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Holocaust fistThe mission of the JCRC of Greater Washington's Holocaust Commission is:

  1. Commemorativeto promote an understanding of the uniqueness and magnitude of the Holocaust, its consequences and critical lessons through educational programs throughout the year and annual commemorations hosted by the JCRC in Maryland and Virginia and supported by JCRC in DC and for young professionals ;
  2. Educational: to serve as a resource for students, teachers and other members of the Greater Washington community to learn about the Holocaust, racism, genocide and the dangers of prejudice through Holocaust speakers programs and youth projects, art and artifact exhibits, curriculum review and teacher professional education opportunities;
  3. Advocacy Oriented: to help members of the Greater Washington community apply the lessons of the Holocaust and other historical events to the moral decisions they make in their own lives, including restitution and services for aging Holocaust survivors in our local community. 
(View Archives of prior JCRC commemorations, educational programs and media coverage)


JCRC's 2018 Holocaust Commemorations

The JCRC's Holocaust Commission has hosted community-wide commemorations dating back to at least the 1970s.  Our 2018 commemorations reflect upon "Hate Speech and the Holocaust" in Virginia on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and in Maryland on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville.  Over one thousand dignitaries, elected officials, community leaders and interfaith clergy, Holocaust survivors and their families, teens and adults are expected to attend.

Interfaith Solidarity The Final Candle of the Survivors

Over 1,000 dignitaries, elected officials, interfaith clergy, Holocaust survivors, teens, educators and community members attended JCRC's 2017 commemorations in Maryland and Virginia.

Survivors, children and grandchildren of survivors participate in candles of remembrance and pledges of affirmation. The martyred are remembered with "Unto Every Person There Is A Name."

Keynote speakers in teen & adult programs discussed "Displaced Persons - Struggles to Find a Home," from Holocaust era & current refugee perspectives as we remembered "Lost Communities."

Art & Artifacts Exhibits at the Commemorations

More than two dozen religious schools, non-profits, professional artists, Holocaust survivors and their family members exhibit displays at the Holocaust Commemorations. Contact us to learn more about exhibitions at the 2018 commemorations.

Things They Carried
Artistic Interpretations
JPDS Studies of the Holocaust

Eileen Sherr is one of several family members displaying artifacts from their parent's or grandparents' Holocaust journeys.  She was on-hand to discuss their remembrances.

Local artist Cindy Renteria displayed interpretative pieces related to the Holocaust

The Jewish Primary Day School exhibited student creations that reflected their research about the Holocaust.

Youth Holocaust Education

The JCRC brings Holocaust survivors to public and private schools, youth organizations and houses of worship to meet with area teens and share their living testimony.  Teen groups and classes are also invited to share interpretative art projects that result from these visits at the annual Holocaust Observances. Contact JCRC's Educational Outreach Associate Steve Adleberg ( / 703-962-9232) to request a speaker for the 2016 / 2017 school year. 

Hayfield's Fashion Show Finale With Leonard Gordon After The Program
Thanks to a grant from JCRC's "Youth Tolerance Competition," Hayfield Secondary School hosted its inaugural "International Night" displaying food, dance, culture and art of more than 100 students and countries around the world Holocaust survivor Leondard (center) is one of more than 20 Holocaust survivors with whom JCRC arranged visits to area schools, non-profits and government agencies, reaching more than 5,500 in 2017 thusfar.

Holocaust Survivor Campaign



Dear Friends and Colleagues: 

The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) has created a video to raise community awareness and highlight the critical need to raise funds to support the agency's JSSA's Holocaust Survivor Program.

Please help us promote JSSA's Holocaust Survivor Campaign by viewing the short video and forwarding the link to your friends, family, and colleagues. We believe that a community-wide effort to raise awareness and support is vital.

Thank you in advance for your support. Your help will make a critical difference in the lives of hundreds of Holocaust survivors that JSSA serves every day.


Your Support

You can support JCRC's Yom Ha'Shoah efforts by donating here.  Individual supporters or family foundations donating a minimum of $250 will be listed at our Yom Ha'Shoah program for the upcoming year.