JCRC of Greater Washington

Mobilizing, Advocating, Educating, and Uniting in our Community



Fairfax County remains one of the only counties—and by far the largest in Northern Virginia—that has not adopted an inclusive calendar. The calendar FCPS adopted for this year is sowing confusion without providing the equity we have long sought. TAKE ACTION NOW and join the Hineini - I Am Here social media campaign to let FCPS know how their calendar impacts you and your family.

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Israel Engagement Fellowship

Fall, 2021 Israel Engagement Fellowship

Apply now for the Fall, 2021 Israel Engagement Fellowship. Explore the trends on college campus and how Israel fits into broader conversations. Participate in activities, learn the importance of building allies and coalitions to impact change, and gain dialogue skills while practicing active listening. Learn more here.

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2021 Gala

Thank you to the hundreds of community members, elected officials, and leaders who joined us for the 2021 Gala: An Online Celebration on October 14. We were proud to honor Breslau-Goldman Awardees Helane and Richard Goldstein, Sara and Samuel Lessans Community Leadership Awardees Stacey and David Topol, and Distinguished Service Awardee Rabbi Amy SchwartzmanClick here to view our 2021 highlights video, the digital ad book, or fulfill your pledge.

2021 Gala

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Listen, Learn, & Act - Anti-racism Toolkit

Racism’s horrific scope is plain for all to see. Recent tragedies have sparked widespread pain and anger and a heightened urgency around these issues. Whether you are a seasoned social justice activist or are delving into this work for the first time, the JCRC is here to support you, and help you create a plan of action.

JCRC By The Numbers

$8,000,000 government funding for community security & social services

5,000 students and teachers met with a holocaust survivor

700 students trained to advocate for Israel

Jewish Community Applauds Gov. Northam for Religious Sensitivity

“Jewish students, teachers, and families in Fairfax County are keenly aware that they alone among neighboring counties are being forced to choose between observing their holy days and attending school during this month of Jewish High Holidays,” said JCRC Associate Director Guila Franklin Siegel. “The JCRC will continue mobilizing the Jewish community of Northern Virginia to help Fairfax join its neighboring counties in becoming a place of deeper equity, empathy and justice for the minority faith community.” 

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Afghanistan Dominates DC's Attention, But Mideast Eyes Are On Bennett

“We are hopeful that President Biden and Prime Minister Bennett will enjoy a relationship of mutual respect and cooperation that will further the special bond between our two countries,” said Ron Halber. “Most American Jews would like to see close coordination between our leaders in solving the COVID crisis and responding to the threat posed by Iran.”

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Master teacher, community educator Avi West dies

“He benefitted so many people. He really was a master teacher,” said Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. “I think he was a prince of a man. He was a hero in so many ways.’

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  • Oct 24 #Israel, Germany agree to add NIS 20 million to Holocaust survivors’ stipends Some 3,700 survivors to receive an additional 100 euros per month, while those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s will also get another 500 euros annually t.co/NnuqMfHcNE

  • Oct 24 Student to Student kicks off a new year And they’re off and running! After a Sunday evening training for 80+ Jewish teens, JCRC’s Student to Student kicked off in high gear this week with our first in-person presentation in over 18 months,… t.co/88olv4OtPC

  • Oct 24 Montgomery Co. mask mandate could soon be lifted as COVID-19 case rate drops | For the first time since the indoor mask mandate was reinstated in early August, coronavirus case rate has dropped from “substantial” to “moderate” transmission. t.co/BUUC7Z550r

  • Oct 22 The JCRC thanks @sunrisemvmt for its clarifying message today denouncing and explicitly acknowledging the antisemitic nature of the statements and actions of its DC hub,Sunrise DC.  We look forward to continuing to work in broad,diverse coalitions to achieve civil rights for all. t.co/D8VjempFbk

  • Oct 22 Following… Lawmakers from 3 Western Md. counties ask to be part of West Virginia | t.co/Qx1y5sIyTO