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Young Leadership

Young Leadership is the entry point for young adults to become involved in the Greater Washington Jewish community. We provide a social connection, networking opportunities, leadership development, philanthropic advancement and a deepening of Jewish knowledge in an effort to ensure that the communal values of one generation will be carried into the next. Visit our Facebook page to learn more about upcoming events. If you are interested in getting involved, email youngleadership@shalomdc.org or call 301-230-7277.

NEXT DC: The DC-area Birthright Israel Alumni Network

NEXT DC is dedicated to fostering an ongoing relationship among the more than 16,000 Birthright Israel alumni in the Greater Washington area. Based on a vision to further Jewish causes and support for Israel, NEXT DC allows participants and their peers to stay connected with one another, meet new friends, continue their Israel experience, and explore what the Washington Jewish Community has to offer. For more information, please contact Rachel Barton at Rachel.barton@shalomdc.org.

Taglit Birthright Israel: Shorashim – DC Community Trips

On the DC Community trips, experience the awesome adventure of Israel from the inside, through the eyes and hearts of your new Israeli friends. Along with other young adults from the Greater Washington area, travel for 10 days with Israelis your age, who share the beauty, excitement and complexities of their country with you.

From the liveliness of Tel Aviv, to Bedouin hospitality in the desert, to the diversity and spirituality of Jerusalem, experience the history, the vibrancy, and the challenges of modern Israel. Make lifelong Israeli and American friends and have the time of your life! This graduate and professional program (ages 22-26) is for residents of or graduate students in the DC Area only.

For more information contact Rachel Barton at 301-230-7266.

Masa Israel

Masa Israel Journey connects Jewish young adults, ages 18-30, to gap year, study abroad, volunteer and internship programs. Through these immersive experiences, lasting between five and 12 months, participants develop a deep, personal connection to Israel and Jewish life, and become Jewish leaders and lifelong advocates for Israel. For additional information, contact Jennifer Rheuban at 301-230-7262.

Jewish Leadership Institute

The Jewish Leadership Institute (JLI) offers lay leaders and professionals working in a Jewish setting opportunities to explore and develop their personal Jewish leadership skills and style. JLI is committed to Jewish leadership education, Jewish leadership opportunities, and leadership recognition. JLI offers classes, training, networking, placement, and web dialogue across the Jewish community.

JLI is proud to present Washington Jewish Professionals Forum 2014, with programs spanning the next several months. Please click here for registration and more information.

Meet with JLI staff to discuss your passions, interests, and skills in order to determine your best fit within Jewish communal organizations. Contact JLI@shalomdc.org or 301-230-7285 for more details.

Tomorrow Fellowship

Are you a mid to upper level manager working in a Jewish agency, organization or synagogue? Do you feel the urge to explore ways to advance your professional skills for the betterment of the local Jewish community? Are you hoping to meet and network with professional peers and leadership experts? Apply now to be a part of the Tomorrow Fellowship: an innovative and exciting leadership development training opportunity designed specifically for Jewish professionals.

The Tomorrow Fellowship program includes a series of interactive workshops and meetings to learn critical professional skills; the opportunity to network with like-minded professional peers; a day-long interactive training by one of the premier leadership training organizations in the country, The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center and more.

Women’s Philanthropy

Women’s Philanthropy increases support for the Jewish community locally and abroad by developing leadership and raising awareness about the needs in the Jewish community through our three pillars: philanthropy, social action and education. Being a part of Women’s Philanthropy is an affirmation of our connection to our families, our community and Jewish people everywhere. Every woman can make a difference. For more information, contact Mandy Kaiser-Blueth at 301-348-7349.

Mitzvah Mavens

Mitzvah Mavens are women from our community who are showing the true meaning of tikkun olam by repairing the world, one project at a time. Mitzvah Mavens help with a variety of social action projects here in the Greater Washington area. Many projects allow you to be a part of the great work of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and its partner agencies. For more information, contact Mandy Kaiser-Blueth at 301-348-7349.

The Network

Take your networking to the next level with The Network of The Federation. Join Jewish business leaders from across Greater Washington and connect with like-minded business professionals. The Network offers exclusive opportunities to engage with government officials, top industry executives and peers from a variety of industries at one-of-a-kind programs. Let’s Network and explore together how to expand the reach of your philanthropic and business ventures. For more information, email thenetwork@shalomdc.org.

PJ Library

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is thrilled to offer PJ Library® (PJ, as in “pajamas”) to our entire community! This program provides families raising Jewish children from 6 months–8 years old with a FREE treasury of Jewish books and music! Every month, families enrolled in PJ Library receive one high-quality, expertly-selected and kid-tested (!) Jewish book or CD as a gift from the community. Click here for more information.

Jewish Education

Accessible and affordable Jewish education for all is a critical component for building and strengthening our Jewish community. With our partner agencies, The Jewish Federation offers formal and informal education opportunities. For more information, email avi.west@shalomdc.org

Federation’s Jconnect

Federation’s Jconnect is our community’s website for the community calendar, volunteer opportunities and a database of everything Jewish in Greater Washington. Visit www.jconnect.org for more information.

Jewish Food Experience

The Jewish Food Experience (JFE) brings people together through the universal language of Jewish food, which is so much a part of Jewish culture, tradition and even religion. And food is a shared experience, so JFE also wants to help you make the most of times with families and friends. Visit www.jewishfoodexperience.com to take a bite.