Jewish Community Relations Councilof San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties


Press Releases

JCRC Expresses Deep Concern About Racism in Law Enforcement

May 18th, 2015

JCRC is greatly dismayed by the recent tragedies and the continued racial divide within our society. We stand with the African American community, as we have for generations, in calling for an end to racial prejudice and discrimination.

First San Francisco City Hall Celebration of Jewish Heritage Month May 20

May 1st, 2015

Today is the first day of Jewish American Heritage Month, and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is pleased to announce San Francisco City Hall will host its first-ever celebration of Jewish heritage from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on May 20, 2015.

Speaking Out in Support of the Yezidis

April 15th, 2015

Tragically, the Yezidi community now lives under precarious threat from ISIS. The Yezidis are a little known community, and it is all too easy to forget, to turn the page, to move on. But today we pause, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, to reaffirm the importance of memory and of action.

JCRC Statement on the Iran Framework Agreement

April 3rd, 2015

JCRC has actively opposed Iran’s nuclear ambitions for years, and continues to believe it is a matter of the utmost urgency. The announcement of a framework deal with Iran regarding its nuclear activities has raised cautious hopes, questions and serious concerns in our community.

San Francisco’s April 19 Observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day—Yom HaShoah—Focuses on Resilience through Creativity

March 31st, 2015

This year’s San Francisco observance of Yom HaShoah, titled Resilience through Creativity, is presented in partnership by the Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Holocaust Center, Lehrhaus Judaica, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and JCRC.

JCRC Remains Committed to Peace Following Israel’s Election

March 20th, 2015

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), which is non-partisan, congratulates the Israeli people on their active participation in Israel’s democracy. The election illustrated the strength of Israel’s democratic system – a common bond Israel and the United States share.

Against the Mainstreaming of Anti-Semitism

February 24th, 2015

The San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, and The Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay released a joint statement today in response to increasing incidents of anti-Semitism globally.

JCRC Condemns Latest Anti-Israel Muni Bus Advertisements: Hateful Message Contradicts Bay Area Values

February 6th, 2015

The Jewish Community Relations Council expressed today how deeply offensive the latest anti-Israel advertisements on San Francisco public buses are to San Francisco values and to the Bay Area Jewish community. The inflammatory message of these ads presents a flagrant misrepresentation of Israel, which is a democracy, and is counterproductive to achieving peace in the Middle East and in our local community.

JCRC to Honor Community Champions at “Behind the Scenes” Celebration

January 29th, 2015

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) will host its annual “Behind the Scenes” celebration to honor San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community champions on February 11, 2015, at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

Multifaith Day of Service sends 525 volunteers throughout SM County

January 20th, 2015

The Peninsula Multifaith Day of Service on Martin Luther King Day Monday dispatched 525 volunteers, aged 5 through 85, to a dozen sites throughout San Mateo County to work on 20 different projects.

Joint Statement Regarding the Recent Attacks in Paris

January 9th, 2015

Today, as the worldwide Jewish community enters its weekly observance of the Sabbath, we mourn deeply with the people of France, including the Parisian Jewish community, who are reeling from three days of terror. 

UC Grad Student Worker Union Vote Raises Concerns for Academic Freedom and for Jewish and Israeli Students on Campus

December 11th, 2014

The Jewish Community Relations Council, the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and The Jewish Federation & The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay are very disappointed to learn that UAW 2865 (University of California Graduate Student Worker Union) has passed a resolution to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The BDS movement is anti-peace, working ultimately toward the end of Israel; it does not seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict with an Israeli state and a Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace, security and prosperity.

Jewish Groups Applaud President Obama's Steps to Repair Immigration System as Strong First Step

December 8th, 2014

The Bay Area Jewish community commends President Obama’s executive order that begins to address our national immigration system, and his call on Congress to address comprehensive immigration reform.

Statement regarding Ferguson and Staten Island grand jury decisions

December 5th, 2014

Like millions of Americans and observers around the world, we are extremely troubled by the recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and Cleveland that have illuminated anew longstanding social and racial divides in the United States. We have progressed profoundly as a nation since the days of slavery, but there is clearly much more work to be done to achieve racial justice and full, equal protection under our civil rights laws. The path to healing our societal wounds is not an easy or obvious one, but it is essential.

JCRC Condemns Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem and Mourns Loss of Innocent Life

November 18th, 2014

We are heartbroken and outraged by the terrorist attack that took place today in Jerusalem.  Five Israelis, three of whom had dual American citizenship, were brutally murdered as they peacefully worshiped in Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem. There is no justification for attacks against innocent civilians. Our Jewish community mourns the loss of innocent life and our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims.  We are grateful to our interfaith friends who have reached out to us with their sympathy and concern.

JCRC Announces Leadership Transition Plans for 2016- Abby Porth Named to Succeed Rabbi Doug Kahn

November 12th, 2014

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) today announced that long-time Executive Director Rabbi Doug Kahn has decided to retire in July 2016.  The Board of Directors has appointed current Associate Executive Director Abigail Michelson Porth to succeed him in this leadership post. 

Jewish Community Condemns Offensive Anti-Islam Muni Bus Ads

October 16th, 2014

JCRC is deeply offended by the recently unveiled advertisements on San Francisco public buses that promote an extreme and hateful anti-Muslim agenda. These ads imply that Islam itself is evil and that to be a devout follower of the faith is to be violent. This inflammatory message is not welcome on our buses, in our City or anywhere else.  

Oakland Port protest fueled by extremism, alienates our community

August 14th, 2014

This past weekend, demonstrators turned out at the Port of Oakland with the offensive and polarizing message that “Zionism is not welcome on our coast”. This was an overt expression of extremism, extremism that is alienating to the vast majority of Bay Area citizens including our community and has no place on our coast or anywhere else.

JCRC Mourns Killing of Michael Brown, Condemns Violence and Racism

August 14th, 2014

We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic killing of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri who was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a policeman earlier this week. Our hearts and prayers are with the Brown family during this difficult time.

Bay Area Jewish Community Stands with Israel

July 9th, 2014

As more than 3.5 million people living in southern and central Israel once again face continuous rocket attacks from Gaza, we extend our solidarity and support for the people of Israel and pray for their safety during this difficult time.

Bay Area Jewish Community Responds to Murder of Palestinian Teen

July 2nd, 2014

We are heartbroken to learn that a Palestinian teenager, Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped and brutally murdered in Jerusalem less than a day after Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrah were laid to rest. Jewish tradition teaches that all human beings are created in the image of G-d and are precious.

Bay Area Jewish Community Mourns Murder of Naftali, Eyal and Gilad

June 30th, 2014

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we mourn the murder of Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were kidnapped on Thursday, June 12. Their bodies were found in the West Bank town of Halhul, located north of Hebron.

Presbyterian Resolution is Offense to Israel and Blow to Our Community

June 26th, 2014

We were deeply disheartened and saddened to learn that the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church voted to divest from three American companies that do business with Israel. The biased resolution, which passed by an extremely narrow margin in the General Assembly, is an offense to Israel and a blow to our community; the choice to divest from Israel comes at the expense of investing in peace and in the Church’s longstanding relationship with the mainstream American Jewish community.

JCRC Condemns Kidnapping, Supports Israeli Efforts to Bring Teens Home

June 16th, 2014

We were deeply saddened to learn of the abduction of three Israeli teenagers, who were kidnapped in the West Bank. Our thoughts are with them and their families, and we hope the Palestinian leadership and security forces will cooperate fully with Israeli authorities to ensure that they are returned to their families speedily and unharmed.

Bay Area Jewish Community Lauds Human Rights Commission’s Resolve to Allocate MTA Funds to Address Anti-Semitism

September 3rd, 2013

The JCRC, ADL and AJC commend HRC decision to use proceeds from destructive bus ads toward constructive discourse.

Jewish Community Relations Council Convenes Town Hall in Support of Russian LGBT People Facing State-Sponsored Oppression

August 28th, 2013

JCRC holds meeting for LGBT and human rights leaders at San Francisco LGBT Community Center to discuss proactive ways to help and support the Russian LGBT community.

Jewish Community Relations Council Convenes Town Hall in Support of Russian LGBT People Facing State-Sponsored Oppression

June 26th, 2013

JCRC Supports Supreme Court Decision on Proposition 8 in California and Defense of Marriage Act; This is a Historic Day for Civil Rights and Equality in the United States.

Jewish Leaders, Community Members Call on Senator Feinstein to Support Family Reunification in Immigration Policy

June 17th, 2013

Jewish Community Sends Clear Message to Senator Dianne Feinstein: Home is Where Your Family Is, Help Us Keep Families Together.

Bay Area Jewish Community Condemns Deceptive Apartheid Ads on Muni Buses

May 9th, 2013

The JCRC, ADL and AJC strongly condemn morally reprehensible ad's deceitful claim Israel engages in apartheid policies.

Bay Area Jewish Community Disappointed in ASUC President Decision not to Veto BDS Bill

April 24th, 2013

JCRC and AJC disappointed that despite commendable community efforts, harmful Berkeley BDS bill was not overturned.

The Bay Area Jewish Community Condemns Anti-Muslim Muni Bus Ads

March 11th, 2013

JCRC condemns inflammatory anti-Muslim bus ads appearing on MUNI transportation today.

The Bay Area Jewish Community Condemns Anti-Muslim Muni Bus Ads - Statement from the Jewish Community Relations Council and the American Jewish Committee

August 13th, 2012

San Francisco - Last week, a new advertisement appeared on Muni buses in San Francisco, placed by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. The Bay AreaÕs organized Jewish community takes great offense to the adÕs inflammatory and anti-Muslim language.

Court Removes Circumcision Ban from the Ballot Plaintiffs, activists laud court decision

July 31st, 2011

San Francisco - The California Superior Court ruled today that the initiative to ban circumcision will be removed from San FranciscoÕs November ballot...

The Jewish Community Relations Council Condemns Jerusalem Bombing Attack

March 23rd, 2011

San Francisco - The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) strongly condemns today's vicious bomb attack against Israeli civilians in Jerusalem....

JCRC and Bay Area Community Statement on the Arizona Shooting

January 14th, 2011

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of those who lost their lives and were injured in the tragic, brutal and murderous attack in Tucson, Arizona...

Families light the path to justice and speak out for marriage equality

December 3rd, 2010

Families, youth, and people of faith will lead the call for marriage equality at a special Chanukah candlelighting ceremony...

The Jewish Community Relations Council opposes a biased and divisive resolution related to the Gaza Flotillas to be introduced at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

June 15th, 2010

The San Francisco based Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, which represents over seventy synagogues and Jewish organizations, strongly opposes the resolution "Freedom Flotilla and Gaza Blockade" being introduced to the Board of Supervisors today, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, by Supervisor John Avalos.

Statement on the Gaza Flotilla Tragedy

May 31st, 2010

The Jewish Community Relations Council, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, issued the following statement in the wake of today's terrible incident at sea: The JCRC is profoundly saddened by the loss of life in this incident. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the dead and wounded.

Bay Area Jewish Agencies Jointly Condemn Criminal Acts Against Rabbi Lerner's Home

May 4th, 2010

The Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Northern California Board of Rabbis, and the Jewish Federation of the East Bay join together to condemn the vandalism of Rabbi Michael Lerner's home in Berkeley, California this week...

Jewish Community of the Bay Area joins national statement condemning the passage of Arizona SB 1070 into law, calls for a national push for comprehensive immigration reform

April 30th, 2010

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties, representing over 70 Bay Area Jewish organizations and synagogues, joined six other JCRCs and over 50 other Jewish community organizations from around the country in sending a letter to the White House, Congress, and Arizona officials condemning the passage of Arizona law SB 1070: Immigration, Law Enforcement, and Safe Neighborhoods Act on April 23, 2010, and calling for comprehensive immigration reform...

Interfaith Statement on Fort Hood Atrocity

November 9th, 2009

The atrocity that took place on November 5 at Fort Hood, is a tragedy that has undoubtedly brought sadness, anger, and grief to many of our brothers and sisters...

Institute for Curriculum Services Named One of North America's Most Innovative Jewish Nonprofits

October 16th, 2009

San Francisco, CA - The Institute for Curriculum Services: National Resource Center for Accurate Jewish Content in Schools (ICS) has been named one of the nation's 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot '09-'10, a resource guide for Jewish innovation...

JCRC Moves Interfaith Community Leaders Toward a Greater Understanding of the Green Economy

October 13th, 2009

San Francisco, CA - "Fighting Poverty with Faith" is a national interfaith mobilization from October 14-21, 2009. The Jewish Community Relations Council is spearheading the local mobilization in partnership with the California Interfaith Power and Light, the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay, Jewish Vocational Services, Solar Richmond, and Green For All...

JCRC Mourns the Loss of Teens Murdered at Tel Aviv LGBT Center

August 2nd, 2009

San Francisco, CA - The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties condemns the attack on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at the Aguda: The Israeli Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Association in Tel Aviv, Israel, during a teen support group meeting...

JCRC Supports Israel's Efforts to Stop Gaza Rocket Attacks

December 29th, 2008

San Francisco - The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) stands with Israel in its military response to continued unprovoked rocket and mortar shell attacks from Gaza threatening the lives of Israeli civilians...

JCRC Expresses Sorrow and Stands in Solidarity with the People of India

December 1st, 2008

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) expressed horror at the November 26th terrorist attack in Mumbai, which injured hundreds and killed more than 150 innocent people...

Institute for Curriculum Services Statement on The Trouble With Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion

September 25th, 2008

ICS commends Gary Tobin and Dennis Ybarra on this probing book, which examines the inaccuracies and biases commonly found in American social studies textbooks...

Hezbollah Prisoner Exchange

July 16th, 2008

JCRC extends its deepest sympathies to the families of fallen Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev...

Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

May 15th, 2008

The JCRC has a historic commitment to civil rights, social justice, and compassion...

Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries

April 1st, 2008

We believe that this Resolution will produce a more balanced and accurate historical account, and ultimately, a more just resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict...

Terror Attack in Jerusalem

March 7th, 2008

From Sderot to Israel's capital, Jerusalem, Israelis must be given the chance to live peacefully in their homes and in their schools...

Loss of Congressman Tom Lantos

February 11th, 2008

Congressman Tom Lantos' career modeled the ideals of public service. He brought great humanity to the halls of Congress...

Neo-Nazi Vandalism of Gay Memorial in San Francisco

January 11th, 2008

The desecration of the memorial with Nazi symbols is deeply offensive to the Jewish community...