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Social Action and Inter-Group Relations
|The JCRC works for justice by advocating for public policies that promote fairness and equality. We give back to the community through partnerships with other Jewish agencies, organizations and synagogues in which we engage Jewish individuals and groups in meaningful social justice learning and effective social action projects in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. We work with the wider faith community and community organizations to support the interest of the most vulnerable members of our society, build relationships among communities, and to work with local governments to meet the needs of all.|
Rabbi Batya Steinlauf is the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington’s Director of Social Justice and Inter-group Relations. A conservative rabbi, ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1998. Batya works with local Jewish organizations to promote social justice projects and awareness in the community, and is actively engaged with the diverse and vibrant interfaith and multiethnic communities in the greater Washington area. She serves as Chair of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington as well and is a co-chair of the Montgomery County Executive’s Faith Community Advisory Working Group. Rabbi Batya Steinlauf chairs the Faith Community Working Group committee which worked with MCPS to create Guidelines for Respecting Religious Diversity, a resource for families, teachers, administrators, and everyone in our community.
As we approach Passover and reflect on its powerful messages of redemption and freedom from oppression, we wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday.
At the JCRC, pursuing a more just, humane world
free from suffering and baseless hatred is a daily mission.
Chag Sameach to all!
Welcoming Passover Seder - JCRC and Virginia Interfaith Center for
Public Policy/Congregation Adat Reyim
Foundation for the Righteous - Celebrating the legacy of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, an American soldier in World War II who saved more than 200 captured Jewish GIs from the Nazis.
HIAS - Lifting
up the experiences of 65 million displaced people and refugees around the world
today as we retell our own people’s Exodus story.
The JCRC is proud to celebrate Tzedek DC, a new pro bono law firm whose mission is to safeguard the legal rights of low-income DC residents facing often unust, life-alering crises, drawing on the central teaching from the Torah: Tzedek, tzedek tirdof – Pursue justice! Tzedek DC is an independent public interest center at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.
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