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  • May 12, 2021

    Fairfax County Community Presses New Police Chief and Chairman for Answers

    The Connection Newspapers

    Vicki Fishman is the Director of Government and Community Relations for Northern Virginia, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. It is the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, representing over 100 synagogues, schools, and institutions throughout the region. "As a community, we expect those empowered to preserve and protect a just society for all its members to conduct themselves in keeping with the law they are charged to uphold, adhering to the highest standards of decency, accountability, and responsibility," Fishman said

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  • May 11, 2021

    Statement on Situation in Israel

    JCRC of Greater Washington

    The JCRC of Greater Washington stands with our sisters and brothers in Israel. We condemn Hamas and Islamic Jihad, whose rocket fire incessantly and indiscriminately targets Israelis, and we mourn the deaths of those who have been killed in the barrage. The violence perpetuated by Hamas terrorists has no justification.

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  • April 30, 2021

    Grieving With Israel

    JCRC of Greater Washington

    Dear Friends,

    As we enter a somber Shabbat for the Jewish people, we are still reeling from the tragic loss of life at Mount Meron in Israel during a celebration of Lag Ba’Omer. Many families are still searching for their loved ones, while others are caring for the seriously injured, or grieving.

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  • April 27, 2021

    Antisemitic incidents historically high in DMV despite slight national decline

    WUSA9

    "Antisemitism and hate is ongoing," Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington Executive Director Ron Halber told WUSA9.  

    With 300,000 Jews in the D.C. area -- the third-largest Jewish community in the country -- Halber said the makeup of the number of institutions can make the DMV an easy target.

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  • April 21, 2021

    Here's how Jewish organizations reacted to the Derek Chauvin verdict

    The Jerusalem Post

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Washington (JCRC) released a statement saying it welcomes “this step towards justice and healing.”

    “We express solidarity with the African-American community and reiterate our commitment to fighting the systemic racism that set the stage for Floyd’s brutal killing,” the statement reads.

    “We all have a responsibility to do more than feel outrage that George Floyd was murdered,” Ronald Paul, president of JCRC, and Ron Halber, executive director of JCRC, said in the statement. “His slaying is one recent example of the toxic structural racism that has resulted in the murders of African-Americans throughout our nation’s history.

    “Here in Greater Washington, we heed the call to achieve a society free of racism; a society where communities of color feel and know they will be protected, rather than abused, by the law and its officers,” they said.

    “As we said when George Floyd was killed, the Jewish people will not be bystanders to injustice,” they added. “Our values commit us to introspection and action; to dismantling institutionalized racism in America; and to working with our African-American and intergroup partners to build a better and more just Washington region. That is why our JCRC prioritizes racial justice and police reform in our legislative agenda,” the statement reads.

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  • April 21, 2021

    Here's how Jewish organizations reacted to the Derek Chauvin verdict

    The Jerusalem Post

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Washington (JCRC) released a statement saying it welcomes “this step towards justice and healing.” “We express solidarity with the African-American community and reiterate our commitment to fighting the systemic racism that set the stage for Floyd’s brutal killing,” the statement reads. “We all have a responsibility to do more than feel outrage that George Floyd was murdered,” Ronald Paul, president of JCRC, and Ron Halber, executive director of JCRC, said in the statement. “His slaying is one recent example of the toxic structural racism that has resulted in the murders of African-Americans throughout our nation’s history. “Here in Greater Washington, we heed the call to achieve a society free of racism; a society where communities of color feel and know they will be protected, rather than abused, by the law and its officers,” they said. “As we said when George Floyd was killed, the Jewish people will not be bystanders to injustice,” they added. “Our values commit us to introspection and action; to dismantling institutionalized racism in America; and to working with our African-American and intergroup partners to build a better and more just Washington region. That is why our JCRC prioritizes racial justice and police reform in our legislative agenda,” the statement reads.

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  • April 20, 2021

    JCRC Statement: A Step Towards Justice

    JCRC of Greater Washington

    Dear Friends,

    Today jurors in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin found the defendant guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. 

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  • April 19, 2021

    DC area Sikh community remembers mass shooting murder victims

    FOX 5 Washington DC

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  • April 14, 2021

    When a colleague compared a mental health bill to the Holocaust, Shane Pendergrass interrupted him

    Washington Jewish Week

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington in a statement called Cox’s comparison “unconscionable.”

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  • April 12, 2021

    Elie Wiesel’s voice, as spoken by his son

    Washington Jewish Week

    On Sunday, Wiesel spoke at the annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. During the livestream event, Wiesel was joined by Holocaust survivors and their families, who lit candles and said prayers.

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  • April 11, 2021

    Holocaust Remembrance Day: Survivors' grandchildren hold virtual ceremony

    The Jerusalem Post

    3GDC – a Washington-based organization representing 3Gs, the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors – hosted a virtual event for Holocaust Remembrance Day in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC) and the organization Sixth & I.

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  • April 8, 2021

    Jewish Community Outraged by Maryland State Delegate’s Offensive Remarks on Holocaust Remembrance Day

    JCRC of Greater Washington

    Washington, DC - April 8, 2021 - Executive Director of The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, Ron Halber, today issued the following statement following offensive and hurtful remarks made by Maryland State Delegate Daniel Cox on Holocaust Remembrance Day when he attempted to compare a bill that would allow children to seek mental health treatment to the horrors of the Holocaust: 

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  • April 8, 2021

    GOP lawmaker marks Holocaust remembrance day by likening child mental health bill to Nazi laws

    The Times of Israel

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington in a statement called the comparison “unconscionable.” “Delegate Cox’s words are an insult to the thousands of mental health providers throughout the State of Maryland and are part of a disturbing pattern of public officials using Holocaust and Nazi analogies for political ends,” the statement said. “The JCRC calls on the Maryland House of Delegates to condemn this offensive comparison and to hold Delegate Cox responsible for his reprehensible remarks on this sacred day.”

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  • April 8, 2021

    Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the 6 million lives lost

    WDVM

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington says Anti-semitism is on a rise and while the Jewish community consists of less than 2 percent of the American population, over 60 percent of religious hate crimes are directed towards them. The Jewish community says that as time goes on and survivors pass, it’s even more important to hold their memories and experiences sacred for generations to come. Ron J. Halber, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington said, “For a lot of survivors their greatest fear is that people will forget what they went through and on that day of sacred memory we are reassuring them that we won’t forget. We will make sure that it is remembered forever.” To stand in solidarity with the community, this Sunday is the annual virtual community-wide commemoration. For more information visit JCRC’s website.

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  • April 8, 2021

    Delegate Cox faces criticism over Holocaust comparison during mental health bill discussion

    WDVM

    Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington expressed their frustration with Cox saying he trivialized the Holocaust and showed his ignorance of history.

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  • April 8, 2021

    On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Lawmaker’s Comments Draw Fire

    Maryland Matters

    Ronald Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, slammed the Republican lawmaker for his remarks. “To compare the experience of American children seeking mental health services to children who endured unspeakable suffering and torture in concentration camps and other hells created by the Nazi regime is unconscionable,” he said in a statement.

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  • April 8, 2021

    GOP lawmaker marks Holocaust remembrance day by likening child mental health bill to Nazi laws

    JTA

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington in a statement called the comparison “unconscionable.” “Delegate Cox’s words are an insult to the thousands of mental health providers throughout the State of Maryland and are part of a disturbing pattern of public officials using Holocaust and Nazi analogies for political ends,” the statement said. “The JCRC calls on the Maryland House of Delegates to condemn this offensive comparison and to hold Delegate Cox responsible for his reprehensible remarks on this sacred day.”

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  • April 7, 2021

    Reckoning at the German International School

    Washington Jewish Week

    When my rabbi nominated me to be part of a peer-education program that connects Jewish and non-Jewish students across Greater Washington, combats anti-Semitism and educates teens about Judaism, I jumped at the chance. I couldn’t wait to meet new people and dialogue with my peers about my Jewish life, so I applied to the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington’s Student to Student program.

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  • March 31, 2021

    Rosh Hashanah won’t be first school day in Montgomery County

    Washington Jewish Week

    “Attending the first day of school is important, especially for teachers and other staff in terms of meeting the children, meeting the parents and getting the lay of the land,” Siegel said. “And so [starting on the second day of Rosh Hashanah] would have really been a burden and a stress point for Jewish families and for Jewish staff.”

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  • March 24, 2021

    MCPS RECOMMENDS OUTDOOR GRADUATIONS AT HOME HIGH SCHOOL STADIUMS

    mymcm

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, based in North Bethesda, thanked the school board for its vote.

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  • March 22, 2021

    FCPS to recognize religious holidays — without a day off

    reston now

     In a joint statement, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Association of United Hindu and Jain Temples of Metropolitan Washington, Durga Temple of Virginia, Hindu American Foundation, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, McLean Islamic Center, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, and Temple Rodef Shalom wrote that the school board’s attempt to divide religious groups backfired.

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  • March 20, 2021

    Fairfax school calendar recognizes religious holidays, but kids won’t have off

    InsideNoVA

    “We are deeply disappointed,” said the group’s associate director Guila Franklin Siegel. “The stunning lack of cultural competency and the lack of empathy for the experience of minority faiths we have seen throughout this process make clear that a great deal of education remains necessary.”

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  • March 19, 2021

    Fairfax County schools to recognize additional religious days but won’t give students day off

    FOX 5 Washington DC

    Parents of students who are Hindu, Muslim and Jewish and leaders of several religious communities in Fairfax County argued for the School Board to give them the same privileges of closing their schools for observance of their holy days as they would for days like Christmas.

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  • March 19, 2021

    Fairfax declines to add four Jewish, Muslim and Hindu holidays to calendar

    The Washington Post

    On Friday, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington wrote a letter to the Jewish community in the D.C. area calling Fairfax’s calendar decision “deeply disappointing.” “We hoped that meaningful progress was finally within reach after years of struggling with [Fairfax] over unfair treatment of Jewish students forced to miss school on our holidays, endure inappropriate Christmas-related activities, and bear the brunt of increasing incidents of anti-Semitism,” the letter reads. The leaders of the council vowed in the letter that they will continue petitioning Fairfax until it adopts a calendar that is “inclusive, equitable [and] accommodates the needs of minority faith communities.”

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  • March 19, 2021

    Fairfax Co. school calendar recognizes religious holidays but kids won’t have off

    WTOP News

    The decision not to give students off for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Eid and Diwali — holidays recognized by members of the Jewish, Muslim and Hindu communities — did not please the Jewish Community Relation Council of Greater Washington.

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