At Federation, we identify, evaluate and address these priorities with unparalleled commitment, passion and sensitivity. We take seriously our responsibility to ensure that needs are met to create a stronger, more vibrant Jewish community and to foster and strengthen our connection with Jews in Israel and around the world.
Providing accessible and affordable Jewish education to build and strengthen the Jewish community.
Expanding services to the most vulnerable among us to meet the growing needs of at-risk populations locally, in Israel and around the world.
Offering unwavering support for and education about Israel and 70 other Jewish communities around the world.
Responding swiftly to address the immediate needs of individuals and communities in crisis by delivering support, respite and relief.
Building a welcoming and inclusive community for all by growing the ways in which individuals are invited and encouraged to participate in Jewish life.
Increasing opportunities for meaningful connections to Jewish life to offer members of our community a multitude of ways to embark on their Jewish journey.
Living in Jerusalem as a young child after the six-day war, I was able to wander the streets, walk through the old city, visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and go to the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) with ease. I experienced a wondrous city that for the first time in many years appeared to be at peace.Read more
With Chanukah’s approach, I’ve been giving some thought to the true origins of the holiday, and how they mirror some of the challenges we face as a society today. The holiday hoopla of dreidels, jelly donuts, potato latkes and presents masks the dark secret of the holiday’s history. While it is true that the MaccabeesRead more
As Thanksgiving draws near, you may be planning for the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie …. but have you considered preparing four questions for table talk? The idea has been on my mind for the past few weeks, as I’ve considered celebrating the quintessential American holiday and its connection to Jewish tradition andRead more
Federation’s former Senior Shlicha (emissary), Pnina Agenyahu shares a personal recount of her return to Israel after four years with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. “In November 1984 my mother left Ethiopia with me on her back, walking for 14 days and 15 nights through Sudan to travel to Israel. This summer, after fourRead more
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Hop back in time with EntryPointDC and Federation’s Young Leadership! Grab your shades, chokers, neon, flannel and a Chanukah drink as we light up the night. Hang out with fellow 80s and 90s kids at Decades; find the floor of your decade of birth and join hundreds of Jewish young adults for drink and foodLearn more
Meet Pamela Ehrenberg, author of the new PJ Library® book, The Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas. Join us for a special story time and book signing, followed by crafts and vegetarian Indian snacks. Your ticket gets you a copy of the book to get a personalized autograph from Pamela, as well as take-home goodies! QUESTIONS?Learn more