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Annual Community Yom HaShoah Commemorations
Sunday, April 27, 2014

3:00 - 5:30 pm
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

For more information about the Maryland Commemoration, please visit www.jcouncil.org/YomHaShoahMD

3:00 pm -4:00 pm 
Unto Every Person There Is A Name
Art Exhibit 
Community Dor L'Dor Program

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
Community Commemoration

Northern Virginia
5:00 - 8:30 pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031

For more information about the Virginia Commemoration, please visit www.jcouncil.org/VAShoah

5:00pm – 6:00pm 
Unto Every Person There Is A Name
Youth & Community Art Exhibits

6:00pm – 7:00pm 
“On Deaf Ears” Seminar

7:00pm – 8:30pm  
Community Commemoration 

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Israel at 66: Spies and Secret Defenders
with CBS News Correspondent Dan Raviv and Israeli Journalist Yossi Melman

Join the Israel Action Center to hear from Dan Raviv of CBS News and Israeli journalist Yossi Melman, two leading experts on Israeli covert intelligence, as they present an inside look at how Israel defends itself against a wide array of dangers and challenges. Mr. Raviv is an American with decades of experience abroad, and Mr. Melman is an Israeli expert on the Mossad and covert operations.

May 15, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852 

RSVP Required

Click here for more information.

Following hunger strike, Alan Gross vows to leave Cuba one way or another

HAVANA - Alan Gross, the 64-year-old USAID subcontractor who has spent nearly four-and-a-half years in a Cuban prison, said he plans to return home to the United States, whether alive or dead.

Gross recently spent nine days on a hunger strike to protest both the Cuban and American governments that have left him in limbo, facing 11 more years on his prison sentence. He was particularly frustrated that USAID undertook the ZunZuneo "Cuban Twitter" program shortly after his arrest and imprisonment, further endangering his situation here.

"On May 2nd, I turn 65-years-old and it will be my last birthday here," said a frail Gross. "It means what it means. It's not a threat, it's a statement of hope, a statement of determination and a statement of impatience."

Gross was arrested and imprisoned for his work on behalf of USAID to bring Internet access to the Jewish community in Havana. Since his imprisonment, he has lost more than 110 pounds. He is kept under guard in a small cell with two other inmates and the lights are on 24 hours a day. He has lost partial vision in his right eye and suffers from pain in both hips and in his back. 

At the four-year anniversary of his imprisonment, Gross wrote to President Obama and asked him to get personally involved in bringing him home to the U.S.

From prison, Gross said, "I'm now eligible for Medicare, but what I want is Presidential care. I want the President to care."

Gross's attorney, Scott Gilbert, spent nearly two hours Wednesday meeting with Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez to discuss Alan Gross's situation.

Rodriguez reiterated his government's interest in having high-level officials meet with their U.S. counterparts to discuss terms of a resolution. Rodriguez emphasized that Cuba would place no pre-conditions on such a negotiation.


The JCRC in the Media

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Click here to read about the Purple Line controversy.

Click here to read about our Rally to Save Jewish Funeral Competition.

Click here to read about our community's response to the proposed merger of the country's 2 largest funeral conglomerates which threatern the current competitive pricing for Jewish funerals in the Greater Washington area.

Click here to read coverage by Former Washington Jewish Week Executive Editor, Phil Jacobs. 

You can read about the history of the JCRC in the Washington Jewish Week by clicking here.











Coming Soon
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Annual Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration
April 27, 2014
Maryland, Virginia

Israel at 66: Spies and Secret Defenders
Thursday, May 15, 2014 

The JCRC's 2014 Annual Gala
Monday, June 16, 2014 

Recent Events
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An Evening With Ambassador Gideon Meir
Photos (Evening Event)
Photos (Luncheon Event) 

 It's in Our Hands: A Proposal For an Israeli Political Initiative with MK Omer Barlev
Photos (April 1 at Adat Shalom)
Photos (April 2 and JCC NV)

Holocaust Survivor Speaker Irene Weiss at Congregation Sha'are Shalom

Challenges in a Dissentegrating Middle East: Thoughts on Israel's National Security with Dr. Dan Scheuftan

Holocaust Survivor Speaker Ruth Kohn at Congregation Beth Emeth

Israel Engagement Fellowship

Click here to view photos from other recent programs. 

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JCRC Annual Report 2012-2013/5773
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JCRC Internship Program
The JCRC has openings available for the Israel Action Center, Maryland Government Relations and DC/VA Government Relations.
Learn more by clicking here.

Holiday Calendar
2013-2014 & 2014-2015

Security in the Schools PowerPoint

Take Action
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Urge Your Senator to Prevent Nuclear Armed Iran
Click Here 

Oppose American Studies Association Israel Boycott 
Click here 

Staying Vigilant for Alan Gross
Article in the Washington Jewish Week

JCRC Establishes Legal Defense Fund to Help Wrongly Incarcerated Jews
Alan Gross’ Legal Defense to be First Beneficiary of Funds





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Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington
6101 Montrose Road, Suite 205│Rockville, MD 20852│Tel. 301-770-0881│Fax. 301-770-7553│www.jcouncil.org
Virginia Office: c/o JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA22031-3123│Tel. 703-962-9230│ Fax 703-323-1993
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