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

JCRC Behind the Scenes 2020, which was scheduled for March 11, has been cancelled due to health and safety restrictions related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The War Memorial Veterans Building was ordered to cancel all community events through at least March 20.

Mayor London N. Breed, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Department of Emergency Management have taken this extraordinary action to protect community health. Our event is one of a number of public gatherings shuttered in response to San Francisco’s aggressive new recommendations to reduce the spread of the virus. The situation is still evolving, but we hope that our event can be rescheduled. We are grateful for your understanding that this process may take a little time. We want to extend our most heartfelt thanks to all of our Behind the Scenes participants and sponsors, and will follow up with additional communications over the coming days.

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Myrna Melgar and Col. Pete Gleichenhaus


The JCRC Distinguished Leadership Award

Jennifer & Tony Smorgon

Jennifer and Tony Smorgon are deeply passionate supporters of the Jewish community locally and abroad. They have inspired widespread engagement and commitment serving in leadership positions in JCCSF, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Wexner Foundation, Brandeis Marin, Birthright Israel, Jewish Contemporary Museum, Manhattan Jewish Experience, Jewish International Connection of New York, NEXUS Global Summit Shabbat program, Spiritgrow Australia, Keren Hayesod Forum, Mount Scopus College Foundation and WIZO. As leaders, they are exemplars of JCRC’s hallmark bridge-building and community-relations work.

The JCRC Courageous Leadership Award

Chancellor Carol T. Christ
University of California, Berkeley

Carol Christ is the eleventh chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. A celebrated scholar of Victorian literature, she is also known as a champion of accessible public higher education, liberal arts and sciences, and diversity on college campuses. Since assuming the role of chancellor in 2017, she has repeatedly stood in strong support of civility and free speech and against anti-Semitism on her campus.

The JCRC Jewish-Civic Leadership Award (Inspired by Rita Semel)

Manny Yekutiel

Manny Yekutiel is the owner of Manny’s, a community-focused civic event space in San Francisco’s Mission District that includes a non-profit restaurant and political bookshop. Manny’s was established in 2018 with support from a coalition of Mission-based advocacy groups and was named a 2019 “Small Business of the Year” by the California State Senate, District 11. In addition to being a small business leader, he is an upstanding, courageous and proudly Jewish supporter of the Mission, its history and its residents.

Special Recognition

Rita R. Semel

for a lifetime of outstanding leadership


Sponsors & Supporters

List of Contributors and Host Committee

Event Cancelled
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