San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council Executive Director Abby Porth speaks to press during a protest at a detention center in McAllen, Texas, June 24. (Photo/Sonia Daccarret)
San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council Executive Director Abby Porth speaks to press during a protest at a detention center in McAllen, Texas, June 24. (Photo/Sonia Daccarret)

Abby Porth to step down as director of Jewish Community Relations Council

After 20 years at the S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council, the last four as executive director, Abby Porth is moving on.

Prior to becoming executive director of the JCRC in 2016, Porth was the associate director, working closely with longtime executive director Rabbi Doug Kahn.

“It was clear from the beginning we had here an exceptional mind, a remarkable activist and an absolute commitment to the kind of work JCRC does,” Kahn told J. in 2016 as he prepared to hand Porth the reins.

“It’s difficult to convey how much Abby has meant to this organization and the community during her 20-year tenure,” said JCRC board president Paul Resnick this week in announcing her departure. “I know I speak for many when I say the reason JCRC enjoys the financial strength, strong reputation, deep and trusted relationships and impact it does today is because of Abby’s commitment and vision.”

Porth will stay on through the end of the year.

Before she came to the JCRC, Porth led a Boston-area program that helped children stay out of the criminal justice system. She earned her bachelor’s degree and her master’s in management at Brandeis University.

Porth has served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission since 2015. She was previously an officer of San Francisco Interfaith Council, served on the board of directors of San Francisco Head Start and on the board of Congregation Emanu-El.