JCRC of Greater Washington

Mobilizing, Advocating, Educating, and Uniting in our Community

MD Jewish Advocacy Days 2021

Maryland Jewish Advocacy Days 2021

Join the JCRC and Jewish communities across the state to virtually meet with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and your elected representatives in Annapolis to advocate on issues important to our community.

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Support FCPS Faith Equity

Support Fairfax County Public Schools Faith Equity

Learn more about FCPS's 2021-2022 school calendar proposals and ways you can join the JCRC to support a school calendar that reflects the districts' diverse community members.

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2020 Celebration

2020 Celebration

Thank you to the hundreds of community members who joined us online on September 9th to celebrate with the JCRC. Our heartfelt appreciation to our supporters. Visit our 2020 Celebration page to view our digital ad book, Celebration program, and more.

2020 Celebration

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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

Fairfax Co. school board considers new calendar to address learning loss from pandemic

Guila Franklin Siegel, associate director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, said her organization and others represented on the task force were not notified that a third option had been proposed...”We were very, very shocked and disappointed,’ she said. “We don’t feel that removing closures on four days in an entire school year is going to meaningfully address that issue (of learning loss).

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Faith leaders criticize Fairfax school board for delaying vote on adding four religious holidays to calendar

Guila Franklin Siegel, associate director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, said the task force’s formation came at a pivotal time for Fairfax: when the county’s religious and demographic diversity were rapidly increasing, while school systems in the Washington region simultaneously faced an outbreak of antisemitic bullying.

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Jewish group assists food insecure neighbors at Holy Cross Hospital

“There is, due to the pandemic, a massive food insecurity crisis in the United States. And Montgomery County is no different,” said Guila Franklin Siegel, associate director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, which is assisting the effort. [Daphne] Price and [Fran] Kritz are both JCRC board members.

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  • Feb 26 Happy Purim & Shabbat Shalom! t.co/TZRKb4ssm1

  • Feb 26 Fairfax County’s school board is sowing division. Students of minority faiths deserve better. The pressure on students and employees to forgo sacred observances is intense. The result is logistic, academic and emotional strain.... ⁦@fcpsnewst.co/UNW6oIZex3

  • Feb 26 Israel says half its population has received one dose of #COVID -19 vaccine | #Israel has administered at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot to 50% of its population, while 35% have received the full two-dose course, t.co/6jfXMnWOzy

  • Feb 25 Take action NOW! Tell the ⁦Fairfax⁩ County Public Schools Board that our school calendar should be inclusive and equitable for ALL students and reflect our county's rich diversity. ⁦@fcpsnewst.co/sbiPs7NFvR

  • Feb 24 Operations Manager & Executive Assistant to the Director POSITION SUMMARY The JCRC’s Operations Manager & Executive Assistant to the Director plays a central role in ensuring an efficient and effective support structure for entire agency. Learn more... t.co/l1sG8vklFN