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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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My Gap Year

My Gap Year

Aug 6, 2015
Posted by Noah Gerard-Grossman, Summer Intern

When I decided to take a gap year after high school to go to Israel, I had no idea what was in store for me. I would try to envision what my year would look like: Would I spend my afternoons making shakshuka and whipping up hummus plates with my…

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What’s the Deal with the Iran Deal?

What’s the Deal with the Iran Deal?

Jul 30, 2015
Posted by Karen Stiller, Middle East Project Director

By now we’re all very much aware that, for better or worse, a deal was reached last week between Iran and the P5+1 countries (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, China and Russia). If you haven’t read JCRC’s statement, you can do so…

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Finding the Judaism for Me

Finding the Judaism for Me

Jul 29, 2015
Posted by Isaac Kort-Meade, Summer Intern

When I first arrived in Eugene to attend the University of Oregon in the fall of 2013, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I would major in Political Science, go on to be involved in politics, and continue my Jewish experience in Hillel.…

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A Time of Inspiration

A Time of Inspiration

Jul 15, 2015
Posted by Abby Porth, Associate Executive Director

JCRC is currently implementing a dynamic new strategic plan, the third in its 70-year history, which will advance our mission of education and advocacy, and guarantee our efficacy in creating an inclusive, diverse forum for engaging the Bay Area’s…

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Multifaith Iftar Dinner in San Mateo

Multifaith Iftar Dinner in San Mateo

Jul 8, 2015
Posted by Dick Heiman, Peninsula Temple Beth El Representative

The sound of the Muslim call to prayer echoed in the sanctuary of Peninsula Temple Beth El (PTBE) in San Mateo as more than 200 members from 26 faith houses gathered together to celebrate the Muslim Iftar Service on Sunday, June 28th. Imam Fatih…

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Roots and Wings

Roots and Wings

Jul 1, 2015
Posted by Jacqueline Regev, ICS Senior Curriculum Developer and Trainer

Jewish summer camp has become a rite of passage for many of us. In fact, the Foundation for Jewish Camp estimates there are about 70,000 campers annually. For most of my friends, camp provided some of the most formative moments of their young lives.…

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Jewish History of the Golden State Warriors

Jewish History of the Golden State Warriors

Jun 17, 2015
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

A crowd will march through downtown Oakland this Friday. For once, it will be a victory rally. That’s because in a 105-97 game (that had my neighbors whooping at the television last night), the Golden State Warriors have taken home the National…

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Jewish Coalition for Literacy Lead Tutor Janet Parker

Jewish Coalition for Literacy Lead Tutor Janet Parker

Jun 10, 2015
Posted by Alexsandra Buckner, AmeriCorps VISTA Program Associate, Jewish Coalition for Literacy

“Part of what being Jewish means is to be involved – in the community, in the world, in the lives of those who may need us.”

The first time I met Janet Parker was at the Jewish Coalition for Literacy’s annual Chanukah party. In between getting to…

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Taking Action on Global Antisemitism

Taking Action on Global Antisemitism

Jun 3, 2015
Posted by Aliza Craimer Elias, ICS Director

You would expect a conference on antisemitism to be depressing and, without question, the numbers aren’t pretty. The ADL Global 100 index suggests that worldwide 26 percent of people harbor antisemitic attitudes. Yet, at the 5th Global Forum on…

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Celebrating the Rich Legacy of My Great-Grandfather

Celebrating the Rich Legacy of My Great-Grandfather

May 27, 2015
Posted by Aimee Ellis, Community Organizer

I am the proud Great-Granddaughter of Mr. Aaron Burdwise; a Baltimore-based musical merchandise importer, inventor, composer and entrepreneur who came to America from Uman, Ukraine in 1904. For many years, my family and I searched for detail…

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San Francisco’s First Jewish Heritage Month Celebration

San Francisco’s First Jewish Heritage Month Celebration

May 21, 2015
Posted by JCRC Staff

An enthusiastic crowd of close to 500 people, including at least a dozen elected officials and city dignitaries, attended the first-ever celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month in San Francisco City Hall yesterday. The Jewish Community…

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Amazing Story of #SFJewishHeritage, Part 2

Amazing Story of #SFJewishHeritage, Part 2

May 13, 2015
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a national month of recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. In recognition JCRC is featuring a two-part overview of San Francisco Jewish Heritage, a.k.a.

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Amazing Story of #SFJewishHeritage, Part 1

Amazing Story of #SFJewishHeritage, Part 1

May 6, 2015
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a national month of recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. In recognition, JCRC is featuring a two-part overview of San Francisco Jewish Heritage, a.k.a.

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Reflecting Upon the 100th Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

Reflecting Upon the 100th Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

Apr 30, 2015
Posted by Aimee Ellis, JCRC Community Organizer

On April 21, I joined a small group of Jewish friends at the “Centennial Concert in the Square,” an Armenian Genocide Commemoration Committee event held in San Francisco’s Union Square to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. I…

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The Future of Holocaust Remembrance

The Future of Holocaust Remembrance

Apr 22, 2015
Posted by Paula Simon, North Bay Regional Director

I worry. As a Jewish community professional, the commemoration of Yom HaShoah v HaGevurah heightens my apprehension. Seventy years after the camps were liberated and the war ended, the numbers of survivors are dwindling precipitously. What will…

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Taking a Stand against Bias on Campus

Taking a Stand against Bias on Campus

Apr 20, 2015
Posted by Karen Stiller, Middle East Project Director

Recent allegations of anti-Semitism at Stanford University are the latest reminder of how challenging the campus environment has become as a result of anti-Israel activity. A Stanford Student Senate candidate, who identifies as Jewish and Latina,…

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Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah

Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah

Apr 15, 2015
Posted by JCRC Staff

Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah, "The Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism," begins tonight at sundown and continues through sunset tomorrow. In remembrance, we’d like to share this poem written by Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer.

We…

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Even the Everyday Encounters were Extraordinary in Israel

Even the Everyday Encounters were Extraordinary in Israel

Apr 8, 2015
Posted by Doug Kahn, JCRC Executive Director

I just returned from two remarkable weeks in Israel. I arrived in advance of our annual JCRC study tour to Israel for major community leaders – university administrators, ethnic and religious leaders, public officials, LGBT and union leaders – a…

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You Shall Not Oppress the Stranger

You Shall Not Oppress the Stranger

Apr 1, 2015
Posted by Karen Wisialowski, Peninsula Region Director

For Passover this week, Jews around the world will rejoice in retelling the story of the Exodus, when our ancestors fled from harsh slavery in Egypt. We are commanded to the tell the story as if we ourselves were slaves, so that we might remember…

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Learning about Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Approach to Israel

Learning about Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Approach to Israel

Mar 25, 2015
Posted by Joe Goldman, Legislative Affairs and Intergroup Relations Program Associate

Last month, JCRC held a meeting with two of Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s staffers, Jonathan Gast and Jose Hernandez, in her Oakland office. We discussed JCRC’s support for legal aid for unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America, our…

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The Global Issue of Anti-Semitism in Educational Textbooks

The Global Issue of Anti-Semitism in Educational Textbooks

Mar 18, 2015
Posted by Aliza Craimer Elias, Director of Institute for Curriculum Services

The news these past months has been bleak – ISIS, Syria, Paris, Copenhagen. I find myself tensing up when I go online to see what’s happening, and I think, What will it be today?

Anti-Semitism and attempts to delegitimize Israel are nothing new,…

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An Israel Election You Can Vote In!

An Israel Election You Can Vote In!

Mar 17, 2015
Posted by Paula Simon, North Bay Regional Director

Today is Election Day in Israel and you may be watching the process closely, but you can only vote if you’re in Israel and an Israeli citizen. However, there is another Israel-related election that allows you to have your voice heard! And voting is…

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Talking with Teens About Advocacy

Talking with Teens About Advocacy

Mar 11, 2015
Posted by Myrna David, East Bay Regional Director

This was the second year I’d been invited to speak about JCRC and our advocacy initiatives to the teens at the NCSY Teen Advocacy Program (TAP). The program is designed to provide the teens with advocacy tools and culminates in a visit to…

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Modeling Authentic Relationship Building: The Inspiring Work of JFCS East Bay

Modeling Authentic Relationship Building: The Inspiring Work of JFCS East Bay

Mar 4, 2015
Posted by Jessica Trubowitch, Director of Legislative Affairs and Intergroup Relations

Avi Rose, Executive Director of Jewish Family & Children Services of the East Bay relayed a story to me about one of the first gay Ugandan refugees that JFCS/East Bay resettled in the Bay Area.  Avi invited him to his personal Passover Seder.  Part…

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A Future without Swastikas

A Future without Swastikas

Feb 25, 2015
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day one of my best friends spent his day scrubbing racist and anti-Semitic graffiti, including a swastika, off his wife’s office building in Santa Cruz. If I needed a reminder why in 2015 it’s still important to have a…

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Behind the Scenes 2015

Behind the Scenes 2015

Feb 13, 2015
Posted by Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

JCRC hosted its annual “Behind the Scenes” celebration of community champions on February 11, 2015. Placing a rare public spotlight on JCRC and its community and interfaith partners, the evening featured a packed program and a fantastic kosher meal.…

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Fading Memory; Rising Anti-Semitism

Fading Memory; Rising Anti-Semitism

Feb 4, 2015
Posted by Doug Kahn, Executive Director

Four Jews were brutally murdered at a French kosher supermarket and the gunman stated that he chose the store because it was populated with Jews. Astoundingly, some hesitated to call this an anti-Semitic attack. Karen Armstrong, exceptionally…

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Getting to Know Our Local Unions and Reflecting Upon Jewish Involvement in the Labor Movement

Getting to Know Our Local Unions and Reflecting Upon Jewish Involvement in the Labor Movement

Jan 28, 2015
Posted by Aimee Ellis, Community Organizer

Last month I had the pleasure of attending the 54th Annual Moose Feed, one of the largest local union events of the year. Hosted by the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council and the San Francisco Building & Construction Trades Council, the…

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MLK and Tikkun Olam

MLK and Tikkun Olam

Jan 21, 2015
Posted by Karen Wisialowski, Peninsula Region Director

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.  I believe that what self-centered men have torn down,…

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Time to look within: Some thoughts about racial diversity within the Jewish community

Time to look within: Some thoughts about racial diversity within the Jewish community

Jan 16, 2015
Posted by Jessica Trubowitch, Legislative Affairs and Intergroup Relations Director

Recently, there has been important attention paid to Jews of color in the Jewish press. The JTA printed an article, “Black, Jewish and challenging ideas about the face of federation,” about our colleague at the Jewish Community Federation, Ilana…

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At the Intersection of Calendar Year End and Jewish Life

At the Intersection of Calendar Year End and Jewish Life

Jan 8, 2015
Posted by Paula Simon, North Bay Regional Director

There is a set of rituals that mark the end of the calendar year and the beginning of the secular New Year. From lists to resolutions, the Jewish community has adopted many of these activities. As you can see from the Los Angeles Jewish Journal’s

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