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



Too much blood, not enough words. Earlier this week, we awoke to the news of yet another terrorist attack on innocent Israeli citizens. Two Palestinians, reported by their relatives to be “upset” at the false claim that Israel would be taking over the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, attacked Jews in the midst of their morning prayers at a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem. Four died at the scene and a Druze policeman later died of wounds he sustained trying to stop the terrorists; several more were injured.

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News & Updates

  • Fry Latkes, Support #GivingTuesday and Experience an Israel Journey

    This week’s parasha is Vayeitze. In the first ten verses, we read the word, makom – “place” – seven times as Jacob moves from place to place, finding a way to connect with God. Today, we each strive to find our own makom – our own place – in society and in our community. Defining
  • Expressions of Outrage Over Massacre in Jerusalem

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington are Shocked and Outraged by the Massacre in Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue in Jerusalem Washington, DC – The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington are shocked and outraged by the barbaric terrorist

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

Young Professionals enjoy Impact DC

Impact DC

November 20

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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At Home with Paula Shoyer: Baking for Thanksgiving & Chanukah

Sunday, November 23

Jewish Food Experience invites you to join Paula Shoyer, the Jewish community’s leading expert on dairy-free desserts, at her home for a scrumptious afternoon baking kosher favorites for Thanksgiving and Chanukah. Enjoy delicious homemade tea time desserts and wine pairings as Paula answers all of your “burning” baking questions and shares her top pastry tips related to fall pies, cookies, cakes, and doughnuts from the comfort of her own kitchen.

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