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Please visit our calendar regularly to view and RSVP to the many wonderful programs from the JCRC

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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

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

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.

Up Coming Events 

Families, Faith and Your School
Sunday, October 18 from 12 - 1:30 pm
Muslim Community Center
15200 New Hampshire Rd, Silver Spring, MD  

Montgomery County's Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) and MCPS' Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships (OCEP) invite parents and families to a special afternoon of learning. Parents will receive helpful information about navigating the school system including tips on excused absences, how to communicate with teachers and counselors regarding your concerns, tips on how to deal with and report bullying, and a discussion on how to self-advocate within the MCPS school system.

To RSVP, please follow this link.  


Recent Events

roots 2.jpgPainful Hope: Bringing Together Israelis & Palestinians
Adas Israel Congregation welcomed two of the leaders of Roots, Ali Abu Awwad and Hanan Schlesinger, who presented their gut-wrenching personal narratives that brought them to discover the humanity and the legitimacy of the other, and will discuss how they are working to move their communities past suspicion, fear, and violence, and towards a positive solution of the conflict. To learn more about Roots please click here

CAIF WHC May 31 Rev.jpgDC Metro Area Service Day  
Capital Area Interfaith Friends welcomed  community memebers to a DC Metro area service day for youth and youth groups of all faiths. Food was packed for the hungry while making new friends.

10931705_10204854567536397_217947528179420925_o.jpgAmbassador Dan Shapiro meets with Rabbi Batya Steinlauf and her incredible group of interfaith leaders from the United States who were visiting Israel. (Jan 2015)

social justice.JPGRev. Rose, Rabbi Steinlauf and Canon Robertson at the National Council of Churches Christian Unity Gathering

11182030_1585352035064222_3095179419722316058_n.jpgRabbi Steinlauf recently traveled to Israel with Interfaith Partners for Peace. Mission Blog