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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 D. Glazer 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 D. Glazer 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. 

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The Seder Plate and Today’s Refugees

The Passover Seder plate is one of the oldest symbolic representations of the Jewish people’s historic refugee experience.

In the face of unprecedented efforts to limit refugees’ ability to seek safety in the United States – even as more people are displaced by violence and persecution than ever before – these powerful symbols of both the unimaginable suffering and the boundless resilience and hope of refugees feel particularly poignant.

Download HIAS’ 2018 Haggadah supplement to explore these symbols in the context of the contemporary refugee crisis.

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Tzedek DC
  •  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. For more information, please follow this link


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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. 
  • Yachad DC's mission is to bring communities together by preserving affordable homes and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia and the greater metropolitan area. Volunteers from local synagogues are working together with Yachad for their signature program, Sukkot in Spring. Read Rabbi D. Glazer’s post on the Yahad blog.  



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