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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. 
Steinlauf-150x150.jpg 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 of faith, teachers & administrators, and everyone in our community.  Clilck here to see coverage of the June 10 meeting with MCPS. 

The JCRC wants to wish a Mazel Tov to our partner Rev. “Kasey” Kaseman, the County Executive’s Liaison to the Faith Community,  on being World of Montgomery’s Public Citizen of the World!

The JCRC of Greater Washington released a statement of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, 
please follow this link

To see the latest edition of JCRC's Social Justice newsletter, please follow this link. 

Upcoming Events 

Let's Stop Gun Violence 
Sunday, May 22 at 5:00 PM
Washington Hebrew Congregation 
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC
Join the JCRC and Washington Hebrew to learn about gun violence prevention from the experts: Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, Professor at Johns Hopkins University,Director of its Center for Gun Policy and Research, and Deputy Directorof its Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, Samuel “Woodie” Kessel,MD, MPH, Professor at the University of Maryland, Allience of Hope Member, Dorothy Paugh, Everytown for Gun Safety. For more information and to RSVP, please follow this link or 202-362-7100. 

Stop Dangerous Speech Collage.jpg The Jewish Community Relations Council, working together with Montgomery County faith organizations, organized this program for community leaders, activists and members to understand the nature and danger of speech which dehumanizes and incites violence and offer ways we can stand up for one another. Speakers included: Professor Susan Benesch of the Dangerous Speech Project at American University, Jim Stowe, Director of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, Seth Gordon-Lipkin, Education Project Director, ADL, and Steve Cohen, Director of Communications, Countering Extremism Project. 
Special thanks to all the sponsoring organizations:
Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group (FCWG)
World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE)
Anti-Defamation League(ADL)
Counter Extremism Project (CEP)
Episcopal Church of the Ascension Silver Spring
Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County
Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights
Safe Silver Spring
Islamic Society of Germantown
Rockville United Church