Mission & Values


The Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) helps older adults in the Greater Washington, D.C. region maintain independence, dignity, vitality and self-respect. It also helps people of different generations understand, learn from and care for one another. JCA accomplishes this through a myriad of community-based programs built upon vibrant programmatic partnerships with funders, fellow charities and local communities; and by providing opportunities for volunteers to make the National Capital Area a great place to age.

Although our Jewish heritage and values guide our vision and work, JCA is a recognized leader in meeting the needs of seniors and caregivers regardless of their religious beliefs.

Core Values

The Jewish Council for the Aging is:

  • Built on the Jewish values of tzedakah (righteous duty) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), as well as the Biblical commandment to honor our parents.
  • Person-centered and family-centered and thus is responsive to the needs and goals of individuals, their families and caregivers.
  • Driven by the spirit, enthusiasm and hard work of its volunteers and staff.

Strategic Plan

JCA Strategic Plan thumbnailClick here to download a one-page summary of JCA’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2016-2018, as adopted by the JCA Board of Directors on June 16, 2015.

Click here to download the full strategic plan document.