The JCRC of Greater Washington is fully committed to standing with Israel for as long as it is necessary to annihilate the Hamas terrorists who, on October 7th, committed the deadliest single-day massacre on Jewish people since the Holocaust.
This page will be regularly updated with resources, local events and ways you can help support Israel from afar. Anyone with information to be included on this page should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hostages and Missing Families Forum
Nearly 200 innocent civilians, soldiers, Israelis and non-Israelis including babies, children, elderly, women and men, were abducted from Israel by Hamas and taken into Gaza. Bring Them Home Now.
Emotional/Mental Health Support
The horrific events unfolding in Israel are understandably triggering fear, anxiety, anger and more, especially among people with close personal ties to Israelis or with children or other relatives serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. Those in need of emotional support and/or mental health services should contact the Federation and JSSA’s J-CARING hotline at 703-J-CARING.
Speaking with your children about these traumatic events
Our partners at the Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA) have provided us with an excellent resource from the Child-Mind Institute with tips for speaking to our children about these horrific events.
Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event can be found Here in English, and Here in Hebrew
Kveller has published a very helpful guide broken down by age group, How to Talk to Kids About What’s Happening in Israel Right Now
For more general advice, please see the ADL’s guide on having family conversations about difficult topics
Israel Resources for Teens
A guide for teens on talking about the Israeli-Hamas war.
Fight Misinformation, Disinformation, and Biased Media Literacy
To recognize, distinguish and address these types of bad information, check out this Media Literacy Resource.
In the U.S. seeking information about relatives/loved ones in Israel
Please contact the Israeli Consulate in New York at 917-756-8387 or 212-499-5321 for information about relatives or loved ones currently in Israel.
Federation Crisis Relief Fund
Israel Crisis Relief Fund
Friends of the IDF
Hamas-Israel War Emergency Campaign
Share Your Story: Do you know someone in Israel who was personally affected by the Hamas terror attack? We are looking for people who want to share their story or that of a family member or friend either living in Israel or currently there in another capacity.
Wear Your #BlueRibbonsforIsrael: Communities and leaders across North America are wearing their blue ribbons in solidarity with the hostages taken by Hamas in Israel and their families. Learn more and get your blue ribbon at BlueRibbonsforIsrael.org
Join solidarity gatherings, vigils and informational events in your community.
Share Your Voice: Post on social media, stay up-to-date on the talking points, and keep your community informed.
Statements from local Elected Officials
White House Statement
Maryland Governor Wes Moore
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin
Attorney General Jason Miyares
Delegate Elieen Filler-Corn
Jewish Members of the House of Representatives
Senator Ben Cardin
Senator Chris Van Hollen
Senator Craig Zucker
Senator Cheryl Kegan
Senator Will Smith
Senator Mark Warner
Senator Tim Kaine
Senator Scott Petersen
Senator Ariana Kelly
Congressman Andy Harris
Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger
Congressman John Sarbanes
Congressman Glenn Ivey
Congressman Steny Hoyer
Congressman David Trone
Congressman Kweisi Mfume
Congressman Jamie Raskin
Congressman Gerry Connolly
Congressman Don Beyer
Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton
Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger
Delegate Pamela Queen
Delegate Linda Foley
Delegate Lily Qi
Delegate Dan Helmer
Delegate Scott Surovell
Delegate Mark Korman
Delegate Suhas Subramanyam
Mayor Justin Wilson
Mayor Catherin Read
Executive Mark Elrich
Chairman Christian Dorsey