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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 EACH and EVERY Person

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    Here are ways to Make It Yours this week: Watch a screening of An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Mulholland at the JCCNV this Sunday, March 8 Come to the JCCGW’s Parent Open House for parents of LGBTQ children of all ages on Wednesday, March 11 Sign up to volunteer on Good Deeds Day, the
  • Let’s Talk About Humility

    President Harry Truman known for saying, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” There are some extraordinary things happening in the DC Jewish community, including cutting-edge young adult programing, remarkable day schools, thoughtful approaches to inclusion, caring services for the most vulnerable, vibrant arts and cultural

News & Updates

  • 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
  • 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

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


The DC Purim Bash

Celebrate Purim in style at the Second Annual DC Purim Bash! Dance the night away or relax in the lounge with an open bar, masks and more. Dress to impress, costumes optional. Space is limited and price goes up at the door. Co-Sponsored with 2239, EntryPointDC of the Washington DCJCC, NOVA Tribe Series, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Community Partner: Gather the Jews Cost: $40 Register now! Saturday, March 7 Shakespeare Theatre's Sidney Harman Hall 610 F Street Northwest Washington, DC 20004

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Good Deeds Day

Join the Greater Washington community, along with hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world, in a day of service on March 15. This March, for the fourth year in a row, the Greater Washington community will join Israel and countries from across the globe for this community day of service. Click here to learn more   Sunday, March 15, 2015

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