Building Relationships & Connecting Communities.

 

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.

 

 

Our Values:

 

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

 

Our Mission:

 

The Community Relations Council 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.

PAST EVENTS

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)

 

Interfaith Passover Seder

14th Annual Faith Forum and Festival

 

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

CRC 2017-2018 Leadership

 

The Board of the Community Relations Council is a representative board, consisting of synagogue and agency representatives, and community members-at-large.

 

Board Co-Chairs: 

Robert Chaykin and Edgardo Laber
Past Chair: 

Marci Gerston
Rabbinic Representative: 

Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper
National JCPA Board Representatives: 

Harold Goldberg, Marci Gerston
State JPAC Board Representatives: 

Liz Shivell, Rina Zolotusky, Jane Jacobseon
Frank Fellow: 

Eva Lippmann

 

 

Synagogue/Agency Representatives

 

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
 

Members-at-large

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 diane@jvalley.org.