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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

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. 

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 

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A Social Justice Discussion

Aviva Kempner, Clarence Page, & 
Rabbi David Saperstein 

Thursday, January 14
7:30 PM

Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec St. NW, Washington, DC
Limited Parking Available
2 blocks from Cleveland Park Metro (Red Line)

Inspired by the Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tz’dakah (charity), Rosenwald joined forces with African-American communities during the “Jim Crow South” to build over 5,300 schools. Clarence Page, a syndicated columnist and graduate of a Rosenwald school, and Rabbi David Saperstein, Former Director and Counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, will join Ms. Kempner for a thought-provoking conversation where we will explore social change from a historical perspective and give panelists the opportunity to reflect on the role both Jews and African-Americans can play in our communities.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Ms. Kempner will share a 15-minute film about her recent documentary, Rosenwald, the story of Jewish philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.

This discussion is part of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School’s 50th Anniversary year-long celebration.

RSVP Required. Please follow this link.

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Dimon at or 301-692-4841.


Presented in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 19
7:30 PM  

1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

Continuing her work chronicling the untold stories of Jewish heroes, Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) turns her lens on Julius Rosenwald – who may just be the greatest philanthropist you’ve never heard of. The son of an immigrant peddler, Rosenwald eclipsed his humble origins to become the top executive at Sears and Roebuck.

 Driven equally by the Jewish ideal of tzedakah (charity), the writings of Booker T. Washington, and an increasing awareness of racial inequality in American society, Rosenwald dedicated his newfound wealth and prestige to joining with African-American communities in the South to build over 5,000 schools and establishing the Rosenwald Fund for the support of African American artists and intellectuals.


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)