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Project Welcome Home


In 2014 the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia was selected as one of six JCCs across the country to pilot Project Welcome Home (PWH), a JCC Association and Jewish Chaplains Council initiative meant to help the agency better assist US servicemen and women, and their families, to re-engage with their communities. Whether you are new to this area or are returning home after deployment overseas or from a different location in the US, we are here to welcome and assist you.

Only military families and individuals understand the unique challenges and excitement of frequent moves with family members often located far away. Changing schools, transporting a pet, finding religious services and schools, and being away from family and friends are all challenges that you face on a regular basis. At the same time, military families have much to teach the civilian population about their experiences and careers. We would like to help you meet other military families if you so choose, and to become part of the larger community at the J. 

If you are interested in being part of this effort, either as a military member or a civilian, please contact Sara Astrow, PWH Coordinator, at [email protected],  or 703.537.3046.

Military Benefits Available at the J: click here for more information.


Family Programs of Interest


PWH is excited to announce social action opportunities:

Honoring the Military Child

Friday, April 21

in the Lobby of  the J

Did you know that April is the month of the Military Child?  In honor of the military children we are giving out red/white/blue pinwheels on Friday, April 21.   These pinwheels should be placed in your front yard so that whenever you see them you think of the military children and their parents who give so much to our country.


Mitzvah of "Flags In"

Saturday, May 27, 9:30AM

Join us as we gather at the Alexandria National Cemetery to perform the mitzvah of ‘flags in’ .  We will be placing 4500 flags (along with other groups) in front of the headstones of our nation’s heroes. 

Email [email protected] for specific meeting place at the cemetery.


Summertime Activity (date: TBD)

Over the summer, we will coordinate a “PACK 4 TROOPS” day at the J for the USO.  Look for more details in the next month or so.


For more information on these activities email [email protected]


Links to helpful resources:

Jewish Veterans of America - The "patriotic voice of American Jewry" dedicated to all of America's veterans.

Fort Belvoir Jewish Congregation - For information, call 703-806-3393 or email [email protected].

Jewish Welfare Board - Offers Jewish military resources.

Serving Together Project - Clearinghouse for veterans' resources.

Our Military Kids - Provides scholarships for athletic, fine arts and tutoring to children with parents who are deployed.

National Military Family Association - Focuses on assisting military spouses and families.

National Museum of American Jewish Military History - Documents and preserves the contributions of Jewish Americans to the peace and freedom of the United States, educates the public concerning the courage, heroism and sacrifices made by Jewish Americans who served in the armed forces, and works to combat anti-Semitism.

TAPS - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Provides support for bereaved military families.

Jewish Social Service Agency - Provides counseling and mental health assistance.

The Mission Continues - Assists veterans working to help their communities by connecting them with service platoons.

Got Your Six - A nonprofit organization that believes all veterans are leaders who are here to help their own community.

Jews In Green - Provides a tremendous amount of information for Jewish service members. 

For military branch specific organizations please contact [email protected]

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Community Engagement Director
Laurie Albert
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Community Engagement Coordinators
Jennifer DeAngelis
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JCCNV-JAFI Shiri Rahamim
Program Community Schlicha
Na'ama Gold 
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Project Welcome Home
Sara Astrow
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