JCRC of Greater Washington

Mobilizing, Advocating, Educating, and Uniting in our Community



Fairfax County remains one of the only counties—and by far the largest in Northern Virginia—that has not adopted an inclusive calendar. The calendar FCPS adopted for this year is sowing confusion without providing the equity we have long sought. TAKE ACTION NOW and join the Hineini - I Am Here social media campaign to let FCPS know how their calendar impacts you and your family.

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Israel Engagement Fellowship

Fall, 2021 Israel Engagement Fellowship

Apply now for the Fall, 2021 Israel Engagement Fellowship. Explore the trends on college campus and how Israel fits into broader conversations. Participate in activities, learn the importance of building allies and coalitions to impact change, and gain dialogue skills while practicing active listening. Learn more here.

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2021 Gala

Join the JCRC at our 2021 Gala: An Online Celebration on Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 PM featuring basketball star Amar'e Stoudemire interviewed by Abbby Pogrebin. We are proud to honor Breslau-Goldman Awardees Helane and Richard Goldstein, Sara and Samuel Lessans Community Leadership Awardees Stacey and David Topol, and Distinguished Service Awardee Rabbi Amy SchwartzmanClick here to make your pledge, purchase a login or digital ad, and learn more about our honorees.

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Listen, Learn, & Act - Anti-racism Toolkit

Racism’s horrific scope is plain for all to see. Recent tragedies have sparked widespread pain and anger and a heightened urgency around these issues. Whether you are a seasoned social justice activist or are delving into this work for the first time, the JCRC is here to support you, and help you create a plan of action.

JCRC By The Numbers

$8,000,000 government funding for community security & social services

5,000 students and teachers met with a holocaust survivor

700 students trained to advocate for Israel

Jewish Community Applauds Gov. Northam for Religious Sensitivity

“Jewish students, teachers, and families in Fairfax County are keenly aware that they alone among neighboring counties are being forced to choose between observing their holy days and attending school during this month of Jewish High Holidays,” said JCRC Associate Director Guila Franklin Siegel. “The JCRC will continue mobilizing the Jewish community of Northern Virginia to help Fairfax join its neighboring counties in becoming a place of deeper equity, empathy and justice for the minority faith community.” 

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Afghanistan Dominates DC's Attention, But Mideast Eyes Are On Bennett

“We are hopeful that President Biden and Prime Minister Bennett will enjoy a relationship of mutual respect and cooperation that will further the special bond between our two countries,” said Ron Halber. “Most American Jews would like to see close coordination between our leaders in solving the COVID crisis and responding to the threat posed by Iran.”

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Master teacher, community educator Avi West dies

“He benefitted so many people. He really was a master teacher,” said Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. “I think he was a prince of a man. He was a hero in so many ways.’

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