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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 Names

    The images have been painful. Throughout the week, the front pages of our newspapers, television footage and digital newsfeeds have been filled with scenes of destruction, pain and suffering. The pictures, some from 7,500 miles away and others from 40 miles away, are seared in our minds. In Nepal, the earthquake – a natural disaster – has
  • Let’s Talk About Remembrance

    The siren seemed to go on forever. I stood with 1,000 others who gathered at  B’nai Israel Congregation this past Wednesday night for the annual Yom HaZikaron commemoration. The wail of the siren, similar to what those living in Israel hear on both Yom HaShoa and Yom HaZikaron, took two brief, yet agonizingly long minutes. It was a modern-day electronic shofar

News & Updates

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


CityJews PopUp Shabbat

CityJews PopUp: Shabbat is a way for Jewish and interfaith couples and families with young children to connect and share the rituals of Shabbat together. Join us for a Shabbat experience with food, music, kids’ activities and topical conversation. We will provide a gourmet vegetarian Shabbat meal from a non-kosher caterer. We will also have plenty of challah and grape juice. Please let us know if you have food restrictions or allergies, and we will do our best to accommodate those! Friday, June 26 6:00 – 8:00pm Wonder Bread Factory 641 S St NW Washington, DC 20001 $18 per adult; children 8 and under free Bring your own bottle of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage to share Pre-registration required. Best for children 8 and under. Lead sponsors: Jewish Food Experience, Love and Religion, PJ Library Additional partners: Adas Israel Congregation, Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, Temple Sinai and Washington DCJCC

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

Sunday, May 17 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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