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


What We Do

JCRC mobilizes the Jewish community on critical issues and amplifies its voice in the public sphere. We foster meaningful relationships among diverse ethnic, racial, religious and interest groups, building coalitions based on mutual concerns. JCRC is a trusted resource for our community and political and faith-based partners, providing nuanced consultations on sensitive community and government relations matters.

We work tirelessly behind the scenes and on the frontlines to ensure that the organized Jewish community’s interests are addressed. Our positions are formed based on consensus and civility, creating a broad tent for our community’s diversity.

Creating a JCRC Consensus Statement

JCRC consensus statements directly guide our advocacy efforts. These statements are the result of extensive deliberation among divergent views in our community, as we seek to represent the consensus of the organized Jewish community.

Consensus Statements

  • JCRC Guidelines on Reproductive Rights

    March 23rd, 2013

    The Jewish Community Relations Council has a strong interest in the subject of family planning and reproductive choice...

  • National Oil Independence

    May 12th, 2009

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Northern California of San Francisco supports development of a U.S. policy to achieve independence from imported oil...

  • Immigration Issues

    May 12th, 2009

    Historically, the American Jewish community has supported generous and rational immigration laws and policies...

  • Religion and Elections

    August 12th, 2008

    The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), representing nearly 80 synagogues and Jewish organizations, joins with the Anti Defamation League in expressing concerns about the growing prominence of religion as a part of the political election process...

  • JCRC Consensus Statement on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

    November 13th, 2007

    The Jewish Community Relations Council continues its strong support of constructive efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East...

  • Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program

    May 8th, 2007

    The prospect of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons and obtaining the ability to launch missiles against countries throughout the Middle East, and even Europe, should alarm every American...

  • Same-Sex Civil Marriage

    February 14th, 2006

    One of the JCRC's core values is B'Tselem Elohim - the belief that all people are created in God's image and accordingly each person's life is of infinite value...

  • Hamas Victory in Palestinian Elections

    January 26th, 2006

    This is a sad day for peace...

  • Israel's Disengagement Plan and the Future of the Peace Process

    June 21st, 2005

    The Arab-Israeli conflict is often framed as a dispute over land between Israel and the Palestinians. This is only partially true...

  • Atrocities and Urgent Human Rights Crisis in the Sudan

    July 21st, 2004

    Over the last seventeen months an estimated 30,000 civilians have lost their lives in an ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing carried out by a government-backed Arab militia known as "Janjaweed", committed to wiping out the native black African inhabitants of the territory...

  • Advocacy for Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries

    December 9th, 2003

    Jews have been part of Middle Eastern culture and life for nearly 4,000 years, since the beginnings of Judaism...

  • Iraq

    January 14th, 2003

    The Metropolitan JCRC approved a Iraq. The statement was adopted after a 3-month deliberative process that included numerous opportunities to discuss the important issues...

  • Proposition 47 - California Public Education Facilities Bond Act

    October 8th, 2002

    JCRC supports quality public education for all pupils...

  • 9/11 Terror Attack and Its Aftermath

    October 23rd, 2001

    We, along with all Americans, were horrified and saddened by the loss of innocent life inflicted by the terrorists' act of war against our nation on September 11...

  • International Debt Relief and the Jubilee 2000 Campaign

    September 12th, 2000

    Many poor countries in the developing world must pay back foreign debts incurred in decades past...

  • The Knight Initiative (Proposition 22) and Discrimination Against Gay Men and Lesbians

    February 8th, 2000

    Based upon our examination of the broader issues, we have decided to oppose Proposition 22...

  • Joerg Haider

    February 8th, 2000

    This shocking development has raised serious questions about the direction of Austria's government as it relates to both the past and the future...

  • Gun Control and Gun Violence

    October 12th, 1999

    Recent months have brought a sharp increase in high profile shootings around the country...

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