“Here I Am” is a new initiative demonstrating the vibrancy, diversity, and values of the Bay Area Jewish community. Through grassroots storytelling videos, we seek to bring to light our personal experiences with antisemitism, and educate our neighbors how to be Jewish allies in this fraught moment. Add your voice to a growing chorus of Bay Area residents by signing up to get information and updates!
How to be an Ally against Antisemitism
- Whether you’re Jewish or an ally, record your video, and make your story heard. Sign up here.
- Advocate for a just society and secure Jewish future with JCRC, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Bay Area.
Learn about Jewish identity and diversity
Read a book or listen to a podcast about contemporary Jewish life
Attend a program or get involved with local Jewish institutions
Reach out to an interfaith group in your area
- Interfaith Council of Alameda County
- Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
- Peninsula Multifaith Coalition
- SF Interfaith Council
Ask your Jewish friends and neighbors about their life and experiences
Experience a Jewish ritual for yourself
Speak up and speak out against antisemitism – it’s never just a joke!
Learn More about Antisemitism
- Short Film: Antisemitism in Our Midst: Past and Present
- Antisemitic Incidents (by state)
- “Survey of American Jews since Recent Violence in Israel”
- “Will an age-old hatred define a new America?”
- “Students feeling hurt, harassed over anti-Israel rhetoric”
- “Antisemitism at home: Bay Area orgs dissect Israel conflict’s impact”
Respond to Antisemitism and Bigotry
- Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Hate Crime Hotline
- San Francisco Coalition Against Hate Violence
- City of Novato Hate Incident Report
- Report an antisemitic incident to ADL
- BINAH (Building Insights to Navigate Antisemitism and Hate), ADL’s digital, interactive course for high school students that helps build empathy and allyship
- How to respond to an offensive comment at work
- Responding to everyday bigotry by Southern Poverty Law Center
Mental Health Resources for Families
- Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS) supports families with everyday challenges to complex mental health issues with expert clinical care and a wide range of specialized services
- Talking to children about antisemitism from Jewish Family and Children’s Services
- Information from the JED Foundation, a national mental health and suicide prevention organization
- Stress & Trauma Toolkit for Treating Jewish Americans in a Changing Political and Social Environment
- Hebrew Free Loan provides interest-free loans for health care expenses that aren’t covered by insurance.
Anti-Bias Organizations for Schools and Educators
- Anti-Defamation League: ADL’s No Place for Hate and A World of Difference initiatives can be an impactful approach to creating safe and inclusive schools and communities.
- Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) Holocaust Center: Offers programs and workshops to increase public awareness about the causes and consequences of hatred, racism, antisemitism—during the Holocaust and in contemporary times. The Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives houses more than 12,000 volumes, an archive of more than 2,000 recorded oral histories, and many rare artifacts, memorabilia, and images documenting the Holocaust
- Facing History and Ourselves: Professional development opportunities, curriculum and resources related to countering bias and discrimination and building safe and inclusive schools
- Beyond Differences (anti-bullying/social isolation): A student-led social justice movement empowering students to become activists and change the culture of schools.
Join the Here I Am initiative!
Whether you’re Jewish or an ally, record your video, and make your story heard.