invested in our community’s Jewish education system.
Director, Bender JCC Early Childhood Center
early childhood educators from Greater Washington Jewish schools attend Federation’s annual Early Childhood Education Conference to study acclaimed educational approaches and plan yearly curriculum.
Thanks to Federation’s Imagine Israel initiative, high school students at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School had the opportunity to learn with and from their peers at a Jewish Israeli school and an Arab Israeli school. The school educational partnership was facilitated by The Abraham Fund Initiatives. The students on both sides of the globe participated in a “Dialogue Through Cinema” course throughout the Spring 2018 semester, in which they explored issues of social identity.
“I saw this as a symbol of hope for a joined future. It was important to me that the students connect with one another, so they could learn from teenagers like themselves. I believe that, when we get to know each other on a personal level, we are more inclined to listen to others and have empathy, even if we do not think or see things the same way.”
—Shelli P., Hebrew Teacher, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
people learned about the history of the Jewish community in Greater Washington through book talks, walking tours, concerts and lectures.
area congregational schools received an Initiative in Congregational Education grant to provide grassroots support to their religious schools, and serve as a catalyst in transforming education programs.
teens have participated in Israel educational programs including Talk Israel and Israel Engagement Fellowship that equips them with the knowledge, experience and confidence to address tough topics regarding Israel.