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.

Diane Fisher, Director, Jewish Community Relations Council

Sheryl Olitzky, Co-founder of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom

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. 


Click HERE for videos and photos of past trips and council activities.  Contact Diane Fisher, director, JCRC, to submit an application by April 15

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!

Past Events

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


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

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.

Contact JCRC For more information on JCRC activities, or to volunteer, contact Diane Fisher at (408) 357-7504 or


CRC c/o Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley 14855 Oka Road, Suite 200, Los Gatos, CA, 95032