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Local Advocacy

Local Advocacy

The JCRC is the chief government affairs of the local Jewish community at the state and local levels, advocating on a wide range of issues central to Jewish conscience and concern. Our work in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. builds a stronger community for all people.

Israel Action Center

Israel Action Center

The Israel Action Center empowers the community by training and mobilizing grass-roots activists to speak out for Israel. We advocate for support of Israel to political leaders and the media, and educate our regional community through regular briefings and programs. 

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Holocaust Remembrance & Education

For more than 4 decades, the JCRC has assumed the sacred responsibility of coordinating Holocaust remembrance and education events for our local community. Our annual Yom Ha’Shoah commemorations include hundreds of local survivors, their families, political leaders, and community members. Our Holocaust speakers bureau brings survivors to more than 5,000 students annually.

Intergroup Relations

Inter-Group Relations

The JCRC takes a leading role in inter-group and interfaith coalitions throughout the region. We work with our brothers and sisters in the wider faith community to build relationships among communities and work with local governments to meet the needs of all.


Education Outreach

The JCRC works in partnership with all stakeholders in our local schools to help ensure a welcoming environment where students of all backgrounds can learn in environments free from hate.


JCRC 2020 Celebration

Thank you to the hundreds of community members who joined us online at our 2020 Celebration on September 9th. Our honorees were Liza Levy, Susan & Brad Stillman, and Chris McCannell. Please visit the 2020 Celebration page to view the digital ad book to see community messages to our honorees, and organizations and businesses supporting the JCRC, the 2020 Celebration program book, and our 2020 highlights video.