Jewish Community Relations Council

Building Relationships
& Connecting Communities

That’s what the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) does. We are proud to serve as advocates for the Jewish community, promoting civil dialogue and embracing diversity. We are educators, fighters of injustice and dedicated to building strong bonds of communication and understanding across multicultural, faith and institutional relationships.

Our work includes:
Racial Justice & Jewish Diversity
Civic Engagement, Consensus & Advocacy
Multicultural & Interfaith Relations

To view our 7-year Calendar of Major Jewish Religious Observances, click here.

For more information on JCRC activities or to volunteer, contact Diane Fisher at 408.357.7504 or diane@jvalley.org.

interfaith event speakers

Our Values:

Kehillah (gathering together), Tzedek Tirdof (pursuing justice), Re’ut (mutual respect)

Our Mission:

JCRC seeks to teach and apply Jewish values to work toward a more just society and a strong, vibrant Jewish community.

What We Do:

  • Build consensus within the organized Jewish community to articulate a shared vision or agreed upon action.
  • Collaborate with government, ethnic, faith and community entities on our focus areas and consensus issues.

Jewish Community Relations Council Leadership 2021-2022

The JCRC Cabinet is a representative body, consisting of synagogue and agency representatives, along with members-at-large.

Chair:
Alexa Kaskowitz

Past Chair:
Eva Rajna Lippmann

Rabbinic Representative:
Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper

National JCPA Board Representatives:
Marci Gerston

State JPAC Board Representatives:
Jane Jacobson, Susan Meyers 

Synagogue and Agency Representatives:
Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper, Cantors & Rabbis Association of Greater San Jose
Marina Gafni, Congregation Beth David
Michael Sinensky, Congregation Beth David
Susan Meyers, Congregation Emeth
Arlene Noodleman, Congregation Emeth
Jerry Marks, Congregation Shir Hadash
Eva Lippmann, Congregation Sinai
Eric Rosenblum, Congregation Sinai
Peter Hoffman, Jewish High Tech Community
Marcia Gerston, Temple Emanu-El
Nancy Gerston, Temple Emanu-El​
Edgardo Laber, Temple Emanu-El
Jane Jacobson, Sharone Hadassah
Robert Lapidus, The Villages Jewish Group
Alexa Kaskowitz, Yavneh Day School

Members at Large:
Jessica Blitchok
Rob Chaykin
Julia Cinnamon
Dorothy Dorsay
Steve Jackson
Dorene Kastelman
Juli Uro-May