Welcome to the September 16 edition of The Connector -- a link to the agencies and programs in our community that you care about most. You are a key part of our community -- join us! Stay informed each month with The Connector. Get involved, donate and volunteer at: www.shalomdc.org
Calling All Social Innovators
Everyone is looking for the next big Jewish idea. At The Jewish Federation we often ask ourselves, “What are the programs, projects and initiatives that have the power to effectuate real change and benefit to the community we live in?” We don’t have all the answers but we think many of you do. Therefore, we are pleased to announce The ConnectGens Fellowship. This program will match ten Jewish social entrepreneurs with the tools and connections they need to transform their big ideas into ventures. But we’re not just looking for your great idea. This program is so much more. Following a competitive application process, the best and brightest applicants will be selected to participate in an intense six month training program where they will train with, learn from and interact with some of the most established business minds in town. Each participant will also be paired with a mentor who will impart knowledge and forge connections to help the fellows network and grow.
So, if you are an innovative thinker, Jewish and interested in applying for the program or a seasoned professional interested in serving as a mentor, coach or field expert click here. The application process will open mid-October.
What’s your Impact?
Greater Washington’s young adult community is not only a vibrant, energetic and good-looking group, but they are also men and women committed to making a difference in the community they live in. For the last couple of months, they’ve been busy sharing their stories of how they make an impact in our community on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. And onThursday evening, September 22nd at Adams Morgan Mansion from 8:00 p.m. – midnight, they will gather together to celebrate their collective dedication to leadership, charitable giving and volunteerism. Grab your hottest cocktail attire and join us for a night to remember. Limited space still available, click here to register. Also, be sure to visit the Impact DC site where you can upload your own impact story for a chance to win an iPad2 and check out the clips from other young adults.
The Future Looks Bright
When you are born to an impoverished family in Israel, life doesn't afford you and your family many opportunities. You are disadvantaged in many ways and shunned by society. Thanks to Federation’s partnership with The Jewish Agency, this year more than 140 at-risk children have been given a new lease on life thanks to the Youth Futures program. The trustees (mentors) of the program, empower disadvantaged Israeli youth, providing them with an equal opportunity to develop their academic and social skills. Because of these efforts young girls like Liat, age 14 have a renewed sense of self-confidence, access to academic support and a bright outlook on the future.
Click here for more information on this program.
This month, thousands of students returned to college campuses throughout MD, DC and VA. On eleven of these campuses, Hillel professionals were waiting with exciting programs, outreach events and ways for Jewish students on campus to connect. Students at UVA and Virginia Tech will enjoy programming at the new Hillel buildings that recently opened. Best of luck to everyone for a great year!
High Holiday Resources and Information
Looking for High Holiday Services or volunteer opportunities? Jconnect can help!
Help Us Free Alan Gross
Two weeks ago, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington launched a nationwide on-line petition drive appealing to Cuba’s leadership on humanitarian grounds to free Alan Gross prior to the Jewish High Holy Days. The petition will be presented to the Cuban authorities in the coming days.
If you have not done so, please click here to sign the petitionnow.
JCRC of Greater Washington Upcoming Forums
Learn about today’s realities in the Middle East, the strategic implications of the upcoming UN vote about a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood, and current prospects for peace.
VA - Monday, September 19, 2011 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MD - Thursday, September 22, 2011 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Public Policy Forum on Public and Nonpublic Education: Corporate Tax Credits for Donations Benefiting Both Private and Public Schools -- Good Idea or Bad Idea?
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 7:30 p.m.
For a full listing of Jewish community events please visit the community calendar.