Multicultural & Interfaith Relations

Jewish Community Relations Council

Highlights 2020-21

We have wonderful opportunities to connect with diverse cultures and faiths in Silicon Valley. JCRCs work encompasses enriching celebrations, learning, allyship and fighting discrimination. There’s a place for everyone in this work.

Jewish Solidarity with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Click here to read JCRC’s March 19, 2021 statement on solidarity with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum


The Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for high school students has been approved by the California Department of Education, after several years of public input that included significant engagement by the Jewish community. Dr. Susan Meyers, JCRC cabinet member and former Dean of the School of Education at SJSU, published this OpEd in Spotlight to share more broadly the important concerns of the Jewish community. We continue to seek parent and student involvement. Contact diane@jvalley.org.

Read the op ed in the San Jose Spotlight by JCRC Cabinet member Susan Meyers.

Teen Interfaith Leadership Council – Virtual New Mexico Experience

During the pandemic, a Virtual Teen Interfaith Journey was created online that combined virtual traveling from home with a spiritual journey for high school students. It is based on seven real journeys to New Mexico that occured from 2012 to 2019, taken by teens from diverse faith backgrounds. It’s interactive–give it a spin!

Sports as Microcosm of Society: Racism and Antisemitism

In addition to our solemn community observances of Yom HaShoah this year, we opened up a shared conversation with the African American Community Service Agency to bring the meaning of solidarity and hope into our consciousness. We provided access to viewing the film RACE about Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, and then hosted this panel discussion with Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper, and student athletes Caleb Simmons and Sara Taubman. Click here for a video of the event.

Jewish and Muslim Communities Share 20 Year Relationship
Diane Fisher, director of the JCRC, sat down in spring 2019 to speak with Rabbi Melanie Aron, senior rabbi of Congregation Shir Hadash, and Maha Elgenaidi, executive director and founder of ING (Islamic Networks Group). These three women bring a wealth of experience working to bring interfaith people together in a common cause. To read their interview, click here.

To learn more about JCRC’s work, contact Diane Fisher, JCRC Director, at diane@jvalley.org

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