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


Annual Impact

Information reflects income sources and expenses for FY 13-14


Every day the JCRC works to pursue a just society, and a secure Jewish future. You build bridges between the Jewish community, government and the entire Bay Area, and we all benefit. Thank you.

– The Honorable Leader Nancy Pelosi


As an elected official committed to community collaboration and outreach, I cannot overemphasize the importance of JCRC's contribution to San Francisco's community dialogue. JCRC's leadership and dedication have been invaluable in helping to develop a tradition of inclusiveness, tolerance and understanding amongst the Bay Area's diverse communities. JCRC sets the standard!

– Dennis Herrera, San Francisco City Attorney


We are so grateful for the ongoing security consultation and counsel from the Jewish Community Relations Council. JCRC’s recommendations have made our institution, facilities and community more secure. We are fortunate to be a member of a community that exemplifies kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh; all Jews are responsible for one another.

– Samuel J. Salkin, Executive Director, Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha (and related Gan Shalom and Eternal Home Cemeteries)


Camp Tawonga considers JCRC an indispensable partner in the vast and complex arena of public information, media relations and crisis communications. We are so blessed to have this amazing resource in our Jewish community.

– Ken Kramarz, Executive Director, Camp Tawonga


JCRC has been enormously helpful to me as the Hillel Director at Stanford. Behind the scenes, whenever sensitive Irael issues arise, the JCRC has been immediately available to advise me, providing invaluable advocacy coaching.

– Rabbi Serena Eisenberg, Executive Director, Stanford University Hillel


JCRC proved decisive at a critical stage of our protracted land use battle with the town of Tiburon admist a coterie of naysaying neighbors. They led the coalescence of a range of non-Jewish voices in solidarity with our synagogue, which had a demonstrable impact in reshaping the tenor of the debate and in rendering a favorable vote by the Planning Commission.

– Howard Zack, Co-Chair, Congregation Kol Shofar New Building Committee


The JCRC has invaluable insight into the Jewish community and the diverse opinions of its members. I know that when a sensitive issue arises I can count on the JCRC to provide discreet, discerning and accurate advice that is in sync with Jewish community attitudes and positions.

– Supervisor Scott Wiener, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8


It is wonderful to be able to work with and partner with JCRC as they lead the way in SF Bay Area response to the recent persecution of LGBT people by the Russian government.  JCRC was fast, comprehensive, organized diverse leaders from the Jewish and LGBT communities, [and] set an environment and structure for individual and organizations to work together to take action.  One of the key results from this effort was the creation of the LGBT Russian Refugee Fund at Horizons Foundation, [which] made it possible for Horizons to provide critical funding to assist Russian LGBT individuals who have made it to the SF Bay Area and are seeking asylum.
– Dr. Francisco O. Buchting, Director of Grantmaking & Community Initiatives, Horizons Foundation


The Peninsula Multifaith Coalition has been deeply blessed to receive support and guidance from the JCRC. [Its] staff helped us to become a resource for dialogue and service that reaches into nearly every faith community on the Peninsula. They are valued partners… and bring wisdom and experience to interfaith work. I cannot imagine achieving [our] goals without their constant and continued efforts. The JCRC has enriched our community and strengthened our bonds of understanding as we work together to do service in San Mateo County.
– Reverend Kristi Denham, Pastor, Congregational Church of Belmont, UCC, Founding member of the Peninsula Clergy Network and Peninsula Multifaith Coalition


The Mayor has appointed me to the Environment Commission. It's a true honor to be able to serve, and it all started with the event you hosted on how Jews can get involved in City government. Thank you for all your help. I truly appreciate it. I hope to be an exemplary representative of our community in my service.
– Nicholas Josefowitz, JCRC Board Member and BART Board District 8 Director