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The Federation's Impact

The six areas identified here focus on critical needs in our local and global Jewish community. At The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington we identify, evaluate and address these priorities with unparalleled commitment, passion and sensitivity. We take seriously our responsibility to ensure that needs are met, to create a stronger, more vibrant Jewish community and to foster and strengthen our connection with Jews in Israel and around the world.

Accessible and affordable Jewish education is a critical component for building and strengthening a Jewish community.

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Expansion of services to the most vulnerable among us is essential to meet the growing needs of at-risk populations locally, in Israel and around the world.

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Unwavering support, advocacy for and education about Israel and 60 other Jewish communities around the world must be a cornerstone for our community.

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We must respond swiftly to address the immediate needs of individuals who find themselves in crisis.

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We must be a welcoming and inclusive community for all by expanding the ways in which individuals are invited and encouraged to participate in Jewish life.

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Expanding opportunities for meaningful connections to Jewish life enables members of our community a multitude of ways to build their Jewish journey.

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Between Us

A weekly message from Federation’s CEO, Steven A. Rakitt

  • Let’s Talk About our Inspiring Rabbis

    Over the past week, I had the privilege of attending two celebrations of long-time rabbis in our community. Last Thursday, Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer and his wife Beverly were honored by B’nai Israel Congregation for 25+ years of service to the congregation.  This past Sunday, Rabbi Bill Rudolph and his wife Gail were similarly honored by Congregation Beth El
  • Let’s Talk About Opening Our Hearts

    This week’s double parasha of Behar / Bechukotai completes the Book of Leviticus. We are told repeatedly of the choice between following God’s commandments and disobeying them. With the former, we will live well; the latter leads to disaster. Some reject the notion of cause and effect in following the commandments and their lot in life. After

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Ways to Give

6 critical areas of need.
59 partner agencies.
One Federation.

Join us in making a measurable impact with immeasurable heart.

Reach influential, connected and engaged community members looking to support companies who care. Make an impact today. Contact Zach Briton, Campaign Director.
A direct gift will support the programs and partners most meaningful to you. Give to your passion.  Contact Avital Ingber, Chief Development Officer.
Ensure that the programs you care about most remain vibrant and strong for generations to come. Leave your legacy. Contact Contact Elan Burman, Director of Planned Giving.
In times of crisis, respond to the critical needs of individuals and communities facing hardship. Be there for those in need. Contact Zach Briton, Campaign Director.

Upcoming Events in the Greater Washington Area



May, 31 2015 Join the Greater Washington Jewish community as we celebrate Israel’s 67th year of independence. Delight your senses with the sights, sounds and flavors of Israeli culture at two unforgettable festivals in Maryland and NoVA featuring everything from Israeli dancing to live entertainment to craft activities and so much more! NORTHERN VIRGINIA The Village at Shirlington 4271 Campbell Ave Arlington, VA 22206 12 - 5 p.m. Free Admission More Details MARYLAND Rockville Town Square 200 East Middle Lane Rockville, MD 20850 1 - 5 p.m. Free Admission More Details Washington, DC The Wonder Bread Factory 641 S St NW Washington, DC 20001 5 - 8 p.m. More Details Featuring: Performances from Israeli artists including Yoni Jahasi and HADAR Music from DJ Arno Activities and games for all ages Learn about Israel and Jewish culture with an array of activities from local agencies and organizations Israel birthday programs and celebrations are being added daily. Click here for more information. Presented by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the JCC of Greater Washington, and the JCC of Northern Virginia. Media Sponsor:    

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CityJews PopUp: Shabbat

Friday, May 29 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CityJews PopUp: Shabbat is a way for Jewish and interfaith couples and families with young children to connect and share the rituals of Shabbat together. Join us for a Shabbat experience with food, music, kids’ activities and topical conversation. We will provide a gourmet vegetarian Shabbat meal from a non-kosher caterer. We will also have plenty of challah and grape juice. Please let us know if you have food restrictions or allergies, and we will do our best to accommodate those! Wonder Bread Factory 641 S St NW Washington, DC 20001 $18 per adult; children 8 and under free Bring your own bottle of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage to share Pre-registration required. Best for children 8 and under. Lead sponsors: Jewish Food Experience, Love and Religion, PJ Library Additional partners: Adas Israel Congregation, Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, Temple Sinai and Washington DCJCC Can't make it on May 29th? Join us on June 26th.

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