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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. 
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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. 


The JCRC wishes you Moadim l'Simcha and Chag Sameach!
Each year we gather together with family and friends to celebrate Sukkot and find joy while acknowledging the fragility of our world.  When we join together to fulfill the mitzvah of dwelling in the sukkah, we are reminded that our security and our stability are illusory.  

At this season as we reflect on the Jewish people's times of instability and wandering, we also reflect on the many who live in a world of instability every day - the homeless and the refugees in our community.  

We are grateful for the programs working to help, and give Jewish organizations the chance to participate.

Many in our community are partnering with organizations to do what we can to help and encourage other members of our Jewish community to assist. Below are a few of many of the organizations doing just that. 


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  • One Congregation. One Family (OCOF)  "One Congregation One Family (OCOF) is an interfaith initiative that matches families with volunteer mentoring groups to help move families from homelessness to stable housing and an improved quality of life." Joel Fischman, Adas Israel Social Action Council
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)  "Moved by images of death and desperation we could not get out of our hearts or our minds, our congregation, Temple Shalom of Chevy Chase, MD, stepped into the issue of helping support Syrian refugees following the High Holy Days of 2015." Rabbi Michael Feshbach, Temple Shalom
  • The HIAS Welcome Campaign works with synagogues to support American Jewish communities welcome refugees. See the list of synagogues already participating. "In response to the escalating refugee crisis, Temple Rodef Shalom decided to partner with Lutheran Social Services to help resettle a refugee family. Under the program, LSS provides services such as signing up the family for social services, registering children for school, and helping adults find jobs." Temple Rodef Shalom joined an interfaith partnership with Lutheran Social Services in addition to their work with the HIAS Welcome Campaign. 

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

Upcoming Events 

Empowering Places of Worship
Wednesday, November 9 from 9 AM - 2 PM
North Potomac Community Center
13850 Travilah Rd. Rockville, MD 
Anyone from the faith based community who desires to locate, develop, construct, expand or otherwise locate a place of worship in Montgomery County. For more information and to register please follow this link

Sponsored by Montgomery County and Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.


Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS