The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington invites you to Make it Yours.

Make It Yours

Grand Slam Sunday

Join us on August 30th for the first ever Grand Slam Sunday Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park.

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 Changing Lives

    I was a Surfer Dude.  For about 20 minutes.  In Israel. Surely this requires an explanation. I was in Israel this week for meetings of the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), Federation’s largest overseas beneficiary agency and partner. We did site visits one day, to learn more about the work that takes
  • Let’s Talk About Overcoming Hate

    I hate hate. We read with horror the attack of a lone gunman on congregants in the historic African-American Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, resulting in 9 deaths. It is being treated – as it should – as a hate crime. Our deepest prayers are with the victims and their families, and we are

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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

Friday, June 26 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 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! 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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Volunteer with us at Common Good City Farm!

Volunteer with JFE at Common Good City Farm! Join the Jewish Food Experience as we make a meaningful difference at Common Good City Farm. Together, we’ll help low-income DC residents meet their food needs as we harvest, weed and plant, while learning about sustainable agriculture. Open to everyone ages 13+ WHEN: Sunday, August 2 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Common Good City Farm V St, between 4th & 2nd Streets Oakland Place NW Washington, D.C. 20001 COST: $6 (to cover the cost of supplies) CLICK TO REGISTER NOW: Sign up early, space is limited. This volunteer opportunity is open to all, including families with children ages 13+ MORE INFORMATION:  Contact Paul Entis by email or at 301-230-7261  

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