Inclusive Community

Federation works to ensure the full participation of interfaith couples and families, and those of all abilities, backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations. Explore how Federation’s commitment to inclusion emphasizes every community member’s unique value, dignity and capabilities.

7,000+

people from Greater Washington’s LGBTQ Jewish community participate in welcoming, inclusive community programs and events.

106

adults with disabilities live in 23 group homes throughout MD, DC and VA.

1,500

interfaith families connect with Jewish life in Greater Washington through outreach, programming and travel opportunities.

Attending summer camp is a rite of passage for many children – one that, through shared experiences, builds community and shapes identities. But for individuals with disabilities, summer camp is often a missed milestone. That’s why it was especially meaningful for this group of adults to experience the joys of camp for the first time, made possible through a matching grant from Federation’s United Jewish Endowment Fund and a generous donation from Ron and Margie Glancz.

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1,600

interfaith families receive a book every month from PJ Library®, infusing Jewish values, education and culture in their homes.

 

“It was incredible to open our PJ Library book and see that it perfectly reflected our interracial and interfaith family. My wife actually broke down and cried with joy when she read through the book and saw our family sitting at the Shabbat table.”

— Chris S.

“GLOE has been a home-base for me — a place where I don’t have to choose between my LGBTQ identity and my identity. The program offerings provide a unique balance of educational, spiritual, and social opportunities, and — most of all — it is a place to find community.”

—Mindy G.

Drag Queen Story Time & Havdalah

Glitter and drag queens and family Havdalah service—oh my! The recent Drag Queen Story Time and Havdalah embodies The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s values of inclusion, education and meaningful ritual. It also represents what can happen when community organizations work together to promote purposeful social and religious programming for families with young children.

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“Over the years, GLOE has enabled me to fully live out both of these parts of my identity by continually building a community that can identify with me and in which I can fully express myself as a gay Jew. The Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement has connected me to my identity in fun, intellectual and sometimes deeply spiritual ways.”

— Shane C.

Meet KC

Take a moment to see how Federation’s commitment to inclusion has changed one young man’s life.

“I have a mug with my name on it, and a desk. I go to staff meetings. I like my job at Federation. I love being on the team.”

— Jacob W., MOSTTM Intern at The Jewish Federation

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100%

of all Federation events offer accessible accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, including specific audio, mobile or visual aids and services for all participants.

Meet Jacob S.

Director, Gallaudet Hillel

Jacob is a young deaf man who grew up knowing what it was to feel disconnected and alienated from his Jewish community. Because of you, Federation is able to advance inclusion efforts for everyone, so no one feels unwelcome or unable to participate in Jewish life. Jacob grew up to be a Jewish leader and is now the Program Director for Hillel at Gallaudet University.

“As a donor to The Jewish Federation, you make it possible for my students to find a community that allows them to expand their Jewish identities in ways they might have never thought possible. Together, we are offering a way for them to feel welcomed and included as they may never have before in the Jewish community. Federation’s support of Gallaudet Hillel helps us achieve our vision: to inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.”