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

  • Let’s Talk About the Beauty of Community

    © Jonathan Levine  Rights Granted to JFNA thru 2015
    Earlier this week, a true Chanukah miracle took place. After five long years in a Cuban prison, Alan Gross was released and returned home where he reunited with his loving family, friends and community. We are grateful to President Obama and several members of Congress for working to secure Alan’s release and to the Vatican
  • Let’s Talk About Being a Mensch

    Here are three ways to Make It Yours this week: Whip up some scrumptious Chanukah dishes…with a twist. Check out the Jewish Food Experience’s Top 10 Chanukah recipes from DC Foodies. Help The Jewish Federation reach out to community members and give them the opportunity to support those in need this year. Sign up today for the Winter Dial-a-ThonsDecember 7

News & Updates

  • Welcome Home, Alan Gross!

    For Immediate ReleaseContact: Ron Halber, JCRC December 17, 2014301-770-0881   The following statement is issued upon hearing the confirmation from the White House of Alan Gross’s release The Jewish Federation Of Greater Washington And The Jewish Community Relations Council Of Greater Washington Are Thrilled Upon The Release Of Alan Gross Washington, DC – The Jewish
  • Whip up Jelly Doughnuts, Light the Menorah, Explore Jewish Learning

    Good morning, This week’s Torah portion, Vayeshev (“and he settled”) begins, “Now Jacob was settled in the land where his father had resided, the land of Canaan.” Note the difference between being “settled” and “residing”. We sense that Jacob has finally come home to seek peace after years of difficulty, abuse, deceit and the loss of his beloved wife

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


Mitzvah Hoppin’s 4th Annual Chanukkah Blast: Celebrating with Seniors

Sunday, December 21

Join Mitzvah Hoppin’ for our fourth annual Chanukah Blast! Join together with seniors in our community as we celebrate the holidays with music, games, and festive food. This party proves to be a favorite for the seniors each year! Space is limited.

Mitzvah Hoppin’ is a program of NEXT DC and Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington that promotes the Jewish value of tikkun olam by providing young adults with volunteer opportunities in the community.

This event is being held in partnership with JSSA – Jewish Social Service Agency.

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Mitzvah Mavens: Power Packs with the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes

Sunday, January 11

Join Mitzvah Mavens for a special afternoon with The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH). Together, we will work with group home residents with disabilities on a special project making food for hungry families in the area. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend! Cost: $10

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The Time is Now!

The end of the year is fast approaching. 
Please take one minute and make measurable impact on the most pressing needs in our community locally, in Israel and around the world.

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