilities that they “despair” because of the “deplorable” conditions. And there is growing suspicion about the organizations that have been put in charge of the care of…

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Interfaith Work makes all the Difference

Interfaith Work makes all the Difference

Jul 3, 2018
Posted by Sarah Fields, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Manager, Peninsula

Interfaith partnerships are the cornerstone of the Jewish Community Relations Council's work across the Bay Area, and especially on the Peninsula. So, when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir came to the Shoreline Amphitheater last week, I was pleased to be…

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Point of View

Point of View

Jun 20, 2018
Posted by Elle Segal, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Manager, San Francisco

San Francisco has a fresh link with its Israeli sister city, Haifa. A new, incredible Point Of View art installation was opened to the public on May 31. The two cities already had a lot in common. Both are coastal cities with diverse populations,…

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JCRC Op-Ed Initiative Continues Empowering Opinion Leaders

JCRC Op-Ed Initiative Continues Empowering Opinion Leaders

Jun 6, 2018
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing and Communications

Earlier this year, JCRC brought together an inspiring group of Jewish opinion leaders to learn, directly from news-media professionals, how best to construct and pitch opinion editorials. These were all dedicated experts with deep knowledge of…

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Reflecting on JPAC Advocacy Day 2018

Reflecting on JPAC Advocacy Day 2018

May 23, 2018
Posted by Gabi Kuhn, Public Policy & Community Building Associate

Looked at from afar, government can seem slow and overly bureaucratic. It's sometimes difficult to feel you can really make a difference.

This month I had the opportunity to take part in the Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California (JPAC)’s…

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U.S. Opts Out of Iran Deal

U.S. Opts Out of Iran Deal

May 9, 2018
Posted by JCRC Staff

The U.S. has removed itself unilaterally from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a.k.a. The Iran Deal. Some observers believe that the deal was fueling an aggressive regional policy by Iran that was significantly increasing the risk of…

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Marching for Our Lives with Beth Am’s Confirmation Class

Marching for Our Lives with Beth Am’s Confirmation Class

Mar 30, 2018
Posted by Noah and Samantha, Beth Am congregants

Two teenage congregants from Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, who attended the March for Our Lives event in San Francisco on March 24, agreed to share with Frontlines readers their reflections on what this event means for them and what the future might…

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Holocaust Remembrance Ceremonies in the Bay Area

Holocaust Remembrance Ceremonies in the Bay Area

Mar 21, 2018
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing and Communications

Yom HaShoah V’HaGevurah, "The Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism," is commemorated annually on the 27th of the month of Nisan, a week after the end of Passover on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. It is a day of…

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From Netanya to Inner Richmond: A JCL Tutoring Success Story

From Netanya to Inner Richmond: A JCL Tutoring Success Story

Feb 28, 2018
Posted by Gil Allouche, Tutor, Jewish Coalition for Literacy

I started tutoring at the end of 2015 at Argonne Elementary School in San Francisco. Founded in 1919, Argonne is a public school in the Richmond District offering a warm and supportive environment to its students. Like the other schools in the San…

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MLK Day of Service Events Around the Bay

MLK Day of Service Events Around the Bay

Dec 13, 2017
Posted by JCRC Staff

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day engaging in tikkun olam together with the diverse communities of our Bay…

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Islands of Hope

Islands of Hope

Dec 7, 2017
Posted by Matthew Readdick, Middle East Project Educator and Program Manager

As a new JCRC staff member, I was thrilled when given the opportunity to join JCRC and the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Jewish-Christian Leadership trip to Israel in October. The trip was a fantastic experience for all of us, and many new…

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A (incomplete & ever-changing) Response from the Misidentified

A (incomplete & ever-changing) Response from the Misidentified

Nov 16, 2017
Posted by Nadav David, Former Intern

This essay is based on remarks Nadav gave as part of a panel discussion on “What Are You: A Response from the Misidentified” with other members of the Northeastern University community during its Social Justice Week on the theme of “Seeing Color:…

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Service, Country, and a Kevin Bacon Movie

Service, Country, and a Kevin Bacon Movie

Nov 10, 2017
Posted by Sarah Fields, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Manager, Peninsula

Today marks the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Tomorrow is Veterans Day, the official public holiday to celebrate the service of our veterans. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, Veterans Day is a day to acknowledge the service…

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JCRC Legislative Wrap-Up 2017

JCRC Legislative Wrap-Up 2017

Nov 2, 2017
Posted by JCRC Staff

Sunday, October 15, was the last day for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto bills that passed the state legislature in 2017. Since March, JCRC has worked with community members, advocates and policymakers to advance bills addressing the…

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First-Hand Accounts of Fire Response

First-Hand Accounts of Fire Response

Oct 25, 2017
Posted by Carole-Anne Elliott, Executive Assistant

With such devastation so close to home, many of us on the JCRC staff have reached out to help those affected by the North Bay wildfires in numerous ways – monetarily, housing friends and loved ones, donating goods, offering support. We wanted to…

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Advocating for Change: Oakland’s AAMA

Advocating for Change: Oakland’s AAMA

Oct 18, 2017
Posted by Adi Alouf, Intern

Fifth in our “Racial Justice: Advocating for Change” series.

The great inequalities in educational access and opportunity across racial, economic, and residential lines produce and maintain the academic opportunity and achievement gaps between…

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Advocating for Change: LCCR

Advocating for Change: LCCR

Oct 11, 2017
Posted by Adi Alouf, Intern

Fourth in our “Racial Justice: Advocating for Change” series.

The law has served as a system of racial control in America. The institutions of slavery and Jim Crow clearly demonstrate how the status of black people as inferior and criminal has been…

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Advocating for Change: League of Women Voters

Advocating for Change: League of Women Voters

Oct 4, 2017
Posted by Adi Alouf, Intern

The third in our “Racial Justice: Advocating for Change” series.

The denial of voting rights has historically been used and continues to be used to minimize representation of communities of color. For democracy to flourish, all stakeholders must…

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Advocating for Change: YCD

Advocating for Change: YCD

Sep 27, 2017
Posted by Adi Alouf, Intern

This post is the second in our “Racial Justice: Advocating for Change” series in support of the JCRC Consensus Policy Statement on Racial Justice. We are highlighting different organizations doing phenomenal work in racial justice and the ways that…

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Advocating for Change: Be’chol Lashon

Advocating for Change: Be’chol Lashon

Sep 20, 2017
Posted by Adi Alouf, Intern

This post is the first in a series on “Racial Justice: Advocating for Change” in support of the JCRC Consensus Policy Statement on Racial Justice. We will be highlighting different organizations doing phenomenal work in racial justice and the ways…

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5778: Advocating Justice

5778: Advocating Justice

Sep 13, 2017
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing and Communications

When I was about seven my mom and I were listening to the radio and the Byrds came on singing “Turn! Turn! Turn!” Already a budding music aficionado, I listened intently to the lyrics and quizzed her about the song. She steered away from the source…

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JCRC 2017 Legislative Agenda

JCRC 2017 Legislative Agenda

Aug 30, 2017
Posted by JCRC Staff

The Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties has a large, diverse constituency and a several legislative jurisdictions to cover. So, we have developed a careful and…

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A Hamsa, a Bicycle and a Common Cause

A Hamsa, a Bicycle and a Common Cause

Aug 23, 2017
Posted by Hallie Baron, Associate Director

In 1998, a year after I moved to San Francisco, I took up cycling with a bunch of Jewish young adults I’d met on a Federation YAD-organized canoe trip. I wasn’t quite a YA – I’d actually just turned 40 – but they welcomed me nonetheless.

That trip…

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Bay Area Solidarity Events

Bay Area Solidarity Events

Aug 21, 2017
Posted by JCRC Staff

A number of alternative events have been scheduled in response to the upcoming white-nationalist rallies in San Francisco and Berkeley. If there is an event you would like us to share, please message Director of Marketing and Communications Jeremy…

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Community Unites Against Hate Following Charlottesville

Community Unites Against Hate Following Charlottesville

Aug 16, 2017
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing and Communications

There has been an enormous and moving outpouring of public condemnation for the anti-Semitic rally and ensuing violence in Charlottesville, VA. It is heartening to see so many united against hate. We are gathering pertinent statements, but this is…

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Know Your Classmates

Know Your Classmates

Aug 16, 2017
Posted by JCRC Staff

Beyond Differences, whose mission is to inspire students at all middle schools to end social isolation and create a culture of belonging for everyone, is launching their second year of Know Your Classmates. JCRC is honored to be joining again this…

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My Year of Service

My Year of Service

Aug 9, 2017
Posted by Shandor Tighe, JCL AmeriCorps VISTA Program Associate

As I sat in the office of Lakeshore Elementary School on Read Across America Day, I could not help but feel a bit nervous. Something about reading to a class of second graders for the first time can cause a little anxiety. However, when I went into…

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Do as I Say, Not as I Do!

Do as I Say, Not as I Do!

Aug 2, 2017
Posted by Andye Daley, Project Coordinator, Institute for Curriculum Services

Remember your parents saying things like:

  • “Do as I say, not as I do!”
  • “Two wrongs don’t make a right!”
  • “If so-and-so jumped off a bridge, would you?”
  • Or the ever popular, “Stop crying before I give you something to cry about!” (always worked,…
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Civil Rights Lawsuit against SF State alleges Anti-Semitism

Civil Rights Lawsuit against SF State alleges Anti-Semitism

Jun 21, 2017
Posted by JCRC Staff

On Monday, a lawsuit claiming San Francisco State University (SFSU) is “among the worst of the worst” for anti-Semitism was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit, Mandel et al v. SFSU et al, was filed by…

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Six Days and Fifty Years

Six Days and Fifty Years

May 17, 2017
Posted by JCRC Staff

The after effects of the war fought between June 5 and 10, 1967, “The Six Day War,” still reverberate today. A great deal of ink has been spilled telling the tale of how Israel defeated a coalition of Arab armies to maintain its existence, establish…

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The Incredible Legacy of the Anderson Family

The Incredible Legacy of the Anderson Family

May 12, 2017
Posted by Aimee Ellis, JFNA Israel Action Network Senior Associate for Community Strategy

In celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, I’m detailing just some of the Anderson Family in San Francisco’s incredible contributions to art, culture, athletics and society. Their family’s combined civic contributions are too many to list in…

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Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah 2017

Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah 2017

Apr 14, 2017
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing and Communications

Holocaust Remembrance Ceremonies in the Bay Area

Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah, "The Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism," is marked annually on the 27th day in the month of Nisan, a week after the end of Passover. This year it falls…

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Celebrating Communal Values this Passover

Celebrating Communal Values this Passover

Apr 10, 2017
Posted by JCRC Staff

JCRC has been extra busy these first few months of 2017 advocating on behalf of our community both here and in Israel. We hosted an extraordinarily well-attended and impactful Jewish Community Forum with support from our local Federations and the…

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Statements: Their Time and Place

Statements: Their Time and Place

Mar 29, 2017
Posted by JCRC Staff

This month JCRC Executive Director Abby Porth joined Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) President and CEO David Bernstein in publishing two important think pieces at eJewish Philanthropy about the power, importance and potential folly of…

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Security is a Community Effort

Security is a Community Effort

Mar 3, 2017
Posted by JCRC Staff

Since January, Jewish institutions across the country have been evacuated one after another because of bomb threats. Just Monday, 28 sites, including three in our Bay Area Jewish community, were targeted with additional threats. There have been no…

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The JCRC Op-Ed Initiative

The JCRC Op-Ed Initiative

Feb 22, 2017
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing and Communications

In November, JCRC brought together a unique group of Bay Area Jewish community leaders for a special training by The Op-Ed Project, which educates women and others who are often underrepresented among the experts in their fields to take…

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Doing Our Part to Stop a Muslim Registry

Doing Our Part to Stop a Muslim Registry

Feb 8, 2017
Posted by Joe Goldman, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Manager, San Francisco

Just days into his presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. He also signed an executive order calling for the construction of a border wall…

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Across the World and in Our Own Backyard

Across the World and in Our Own Backyard

Feb 1, 2017
Posted by Sarah Fields, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Manager, Peninsula

Working locally with our friends in the Hizmet Movement

So much is uncertain in our country with a new president, congress, cabinet leaders, and soon Supreme Court Justice. However you might feel about them, it's easy to become myopicly focused on…

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Protect the Rights of Americans of all Faiths

Protect the Rights of Americans of all Faiths

Jan 25, 2017
Posted by Madihha Ahussain, Staff Attorney, Muslim Advocates
Invest in Peace

Invest in Peace

Jan 18, 2017
Posted by JCRC Staff

Bear a Torch – Invest in Peace is a coalition of Bay Area community leaders, business owners, officials and activists promoting people-to-people partnerships among Israelis and Palestinians as a way to move toward two states living side-by-side in…

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Mobilizing to Reduce LGBT Inequalities

Mobilizing to Reduce LGBT Inequalities

Jan 10, 2017
Posted by Jason Howe, Communications Director, Equality California

Bear a Torch - As the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society, Equality California (EQCA) is working within California, at the federal level, and directly…

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Perspectives on the UN Security Council Vote

Perspectives on the UN Security Council Vote

Dec 29, 2016
Posted by JCRC Staff

Following a vote by the UN Security Council on Israel’s settlements – a vote from which the United States abstained – outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave dueling speeches. Both occurrences…

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Not Accepting Silence

Not Accepting Silence

Dec 28, 2016
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing & Communications

Bear A Torch – This week’s torchbearer, Shalom Bayit, was born as a task force addressing domestic violence in the Bay Area Jewish community, but has always remained connected to a broader national agenda. Focused on the intimate space of the home,…

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Open Books, Open Minds

Open Books, Open Minds

Dec 21, 2016
Posted by JCRC Staff

Bear a Torch – This week’s torchbearer, the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL), is dedicated to eliminating childhood illiteracy by mobilizing tutors, engaging parents and expanding home libraries to help underserved public school children…

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The Spirituality of Abortion

The Spirituality of Abortion

Dec 14, 2016
Posted by Debbie Bamberger, Netivot Shalom Congregant

Bear a Torch – This week's torchbearer, Exhale, uses pro-voice approaches and tools to support women in sharing their personal abortion stories. Want to champion these beliefs and transform abortion stigma into respect? ACT NOW: Join the pro-voice…

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Supporting Refugees and Immigrants

Supporting Refugees and Immigrants

Dec 7, 2016
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing & Communications

Bear a Torch – Following the recent election and its divisive campaigns, many in our community have turned to JCRC for guidance. With our history convening people from across the political spectrum to meaningfully discuss challenging topics, we know…

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A Highly Unworthy Cause

A Highly Unworthy Cause

Nov 9, 2016
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

In the novel Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield pays a visit to an old English teacher, Mr. Antolini, who tells him, “I don’t want to scare you, but I can very clearly see you dying nobly, one way or another, for some highly unworthy cause.”…

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Celebrating Argentina’s Jewry

Celebrating Argentina’s Jewry

Nov 3, 2016
Posted by Aimee Ellis, JFNA Israel Action Network Senior Associate for Community Strategy

One of my greatest passions is supporting Latin-American Jewry, particularly their influence and involvement in the arts and culture of the Americas. All my life I was fascinated by South America. I always imagined I’d fit in well within Argentina,…

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Four Walls and a Roof

Four Walls and a Roof

Oct 26, 2016
Posted by Joe Goldman, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Manager, San Francisco

Addressing Homelessness & Affordable Housing

Homelessness remains a prominent stain on the “California Dream.” San Francisco alone has 6,500 homeless people, the second-highest in the entire country. The state that’s home to the booming tech and…

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Recycling Books into Centerpieces for Charitable Events

Recycling Books into Centerpieces for Charitable Events

Oct 19, 2016
Posted by Rachel Alger, JCL AmeriCorps VISTA Program Associate

Six years ago, Redwood City resident Betsy Rosenthal was looking to get more involved in the Jewish community. Her daughter had recently participated in a philanthropic service project to benefit the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL), a nonprofit…

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JCRC 2016 Legislative Agenda

JCRC 2016 Legislative Agenda

Oct 13, 2016
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

This California legislative cycle the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council is supporting a pro-housing, pro-services agenda for San Francisco and a proposition that bolsters gun violence prevention laws in the State of California.…

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Building a Dream for Peace

Building a Dream for Peace

Oct 5, 2016
Posted by Joe Goldman, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Manager, San Francisco

“If you will it, it is no dream.” – Theodore Herzl

These are the words that kept running through my head as our bus ferried us between new housing complexes, high-tech offices, and the largest amphitheater anywhere near the Mediterranean. The tour…

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How I Fell in Love with Tutoring

How I Fell in Love with Tutoring

Sep 14, 2016
Posted by Nava Schweig, Jewish Coalition for Literacy Tutor

It was my first day at Greenleaf Elementary School in Oakland, and anxiety was building up inside me as I walked the halls of the unknown school. The kids here were different. They were from a different religion, different races and a different…

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Understanding the Movement for Black Lives Platform and Its Inclusion of Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Understanding the Movement for Black Lives Platform and Its Inclusion of Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Aug 24, 2016
Posted by JCRC Staff

On August 1, 2016, The Movement for Black Lives released a national platform. The document includes 40 policy suggestions. One section, “Invest-Divest,” caused significant national Jewish community and media attention because it includes hateful and…

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What We Learn by Teaching

What We Learn by Teaching

Aug 10, 2016
Posted by Katherine Ladcani, JCL AmeriCorps VISTA Program Associate

How a Literacy Volunteer Discovered his True Calling

For the past six years Don Neuwirth, a schoolyard planner by profession, frequently volunteered through the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) as a reading tutor at Buena Vista Horace Mann…

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San Francisco: A City of Bridges or Walls?

San Francisco: A City of Bridges or Walls?

Aug 4, 2016
Posted by Joe Goldman, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Manager, San Francisco

The Economist’s cover story, “Drawbridges Up,” highlights a new political phenomenon that’s upending traditional right-left lines in the West: the debate between open and closed societies. In both the U.S. and Europe, we’ve seen drawbridge-up…

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If All Hell Breaks Loose

If All Hell Breaks Loose

Jul 21, 2016
Posted by Abby Porth, Executive Director

Lately, it has felt like every morning begins with a news story that brings us to our knees. Weighing heavily today is the news from North Miami, where an African American therapist trying to calm his autistic patient was shot in the process by an…

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Violence Prevention Programs

Violence Prevention Programs

Jul 12, 2016
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

For the past 16 days we have been encouraging a wide variety of actions against gun violence. One key way to take action that we have not yet discussed is by supporting the many community-based programs preventing violence before it’s initiated.…

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#SafeAndEqual: Orlando Massacre Enabled America to “Get” Intersectionality

#SafeAndEqual: Orlando Massacre Enabled America to “Get” Intersectionality

Jul 6, 2016
Posted by Joe Goldman, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Manager, San Francisco

Many of us are trying to make sense of what happened in Orlando, placing the worst mass shooting in American history in one silo at the cost of others. But in reality, the attack in Orlando brings everything together. It’s as intersectional as…

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Rabbi Doug Kahn

Rabbi Doug Kahn

Jun 30, 2016
Posted by Hadara Stanton, JCRC President, and Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

In the photo above, Rabbi Doug Kahn holds aloft two prints by Polish born Jewish artist Arthur Szyk. Both of these luminous works are part of Szyk’s Visual History of Nations series, which was intended to celebrate the contributions that individual…

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So Much Hate, So Much Fear, So Many Guns

So Much Hate, So Much Fear, So Many Guns

Jun 22, 2016
Posted by Ilana Kaufman, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay

In the last year I’ve had all kinds of frightening new experiences. Around the time that an anti-Israel billboard went up along Highway 680, for example, I was called out to investigate a report of a flyer demonizing Israel on cars in the area.…

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Continuance of Magnificence

Continuance of Magnificence

Jun 2, 2016
Posted by Aimee Ellis, Community Engagement Manager

Growing up in the Richmond District of San Francisco, I was told I was Jewish but felt isolated. We didn’t attend synagogue, my schoolmates were Chinese American and my mother – despite a strong Jewish upbringing – identified with Eastern culture…

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Don’t Forget To Vote!

Don’t Forget To Vote!

May 18, 2016
Posted by JCRC, Board of Rabbis, et al.

Eighty years ago, Abraham Cahan wrote, “There were no elections in the country from which we had fled. The ballot box and all it represented was the sacred hope for which many of our countrymen in Russia had martyred their lives.”

Voting in open…

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JPAC Advocacy Day 2016

JPAC Advocacy Day 2016

May 11, 2016
Posted by JCRC Staff

A robust delegation from the Bay Area traveled to Sacramento this week, joining Jewish community members from across the state to network with legislators and advocate for public policy issues of importance to the broad Jewish community, as part of…

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Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016

Apr 27, 2016
Posted by JCRC Staff

Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah Ceremonies in the Bay Area

Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah, "The Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism," is marked annually on the 27th day in the month of Nisan, a week after the end of Passover. A variety of…

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Why Can’t We Hear Each Other Out?

Why Can’t We Hear Each Other Out?

Apr 20, 2016
Posted by Jason Steckler, JCRC Intern

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
--Socrates

 

San Francisco Hillel hosted Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at San Francisco State University on Wednesday, April 6th. Within minutes a crowd led by the General Union of Palestinian…

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Reading is Music to her Ears

Reading is Music to her Ears

Apr 13, 2016
Posted by Rachel Alger, JCL AmeriCorps VISTA Program Associate, Peninsula

If you come to North Shoreview Montessori School on a Wednesday afternoon, you’ll notice that just before 1 o’clock, the hallways fill with the jolly melody of the “Mickey Mouse March” and the majestic “Ode to Joy.” You can bet that Norma Tarrow…

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Countering Online Hate Speech

Countering Online Hate Speech

Mar 30, 2016
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

Almost two years ago some friends and I organized to flag for removal a Facebook page called “Death to Israel.” We felt the page was clearly anti-Semitic and in violation of Facebook’s community standards. I was surprised when Facebook declined to…

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The Calm Center in the Middle

The Calm Center in the Middle

Mar 16, 2016
Posted by Jason Steckler, JCRC Intern

Apartheid Week, San Francisco State University, spring 2014 – As an engaged Jewish student active in San Francisco Hillel for more than a year I thought I knew what to expect. But, in fact, what I saw changed me and altered the course of my ensuing…

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My Rabbi Road Trip

My Rabbi Road Trip

Mar 9, 2016
Posted by Ilana Kaufman, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay

It was Rabbi Menachem Landa of Chabad Novato who modeled for me the value of going door-to-door to connect with our community.

When Rabbi Landa arrived with Chabad Novato co-founder Adina Landa in Northern California four years ago this March, he…

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Black History Month 2016

Black History Month 2016

Feb 29, 2016
Posted by Abby Porth, Associate Executive Director

Today is the last day of Black History Month 2016. Throughout the month, we have featured on our social media the intersection of the African American and Jewish communities. As we wrap up the month, I want to share my speech from the San Francisco…

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My Spiritual Journey – From Activism to Study and Back (Part 2)

My Spiritual Journey – From Activism to Study and Back (Part 2)

Feb 24, 2016
Posted by Rabbi Doug Kahn, JCRC Executive Director

This is a continuation. For part 1 click here.

I’ve often joked that, in my position as JCRC Executive Director, being a rabbi means much more in the non-Jewish community than the Jewish community. The fact is that the training and the knowledge…

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My Spiritual Journey  – From Activism to Study and Back (Part 1)

My Spiritual Journey – From Activism to Study and Back (Part 1)

Feb 17, 2016
Posted by Rabbi Doug Kahn, JCRC Executive Director

My spiritual journey is not a subject I’ve generally spoken about before, let alone given as much thought to as I should. But I was asked to address the topic at the most recent San Francisco Interfaith Council breakfast attended by representatives…

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Guest Post: A Wider Perspective on A Wider Bridge

Guest Post: A Wider Perspective on A Wider Bridge

Feb 3, 2016
Posted by Alice Kessler, EQCA Legislative Director

Just before MLK Day weekend, the National LGBTQ Task Force, one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent LGBT advocacy organizations, suddenly canceled a long-scheduled session at its Creating Change conference. The session was to be hosted by A…

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JCRC Consensus on Economic Justice

JCRC Consensus on Economic Justice

Jan 27, 2016
Posted by Felice Zensius, JCRC Public Policy Committee Chair

JCRC affirmed a new JCRC Consensus Statement on Economic Justice last week at its first Assembly meeting of 2016. The new statement affirms the value and dignity of every human life and asserts that the Bay Area organized Jewish community, which…

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MLK 2016 Commemorations and Volunteer Opportunities

MLK 2016 Commemorations and Volunteer Opportunities

Jan 13, 2016
Posted by JCRC Staff

Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” -Martin Luther King,…

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A Year of Jewish Community Relations

A Year of Jewish Community Relations

Jan 7, 2016
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

2015 was a big year for me. Not only was my son, Abraham, born – he’s an absolute delight! – but it was also my first year with the Jewish Community Relations Council.

When I started at JCRC I hoped to find a tight-knit group with a strong team…

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Yoga, My Jewish Spiritual Journey

Yoga, My Jewish Spiritual Journey

Dec 23, 2015
Posted by Emily Lakritz, Program and Administrative Assistant

When I booked my flight to Bali for a month-long yoga teacher training, I can honestly say I was not thinking about my Jewish identity. Yet, the trip ended up connecting me to my family and my community in a way I never would have expected.

Growing…

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Civic Connection: South Peninsula

Civic Connection: South Peninsula

Dec 16, 2015
Posted by JCRC Staff

On December 9, JCRC, Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS), and the Oshman Family JCC (OFJCC) held the first-ever JCRC Civic Connection for the South Peninsula. This Chanukah-themed reception drew nearly 70 attendees all of whom were grateful…

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Miracles and Hanukkah

Miracles and Hanukkah

Dec 9, 2015
Posted by Jessica Kosmin, Middle East Project Manager

This week I have been thinking about JCRC’s role as the public face of the Jewish community and how this relates to lighting of the hanukkiyah, one of the most public Jewish rituals.

At the time of the Maccabbees, in the mid-second century BCE, the…

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Call JCRC

Call JCRC

Dec 3, 2015
Posted by Hadara Stanton, President, and Rabbi Doug Kahn, Executive Director

“Call JCRC!” is a refrain we hear multiple times each week coming from our community. If you’ve personally urged such action, thank you for your trust in JCRC to help resolve sensitive and complex community issues. 

Occasionally, the issues we…

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An Interfaith Prayer of Thanksgiving

An Interfaith Prayer of Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2015
Posted by Rabbi Doug Kahn, Executive Director

The following was given as the Closing Prayer at the San Francisco Interfaith Council’s 18th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast on November 24, 2015. In honor of San Francisco’s Sanctuary Movement, the theme of the event was “Faith and…

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Outrage Follows Outrage

Outrage Follows Outrage

Nov 19, 2015
Posted by JCRC Staff

Following last week’s deadly terror attacks in Paris, people around the world have joined in a massive outpouring of grief and outrage. This outcry has included communities of all faiths: Jewish, Muslim, Christians, all stand united with the people…

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A New Year of JCL Reading Buddies

A New Year of JCL Reading Buddies

Nov 11, 2015
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

The Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) and The Brandeis School of San Francisco have partnered for a second year of peer tutoring. JCL has trained 22 seventh and eighth graders from Brandeis to act as Reading Buddies for Buena Vista Horace Mann…

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#Justice15 with JCPA

#Justice15 with JCPA

Nov 4, 2015
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

JCRC staff joined in the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) meeting in Washington, DC, last month. The nation’s largest gathering of Jewish community relations leaders, JCPA’s annual event brought representatives from numerous Jewish…

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JCRC Remembers Earl Raab

JCRC Remembers Earl Raab

Oct 26, 2015
Posted by JCRC Staff

This past Saturday, Earl Raab, JCRC Executive Director Emeritus and one of the American Jewish community's most widely recognized and respected leaders, passed away in Forest Knolls, California, at age 96. The community is invited to his funeral,…

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JCRC Legislative Wrap-Up

JCRC Legislative Wrap-Up

Oct 23, 2015
Posted by JCRC Staff

In its role as the public affairs arm of the Bay Area organized Jewish community, JCRC supported ten bills this California legislative cycle. Five of the bills were signed into law, three were vetoed by the governor, and the other two were moved to…

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Abby Porth Joins SF Human Rights Commission

Abby Porth Joins SF Human Rights Commission

Oct 9, 2015
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

JCRC Associate Executive Director Abby Porth was appointed this week to serve on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (SFHRC). Abby was pleased to accept this opportunity as an appointee of Mayor Ed Lee, and expressed her hope that others in…

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Dwelling of the Heart

Dwelling of the Heart

Sep 30, 2015
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

During the playtime following Tot Shabbat, my daughter and her cousin, both of whom are two years old, called me into the kid-sized plastic house that Temple Israel keeps in its back patio area. As I ducked my 6-foot-frame through the door and…

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Reflecting on the High Holidays

Reflecting on the High Holidays

Sep 16, 2015
Posted by Hadara Stanton, President

I was walking through the Tenderloin the other day when a man started talking to me. He was telling me his story, how he had gone through some rough times in his life, and that now he really appreciated things like jazz, red wine, and good food. His…

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To Find Community Consensus JCRC Launches Town Halls

To Find Community Consensus JCRC Launches Town Halls

Sep 10, 2015
Posted by Jessica Trubowitch, Public Policy and Community Building Director

Following the implementation of the Strategic Plan, consensus building remains a cornerstone of JCRC. After all, it is through convening our community and finding the consensus on pertinent public policy issues that we are able to be effective and…

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Back to School

Back to School

Sep 2, 2015
Posted by Abby Porth, Associate Executive Director

My children have just returned to school, carrying new backpacks, bright lunchboxes, and – for my little one – an elephant “lovey,” or transitional object, in tow. Despite the frantic rush to get out the door each morning, the return to our…

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Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes

Aug 19, 2015
Posted by Michael Benesch, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

JCRC reaches out regularly to other faith and ethnic groups as part of our important efforts in community relations. In fact, in a very real sense this interfaith and intergroup outreach is one of the core ways that we work to ensure a just society…

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Support Women’s Reproductive Health

Support Women’s Reproductive Health

Aug 13, 2015
Posted by JCRC Staff

Jewish tradition emphasizes the importance of protecting the life and well-being of women, and there is a strong consensus in the organized Jewish community supporting a woman’s reproductive rights. That’s why we’ve long supported women’s health…

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