Muslim-Jewish Relations 101:
A Webinar Series for theJewish Community Relations Field
JCPA’s four-part webinar series is designed to help guide the Jewish community relations field on how to work with the American Muslim community and build grassroots Muslim-Jewish relationships. The webinars feature experts who teach the basics of Islam, provide guidance on how to find local dialogue partners, and give you the tools needed to create successful Muslim-Jewish programming designed to facilitate working together on areas of common concern.
On March 13, Diane Fisher, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, was a featured panelist on the third webinar in the series: Best Practices for Grassroots Muslin-Jewish Conversations.
Fisher is an ardent force for change within the Silicon Valley community. She works with community leaders, interfaith organizations, schools and San Jose government to build tolerance, understanding and education regarding the differences of others. Most recently Fisher worked with the Los Gatos High School to support its Community Pledge of Respect and Acceptance during the school's Cultural Awareness week. The webinar can be found HERE.
The final webinar in the series will be April 10 at 4:00 P.M. Sheryl Olitzky will speak on the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom.
Sheryl Olitzky is cofounder of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, an organization designed to foster abiding relationships built on mutual trust, respect and friendship between local Muslim and Jewish women.
The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom is the first national grassroots organization of Muslim and Jewish women committed to living in harmony, developing meaningful relationships who work together to limit acts of anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiment. Sheryl combined her strong leadership, relationship building and organizational skills with her passion to rid the world of hate in starting this organization. Sheryl has extensive training and vast experience in identifying unmet needs in the marketplace and in facilitating/moderating group discussion. Sheryl can be found teaching high school and university students around the world about interfaith relationship building, presenting to women about the power of interfaith dialogue and engagement, visiting the chapters of the Sisterhood located around the country, or leading building bridges trips to locations of significant interest to Muslims and Jews. She is a contributor to Huffington Post, Interfaith Observer, and The Forward. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Teen Interfaith Leadership Council is Open for Applications!
We are excited to receive our sixth round of funding of $20,000 from the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Foundation for the Teen Interfaith New Mexico Immersion Trip! This year’s trip will take place July 13-17, 2018, and will again include participation in the Taos Pow Wow.
Current high school freshman and sophomores of any faith background are invited to apply to attend the trip and join the council. A total of 12 students will be accepted for the trip; a non-refundable fee of $100 will be required from each student, the money received from the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Foundation will cover all other costs.
The beautiful and inspiring environment of Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, is the perfect background in which to focus on building interfaith harmony. The multi-cultural community creates the opportunity to become sensitized to issues of poverty and Native American culture. During the trip, students will visit many different houses of worship, and participate in community service work such as organic farming, serving in a soup kitchen, and painting murals in public parks. Evening programs include group discussions, education and sharing religious beliefs and practices.
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
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
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.
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.
Contact JCRC For more information on JCRC activities, or to volunteer, contact Diane Fisher at (408) 357-7504 or email@example.com.
CRC c/o Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley 14855 Oka Road, Suite 200, Los Gatos, CA, 95032