Jewish Identity

Whether your Jewish journey began years ago or yesterday, discover how Federation can empower you to deepen your connection to Jewish community, values, culture and tradition.


college students from 11 Hillels are supported by our community through Jewish resources, holiday celebrations, and community building.

Meet Jennifer F.

Her search for a sense of family while away at school guided her to University of Maryland’s Campus Hillel. Jennifer shares how that involvement shaped the trajectory of her Jewish journey as a young adult.

“At age 18, I left home for the University of Maryland. I loved all that the large, vibrant campus had to offer, but I missed the close sense of community I felt back home. I went to visit the campus Hillel and it quickly became my home away from home—expanding my Jewish identity in ways I could never imagine while away at school. The work each Hillel does is critical to ensuring that Jewish students have access to Jewish continuity on campus, an impact that transcends far beyond our Hillel years, just as it did for me.

“Donors to Federation make it possible for students like me to not only feel at home on our college campuses, but to find a community that can nurture and enrich our lives in ways other groups are unable to.”

Read her story

Interfaith Family with young children reading books


families strengthen their connections to Jewish values through educational, creative and meaningful community programming for parents and children.

PJ Library® in Greater Washington

PJ Library in Greater Washington would not be possible without Federation’s commitment to serving the full community. We work to go beyond the books to offer almost 400 family programs annually to bring our community together.


members of our community have established a stronger connection to Israel through their relationship with Federation’s Congregational Shlichim (emissaries).

“For people who have struggled to find community in their parents’ synagogues, it was refreshing to be part of a program that strives to develop Jewish community reflective of our generation. Honeymoon Israel gave us the unique opportunity to forge bonds with other couples looking to create a space to grow as Jews in Washington in our own way.”

— Ruth R.


in grants were awarded to families enabling their children to experience Jewish overnight camp for the first time.


community members are more engaged with Israel by listening to Federation’s Imagine Israel Podcast series and attending Changemaker Series programs.


families in search of a welcoming community, have had one-on-one meetings with ambassadors to help connect them to a Jewish network of families.

“I was in a place in my life where I was ready to explore what Judaism meant to me, and going on a Birthright Israel trip with Federation helped me map out a Jewish journey that I am still on today. Federation opens up so many opportunities to engage in Jewish community, there’s something for everyone.”   

— Jamie P.