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Armenian Genocide
    JCRC Statement: November, 1989
    Letter to Bishop Shirvanian

    Dear Bishop Shirvanian,
    On Behalf of the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (JCRC), which represents over 60 synagogues and community organizations in the greater Bay Area, I wish to offer our support for Senate Joint Resolution 212... JCRC Involvement: December 1990
    JCRC votes unanimously to support a United States resolution designating a National Day of Remembrance on the 75th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, memorializing 1 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Army during World War I. The Turkish government and community raise concerns about the Jewish community's position because they have never officially acknowledged the massacre and have lobbied against the United States officially recognizing the event. Ephraim Margolin, JCRC Chair says, "Being singled out for genocide is a horror that, fortunately, has been visited upon few peoples. No bill nor even official recognition of the attempt at genocide can ever truly ease the pain of that period of history, but to forget would be the ultimate tragedy." JCRC responds to Turkish concerns with the explanation that its comments are not intended to be political, but "as a people who went through a genocide, we simply cannot be disinterested." JCRC Involvement: August 2004
    JCRC leads the Bay Area's effort to educate the local community about the plight of persecuted Muslims and other non-Arab minorities in the Darfur region of Western Sudan. JCRC gathers coalition partners in other ethnic and faith communities to educate their constituents through news stories, action alerts, sermons from the pulpit, and small parlor meetings where fundraising occurs to assist in the relief effort. JCRC organizes a rally to demonstrate against the genocide in Sudan, and brings a Sudanese refugee, Cambodian and Armenian, Catholic and Protestant, African-American and Jewish, and other community leaders to speak out about the humanitarian crisis. JCRC Involvement: September 2007
    In the wake of contention relating to the ADL and the acknowledgement of the Armnenian Genocide, JCRC partners with the Holocaust Center of Northern California, the Armenian National Committee of America and the Genocide Education Project for a community program discussing the acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide and how it affects our community, politics and educational agenda. JCRC Statement: November 13, 2007
    JCRC Policy Statement on the Armenian Genocide

    In 1989 the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties (JCRC) sent a letter to the Armenian Bishop of San Francisco supporting U.S. Senate Joint Resolution 212 which designated April 24, 1990, as a National Day of Remembrance for the genocidal attacks of 1915-1923 on the Armenian population by the Ottoman regime of the time...

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Bosnian Refugees
    JCRC Involvement: 1992
    JCRC organizes a Bay Area Jewish communal response to the human rights atrocities occurring in the ongoing civil war in Bosnia/Herzegovina. JCRC advocates to elected officials that the United States apply its influence within the United Nations to "insist on opening up all concentration and detention camps to international inspection teams; a universal ceasefire; and the beginning of serious mediation efforts." JCRC mobilizes the Jewish community to engage in this advocacy effort, and Dr. Eli Taub, Peninsula Jewish community leader and JCRC staff gather nourishing infant formula to aid in humanitarian relief. Rabbi Doug Kahn participates in a benefit for Bosnian citizens at the Slavonic cultural Center, a local venue for humanitarian relief work. Doug says "As Jews who have experienced degradation and death resulting from ethnic cleansing, cattle [car] deportations and concentration camps, we are aroused by any indications that such heinous crimes have reentered the world's vocabulary." JCRC Statement: June, 1993
    JCRC Statement on Bosnia

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties urges intensified efforts to end the connict in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the ethnic cleansing being perpetrated there...

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East Timor
    JCRC Involvement: September 1999
    With growing evidence of the atrocities suffered by the East Timorese at the hands of Indonesia, JCRC issues a statement to President Clinton urging the suspension of military and economic ties to Indonesia until it "provides credible evidence that it has curtailed rampant abuses by paramilitary forces." Daniel Grossman, JCRC Chair, says, "We are outraged by this campaign of terror." JCRC Statement: September 14, 1999
    JCRC Statement on East Timor

    The Jewish Community Relations Council expresses its horror at the murderous violence which has gripped East Timor. We condemn the violence perpetrated by pro-Indonesian paramilitary forces, and backed by the Indonesian military, which is attempting to overturn by force the democratic vote of the East Timorese people who overwhelmingly voted for independence from Indonesia...

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Kosovo
    JCRC Statement: April, 1999
    JCRC Statement of Kosovo Conflict

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, representing approximately 80 synagogues and Jewish organizations, calls upon the nations of the world to provide significant aid and refuge to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of the refugees from Kosovo...

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Nuclear Disarmament

    JCRC Statement: 1984
    JCRC Statement on Nuclear Disarmament

    There is no single issue that poses a greater threat to the survival of humanity nor speaks more to Jewish values and historical experience than the issue of the nuclear arms race... JCRC Statement: 1985
    Letter from JCRC to President Reagan encouraging arms control

    Dear Mr. President:
    The Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula and Marin and Sonoma Counties, representing some 55 synagogues and organizations, would like to extend our best wishes for a successful summit meeting with Mr.Gorbechev. It is our hope that, by finding areas of mutual agreement, an atmosphere of lessened tension will result...

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Soviet Jewry
    JCRC Involvement: Fall 1963
    Reports of dangerously increasing anti-Semitism in Russia reach American Jewish communities. JCRC works in consultation with national Jewish leaders to formulate an "effective course of action that will not subject Russia's 3,000,000 Jews to reprisals." JCRC educates the Bay Area about the plight of Russian Jews, and mobilizes citizens to educate elected officials about the situation. JCRC helps create a local Interfaith Committee to aid Soviet Jews subjected to religious and economic government-sponsored oppression. JCRC Statement: March, 1971
    JCRC Policy: Soviet Jewry Cultural Exchange

    The JCRC believes that every opportunity must be taken to actively keep the public spotlight on the problem of Soviet Jewry... JCRC Statement: March, 1972
    Cultural Exchange

    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... JCRC Involvement: September 1972
    JCRC orchestrates an action alert and letter writing campaign when the Soviet government begins to demand ransom money for Jews it allows to emigrate to Israel, ranging from $5,000-$25,000, depending on the level of education achieved by the would-be émigrés. JCRC engages elected officials in objecting to the granting of "most favored nation" status to the Soviet Union unless it repeals its policy of bondage and ransom. JCRC Statement: September, 1978
    Olympics and the Soviet Union

    To hold the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, under current circumstances, would be a travesty of the Olympic principles... JCRC Involvement: August 1980
    JCRC leads Bay Area involvement in the national Jewish campaign to send one million Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) cards to Soviet Jews, which will send support to the refuseniks, and a message to the Soviet government that American Jewry will not rest until Jews in Russia are free. JCRC Statement: 1980
    Soviet Jewry Program Directions: 1980

    In light of current world circumstances, the following premises are affirmed for purposes of program direction...

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