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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 Spirituality

    This week’s parasha is Naso, which contains three of the most famous verses in the Torah, known as the Priestly Benediction: May God bless you and keep you; May God shine upon you and show compassion to you; May God lift the Divine Countenance and give peace to you. This simple, yet elegant blessing builds
  • Let’s Talk About our Inspiring Rabbis

    Over the past week, I had the privilege of attending two celebrations of long-time rabbis in our community. Last Thursday, Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer and his wife Beverly were honored by B’nai Israel Congregation for 25+ years of service to the congregation.  This past Sunday, Rabbi Bill Rudolph and his wife Gail were similarly honored by Congregation Beth El

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



May, 31 2015 Join the Greater Washington Jewish community as we celebrate Israel’s 67th year of independence. Delight your senses with the sights, sounds and flavors of Israeli culture at two unforgettable festivals in Maryland and NoVA featuring everything from Israeli dancing to live entertainment to craft activities and so much more! Featuring: Performances from Israeli artists including Yoni Jahasi and HADAR Music from DJ Arno Activities and games for all ages Learn about Israel and Jewish culture with an array of activities from local agencies and organizations   NORTHERN VIRGINIA The Village at Shirlington 4271 Campbell Ave Arlington, VA 22206 12 - 5 p.m. Free Admission More Details MARYLAND Rockville Town Square 200 East Middle Lane Rockville, MD 20850 1 - 5 p.m. Free Admission More Details Schedule: 12:15 pm: Gesher Makeylah led by P'nina McCabe. Gesher Middle School Band led by Rabbi Mat Tonti 12:45 pm: Shir Harmony & Shir Joy: The Youth Choirs of Temple Rodef Shalom led by Cantor Rachel Rhodes and Cantor Allen Leider 1:15 pm: Israeli Born Pop Sensation, Hadar will perform favorites from American and Israeli music 2:00 pm: Koleinu Adult Choir & Kol Machar Teen Choir of Temple Rodef Shalomd led by Cantor Michael Shochet and Cantor Rachel Rhodes 2:30 pm: Featuring Yoni Jahasi, Israeli singer-songwriter 3:00 pm: DJ Arno featrued in our Luna Park Tel Aviv Teen Arena 3:15 pm: Tein Lanu Z'man- We Have no Time/ Official band of Agudas Achim Band Director: Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey 4:00 pm: NoVA Preschool sing-along 4:20 pm: Israeli Dancing by the Dance Troupes- Hora, DC Kesem & Yesodot 4:50 pm: Community singing of Hatikvah led by Lisa Hershaft Schedule: 1:10 pm: Israel Scouts Caravan 1:30 pm: DJ Arno (Gibbs Street) 2:15 pm: Dance Troops Hora DC Yesodot 3:00 pm: Berman Academy Singers 3:10 pm: Sol Glasner Israel Engagement committee 3:15pm : Tzofim  Teen Band 4:15pm :Yoni Jahasi, Israeli singer song-writer   Washington, DC The Wonder Bread Factory 641 S St NW Washington, DC 20001 5 - 8 p.m. More Details Presented by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the JCC of Greater Washington, and the JCC of Northern Virginia. Media Sponsor:

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CityJews PopUp: Shabbat

Friday, May 29 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 Can't make it on May 29th? Join us on June 26th.

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