The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington invites you to Make it Yours.

Make It Yours

Bob Bloom has a passion for Israel and is motivated to share that with others.
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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

Torah Scroll


The 1991 Billy Crystal movie, “City Slickers,” features the following exchange between characters Mitch Robbins and Ed Furillo:

Mitch: “You remember when we were kids, and we were playing ball, and we hit the ball over the fence out of bounds, and we yelled, DO OVER?

Ed: [grins, remembering] “Yeah!

Mitch: “Your life is a do over. You’ve got a clean slate.

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News & Updates

  • Reverse Mifgash Program Named One of DC’s Most Innovative Jewish Organizations

    Reverse Mifgash in Slingshot Guide
    NORTH BETHESDA, MD – The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s NEXT DC program, Reverse Mifgash, has been named one of 18 leading Jewish organizations in the Greater Washington, DC area in the first ever DC Edition to the Slingshot: A Resource Guide for Jewish Innovation. The DC Edition was released today, alongside the tenth annual
  • New Paradigm of Engagement with Israel

    Israel Scenery
    ROCKVILLE, MD – This evening the board of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington voted to introduce a new paradigm of engagement with Israel. Under this new model, The Federation expects to significantly expand the number of people in our local Jewish community who have a meaningful personal connection to Israel and Israelis, with a

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

Guests travel through Israel

Israel YOUR Way Parlor Meeting

Tuesday, October 21

Join The Jewish Federation to learn more about this exciting mission opportunity.

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Volunteers make phone calls at Dial-a-Thon

Network Dial-a-Thon

Sunday, October 26

Help us give every community member the opportunity to support the critical needs of those locally, in Israel and around the world with a gift to The Federation’s Annual Campaign.

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Community members enjoy Routes

Routes: A Day of Jewish Learning

Sunday, November 2

From mindfulness to mysticism and text study to tikkun olam, take part in the quintessential adult education experience offering 70 thought-provoking sessions in just one day.

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General Assembly 2014

General Assembly 2014

November 9 – 11

General Assembly is the one time of the year when you can hear from the best and brightest in Jewish community, network with like-minded individuals and debate on some of the most pressing topics in the Jewish world today.

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