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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 Holiness

    This week’s parasha is Shemini, in the Book of Leviticus. There are two main themes which, at first, do not appear to be connected. We first read how the priest, Aaron, and his sons become purified to do God’s work, and then learn about the laws of kashrut and which animals we are permitted – and not permitted – to eat.
  • Let’s Talk About Opportunity

    You can find clothes online for just about any occasion these days. This was confirmed for me when I came across this the other day: “We were slaves to Pharoah in the land of Egypt and all I got was this lousy T-shirt?” Indeed, we were slaves in the land of Egypt, fled under the leadership

News & Updates

  • Changing the Way we Teach

    Changing the way we teach Students learn there’s no one way to be pro-Israel Published in Washington Jewish Week April 1, 2015 By David Holzel Senior Writer You would be hard pressed, 10 years ago, to find any mainstream Jewish organization including Palestinian narratives as part of its Israel education efforts. And yet, those perspectives
  • On the Ground in Paris

    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

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


3rd Annual Mitzvah Mavens Holocaust Survivors Luncheon

This is a special opportunity to meet Holocaust survivors living in our community and share their life stories. This event is hosted in partnership with the Jewish Social Service Agency. A catered, Kosher lunch will be served. Register here Please bring a Giant Gift Card to be distributed to our most in-need survivor clients after the event. COUVERT: $25 The couvert is the fair market value of this event and is not tax-deductible.   Sunday, May 3 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Abraham S. & Minnie Kay Conference Center 6101 Executive Blvd North Bethesda, MD 20852 ABOUT JSSA: For more than 120 years, the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) has been helping individuals and families across the Washington metro area meet emotional, social and physical challenges. JSSA provides support to 30,000+ individuals and families annually through counseling, special needs services, hospice care and more. ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR FUND: In partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, JSSA created a joint community fund dedicated to supporting safety net services for Holocaust survivors in need. Funds from the UJEF Holocaust Survivors' Community Fund ensure safety net services like delivery of Kosher Meals-on-Wheels, transportation to medical appointments, emergency financial assistance, food cards, medication assistance and more.

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A Heaping Serving of Helping: Meal Prep at N Street Village!

Inspire and empower local women in need as we prepare and serve them healthy and delicious meals N Street Village.  Join the Jewish Food Experience and guest chef Kelsey Pitta (Sunflower Bakery Café Manager) at N Street Village. We will inspire and empower local women in need as we prepare and serve them healthy and delicious meals.  $10 (for food and supplies) REGISTER: This event is designed for individuals 16 years and older. Sunday, May 17 1st shift: 8:15 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. 2nd shift: 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. 3rd shift: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. N Street Village 1333 N Street NW Washington, D.C. 20005 “Volunteering with JFE at N Street Village made a difference that was both immediate and real. It made me feel proud to be part of the DC Jewish community.” – Rachel W., past-volunteer About N Street Village: N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. The Village provides affordable rental housing, peer mentorship, leadership programs and critical services to holistically help each woman achieve her highest level of self-sufficiency. About Jewish Food Experience: The Jewish Food Experience (JFE) is an exciting initiative launched in 2012 by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to bring people together through the universal language of Jewish food. JFE hopes to inspire the community to embrace Jewish culture, community and history with intriguing food stories by local chefs, innovative events around town and traditional recipes with a twist. Jewish Food Experience is made possible through a generous grant from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s United Jewish Endowment Fund. For more information, please contact Missy Mandell by email or at 301-230-7261.

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