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VIRGINIA GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

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The JCRC of Greater Washington's Virginia Government and Community Relations Commission is the government advocate and community relations resource for our Jewish community. Partnering with local and state organizations to reach out to government officials to advance the legislative agenda of our community in Virginia. 

What We Do

What You Can Do

Signature Programs

Upcoming Events

Friendship Picnic

Charleston, SC vigil 
Evening of Interfaith Dialogue


WHAT WE DO

The JCRC of Greater Washington's Virginia Commission is the government advocate and community relations resource for our local Northern Virginia Jewish community.   

With more than 67,000 Jews in Virginia, the JCRC of Greater Washington’s Northern Virginia Commission maintains a full-time presence in Richmond during the General Assembly session, working closely with the legislature and coalition partners to pursue our agenda of Jewish community priorities. Our work also includes interfaith affairs, partnering with area schools to create a welcoming environment for all students, and liaising with law enforcement to keep our local Jewish institutions safe.

ADVOCATE

Partner with local and state organization to reach out the government officials at the federal, state, and local levels to advance the Jewish community’s legislative agency. Assist local organizations, agencies, and synagogues in securing government funding.

EDUCATE 

Convene programs on selected issues of concern to our community, including security briefings and candidate forums.

ACTIVATE

Convene and mobilize the Jewish community in times of celebration, commemoration, and crisis. Write and encourage constituents to write opinion pieces and letters to the editor. Arrange meetings between elected officials and Jewish community members both in their home districts and in their government offices to discuss policy and funding priorities.

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Serve as a trusted source of information on Social Justice issues in our community for media,officials, and business and civic leaders.

 

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

1) STAY INFORMED                                                                                                   8076-200.png

Stay up-to-date on events in our communities through timely information on our website.

2) LOBBY ELECTED OFFICIALS                                                                                                                   lobbying-clipart-aa713f_d794fae59ef04f88aa81a26b9532d397.gif

Be sure that your elected officals hear your articulate, well-reasoned points of view. Hearing from constituents helps convince an elected official of the merits of a point of view, as well as the breadth of support for it.

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Show your support by sharing accurate information with your friends and peers. Social Media provides you multiple venues through which you can show support. Using this medium allows you to share accurate information about community issues with your friends and peers.

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The Virginia legislative session concluded this past spring with bill signings and final budget documents passed and signed in May and June. The JCRC is pleased to present our 2018 budget and legislative accomplishments. 

Each year the JCRC advocates for and secures state and county funding to support Jewish social service and educational institutions that reach tens of thousands of Jews and non-Jews residing in our region. This year alone, the JCRC secured over $3.6 million for Jewish organizations from the states of Maryland and Virginia, and locally in Montgomery County.

In 2018, JCRC also advocated on a wide range of issues of importance to the local Jewish community and our interfaith and community partners, including:

  • Expanding Medicaid in Virginia 
  • Keeping dangerous weapons out of houses of worship 
  • Providing support for Holocaust survivors 
  • Protection for victims of domestic violence 
  • Funding for our public and private day schools 
  • Combating bias of all forms and expanding hate crimes protections

See the full report on the Virginia 2018 General Assembly.

Listen to the Virginia Post-Session conference call.

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SIGNATURE PROGRAMS

  • Richmond Advocacy Day
  • Legislative Reception 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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