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Social Action and Inter-Group Relations

The JCRC works for justice by advocating for public policies that promote fairness and equality. We give back to the community through partnerships with other Jewish agencies, organizations and synagogues in which we engage Jewish individuals and groups in meaningful social justice learning and effective social action projects in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. We work with the wider faith community and community organizations to support the interest of the most vulnerable members of our society, build relationships among communities, and to work with local governments to meet the needs of all. 
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Rabbi Batya Steinlauf is the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington’s Director of Social Justice and Inter-group Relations. A conservative rabbi, ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1998. Batya works with local Jewish organizations to promote social justice projects and awareness in the community, and is actively engaged with the diverse and vibrant interfaith and multiethnic communities in the greater Washington area. She serves as Chair of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington as well and is a co-chair of the Montgomery County Executive’s Faith Community Advisory Working Group. Rabbi Batya Steinlauf chairs the Faith Community Working Group committee which worked with MCPS to create Guidelines for Respecting Religious Diversity, a resource for families, teachers, administrators, and everyone in our community. 


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Chag Sameach!

As we approach Passover and reflect on its powerful messages of redemption and freedom from oppression, we wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday.

At the JCRC, pursuing a more just, humane world free from suffering and baseless hatred is a daily mission. 

We are happy to share with you links to several timely Haggadah supplements related to the JCRC’s agenda, that allow us to understand these modern-day challenges through the prism of our collective faith and tradition.  

Chag Sameach to all!

Haggadahs:

2017 Interfaith Welcoming Passover Seder - JCRC and Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy/Congregation Adat Reyim
Affirming that our community is welcoming to all, and challenging messages of hate that have made Jews, Muslims, and immigrants feel frightened or unwelcome.

Foundation for the Righteous - Celebrating the legacy of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, an American soldier in World War II who saved more than 200 captured Jewish GIs from the Nazis.   

HIAS - Lifting up the experiences of 65 million displaced people and refugees around the world today as we retell our own people’s Exodus story.
  
MAZON: A Jewish response to hunger - As we recite the “Ha Lachma An’ya”, inviting those who are hungry to come to our Seder table to eat, we recognize that millions of Americans live with perpetual food insecurity. Follow this link to find the JCRC’s recent statement on food security in our own communities. 

 

Tzedek DC

The JCRC is proud to celebrate Tzedek DC, a new pro bono law firm whose mission is to safeguard the legal rights of low-income DC residents facing often unust, life-alering crises, drawing on the central teaching from the Torah: Tzedek, tzedek tirdof – Pursue justice! Tzedek DC is an independent public interest center at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.

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  • One Congregation. One Family (OCOF)  "One Congregation One Family (OCOF) is an interfaith initiative that matches families with volunteer mentoring groups to help move families from homelessness to stable housing and an improved quality of life." Joel Fischman, Adas Israel Social Action Council
     
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)  "Moved by images of death and desperation we could not get out of our hearts or our minds, our congregation, Temple Shalom of Chevy Chase, MD, stepped into the issue of helping support Syrian refugees following the High Holy Days of 2015." Rabbi Michael Feshbach, Temple Shalom
     
  • The HIAS Welcome Campaign works with synagogues to support American Jewish communities welcome refugees. See the list of synagogues already participating. "In response to the escalating refugee crisis, Temple Rodef Shalom decided to partner with Lutheran Social Services to help resettle a refugee family. Under the program, LSS provides services such as signing up the family for social services, registering children for school, and helping adults find jobs." Temple Rodef Shalom joined an interfaith partnership with Lutheran Social Services in addition to their work with the HIAS Welcome Campaign. 
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  • Yachad DC's mission is to bring communities together by preserving affordable homes and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia and the greater metropolitan area. Volunteers from local synagogues are working together with Yachad for their signature program, Sukkot in Spring. Read Rabbi Steinlauf’s post on the Yahad blog.  

To see the latest edition of JCRC's Social Justice newsletter, please follow this link. 


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