Agencies & Organizations

Community Service

By providing service locally, in Israel and throughout the world, Jews can put their energy and skills to work, making a difference in the lives of others.

Bay Area

American Jewish World Service

San Francisco Bay Area 131 Steuart St., Suite 200 San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 593-3280 ajwssanfrancisco@ajws.org www.ajws.org
Regional director Alon Shalev

Inspired by Judaism's commitment to justice, works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, this service organization fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.

Bay Area

Be’chol Lashon (In Every Tongue)

P.O. Box 591107 San Francisco, CA 94159
(415) 386-2604 Fax: (415) 386-2060 info@bechollashon.org www.GlobalJews.org
Founder/CEO Diane Tobin

Jews are part of American life and are affected by social trends. The demographics in America are changing. White people now account for under half of the births in the country, and the fastest-growing youth group is multiracial. Additionally, the internet and social networks are shaping our sense of self in dialogue with many cultures. Effectiveness in attracting next-generation leaders hinges on embracing diversity and inclusiveness, a key lens through which young Jews build identity and make choices about engagement.   This organization is creating new spaces, content and tools, working actively to change people's experience of the Jewish community through innovative educational resources. Offering summer and family camps, community celebrations and a new weekly blog, Jewish, on www.myjewishlearning.com.

Northern California

B’nai B’rith International

Golden Pacific Region (Central, Northern California & Hawaii)
(925) 935-7111 goldmancpa@aol.com www.bnaibrith.org
Regional president Stan Goldman

International service organization of Jewish men and women committed to the security and continuity of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. It is the oldest Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization. It represents the interests of Jews through its lodges, units and international leadership.

Bay Area

Business Leadership Council

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties 121 Steuart St. San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 512-6423 JeanneM@sfjcf.org www.jewishfed.org
Director Jeanne Miller

This council leverages Jewish business professionals' interests in networking, business and Israel, in combination with the Jewish values of tikkun olam and tzedakah, to advance the Federation's mission.

Peninsula

Chabad of Greater South Bay

3070 Louis Road Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 424-9800 chabadgsb@chabadgsb.com www.chabadgsb.com
Rabbi Yosef Levin

The umbrella organization for Chabad centers, camps, preschools, clubs and outreach programs in the South Peninsula, bringing Judaism to all Jews.  Offers Jewish outreach, educational and social services, and community programs without judgment to all Jews, regardless of background, observance or financial means. It is a safe place to explore one's Judaism and connect one's children with the Jewish tradition.

Northern California

Hadassah

Central Pacific Coast Region P.O. Box 302 Santa Cruz, CA 95061
(415) 771-5900 regcpcr@hadassah.org www.hadassah.org

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization that promotes a partnership, commitment and passion for Israel in the global community. It empowers its members and supporters through personal growth, advocacy and Jewish continuity. In Israel, it initiates and supports pace-setting health care, education and youth institutions. In the United States, it enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through education, promotes health awareness, and provides personal enrichment and growth for its members.

Bay Area

Jewish Coalition for Literacy

Bay Area office 131 Steuart St., Suite 205 San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 977-7436 rdfields@jcrc.org, giribarren@jcrc.org www.jclread.org
Bay Area director Randi Dodick Fields
San Francisco program coordinator Gisela Iribarren

Inspired by Jewish values of social justice and tikkun olam, this organization is dedicated to eliminating childhood illiteracy by mobilizing tutors, engaging parents and expanding home libraries to help underserved public school children throughout the Bay Area.

North Bay

Jewish Women International

Chapter 1130–Tamar Marin Chapter, San Rafael
daramoskowitz@yahoo.com www.jwi.org/chapters
President Dara Moskowitz daramoskowitz@yahoo.com

A leading Jewish organization empowering women and girls, through economic literacy, community training, healthy relationship education and the proliferation of women's leadership. Innovative programs, advocacy and philanthropic initiatives protect the fundamental rights of all girls and women to live in safe homes, thrive in healthy relationships and realize the full potential of their personal strength. Designs innovative programs to protect the security of women and girls, from healthy relationship education for teens to economic literacy for women of every age. Provides critical resources and training — delivered through national and local forums that empower professionals, advocates and clergy — to end domestic violence and protect the fundamental rights of women. At the grassroots level, at the United Nations and on Capitol Hill, the advocacy agenda is centered on violence prevention and reproductive rights. Engages Jewish women in grassroots efforts, working with their members of Congress through a national advocacy network. Philanthropic initiatives reflect a commitment to transform at-risk young lives into healthy, productive futures. A 60-year relationship with the Jerusalem Hills Children's Home represents an investment in a partnership that anchors a commitment to Israel and its most fragile citizens. Celebrates women's achievements, inspiring the next generation of leaders.

San Francisco

National Council of Jewish Women

San Francisco Section 2000 Van Ness Ave., Suite 411 San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 346-4600 info@ncjwsf.org www.ncjwsf.org

A nonprofit volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for women, children and families, and to ensure individual rights and freedoms through advocacy and education. The local group is one of more than 100 sections, section branches, affinity groups and statewide groups.

Bay Area

ORT America

yagranovsky@ORTamerica.org www.ortamerica.org
Bay Area contact Yana Agranovsky yagranovsky@ortamerica.org

With a successful track record of over 136 years, ORT schools and training programs provide marketable skills that enable 300,000 students in 60 countries annually to attain successful careers, become community leaders and live independently. This Jewish organization is committed to strengthening communities throughout the world by educating people against all odds and obstacles.

Bay Area

Pro Bono Consulting Practice

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 121 Steuart St San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 512-6295 jcfprobono@sfjcf.org www.jewishfed.org/probono
Director of strategic consulting Bab Freiberg

Connecting highly skilled professionals with results-oriented engagements at partner nonprofits. Through Jenerator, community members can give or get advice on generating an earned-income strategy. Through real estate consulting, they can give or get advice on real estate transactions and development.

San Francisco

UpStart

National headquarters 560 Mission St., Suite 1395 San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 536-5918 Fax: (415) 520-5196 info@upstartlab.org www.upstartlab.org
CEO Aaron Katler

Partners with innovators to redesign the experience and expression of Jewish life. Supports organizations in generating innovative ideas that can gain traction and help turn them into successful, scaleable Jewish ventures.

Bay Area

Women’s Philanthropy

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 121 Steuart St. San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 512-6271 women@sfjcf.org www.jewishfed.org
Contact: Robyn Carmel

By igniting a passion for meaningful giving, service and leadership, this organization offers women of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to enhance and support the Jewish community.

Northern California

Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring

Branch 1054 (Northern California)
dmscott01@yahoo.com www.circle.org/northern-california
Diana Scott

The Northern California branch (#1054) of the national group promotes secular Yiddish culture, Jewish education, and social justice through events in the San Francisco Bay Area. In recent years, the branch (also known as the Maurice Savin branch) has created and co-sponsored poetry readings; talks, panels, and exhibits on Yiddish theater and labor and activist history; klezmer concerts; secular Jewish New Year celebrations; a labor seder; and Hanukkah/khanike parties, as well as mini-courses on Yiddish history and culture and discussion groups. This past year, 100 people attended the first all-day forum, "From the Bund to the Bern: Yiddish Socialism for the 21st Century" at Berkeley City College. The branch also sponsors a free, biweekly beginning Yiddish class in San Francisco. Members and friends participate in area marches for peace and justice, and in activities that support union contracts, gender and civil rights issues, and environmental justice. The national organization, founded in 1900, originally served immigrant and Yiddish-speaking Jews in need of mutual aid who were working far a shenere un besere velt far ale (for a more beautiful and better world for all). This remains the branch's motto.

San Francisco

Young Adult Division (YAD)

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 121 Steuart St. San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 512-6267 yad@sfjcf.org www.jewishfed.org
Manager Sharon Siegel

Leadership development, community-building, and creating a culture of philanthropy for ages 21-40ish. Social, educational, cultural, volunteer and networking programs, Israel trips, and regional and national conferences.

Environmental/Nature

Bay Area

EcoJews

(415) 326-4350 ilana@aytzim.org www.ecojews.org
Director Ilana Gauss ilana@aytzim.org

Since 2004, this is a Jewish environmental resource based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The mission is to inspire environmental action through Jewish values. This is accomplished by engaging Jews and Jewish organizations in exploring and celebrating the connections between Judaism and environmentalism, through events, education and greening assistance. EcoJews is a project of the national organization Aytzim.

East Bay

Urban Adamah

1050 Parker St. Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 649-1595 kat@urbanadamah.org www.urbanadamah.org
Kat Morgan

A community organic farm and Jewish environmental education center located in Berkeley. Adamah (which means earth in Hebrew) offers a wide range of programs that integrate the practices of Jewish tradition, sustainable agriculture, mindfulness, and social action. Programs include: •  Summer camp for youth ages 3 to 10. • Shabbat and Jewish holiday celebrations, for youth and families as well as adults. • Hands-on educational programs for students from both Jewish and public preschool through high schools. • A three-month residential leadership program: Each spring, summer and fall, 14 young adults from across the country and beyond are selected to operate the farm in a program that integrates organic farming, social action, and progressive Jewish living and learning.   All produce grown on the farm is distributed to members of the community in need, through a weekly Free Food Farm Stand.

East Bay

Wilderness Torah

2095 Rose St., Suite 202 Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 926-4648 info@wildernesstorah.org www.wildernesstorah.org
Founding director Zelig Golden
Managing director Nancy Shaw

Reconnects Jewish traditions to nature. Since 2007, more than 8,000 participants have experienced this innovative, nature-based approach to Jewish community and education. Offers multigenerational holiday retreats, such as Passover in the Desert near Death Valley; meaningful year-round youth education for ages 5-17, including Sunday School in the Woods; a two-year b'nai mitzvah program and a teen mentorship program; young adult leadership training; and custom programs for Jewish institutions across the Bay Area. It debuted a national training institute in 2016 to impart Wilderness Torah's Earth-based Judaism and nature-mentorship model. In 2016, for the fifth year in a row, it was named one of the most innovative Jewish organizations in the nation by Slingshot Fund.

Federations

Based on the traditions of tzedakah (righteous behavior) and communal responsibility, the Jewish Federations are volunteer-based, nonprofit organizations that raise funds to support social services, culture and education. As umbrella agencies, the Federations allocate dollars in their geographic areas, Israel and elsewhere around the world. Federations play an important role in community planning and leadership development. In addition, Federation endowment funds help to ensure the financial security of the Jewish community.

South Bay

Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley

14855 Oka Road, Suite 200 Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 358-3033 Fax: (408) 356-0733 www.jvalley.org
President Julie Krigel
CEO Jyl Jurman

Serves approximately 65,000 Jewish people in Santa Clara County through its support of programs to meet Jewish needs locally, in Israel and worldwide. The Federation's mission is to develop leadership; raise and allocate funds needed to maintain and strengthen Jewish identity, Jewish community and Jewish life, as well as work toward meeting the needs and concerns of the Jewish community in the South Bay, the United States, Israel and the rest of the world.

Holocaust & Tolerance

Taking an active role in keeping the memory and the lessons of the Holocaust alive, a number of Northern California organizations provide educational programs and offer support to survivors and their families.

North Bay

Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide

Sonoma State University 1801 East Cotati Ave. Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 585-2291 alliance@sonoma.edu www.sonoma.edu/holocaust/alliance
President Barbara Lesch McCaffry (707) 585-2291 alliance@sonoma.edu

Co-sponsors Sonoma State University Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series; supports SSU Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide; coordinates presentations by survivors and descendants of the Holocaust and genocide in middle, high school and university classrooms; collaborates with community groups working on related issues.

Bay Area

Bay Area Hidden Children

(650) 325-2516/ (408) 996-3738 jjbuckel@aol.com
Jeannette Ringold (650) 325-2516
John Buckel (408) 996-3738 Jjbuckel@aol.com

A group for those who were hidden children during the Holocaust.  Meets regularly at members' homes.  Affiliated with the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants.

San Francisco

Holocaust Memorial

Mail to: 121 Steuart St., Suite 301, San Francisco, CA 94105 Lincoln Park, Legion of Honor Drive San Francisco, CA

Created by sculptor George Segal to memorialize the Holocaust. Represents a survivor standing in front of a tragic scene in a concentration camp. Open daily. Entrance at Clement and 34th Avenue.

San Francisco

Holocaust Survivor Services

Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma counties 2150 Post St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-3823/ (415) 449-3865 Fax: (415) 449-1229 sah@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org/find-help/seniors/holocaust-survivor-services
Brian Brown

JFCS offers help through our senior care program, Seniors At Home, the Reparations and Financial Aid Program, cultural engagement and peer support through Café by the Bay, and opportunities for survivors to engage with their communities and tell their stories through The Next Chapter and Survivor Speakers Bureau.

East Bay

Holocaust Survivor Services, East Bay

Contra Costa County & Alameda Counties Fax: 1855 Olympic Blvd., Suite 200 Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 927-2000 x257 Fax: (925) 927-3131 rclancy@jfcs-eastbay.org http://jfcs-eastbay.org/holocaust-survivor-services/
Director of adult services Rita Clancy, LCSW

The only organization providing services and assistance for 270 Holocaust survivors in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The agency has a strong moral obligation to assist local survivors in whatever way is needed and provide them with a caring community. Many of these survivors are living in poverty and, having lost their families, have limited support, making these services all the more vital. The agency provides home care, care management, restitution application assistance, emergency financial support, counseling, support, social and educational gatherings, and volunteer matching.

South Bay

Holocaust Survivor Services, Silicon Valley

Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley 14855 Oka Road Fax: Suite 202 Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 357-7458 Fax: (408) 551-0091 galinac@jfssv.org www.jfssv.org
Coordinator Galina Chyorny

Reparations claims assistance, emergency services including food assistance, home care, medical assistance, case management, home visits and wellness services. Services available in English, Russian and Hebrew.

San Francisco

Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation

Mail to: P.O. Box 159004, San Francisco, CA 94115 2245 Post St., Suite 204 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 563-2244 Fax: (415) 563-2442 outreach@jewishpartisans.org www.jewishpartisans.org
Founder Mitch Braff
Director of development Sheri Pearl

The foundation inspires future generations to combat anti-Semitism and injustice and promotes Jewish pride, empowering young Jews to stand up and make a difference. Most people do not know that 20,000 to 30,000 Jews fought back as armed-resistance fighters during the Holocaust, saving thousands of lives. Capturing the vital legacies of the Jewish partisans and bringing this little-known chapter of history to the world in engaging and innovative ways are central to this organization's mission. It accomplishes this by producing groundbreaking curriculum, including 11 short films narrated by Liev Schreiber, Ed Asner and Larry King; interactive lesson plans; and cutting-edge online professional development.  As the largest organization in the world dedicated to teaching the Jewish partisan legacy, this group brings these tales of heroism to thousands of educators in day schools, synagogues and summer camps, encouraging students to embrace Jewish values, demonstrate leadership in their own lives, and make a positive difference in the world.  Since 2000, the foundation has brought the history of heroic Jewish resistance to over a million teens worldwide. It is dedicated to bringing the experiences of the Jewish partisans to another 2 million teens over the next decade.

 

San Francisco

JFCS Holocaust Center

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2245 Post Street Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-3717 HolocaustCenter@jfcs.org www.jfcsholocaustcenter.org
Director of education Morgan Blum Schneider

Northern California’s primary resource for education about the Holocaust and other genocides.

Programs include:

  • Holocaust education and student fellowships
  • Tauber Library containing more than 12,000 volumes, 2,000 recorded oral histories, rare artifacts, memorabilia, and images documenting the Holocaust
  • Survivor speakers bureau
  • Student conferences and teacher trainings
  • Holocaust remembrance
  • Legacy tours

 

Peninsula

Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project

San Mateo County History Museum 2200 Broadway St. Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 299-0104 Fax: (650) 299-0141 carol@historysmc.org www.historysmc.org
Archivist Carol Peterson

Features taped testimonies and transcripts of concentration camp survivors, ghetto survivors, liberators, Shanghai survivors, and people who survived in hiding and now live in San Mateo County. By appointment only.

JCCs & Campuses

Local Jewish community centers play an important role in building and sustaining Jewish life in the Bay Area. They are places to play and socialize, to find friends and even romance, and to learn. Northern California JCCs offer an extensive range of services and programming, from lectures on Israel to ballroom dancing, from women’s support groups to writing workshops. Many JCCs also offer the latest in fitness and recreational facilities. They provide camps and afterschool care for kids of all ages, special events and services for seniors, and numerous other programs and services. Contact the JCC in your area.

East Bay

JCC East Bay

5811 Racine St. Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 595-9222 Fax: (510) 595-9223 info@jcceastbay.org www.jcceastbay.org
CEO Amy Tobin

Offering programs for all ages and life stages, including cultural, educational and social programs. Programs include arts and culture, early childhood education (preschool, parenting, baby and toddler programs), youth and teen programs (afterschool, camp, Maccabi and ArtsFest), adult classes, clubs and groups, older adult, and Jewish holiday programs. The arts and culture season offers a multitude of ways to explore Jewish culture, identity and history through music, film, local food and literary events. A play-based, award-winning preschool serves children from age 2 through transitional kindergarten. The baby group (Nitzanim) and weekly toddler play group (Perachim) enable parents to connect in a supportive environment with their children. Also offering monthly parenting seminars for the entire community. Afterschool enrichment and care offered at four sites in Berkeley and Oakland, including two Oakland public schools. JCC Camp Tzofim in Oakland for kids grades K-10 emphasizes self-discovery, experiential learning, and fun. Daily classes offer adults and older adults opportunities to learn languages, film theory and more. A twice-weekly kosher lunch program serves older adults. Throughout the year, families come together to celebrate and learn about Jewish holidays. The JCC celebrates Jewish life and welcomes all religions and cultures.

San Francisco

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

3200 California St. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 292-1200 Fax: (415) 276-1550 info@jccsf.org www.jccsf.org
CEO Marci Glazer

Serving the Bay Area since 1877 with programs that help individuals and the community to flourish. A second home for San Franciscans of all backgrounds and beliefs, welcoming more than 5,000 guests each day to world-class cultural events, a state-of-the-art fitness center, outstanding preschools and afterschool enrichment, and hundreds of inspiring educational, recreational, social and wellness programs for all ages. A 501c(3) nonprofit whose programs are made possible through the generous support of the community.

Peninsula

Oshman Family JCC

3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 223-8700 info@paloaltojcc.org www.paloaltojcc.org
CEO Zack Bodner

Aspires to be a Jewish neighborhood where all are welcome and serves as a nexus of diverse communities that creates connections for rich, robust and rewarding experiences. Establishes common ground, uniting Jewish institutions, groups and individuals for the betterment of the whole community. Offers cultural, social, fitness, recreational and educational programs for all ages, and its green campus includes a range of facilities from a state-of-the-art fitness center to a stunning cultural arts hall. Open daily.

Peninsula

Peninsula JCC

Peninsula Jewish Community Center 800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 212-PJCC (7522) Fax: (650) 378-2799 info@pjcc.org www.pjcc.org
Chief executive officer Paul Geduldig

Explores healthy living through Wellness Your Way, an initiative that encourages the community to experience more vibrant health in body, mind and spirit. Activities for all ages include preschool, enrichment programs, seasonal camps, youth and teen programs, life-enhancing programs for adults, older adult social and educational activities, trips and transportation, Jewish education, state-of-the-art health and fitness facilities, cultural arts and an award-winning aquatics program.

Public Affairs

A number of organizations champion Jewish interests and human rights in the wider community, offering opportunities for political and social activism. Participants serve on boards, staff programs and take an active role in supporting their goals.

San Francisco

AIPAC–American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Pacific Northwest Region P.O. Box 207 San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 989-4140 Fax: (415) 989-5202 sf_office@aipac.org www.aipac.org
Regional director Adam Harris

Helping to educate members of Congress, candidates for public office, policymakers, media professionals and student leaders about the importance of the U.S-Israel friendship. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization has 10 regional offices focused on bringing its message to legislators throughout the country.

San Francisco

American Jewish Committee (AJC)

San Francisco office / Northern California Region 121 Steuart St., Suite 405 San Francisco, CA 94105, CA San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-3820 sanfrancisco@ajc.org www.ajcsanfrancisco.org
Regional director Sarah Persitz

A leading global Jewish advocacy organization for more than a century. With offices across the United States and around the globe, and partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide, the organization works to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and to advance human rights and democratic values for all.

San Francisco

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Central Pacific Region 720 Market St., Suite 800 San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 981-3500 Fax: (415) 981-8933 San-Francisco@adl.org http://sanfrancisco.adl.org
Regional director Seth Brysk
Associate director Nancy Appel
Associate director Vlad Khaykin

The world's leading organization in fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bias and bigotry through programs and services that counteract hatred and prejudice. Offers anti-bias training, exposes extremist activity, provides security briefings to Jewish institutions, confronts anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias, and features a range of information on the Holocaust. For free resources, to register a discrimination complaint and to learn much more, visit the website.

Bay Area

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice

S.F. Bay Area
(415) 248-0085 slubeck@bendthearc.us www.bendthearc.us
Regional director Susan Lubeck

This organization exists to create a just, fair and compassionate America. Working with grassroots leaders around the United States, and also advocating in D.C, it fulfills its mission by mobilizing the full array of Jewish resources — human, financial and moral — in partnership with other communities. Builds on the American Jewish legacy of acting for justice and equality. Because the fates of all Americans are intertwined, when the rights of some are trampled, the rights of all are compromised. Acting out of love and respect for our fellow human beings, participants believe that our Jewish values, traditions, texts, history, faith and culture can help light a path to solving America's most pressing issues.  Wide range of issues and work includes racial justice, immigration, LGBTQ freedom, criminal justice reform, voting rights, tax fairness. Tools include organizing, advocacy, and leadership development. Bend the Arc is a 501(c)(3) with a (c)(4) lobbying arm and a PAC.

San Francisco

Institute for Jewish & Community Research

P.O. Box 591107 San Francisco, CA 94159-1107
(415) 386-2604 Fax: (415) 386-2060 info@jewishresearch.org www.jewishresearch.org
President Diane Tobin

An independent think tank devoted to creating a safe, secure and growing Jewish community. Provides research to the Jewish and general community, utilizes the information to design and develop innovative initiatives, and educates the public and opinion leaders. The institute conducts ongoing research in three core areas: • Religious prejudice and the security of the Jewish community, with a focus on examining anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in America's educational systems, as well as assessing how prejudice impacts elementary, secondary and higher education.   • Philanthropy, engaging in research on the largest gifts in American philanthropy, the dominance of giving to higher education and philosophies of giving. Also specializing in research on Jewish philanthropy, tracking the rise of private foundations  and changes in motivations for giving to Jewish causes.   •  Jewish identity and peoplehood, studying the demography of the Jewish people, looking at how Jewish identity is defined and expressed. Diversity has characterized the Jewish people throughout history, and through contemporary forces, including intermarriage, conversion and adoption. The institute's community-building project, Be'chol Lashon (In Every Tongue), advocates for racial, ethnic and cultural inclusiveness.  See also www.globaljews.org.

East Bay

Jewish Community Relations Council

East Bay Region 2121 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 839-2900 Fax: (510) 839-3996 ikaufman@jcrc.org www.jcrc.org
Public affairs and civic engagement director Ilana Kaufman (510) 839-2900 Fax: (510) 839-3996 ikaufman@jcrc.org

A public affairs organization working on behalf of the Bay Area's organized Jewish community. The mission is to educate and advocate on issues of vital importance based on consensus, civility and an expanded commitment to living Jewish values of social justice. It represents synagogues and Jewish organizations on critical issues affecting Jews as individuals and as a community. Creates consensus, leads advocacy efforts, and builds bridges with other faith-, interest- and ethnic-based groups that share our passion for forging relationships based on collaboration with other communities. Envisions a more just society and a strong and vibrant Jewish community in the United States and in Israel, and seeks to enhance that strength through collaboration with other communities.

San Francisco

Jewish Community Relations Council

121 Steuart St., Suite 301 San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 957-1551 info@jcrc.org www.jcrc.org
Executive director Abby Michelson Porth

A public affairs organization working on behalf of the Bay Area's organized Jewish community. Envisions a more just society and a strong and vibrant Jewish community in the United States and in Israel, and seeks to enhance that strength through collaboration with other communities. The mission is to educate and advocate on issues of vital importance based on consensus, civility and an expanded commitment to living Jewish values of social justice. It represents synagogues and Jewish organizations on critical issues affecting Jews as individuals and as a community. Creates consensus, leads advocacy efforts, and builds bridges with other faith, ethnic and interest groups that share a common passion for collaboration and equality.

San Francisco

JIMENA-Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

459 Fulton St., Suite 207 San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 626-5062 info@jimena.org www.jimena.org
Executive director Sarah Levin
San Francisco program diretor Analucia Lopezrevoredeo

Created in 2001 to educate, advocate and preserve the cultural heritage of the 850,000 Sephardic and Mizrachi Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. As the primary North American organization with a Sephardic and Mizrachi constituent base, this organization has been a leader in the Jewish multicultural movement. It has played a key role in international initiatives to advance and preserve the heritage and history of Mizrachi and Sephardic Jews. The organization has launched numerous efforts to ensure that their history and culture is well documented, widely shared and included in public discourse involving Middle Eastern refugees. Individuals in the 40-member speakers bureau have shared their personal stories with the U.N. Human Rights Council, the late Rep. Tom Lantos, the Human Rights Commission, European and Italian parliaments, the Canadian Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Israeli Knesset, British House of Lords and over 80 universities in North America. The multilingual Oral History and Digital Experience Project is reaching over 150,000 individuals around the world each month. The organization is committed to representing the interests of Jewish refugees in North America.

Bay Area

Reboot

Tanya@rebooters.net www.rebooters.net

Affirms the value of Jewish traditions and creates new ways for people to make them their own. Inspired by Jewish ritual and embracing the arts, humor, food, philosophy and social justice, this organization produces creative projects that spark the interest of young Jews and the larger community. Among the productions are events, exhibitions, recordings, books, films, DIY activity toolkits and apps. Since its inception, 504 network members, over 800 community organization partners, and hundreds of thousands of people have participated, rekindling connections and re-imagining Jewish lives full of meaning, creativity and joy.