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Holocaust fistThe mission of the JCRC of Greater Washington's Holocaust Commission is:

  1. Commemorativeto promote an understanding of the uniqueness and magnitude of the Holocaust, its consequences and critical lessons through educational programs throughout the year and annual commemorations hosted by the JCRC in Maryland and Virginia and supported by JCRC in DC and for young professionals and teens.
  2. Educational: to serve as a resource for students, teachers and other members of the Greater Washington community to learn about the Holocaust, racism, genocide and the dangers of prejudice through Holocaust speakers programs and youth projects, art and artifact exhibits, curriculum review and teacher professional education opportunities;
  3. Advocacy Oriented: to help members of the Greater Washington community apply the lessons of the Holocaust and other historical events to the moral decisions they make in their own lives, including restitution and services for aging Holocaust survivors in our local community. 
(View Archives of prior JCRC commemorations, educational programs and media coverage)


JCRC's Holocaust Commemorations

The JCRC's Holocaust Commission has hosted community-wide commemorations dating back to at least the 1970s.  Our May 5, 2019 commemorations reflected on "Memory & Legacy."  Visit our archives for programs and photos of our commemorations over the past decade.  Each year more than two thousand dignitaries, elected officials, community leaders and interfaith clergy, Holocaust survivors and their families, teens and adults view exhibits, bear witness to Holocaust survivor testimony, attend teen and adult commemorations and participate in B'nai B'rith's "Unto Every Person There Is A Name," through these JCRC programs.

2018 YHS Kaddish with the COmmunity A View From The Room
2019 YHS VA Dance

Over 2,000 dignitaries, elected officials, interfaith clergy, Holocaust survivors, teens, educators and community members attended JCRC supported commemorations in Maryland, DC and Virginia.

Students in the teen program participated in reading the names of the martyred in "Unto Every Person There Is A Name."  Survivors, children and grandchildren of survivors lit candles of remembrance and affirmed pledges of continuation.

Our focus on "Memory & Legacy" was conveyed through this orginal dance.

Art & Artifacts Exhibits at the Commemorations

More than two dozen religious schools, non-profits, professional artists, Holocaust survivors and their family members exhibit displays at the Holocaust Commemorations. Contact us to learn more about exhibitions at the JCRC commemorations.

Things They Carried
Artistic Interpretations
JPDS Studies of the Holocaust

Eileen Sherr is one of several family members displaying artifacts from their parent's or grandparents' Holocaust journeys.  She was on-hand to discuss their remembrances.

Local artist Cindy Renteria displayed interpretative pieces related to the Holocaust

The Milton Jewish Primary Day School exhibited student creations that reflected their research about the Holocaust.

Youth Holocaust Education

The JCRC brings Holocaust survivors to public and private schools, youth organizations and houses of worship to meet with area teens and share their living testimony.  Teen groups and classes are also invited to share interpretative art projects that result from these visits at the annual Holocaust Observances. Contact JCRC's Educational Outreach Associate Steve Adleberg ( / 703-962-9232) to request a speaker for the current school year. 

Hayfield's Fashion Show Finale With Leonard Gordon After The Program
Thanks to a grant from JCRC's "Youth Tolerance Competition," Hayfield Secondary School hosted its inaugural "International Night" displaying food, dance, culture and art of more than 100 students and countries around the world Holocaust survivor Leondard (center) is one of more than 30 Holocaust survivors with whom JCRC arranged visits to area schools, non-profits and government agencies, reaching more than 2,500 this past school year.

Holocaust Survivor Campaign



Dear Friends and Colleagues: 

The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) has created a video to raise community awareness and highlight the critical need to raise funds to support the agency's JSSA's Holocaust Survivor Program.

Please help us promote JSSA's Holocaust Survivor Campaign by viewing the short video and forwarding the link to your friends, family, and colleagues. We believe that a community-wide effort to raise awareness and support is vital.

Thank you in advance for your support. Your help will make a critical difference in the lives of hundreds of Holocaust survivors that JSSA serves every day.


Your Support

You can support JCRC's Yom Ha'Shoah efforts by donating here.  Individual supporters or family foundations donating a minimum of $250 will be listed at our Yom Ha'Shoah program for the upcoming year.