JCRC Public Statements

Public statements, press releases and the JCRC column by the Director of Jewish Community Relations, Andrew Fishman .

Press Release: STATEWIDE JEWISH COMMUNITY PRAISES THE GA FOR PASSING HJ177

RICHMOND, VA – The Jewish Communities across the Commonwealth jointly thank the General Assembly for its bipartisan support of House Joint Resolution 177, a forceful condemnation of the discriminatory and anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS).

The Virginia General …

JCRC Column: Security in the Jewish Community

By now, nearly everyone will have learned that the FBI has arrested several white supremacist suspects who were allegedly plotting to attack churches and synagogues in the Richmond area. Before anything else is said, we must acknowledge the FBI and every one of the law enforcement agencies i…

Public Statement: 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

Today, the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond (JCFR) and its Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) pause to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin. Rabin, a professional soldier turned statesman, was killed by a Jewish terror…

JCRC Column: RVA Jews Stand United, Legitimate Criticism of Israel vs BDS

A central pillar of the JCFR, its JCRC – and Jewish communities worldwide – is our support for Israel.  The overwhelming majority of Jews support Israel’s right to exist as the democratic nation state of our Jewish people.  Our history shows that our right to self-determination must …

JCRC Column: For the sake of Heaven

Jewish community relations work is an ancient, noble task. Our Torah recounts Joseph’s ability to help his family, our People, because of the relationship he had forged with the Pharaoh. The Book of Esther relates that brave Jewess saved her people by approaching King Ahasverosh. The tradi…