Oakland Port protest fueled by extremism, alienates our community
August 18, 2014
This past weekend, demonstrators turned out at the Port of Oakland with the offensive and polarizing message that “Zionism is not welcome on our coast”. This was an overt expression of extremism, extremism that is alienating to the vast majority of Bay Area citizens including our community and has no place on our coast or anywhere else.
JCRC Mourns Killing of Michael Brown, Condemns Violence and Racism
August 14, 2014
We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic killing of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri who was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a policeman earlier this week. Our hearts and prayers are with the Brown family during this difficult time.
Bay Area Jewish Community Stands with Israel
July 9, 2014
As more than 3.5 million people living in southern and central Israel once again face continuous rocket attacks from Gaza, we extend our solidarity and support for the people of Israel and pray for their safety during this difficult time.
Bay Area Jewish Community Responds to Murder of Palestinian Teen
July 2, 2014
We are heartbroken to learn that a Palestinian teenager, Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped and brutally murdered in Jerusalem less than a day after Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrah were laid to rest. Jewish tradition teaches that all human beings are created in the image of G-d and are precious.
Bay Area Jewish Community Mourns Murder of Naftali, Eyal and Gilad
June 30, 2014
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we mourn the murder of Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were kidnapped on Thursday, June 12. Their bodies were found in the West Bank town of Halhul, located north of Hebron.
Presbyterian Resolution is Offense to Israel and Blow to Our Community
June 26, 2014
We were deeply disheartened and saddened to learn that the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church voted to divest from three American companies that do business with Israel. The biased resolution, which passed by an extremely narrow margin in the General Assembly, is an offense to Israel and a blow to our community; the choice to divest from Israel comes at the expense of investing in peace and in the Church’s longstanding relationship with the mainstream American Jewish community.
JCRC Condemns Kidnapping, Supports Israeli Efforts to Bring Teens Home
June 16, 2014
We were deeply saddened to learn of the abduction of three Israeli teenagers, who were kidnapped in the West Bank. Our thoughts are with them and their families, and we hope the Palestinian leadership and security forces will cooperate fully with Israeli authorities to ensure that they are returned to their families speedily and unharmed.
Bay Area Jewish Community Lauds Human Rights Commission’s Resolve to Allocate MTA Funds to Address Anti-Semitism
September 3, 2013
The JCRC, ADL and AJC commend HRC decision to use proceeds from destructive bus ads toward constructive discourse.
Jewish Community Relations Council Convenes Town Hall in Support of Russian LGBT People Facing State-Sponsored Oppression
August 28, 2013
JCRC holds meeting for LGBT and human rights leaders at San Francisco LGBT Community Center to discuss proactive ways to help and support the Russian LGBT community.
Jewish Community Relations Council Celebrates Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage Equality
June 26, 2013
JCRC Supports Supreme Court Decision on Proposition 8 in California and Defense of Marriage Act; This is a Historic Day for Civil Rights and Equality in the United States.
Jewish Leaders, Community Members Call on Senator Feinstein to Support Family Reunification in Immigration Policy
June 17, 2013
Jewish Community Sends Clear Message to Senator Dianne Feinstein: Home is Where Your Family Is, Help Us Keep Families Together.
Bay Area Jewish Community Condemns Deceptive Apartheid Ads on Muni Buses
May 9, 2013
The JCRC, ADL and AJC strongly condemn morally reprehensible ad's deceitful claim Israel engages in apartheid policies.
Bay Area Jewish Community Disappointed in ASUC President Decision not to Veto BDS Bill
April 24, 2013
JCRC and AJC disappointed that despite commendable community efforts, harmful Berkeley BDS bill was not overturned.
The Bay Area Jewish Community Condemns Anti-Muslim Muni Bus Ads
March 11, 2013
JCRC condemns inflammatory anti-Muslim bus ads appearing on MUNI transportation today.
Families light the path to justice and speak out for marriage equality
December 3, 2010
Families, youth, and people of faith will lead the call for marriage equality at a special Chanukah candlelighting ceremony...
The Jewish Community Relations Council opposes a biased and divisive resolution related to the Gaza Flotillas to be introduced at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
June 15, 2010
The San Francisco based Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, which represents over seventy synagogues and Jewish organizations, strongly opposes the resolution "Freedom Flotilla and Gaza Blockade" being introduced to the Board of Supervisors today, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, by Supervisor John Avalos.
Statement on the Gaza Flotilla Tragedy
May 31, 2010
The Jewish Community Relations Council, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, issued the following statement in the wake of today's terrible incident at sea: The JCRC is profoundly saddened by the loss of life in this incident. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the dead and wounded.
Bay Area Jewish Agencies Jointly Condemn Criminal Acts Against Rabbi Lerner's Home
May 4, 2010
The Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Northern California Board of Rabbis, and the Jewish Federation of the East Bay join together to condemn the vandalism of Rabbi Michael Lerner's home in Berkeley, California this week...
Jewish Community of the Bay Area joins national statement condemning the passage of Arizona SB 1070 into law, calls for a national push for comprehensive immigration reform
April 30, 2010
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties, representing over 70 Bay Area Jewish organizations and synagogues, joined six other JCRCs and over 50 other Jewish community organizations from around the country in sending a letter to the White House, Congress, and Arizona officials condemning the passage of Arizona law SB 1070: Immigration, Law Enforcement, and Safe Neighborhoods Act on April 23, 2010, and calling for comprehensive immigration reform...
Interfaith Statement on Fort Hood Atrocity
November 9, 2009
The atrocity that took place on November 5 at Fort Hood, is a tragedy that has undoubtedly brought sadness, anger, and grief to many of our brothers and sisters...
Institute for Curriculum Services Named One of North America's Most Innovative Jewish Nonprofits
October 16, 2009
San Francisco, CA - The Institute for Curriculum Services: National Resource Center for Accurate Jewish Content in Schools (ICS) has been named one of the nation's 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot '09-'10, a resource guide for Jewish innovation...
JCRC Moves Interfaith Community Leaders Toward a Greater Understanding of the Green Economy
October 13, 2009
San Francisco, CA - "Fighting Poverty with Faith" is a national interfaith mobilization from October 14-21, 2009. The Jewish Community Relations Council is spearheading the local mobilization in partnership with the California Interfaith Power and Light, the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay, Jewish Vocational Services, Solar Richmond, and Green For All...
JCRC Mourns the Loss of Teens Murdered at Tel Aviv LGBT Center
August 2, 3009
San Francisco, CA - The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties condemns the attack on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at the Aguda: The Israeli Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Association in Tel Aviv, Israel, during a teen support group meeting...
JCRC Supports Israel's Efforts to Stop Gaza Rocket Attacks
December 29, 2008
San Francisco - The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) stands with
Israel in its military response to continued unprovoked rocket and mortar shell
attacks from Gaza threatening the lives of Israeli civilians...
JCRC Expresses Sorrow and Stands in Solidarity with the People of India
December 1, 2008
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) expressed horror at the November 26th terrorist attack in Mumbai, which injured hundreds and killed more than 150 innocent people...
Institute for Curriculum Services Statement on The Trouble With Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion
September 25, 2008
ICS commends Gary Tobin and Dennis Ybarra on this probing book, which examines the inaccuracies and biases commonly found in American social studies textbooks...
Hezbollah Prisoner Exchange
July 16, 2008
JCRC extends its deepest sympathies to the families of fallen Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev...
Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
May 15, 2008
The JCRC has a historic commitment to civil rights, social justice, and compassion...
Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries
April 1, 2008
We believe that this Resolution will produce a more balanced and accurate historical account, and ultimately, a more just resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict...
Terror Attack in Jerusalem
March 7, 2008
From Sderot to Israel's capital, Jerusalem, Israelis must be given the chance to live peacefully in their homes and in their schools...
Loss of Congressman Tom Lantos
February 11, 2008
Congressman Tom Lantos' career modeled the ideals of public service. He brought great humanity to the halls of Congress...
Neo-Nazi Vandalism of Gay Memorial in San Francisco
January 11, 2008
The desecration of the memorial with Nazi symbols is deeply offensive to the Jewish community...
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