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Civic Engagement


Civic Engagement Mission Statement

The Jewish Community Center of the East Bay serves a diverse community and people with various points of view. We provide space for civic discourse, offering opportunities to talk across differences, discover shared values, and establish respectful engagement.

The JCC East Bay stands for equal rights and safety for people of all backgrounds and faiths. We view this as a moral obligation. We welcome and support our diverse Jewish community, people of all religions, nationalities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, communities of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community.


What Civic Engagement Means to Us

We are committed to bringing you opportunities to learn about social issues, get involved, and make a difference - all while building and strengthening our local community. We were inspired by Tikkun Olam, the Jewish value that speaks to social justice and the importance of helping to make the world a better place. Traditional Jewish texts teach us that it is not any one person's duty to complete the work of repairing the world, but we are not free to neglect that work either (Pirkei Avot 2:21). We hope that you find these programs and resources to be an effective and fun way to make a positive impact!


Help Shape Our Programs

What can we do to make our programs more accessible? What social causes would you like to see us address?

Email your feedback to Alystar Sacks, Program Manager.




In collaboration with all seven Bay Area JCCs, we will be offering zoom parties and resources focused on getting out the vote and addressing voter suppression! This nonpartisan 2020 series will feature guest speakers, phone bank opportunities, discussion happy hours, and much more. Check back here for new events, posted frequently!


Kickoff Event

We were thrilled to kick-off our new series of Power through Voting programs on zoom! This 45 minute introduction spoke to the history of voter suppression and what we can do to make a difference. Featuring guest speaker Andrea Miller, founder of Reclaim Our Vote, part of the Center for Common Ground.


Due to a small glitch, the recording begins partway through a brief introduction. For a complete transcript of the introduction, click here.





The 2020 Elections and the Jewish Vote

Thursday, October 8 at 5pm

The results of the November election are not only important for us as a society, but also for our own community. Join us on Zoom where guest speaker Dr. Steven Windmueller will be sharing a nonpartisan election analysis designed to educate about the diverse and significant roles Jews have played and continue to play in American politics. Dr. Windmueller's work in Jewish political behavior has been central to his research and writings. His 2014 book, The Quest for Power, seeks not only to define the nature of Judaism as a political system but to demonstrate how Jews have historically governed themselves over the course of their complex historical journey.




Young Professionals: Happy Hour Text Bank

Thursday, October 22 at 6:30pm

Save the date for a zoom party that will make a difference! This text bank (like a phone bank, but with texting!) is brought to you in collaboration with the nonpartisan Reclaim Our Vote campaign, which seeks to address voter suppression among people of color by educating voters on how to register, how to find their polling place, and much more. As it is a happy hour, you are invited to arrive with the cocktail (or mocktail) that describes your feelings about the current political climate.




Printable Window Signs

DOWNLOAD, PRINT, and TAPE in your street-facing windows to help us Get Out The Vote!

Click on the image to download the printable PDF.





Reading List: Jewish Involvement in Voting and Politics

Check out these resources on the Jewish community’s involvement in voting and political movements throughout history!

Curated by the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco.




2020 Elections


Click here to register to vote and find all voting information for California!

Not sure if you're already registered? Click here to see if you're registered to vote in California, or to check if you need to update any of your information.


Important Dates:

Election Date: November 3, 2020

Deadline to register to vote in California (online or postmark by): October 19, 2020

Completed Vote-by-Mail ballots must be received by:

Personally delivered ballots: Must be delivered by close of polls on Election Day

Mailed ballots: Must be postmarked on or before Election Day, and received by your county elections office no later than November 20, 2020



In college? Check out Hillel's MitzVote campaign!

Everyone else - watch the Jewish Community Relations Council's #TogetherWeVote campaign! Created by The African American Community Service Agency (AACSA), the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and Latinos United for a New America (LUNA), this get out the vote campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of voting and educate the public about the significance of local government. The project consists of short video clips of people explaining why voting is important to them shared on different media platforms. 



Demand Facebook's Advertisers Stop Supporting Online Hate

Racial Justice

rabbi fighting racial injustice for decades says he hasn't done enough.
Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner z”l support Black Lives Matter.
There is a civil rights tour of the American South - take virtual tours right here.
How Blacks and Jews are connected
Racial justice to drive the Jewish vote.
6 moments that showcase an enduring alliance with John Lewis z"l.
Why Black lives matter to Jews.
Fight racism this Tisha B'av.

Celebrating Jews of Color

This Black Jewish Musician powerfully blends Yiddish poetry and African American spirituals.
This Black orthodox woman is opening minds.
The long road for Jews of Color.
The story of a Black Jewish Shabbat marathon.
Exploring what it means to be Black and Jewish in the middle of a social struggle.
Embracing Mexican-Jewish identity through baking.


Reboot Ideas Conversation: Anti-Semantics Sifting Through Whiteness and Jewish Identities

This Reboot Ideas conversation features two authors: Adam Mansbach and Kevin Coval. Adam Mansbach is the author of the worldwide bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep, the novels Rage is Back, Angry Black White Boy, and The End of the Jews (winner of the California Book Award) and a dozen other books. He wrote the award-winning screenplay for the Netflix Original BARRY, and his memoir, I Had A Brother Once, is forthcoming from One World/Random House in January. Kevin Coval is the author of Everything Must Go: The Life & Death of an American Neighborhood, A People's History of Chicago & ten other collections, & anthologies. He's the Creative Director and a founding editor of The BreakBeat Poets imprint on Haymarket Books. Check out the recording here.


In Defense of Democracy: Getting Out the Vote in an Age of Heightened Voter Suppression

The SF Black-Jewish (& Allies) Unity Group presented their third Forum on Racial and Economic Justice. In our increasingly divided political climate, the San Francisco Black-Jewish-(and Allies) Unity Group used a virtual forum to spark discussion among diverse groups to inform, build bridges and community, promote greater democratic participation, and turn back the tide of voter suppression. Watch the recording here.


ADL Supreme Court Review

The Anti-Defamation League partnered with the National Constitution Center for an annual Supreme Court Review, when distinguished legal scholars broke down the most important legal questions of the term, including separation of church and state, immigration and Title VII employment discrimination. They also discussed what to expect at the Supreme Court next year. Watch the recorded broadcast here.


PIVOT Conversation with Ilana Kaufman

The Osher Marin JCC Taube Center for Jewish Peoplehood recorded a conversation with Ilana Kaufman, Director of the Jews of Color Initiative. PIVOT is a serial program that explores this unique moment in time. In this interview, Kaufman shares her personal experience growing up Black and Jewish and the racism she experiences in the Jewish community. She provides an overview of this moment and the work that must be done by individuals and organizations to address racism that adversely impacts everyone. The interview is conducted by Joanne Greene, the Osher Marin JCC's Director of Jewish Engagement. Listen to the conversation here.