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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
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  • 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
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News & Updates

  • On the Ground in Paris

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    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
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  • FEAST on fruit, VOTE in the Zionist polls, REFLECT on overcoming darkness

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    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
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Ways to Give

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SPONSORSHIP
Reach influential, connected and engaged community members looking to support companies who care. Make an impact today. Contact Zach Briton, Campaign Director.
DIRECTED GIVING
A direct gift will support the programs and partners most meaningful to you. Give to your passion.  Contact Avital Ingber, Chief Development Officer.
PLANNED GIVING
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.
EMERGENCY CAMPAIGNS
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

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JFE Signature Demo Series: Chef Amy Brandwein (Centrolina)

The Jewish Food Experience (JFE) and Whole Foods Market (WFM) are thrilled to announce a first-ever Signature Demo Series collaboration featuring dishes from JFE's curated list of Top Ten Passover recipes. Four of DC's premiere chefs will demonstrate how to prepare their mouth-watering selections at Whole Foods Market stores in the DC area. Stop by and meet one of these top chefs, watch them prepare their dishes, sample the final product and hear them reminisce about food memories of Seders from their youth. We'll distribute recipe cards featuring JFE's Top Ten Passover recipes, a holiday guide book, Whole Food Market Passover catering menus and information about diverse Seders scheduled around our area at each demo. Matzah Sfogliatelle with Lamb Ragù Amy Brandwein, Centrolina Sunday, March 29, 6–7 pm Venue: Whole Foods Market Kentlands (316 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878) Braised Brisket-Style Short Ribs Mike Friedman, The Red Hen Sunday, March 29, 4–5 pm Venue: Whole Foods Market Rockville (11355 Woodglen Drive, Rockville, MD 20852) Sunday, March 29 Wholefoods Market Kentlands, GaithersburgMD

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JFE Signature Demo Series: Chef Mike Friedman (The Red Hen)

The Jewish Food Experience (JFE) and Whole Foods Market (WFM) are thrilled to announce a first-ever Signature Demo Series collaboration featuring dishes from JFE's curated list of Top Ten Passover recipes. Four of DC's premiere chefs will demonstrate how to prepare their mouth-watering selections at Whole Foods Market stores in the DC area. Stop by and meet one of these top chefs, watch them prepare their dishes, sample the final product and hear them reminisce about food memories of Seders from their youth. We'll distribute recipe cards featuring JFE's Top Ten Passover recipes, a holiday guide book, Whole Food Market Passover catering menus and information about diverse Seders scheduled around our area at each demo. Braised Brisket-Style Short Ribs Mike Friedman, The Red Hen Sunday, March 29, 4–5 pm Venue: Whole Foods Market Rockville (11355 Woodglen Drive, Rockville, MD 20852) Matzah Sfogliatelle with Lamb Ragù Amy Brandwein, Centrolina Sunday, March 29, 6–7 pm Venue: Whole Foods Market Kentlands (316 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878) - See more at: http://jewishfoodexperience.com/event-calendar/?ee=395#sthash.N1v6U8GR.dpuf Sunday, March 29 Wholefoods Market Rockville, Rockville MD

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