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

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  • Economic Justice

    January 19th, 2016

    The Jewish Community Relations Council has a strong interest in the subject of economic justice because we believe an equitable and just society helps promote strong democratic institutions...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • International Human Rights

    September 14th, 1999

    The safeguarding of international human rights is central to Jewish religious values and inextricably linked to American strategic values and interests...

  • Endorsing an Eruv in Palo Alto

    August 31st, 1999

    The Jewish Community Relations Council endorses the efforts of the Palo Alto Community Eruv Corporation to build an Eruv in Palo Alto...

  • Religion and State in Israel: Community Objectives and Strategies of Engagement

    June 8th, 1999

    In recent years, issues of religion and state have occupied an increasingly prominent place on the Israeli political and societal agenda...

  • Kosovo Conflict

    April 13th, 1999

    We are proud of the U.S. humanitarian response to date...

  • Educational Vouchers

    February 10th, 1998

    The JCRC opposes school voucher proposals and other methods of funding private school education with public funds...

  • Jerusalem

    May 13th, 1997

    The Jewish Community Relations Council continues its strong support of the Middle East peace process as outlined in the Oslo Accords...

  • Domestic Violence

    March 12th, 1997

    Domestic violence touches upon the lives of people from all socioeconomic levels, ethnic groups, sexual orientations, and religious groups, including the Jewish community...

  • The California Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209)

    June 25th, 1996

    The initiative, which will be on the November, 1996 ballot, would write into the California Constitution language which prohibits all gender and race-based preferences in the public arena...

  • Affirmative Action

    October 12th, 1995

    The Jewish community has a critical stake in and an historic commitment to the democratic principle of a pluralistic society with equal opportunity for every individual, and in the American ideal of measuring people on the basis of their individual merit rather than their group identity...

  • Immigration Issues

    September 14th, 1993

    The American Jewish community has long supported a liberal immigration policy, both because of modern Jewish historical imperatives and because the pluralistic nature of American society, which is rooted in our immigrant tradition, is good for the Jews...

  • Israeli/Palestinian Agreement

    September 14th, 1993

    We support the efforts of the negotiators on all sides who worked tirelessly to arrive at an initial IsraelilPalestinian agreement...

  • Statement on Jonathan Pollard

    October 13th, 1992

    With respect to Johnathan Pollard, now serving life in prison...

  • Cultural Exchange

    March 14th, 1972

    Most Americans support the concept of cultural exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union as a means to improve international understanding and the cause of world peace...

  • Policy on 'Academically Talented'

    December 1st, 1971

    ...the strength of the schools depends in part on the support of all the parents of the city, who are properly concerned vith the diverse educational needs of their children, whatever they may be...

  • Integration

    May 18th, 1970

    The Jewish Community Relations Council has from the outset supported the objective of racial integration of San Francisco's public schools within a context of educational quality...

  • Integration

    March 1st, 1969

    The Jewish community has a historic stake in a)a strong public school system; b) a well-educated general citizenry; c) the reduction of interracial conflict and violence. The JCRe believes strongly that the reduction of racial imbalance in the schools is an indispensable element in all three of these goals...

  • NLRA Coverage for California Agricultural Workers

    September 10th, 1968

    The issue of equal rights under the law for farm laborers has great import in our community today...

  • Education for All

    March 1st, 1967

    Everybody who desires and who is qualified for a higher education should get it and economic disadvantage should not be allowed to stand in his way...

  • Statement to the Curriculum Commission

    November 1st, 1966

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco having received over the years a small but steady stream of expressions of concern on this subject by parents of Jewish children attending public schools, urges the Curriculum Commission in reviewing song-books for use...

  • Right of Protest and Dissent

    October 1st, 1966

    The principle of the free expression of opinion and the right therefore to dissent is the cornerstone of the American democratic process...

  • General Education

    May 17th, 1966

    The Jewish Community is, of coure, made up of individual citizens, taxpayers and parents whose interests are as broad and whose viewpoints are generally as diverse as those of the total population...

  • Integration

    August 10th, 1965

    ...the Jewish Community Relations Council is deeply troubled by the pervasive racial imbalance which exists in the San Francisco school system...

  • The Jewish Community and the Public Schools

    February 1st, 1965

    The Jewish community has a special stake in the American public school system. It is within this school system that a working American pluralism has been most effectively developed and tested...

  • Proposition 14: Housing Discrimination

    August 1st, 1964

    Proposition 14 would do more than wipe the state fair housing law off the books. It would freeze into the State Constitution a prohibition against any state or local public body ever doing anything about the problem of housing discrimination...

  • Birmingham and Related Matters

    May 1st, 1963

    The events in Birmingham have not revealed any new interracial problems; but they have dramatized some of the consequences of allowing our old problems to fester unsolved...

  • First Amendment

    July 30th, 1962

    We look with a deep concern on any attempt to tinker with the constitutional formula under which religious liberty has flourished in America as it has nowhere else in the world...