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

Make It Yours

Let’s Celebrate 5 Years of IMPACT DC!

Join hundreds of young Jewish professionals at Young Leadership’s 5th Annual Impact DC on Thursday, October 15. This extraordinary night to remember honors the incredible impact our generation is making on the future of our Jewish community.

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 Spiritual Journeys

    The Torah readings on Simchat Torah, which begins at sundown on Monday, begin with the final portion in the Torah – V’Zot Haberacha (“and this is the blessing”) – in which Moses blesses each of the Tribes of Israel before he passes away.
  • Let’s Talk about Sukkot

    During the holiday of Sukkot, which begins Sunday night, we are commanded to “…live in booths seven days.”

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


Impact DC

Mark your calendar for Young Leadership’s 5th Annual Impact DC on Thursday, October 15. Join us to celebrate the incredible #impact our generation is making on the future of our community with an extraordinary night-to-remember.

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Save the Date! Routes: A Day of Jewish Learning

Sunday, November 15, 2015. Save the Date! Ignite new passions, nourish your spiritual growth and explore Jewish identity at ROUTES, a choose-your-own Jewish learning adventure. Make learning yours with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington at this 7th annual day of inspired thought. 7 stirring hours. 70 stimulating learning sessions. 700 spirited learners. For more information, contact Avi West, The Federation's Senior Education Officer at or 240-283-6218.

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