JCRC Public Statements

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

Public Statement: In the Face of Increased Hatred, Now is the Time to Unify

The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond (JCFR) and its Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), congratulate all the candidates elected to local, state, and national office. We look forward to working with returning and newly elected representatives in Virginia during the upcoming 20…

JCRC Column: Lincoln, Unity and Community

BY: Daniel “Doni” Fogel

In 1858, an Illinois lawyer and candidate for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln, referenced the Christian Gospel in a political debate series. He said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” He was referring to the split-stance of the nation and he was…

JCRC Column: UNESCO's Negation of Jewish Ties to the Temple Mount

The UN and its constituent bodies – particularly the farcically named UN Human Rights Council – have been long-known for anti-Israel biases. Serious reviews of multiple UN agencies and organizations bear this out. Yet, yesterday’s vote (Oct. 13, 2016) by the Executive Board of the Uni…

Public Statement: JCFR and its JCRC Mourn the Passing of Shimon Peres z"l

The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and its Jewish Community Relations Committee are deeply saddened by the passing of Shimon Peres z”l and mourns the loss of Israel's elder statesman, nation-builder, and peacemaker who devoted his life to the service of his country and the Jewish …

Guest Column: Rabbi Gary Creditor Commemorating 9/11 After 15 Years

Why Do We Remember?

What Do We Remember?

What Do We Tell Our Children and Grandchildren?

September 11th, 2016

Rabbi Gary S. Creditor

Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Beth-El, Richmond, Virginia


There are dates that we will always know where we were, what time it was, and what we were doing w…