Join the JCRC for an in-depth conversation with the UK's Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis on personal and Jewish communal resilience at this time, and in a post-COVID future, moderated by JCRC Board Member and journalist, Fran Kritz. The Chief Rabbi will focus on how our communities have been and will need to be resilient as they regenerate themselves in a post-COVID era. He will discuss the British Jewish experience of the pandemic.

With an introduction by JCRC's Past President, Sam Kaplan.

Date & Time

Tuesday, March 9, 202112 - 1 PM


Online. A zoom link will be emailed upon registration.


Chief Rabbi Mirvis

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Born and raised in South Africa, he studied in Yeshivot in Israel and has previously served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland and Rabbi of the Marble Arch and Finchley Synagogues in London. As Chief Rabbi, he is a primary representative of the Jewish community to government, other faiths and civil society. Now in his eighth year in office, he is well-known as a principled spiritual leader, who has strengthened Jewish community life and broken new ground in the areas of education, interfaith and social responsibility.

Fran Kritz

Fran Kritz is a healthy policy reporter whose work frequently appears in the Washington Post and on For ten years Fran wrote a regular column on Jewish medical issues for the New York Jewish Week and she has been a contributor to The Forward and Times of Israel. 

Fran serves on the boards of the JCRC, social service agency Yad Yehuda and the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington and is a past president of Hebrew Free Loan and Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington. During 2020 Fran cofounded the Jewish Neighbor Association together with JCRC board member Daphne Price which provides, through community synagogues, food and other critical assistance to hospital employees facing difficulties during the pandemic. Fran and her husband Neil are members of the Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring and the proud parents of a son and daughter in law studying for the clergy in Jerusalem, a daughter on the Judaics staff of the Berman Hebrew Academy and a Jerusalemite baby grandson she looks forward to meeting after she is fully vaccinated.