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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 Burning Brighter

    This week’s parasha, Tzav, continues the discussion of different types of sacrifices and the role of the ancient priests. Each day, one of the priests would be assigned to keep the fire of the sacrifices burning, adding wood when necessary. At first, only the wealthy contributed the wood; in time the rabbis decreed that all
  • Let’s Talk About Creating Meaningful Lives

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    What’s so good about doing good? This past Sunday, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington presented The Sara & Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day. It was impressive on a number of levels: 8,000 community volunteers gathered together at 90 projects in partnership with 60 community organizations. Established in Israel in 2007 by businesswoman and philanthropist

News & Updates

  • On the Ground in Paris

    This week, seven people from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington spent two days in Paris on a national JFNA Solidarity Mission. Below are some reflections from Federation CEO, Steve Rakitt. Seven of us from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington are returning today from Paris, where we spent two days on a national JFNA
  • FEAST on fruit, VOTE in the Zionist polls, REFLECT on overcoming darkness

    Good morning, When they were younger, our kids would ask that we leave a light on in the hallway so they could “sleep better.” Darkness for them – and for all of us – is unsettling, unnerving and even scary. This week’s parasha, Bo, continues the story of the plagues visited upon the Egyptians as Pharaoh defies

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



Save the date for Israel Fest 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 Northern Virginia featuring everything from Israeli dancing to live entertainment to craft activities and so much more! Sunday, May 31 NORTHERN VIRGINIA The Village at Shirlington 4271 Campbell Ave Arlington, VA 22206 12 - 5 p.m. Maryland Rockville Town Center 30 Maryland Ave Rockville, MD 20850 1 - 5 p.m.  

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