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


It is with profound disappointment we announce that, due to the continuation of the shelter-in-place order and the continuing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 public health crisis, it will not be possible to reschedule JCRC Behind the Scenes 2020. We made this difficult decision based on a number of factors, most critical of which is our commitment to do our part to help contain this disease and its impact on the health of our communities. We have tried instead to look at this as a time to find new, creative ways to share our program, and are excited to invite you to join us for our ‘virtual’ event at

We are so grateful to our outstanding honorees – Jennifer and Tony Smorgon, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ and Manny Yekutiel – and to the extraordinary Rita Semel for their understanding and support, as well as to our Chairs Myrna Melgar and Col. Pete Gleichenhaus for their leadership and guidance. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to our host committee and Next Wave leaders, and our most heartfelt thanks to all of our event contributors especially our Sponsors and Supporters for their tremendous generosity.

Please contact us at with any questions. Once again, thank you to all of our Behind the Scenes participants for your support and commitment to our community.



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 Canceled
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