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As the Jewish community, here and in the whole world, mourns the loss of Zidan Nahad Seif, Rabbi Mosheh Twersky, Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Kalmen Levine and  Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, murdered in Jerusalem, we offer these prayers for the souls of the departed and the comfort of all those who mourn their loss.
El Ma’ali Rahamim; Psalms Chapter 23  



The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington
is looking for a Director for Government and Community Relations in
Norther Virginia.

Please select this link for the job description.

JCRC Calls on Obama Administration to Redouble Efforts to Free Alan Gross as Fifth Anniversary of Incarceration 

With the fifth anniversary of Alan Gross’s imprisonment in Cuba less than a month away, we are calling on the Obama administration in the strongest terms to do whatever is necessary to bring Alan home.  His situation is dire.  Time is running out.

As the New York Times recently wrote “the [Obama] administration has a duty to do more to get Mr. Gross home,” Alan’s “arrest was the result of a reckless strategy in which U.S.A.I.D. has deployed private contractors to perform stealthy missions” in Cuba that its government “vehemently opposed.”

On his 65th birthday in May, Alan announced that he has had enough and will not “celebrate” another birthday in prison.  His wife Judy is worried that he is emotionally volatile and will do something drastic at any moment.  The head of Alan’s legal team, Scott Gilbert, has stated that Alan plans to end his life rather than face another 10 years in a Cuban prison.

We echo the sentiment of 12,000 members of the U.S. Jewish community who with little fanfare or publicity joined together over the Jewish New Year and sent emails to the White House asking a simple question:  “Why is Alan Gross still in Cuba?”  As the New York Times noted, “time is of the essence.

It is not our place to attempt to dictate what our government should do to bring Alan home.  But we simply cannot believe that after five years, the most powerful country on earth is unable to secure the release of one of its citizens, who is languishing in a foreign prison because of a mission he undertook on behalf of our country.  With all respect, we ask the Obama administration to do whatever it takes to bring Alan home now.  Before it is too late.

Select this link to join the Jewish community to share your concern directly with President Obama by simply asking "Why is Alan Gross still in Cuba?" 


The JCRC has moved!

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Suite 300
North Bethesda, Maryland 20852
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This Month’s Events










Coming Soon
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Israel Action Center Scholar in Residence
November 3-5
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Northern Virginia Legislators Reception
December 15

Recent Events
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Israel 101 for High School and Middle School at B'nai Shalom of Olney

Stand Up For Israel Workshop at Temple Shalom Community-Wide Religious School Kick-Off

Current Events and Israel Advocacy at Sha'are Tefliah

Security Briefing for Northern Virginia Jewish Institutions

2014 Annual Gala

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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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Why is Alan Gross Still in Cuba?
Take Action Now!

Urge Your Senator to Prevent Nuclear Armed Iran
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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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