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Thank you to the 1,000 members of our
Greater Washington Community who joined us in Washington, DC
on Thursday, July 17th to

Stand Strong For Israel

Click here to view pictures, videos, the program of speakers, media coverage, and a list of the more than 75 co-sponsoring organizations who supported this event.

Stand Strong for Israel Rally

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We stand strong for peace. 
We stand strong for Israel's right to self-defense. 
We stand strong for the unbreakable U.S.-Israel partnership.

We stand strong for the people of Israel.

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Operation Protective Edge

The objective of Operation Protective Edge is to end the rocket fire, and restore peace and security to Israeli civilians whose lives have been harshly interrupted. Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge more than 1800 rockets have been fired at Israel including dozens at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Six million Israelis - ¾ of their population - have been, threatened by Hamas rocket fire. Hamas launched rockets towards the Dimona nuclear power plantThere have been attacks by terror tunnels and by seaDespite these rockets Israel continues to coordinate, humanitarian aid to Gaza. 

We appreciate the ongoing support from our community. There is an urgent need for public and political support for Israel. Please act now! 

Visit the JCRC's Operation Protective Edge information page for ways you can help.


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Washington, DC – The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington condemn the ruthless murder of 16-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khdeir and are horrified by the atrocious nature of this crime. We applaud the Israeli Police for the swift apprehension of those allegedly responsible, and have full confidence the Israeli justice system will ensure that the perpetrators of this crime will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke with Hussein Abu Khdeir, the father of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, and conveyed his condolences: "I would like to express my outrage and that of the citizens of Israel over the reprehensible murder of your son. We acted immediately to apprehend the murderers. We will bring them to trial and they will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. We denounce all brutal behavior; the murder of your son is abhorrent and cannot be countenanced by any human being."

We embrace the strong words of Yishai Fraenkel, the uncle of Naftali Fraenkel, z”l, who recently told the press that “the life of an Arab is equally precious to that of a Jew. Blood is blood, and murder is murder, whether that murder is Jewish or Arab.”

We also express concern over the beating of American citizen, Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15 year old cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir and a high school sophomore visiting Israel from Tampa, FL. We support the U.S. State Department’s request for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation with full accountability assigned for any excessive use of force.

We echo the voices of reason across the political spectrum in Israel and globally calling for restraint. As inspiringly written by Israeli President Peres and President-elect Rivlin: “We are allowed to argue. We even have to argue. We, all of us, have all the ways to express our pain, our opinion and our world view. But incitement is not the way. Collective accusation is not a solution... This is the time to find what unites us and not what divides us” (for the full op-ed please see the article “It's in our hands to put an end to bloodshed” on Ynet).

Memorial Service for Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali

Twelve hundred community members of all ages gathered together on July 1st at a community-wide Memorial Service at Congregation B'nai Israel in Rockville to honor the lives of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, who were kidnapped and murdered.

Thank you to our incredible community who have come together at this difficult time to lift up the fallen and comfort the bereaved. 

The service was organized by the JCRC and Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

1200 Community Members at the service

Teenagers reading the prayer for Israel
     Co. Exec Ike Leggett signing condolence book for the families

Click here to view pictures and information about the event.

Click here to sign the Embassy of Israel's Book of Condolences for the families of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali.

The JCRC Congratulates its 2014 Gala Honorees

Thank you to the Greater Washington Community for your continued support.

You can still contribute to the JCRC's 2014 Campaign by following this link.
View pictures from our 2014 Annual Gala by following this link.

View a video of highlights from the gala by following this link.











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