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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 Humility

    President Harry Truman known for saying, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” There are some extraordinary things happening in the DC Jewish community, including cutting-edge young adult programing, remarkable day schools, thoughtful approaches to inclusion, caring services for the most vulnerable, vibrant arts and cultural
  • Let’s Talk About Following Instructions

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    Good morning, Putting together children’s toys, as I’ve done countless times for children and grandchildren, seems simple enough. Why bother with the instructions? Three hours later, I’m often lost, frustrated and of course have the proverbial “extra bolt” left over. The directions are right there, but we often think we can navigate our way without

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


Network Event

Join The Network for one of the biggest networking events of the year! Enjoy an evening of connecting with a diverse and influential group of professionals, entrepreneurs and business leaders, and hear from Mike Greenberg, host of ESPN’s Mike & Mike, discuss his colorful career. For more information and to register, go to   Thursday, February 26 Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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NeXus: Where You and Jewish Community Converge

Looking for a way to get more involved and meet new people in the local Jewish community? Take the next step on your Jewish journey with NeXus, a unique, interactive learning opportunity to expand your Jewish leadership skills, explore your Jewish identity and engage with young adult leaders in our community. Learn more and register today at   February - April 2015  JCCGW

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