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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 Inclusion

    Here are three ways to Make It Yours this week: Read Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ article commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Celebrate The Art of Jewish Food with JCCNV and the Jewish Food Experience at cultural and culinary events throughout the month. Join us for The Network Event, a memorable evening of networking, desserts
  • Let’s Talk About Jews in France

    Here are three ways to Make It Yours this week: Join the JCRC of Greater Washington in celebrating Alan Gross’s return to our community on Thursday, January 22. Read about the Gathering of Solidarity and Remembrance with the People of France and its Jewish Community sponsored by AJC, Washington Region and Adas Israel Congregation. On Sunday, January 25, join us for Sayin’ Thanks as

News & Updates

  • 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
  • Appalled by Terrorist Attack in Tel Aviv

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington are Appalled by Today’s Terrorist Attack in Tel Aviv Washington, DC – The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) are outraged by the on-going terror which Israeli citizens endure, including the attack earlier today on 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


Shabbat Hoppin’

Join Shabbat Hoppin' in partnership with NOVA Tribe Series as we bring together Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni and their friends from all over the Greater Washington area to celebrate Shabbat with services, good food, and some inspiration for the New Year.   Friday, January 30 The Church at Clarendon 1210 N Highland Street Suite A Arlington, Virginia 22201 Register at

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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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