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JCRC Bay Area steps into the spotlight amid post-Oct. 7 uptick in antisemitism and anti-Zionism

“I will wait for you to restore order.” It was Jan. 8 at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors rules committee meeting, and Tye Gregory had started to speak in vigorous opposition to a cease-fire resolution. But he was unable to continue over the loud chorus of “boos” from the crowd. As CEO of the… Continue reading JCRC Bay Area steps into the spotlight amid post-Oct. 7 uptick in antisemitism and anti-Zionism

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Activists Pack San Francisco City Hall as Lawmakers Mull Statement on Gaza Cease-Fire

San Francisco entered the controversy over the Israel-Hamas war as city leaders introduced a resolution Tuesday calling for an immediate cease-fire in the conflict. The proposal by Supervisors Dean Preston and Hillary Ronen was followed by a public comment period that extended late into the evening, as hundreds of supporters urged the Board of Supervisors… Continue reading Activists Pack San Francisco City Hall as Lawmakers Mull Statement on Gaza Cease-Fire

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Oakland Educators Plan Unauthorized Teach-in Supporting Palestinians

Dozens of public school educators in Oakland, Calif. are planning to present pro-Palestinian lessons on Wednesday as part of an unauthorized teach-in. The school district said this week that it opposed the event, and some Jewish groups and parents condemned it and called for teachers who participate to be disciplined. New York Times December 6,… Continue reading Oakland Educators Plan Unauthorized Teach-in Supporting Palestinians

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California city council meetings stir up heated debate over calls for Gaza cease-fire

In the last month, the Irvine City Council has focused on the mundane, everyday decisions that typify local government. Officials took steps to relocate a children’s museum to the Great Park and considered expanding transit options in the city, Orange County’s third largest. They agreed to put stop signs at a busy intersection near a… Continue reading California city council meetings stir up heated debate over calls for Gaza cease-fire

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This Pride season, will LGBTQ Jews still belong?

Pride month is here — a time when many members of our LBGTQ+ community celebrate being part of an inclusive global movement where we can unapologetically be ourselves. But this year for many LGBTQ Jews, the joyous festivities will be overshadowed by rampant anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism experienced in queer spaces since Oct. 7. In recent… Continue reading This Pride season, will LGBTQ Jews still belong?

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Jeremy Russell – Director of Marketing and Communications – jrussell@jcrc.org415.977.7417

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Leading Jewish Organizations Call on Mayor Breed to Veto SF Israel-Hamas Resolution, Thank Her for Rebuking Board of Supervisors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2024 Joint Statement Issued By Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Bay Area, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and American Jewish Committee (AJC) While we are grateful to San Francisco Mayor London Breed for taking the rare public step of condemning a non-binding resolution on Israel and Hamas, passed by the San Francisco… Continue reading Leading Jewish Organizations Call on Mayor Breed to Veto SF Israel-Hamas Resolution, Thank Her for Rebuking Board of Supervisors

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Compromise Resolution Addresses Several Core Concerns

For Immediate Release January 9, 2024 JCRC Bay Area is appreciative of the members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who listened to the Jewish community and worked to develop a modified resolution that reflects our deep anguish following the heinous October 7 terrorist attacks by Hamas. President Peskin’s revised resolution that was ultimately… Continue reading Compromise Resolution Addresses Several Core Concerns

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New Poll Shows More Than 60 Percent of Bay Area Jews Feel Less Safe in Day-to-Day Lives Since Start of Israel-Hamas War

For Immediate Release December 20, 2023 Poll also shows widespread antisemitism and dissatisfaction with how discrimination against Jews is addressed in local government, schools and universities. SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Bay Area released new polling on the Jewish community in the Bay Area that shows that the region… Continue reading New Poll Shows More Than 60 Percent of Bay Area Jews Feel Less Safe in Day-to-Day Lives Since Start of Israel-Hamas War

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Hate Consumes Oakland City Council as Terrorism Denied and Antisemitism Thrives

For Immediate Release November 27, 2023 At tonight’s Oakland City Council meeting, a resolution passed in support of an immediate ceasefire that failed to mention the atrocities of Hamas, including rape, torture, and mass murder of Jews, Bedouins, Thai, and Filipino farm workers, and many more. As disturbing, was the complete inability of council members… Continue reading Hate Consumes Oakland City Council as Terrorism Denied and Antisemitism Thrives

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Statement on First Hostages Released From Gaza

Tyler Gregory, the CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Bay Area, issued the statement below following the news that 13 Israeli women and children, 10 Thai and one Philippine nationals were returned to Israel in the first group of hostage releases from Gaza. “We are deeply relieved that 24 hostages are… Continue reading Statement on First Hostages Released From Gaza

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Inflammatory Alameda Democrats Vote Underscores Unsafe Environment for Jews

For Immediate Release November 2, 2023 JCRC Bay Area fully condemns the inflammatory resolution passed yesterday by the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee (ACDCC). Resolution Affirming ACDCC Support and Solidarity with the Palestinian People includes flagrant inaccuracies, accusations of “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide,” and factual distortions from unreliable sources, including Hamas. Among the resolution’s most… Continue reading Inflammatory Alameda Democrats Vote Underscores Unsafe Environment for Jews

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JCRC Deeply Troubled by Yesterday’s SF DCCC Meeting

For Immediate Release October 26, 2023 After receiving more than 800 letters, San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee (SF DCCC) withdrew a resolution yesterday that, among other things, called “for Israel to cease it’s [sic] raids and massacres of refugee camps in the West Bank” and to end “the military occupation, apartheid system, and illegal… Continue reading JCRC Deeply Troubled by Yesterday’s SF DCCC Meeting

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JCRC Condemns Biased and Inflammatory Richmond City Council Resolution Passed Amid Chaos 

For Immediate Release October 25, 2023 JCRC Bay Area condemns the resolution calling for the City of Richmond to stand “in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza” that was passed yesterday. The evening’s procedures were marked by chaos and lack of decorum. Outcry against the resolution by Richmond citizens was so intense and brought… Continue reading JCRC Condemns Biased and Inflammatory Richmond City Council Resolution Passed Amid Chaos 

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JCRC Bay Area Commends Governor Newsom for Emergency Israel Visit, Communal Security Support

For Immediate Release October 19, 2023 Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced he is on his way to Israel during this time of ongoing conflict and terror, and will arrive there Friday morning. “We are deeply grateful for Governor Newsom’s visit. He has been a staunch ally of the Jewish community and is supporting us… Continue reading JCRC Bay Area Commends Governor Newsom for Emergency Israel Visit, Communal Security Support

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JCRC Bay Area Joins Over 120 Jewish Groups Rejecting Islamophobia and Anti-Arab Hate

For Immediate Release October 17, 2023 In the wake of the horrific murder of a six-year-old Muslim boy, whose mother was also critically wounded in the attack, JCRC Bay Area and our national partner the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) organized a letter, signed so far by 124 Jewish groups, condemning Islamophobia and anti-Arab… Continue reading JCRC Bay Area Joins Over 120 Jewish Groups Rejecting Islamophobia and Anti-Arab Hate

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Amid Shock and Horror, Our Unwavering Support for Israel

STATEMENT For Immediate Release October 7, 2023 Today we awoke in shock and horror as we learned Hamas terrorists have launched an unprecedented assault on Israeli citizens from land and sky. We unequivocally condemn this terror campaign and are unwavering in our support for Israel’s right to defend its citizens. We thank the Biden Administration,… Continue reading Amid Shock and Horror, Our Unwavering Support for Israel

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JCRC Applauds Governor Newsom’s Ethnic Studies Guidance

For Immediate Release August 23, 2023 In a letter sent today to all school leaders across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Board of Education provided critical guidance on “Ethnic Studies Curriculum and Instructional Materials.” We appreciate the commitment that Governor Newsom and the State Board of Education have shown to ensure fair and… Continue reading JCRC Applauds Governor Newsom’s Ethnic Studies Guidance

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JCRC Elects New Officers

For Immediate Release July 3, 2023 San Francisco, CA – The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Bay Area is pleased to announce its election of the following new officer slate at its June board meeting: Officers President – Jan Reicher, San Francisco, CA Vice President – Christina Jefferson M.S., HRM, San Francisco, CA… Continue reading JCRC Elects New Officers

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Celebrating JCRC’s 75th Anniversary with a Bold New Identity

For Immediate Release January 11, 2023 San Francisco, CA – In recognition of JCRC’s 75th anniversary this year, we are excited to launch a bold, colorful, and inclusive new identity. Moving forward, we will go by “JCRC Bay Area” to better reflect our commitments to thriving Jewish communities across the North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, and… Continue reading Celebrating JCRC’s 75th Anniversary with a Bold New Identity

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JCRC Releases Survey of Bay Area Jewish Identity

For Immediate Release December 5, 2022 San Francisco, CA – The Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (JCRC Bay Area) today announced the first-ever Survey of Bay Area Jewish Identity. Conducted by EMC Research, a well-respected national public opinion firm with Bay Area roots, the… Continue reading JCRC Releases Survey of Bay Area Jewish Identity

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JCRC Launches “BANJO” Network for Jewish Elected Officials

For Immediate Release November 21, 2022 San Francisco, CA – The Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (JCRC Bay Area) is excited to announce today the formal launch of the Bay Area Network of Jewish Officials (BANJO). This partnership between JCRC and Jewish elected officials… Continue reading JCRC Launches “BANJO” Network for Jewish Elected Officials

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JCRC Applauds the Expansion of the California Security Grant Program

For Immediate Release September 19, 2022 San Francisco, CA – California Governor Gavin Newsom today signed Assembly Bill 1664 into law, which expands the California Nonprofit Security Grant Program to cover additional security measures and removes the sunset date for the grant, making it available for years to come. JCRC is proud to have sponsored… Continue reading JCRC Applauds the Expansion of the California Security Grant Program

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Consul General of Ukraine to Speak at JCRC Freedom Seder

For Immediate Release March 31, 2022 San Francisco, CA – Dmytro Kushneruk, Consul General of Ukraine in San Francisco, will speak at the JCRC Freedom Seder of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) on Monday, April 4, 2022. Consul General Kushneruk plans to address the crushing situation in Ukraine during wartime,… Continue reading Consul General of Ukraine to Speak at JCRC Freedom Seder

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Bay Area Jewish Identity Survey
December 20, 2023

JCRC Bay Area released findings from our second survey of Bay Area Jewish identity. The polling reveals that the Bay Area has become incr…

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JCRC Strategic Plan 2021-2025
December 15, 2022

This bold, new plan is built on the premise that the two flanks of JCRC’s mission statement – “building a just society and a secure Jewis…

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Joint Statement: On Israel, Leading with Shared Values
February 27, 2022

In recent months, leadership at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (the Federation) and Jewish Community Relations Counci…

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