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Civic Connection: South Peninsula

December 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 to South Peninsula’s public officials who attended and for those officials' willingness to work together to strengthen pluralism here in the Bay Area.

Officials who attended included Ian Bain, Redwood City Council; Marc Berman, Palo Alto City Council; Jim Davis, Sunnyvale City Council; Ellen Ginsberg, Field Representative/Caseworker for Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14); Richard Gordon, California State Assembly; Micaela Hellman-Tincher, Policy Aide for Supervisor Joe Simitian; Jan Pepper, Los Altos City Council; Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney; and Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor (District 5).

With terrorist attacks all over the world, most recently right here in California, this has been a very challenging year for all of us who care deeply about ending hatred. We are working hard to address our communal concerns about intolerance. Given that JCRC’s work with other ethnic, faith, and emerging communities inevitably impacts topics in the civic arena, Civic Connection: South Peninsula was an important opportunity to engage the Peninsula’s public officials on these shared issues. JCRC greatly values working in partnership with local, state, and federal officials, and we are committed to engaging in the civic community through service, educational programming and training for government staff.

JCRC board members Karen Kronick and Paul Resnick gave opening remarks explaining that the issues we address range from the international – calling for a strong Israel alongside a Palestinian state – to the domestic – addressing immigrant rights, gun control, reproductive health and public education. Gia Daniller-Katz, Daniller Consulting (which represents JFCS), spoke about JFCS's work on the Peninsula providing much-needed services for seniors and expanding pathways-to-citizenship courses. Longtime Bay Area Jewish community leader and CEO of the OFJCC, Zack Bodner, also addressed the audience.

With the tremendous success of this event, you can expect more JCRC Civic Connections events for the future. Sign up here, if you’re interested learning about events in your region.

PHOTO: (Left to right) Ian Bain, Redwood City Councilmember; Abby Porth, JCRC Associate Executive Director; and Micaela Hellman-Tincher, Policy Aide for Supervisor Joe Simitian. Photo by Rachel Alger.