That's what the Jewish Community Relations Council does. We are proud to serve as advocates for the Jewish community, promoting tolerance and cultural diversity. We are educators, fighters of injustice and dedicated to building strong bonds of communication and understanding between the Jewish community and other faith-based communities in Silicon Valley.
Kehillah (gathering together), Tzedek Tirdof (pursuing justice), Re'ut (mutual respect)
The Community Relations Council seeks to teach and apply Jewish values to work toward a more just society and a strong, vibrant Jewish community.
• 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.
More than 150 people from various religious backgrounds enjoyed the Passover Seder hosted by the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the JCRC of Silicon Valley. The custom haggadah used the Passover story of strangers and powerlessness in foreign lands to explore issues faced by immigrants today. The seder was jointly led by Rabbi Melanie Aron, Congregation Shir Hadash, and Fr. Robert Fambrini, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
(Photos courtesy of Steve Herrera Photography)
On March 11, 2018, JCRC Director Diane Fisher, along with Mitty High School Teacher Steve Herrera, once again traveled with the Teen Interfaith Leadership Council of Santa Clara County to participate in the 14th Annual Faith Forum and Festival, sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Council of Orange County. More than 200 teens of a wide variety of faith backgrounds and cultures came together to engage in dialogue, showcase their talents, and learn from and about each other. Each of our teens came away with a much stronger understanding, compassion and tolerance for each other and their communities.
Check out this video to catch the talents of our wonderful teens!
Judicial Candidates Reception, May 2014
Voting Rights Freedom Seder, April 2014
Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews singing
The Board of the Community Relations Council is a representative board, consisting of synagogue and agency representatives, and community members-at-large.
Robert Chaykin and Edgardo Laber
Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper
National JCPA Board Representatives:
Harold Goldberg, Marci Gerston
State JPAC Board Representatives:
Liz Shivell, Rina Zolotusky, Jane Jacobseon
Sheldon Gilbert, APJCC
Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper, CAER
Harry Cornbleet, Congregation Beth David
Marina Gafni, Congregation Beth David
Geoff Jackson, Congregation Emeth
Gregg Kerlin, Congregation Shir Hadash
Eva Lippmann, Congregation Sinai
Harold Goldberg, Congregation Sinai
Peter Hoffman, Jewish High Tech Community
Michael Dine, Santa Cruz Hillel
Rina Zolotusky, Sequoia Hadassah
Jane Jacobson, Sharone Hadassah
Genevieve Platt, Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association
Doris Schwarz-Lisenbee, Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association
Gabriella Myers-Lipton, Teen Representative
Marcia Gerston, Temple Emanu-El
Nancy Gerston, Temple Emanu-El
Alexa Kaskowitz, Yavneh Day School
Dorothy Dorsay, Member-at-large
David Ginsborg, Member-at-large
Steve Jackson, Member-at-large
Steve Reiss, Member-at-large
Eric Rosenblum, Member-at-large
Liz Shivell, Member-at-large
Kevin Zwick, Member-at-large
For more information on JCRC activities or to volunteer, contact Diane Fisher at (408) 357-7504 or email@example.com.