Israel & Overseas

Connect with Israel and Jewish communities overseas and learn just how far your impact can reach.

Explore Your Impact Around the World

Click the tabs on the map to see what communities and programs your dollars support around the world. Together, with our partners and our Federation donors, we fund educational and developmental programs in communities around the globe.

Szarvas, Hungary

1,500 Jewish campers from around the world participate in Szarvas international Jewish summer camp in Hungary.

Former Soviet Union/Eastern Europe

29,000 Jewish children and families across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union received hunger relief, medication and other essentials services.

Mexico, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand

$3 million allocated to 97 Jewish institutions in Mexico, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and 35 other countries to improve security.

Afula, Israel

400 children received mentorship from trained professional counselors.

Dimona (in the Negev)

4,000 Israeli students in under-resourced communities receive high-quality after-school supplemental STEM education.

France & Ukraine

22,000 new immigrants to Israel received help adjusting to Israeli society, including assistance with learning Hebrew, finding employment and creating new social networks.

Haiti

20,000 pounds of medicine, medical supplies and hygiene kits were distributed in Haitian communities hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew.

Houston, TX

1,870 families impacted by flooding received recovery assistance from Jewish Family Service in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Baton Rouge, LA

10% of the Jewish community of Baton Rouge, LA was impacted by devastating floods, requiring financial support and manpower to help them rebuild.

Sderot, Israel

1,000 co-op customers benefited from affordable, healthy food and household items in the first month of operation, made possible by Federation’s United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Budapest

200+ Holocaust survivors and young adults participated on The Budapest Intergenerational Program, a year-long exchange and joint trip to Israel, creating connections that enrich the lives of the elder participants and inspire the younger participants to build for the future.

Athens, Greece

$1,000,000+ in emergency funding supported the Athens, Greece Jewish community through economic instability.

Ukraine

6,900+ people living in Ukraine’s conflict zone have received life-sustaining services, including rental subsidies, food, clothing and post-trauma counseling.

Sofia, Bulgaria

90% of the city’s Jewish school-age children attend the World ORT school.

Argentina

More than 80% of Jewish children who attend a Jewish high school are educated by ORT.

Ethiopia

$1000 provides skills and education to one newly-arrived Ethiopian immigrant to help him secure a job.

Morocco

Over 90,000 service hours were completed by college students and young adults through Entwine, which offers unique young people opportunities to engage with the world as global Jewish citizens through exploratory trips, moving volunteer service experiences, local learning networks, and more.

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

1,400 parents and children have attended Olameinu Mishpacha Baltic Jewish Family camp for an unforgettable summer camp experience.

Tunisia

100 girls attend Jewish educational institutions, where education for girls is a newer innovation

India

700 Jewish households throughout India receive the quarterly newspaper, Kol India

Latin America

4,500 Jewish people throughout Latin America were able to travel to Israel through Birthright, Masa Israel Journey and other Israel experience organizations.

Africa

700 people from Africa, Australia and New Zealand received aliya (immigration to Israel) assistance to build new lives in Israel

Australia

700 people from Africa, Australia and New Zealand received aliya (immigration to Israel) assistance to build new lives in Israel

New Zealand

700 people from Africa, Australia and New Zealand received aliya (immigration to Israel) assistance to build new lives in Israel

Morocco

100 elderly individuals and families in need receive monthly cash grants for food, medical supplies, rent subsidies and other essentials.

Africa

127 people are engaged in volunteer opportunities throughout Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana and South Africa.

Latin America

1,100 teachers in Jewish schools and educational initiatives across Latin American benefit from professional development programs.

Tunisia

100 girls attend Jewish educational institutions in Tunisia, where education for girls is a newer endeavor.

Afula, Israel

$5.5 million has been invested in PACT (Parents & Children Together) Afula, propelling hundreds of Ethiopian Israeli preschoolers toward a promising future by closing extensive gaps in language, emotional development, and school readiness. In 2018, after 17 years of partnership with Federation partner the JDC, Afula’s municipality with fully and enthusiastically take over the program.

Seventeen Years of Impact in Afula, Israel

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, extends our heartfelt congratulations to the city of Afula and the PACT (Parents & Children Together) program on this momentous milestone. In partnership with the JDC, our Federation has proudly invested more than five-and-a-half million dollars in PACT Afula, and we’ve happily brought our community members to visit the program over the years.

Nourishing Jewish Life in Havana

Since the Cuban revolution nearly 60 years ago, immigration to Israel and the United States has diminished the community and forced its remaining members to struggle to support themselves, both spiritually and financially. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many Cubans returned to their religious roots and to synagogues, which were in need of monetary support and resources. Now supported by Federation partner The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Beth Shalom, Cuba’s largest synagogue and Jewish community center, is rebuilding and engaging the next generation of Jewish leaders.

“Thanks to the love and the contributions of the American Jewry, we exist. Now, we have a new generation who attend the Sunday school, who are madrichim (leaders), who learn about Judaism. They will be the future leaders.”

—Adela Dworin, President, Cuban Jewish Community

22,000

new immigrants to Israel received help adjusting to Israeli society, including assistance with learning Hebrew, finding employment, and creating new social networks.

1,500

Jewish campers from around the world participate in Szarvas international Jewish summer camp in Hungary.

4,000

Israeli students in under-resourced communities receive high-quality after-school supplemental STEM education.

Olameinu Mishpacha Baltic Jewish Family Camp

For families from the Jewish communities of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, opportunities to instill strong Jewish identity in their children are limited. Attending this summer camp, made possible by the support of Federation partner the JDC, offers them the invaluable chance to take part in a larger Jewish community that teaches Jewish values, practices traditional customs and celebrates Shabbat as a family.

1,400

parents and children have attended Olameinu Mishpacha Baltic Jewish Family Camp for an unforgettable summer camp experience, organized by a team of volunteers from Jewish communities in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

Transforming our Communal Relationship with Israel

In 2002, The Jewish Federation welcomed our first Israeli emissary to Greater Washington through The Jewish Agency for Israel.

Recognizing the tremendous success and the deep connection our community members have formed with Israel and Israelis through relationships with the shlichim (Israeli emissary), Federation has proudly and significantly increased our investment in our Congregational Shlichim Program, expanding the role of these emissaries in our community.

1,300

Israeli shlichim (emissaries) work at Jewish summer camps across North America, connecting tens of thousands of campers to Israel and Israelis.

Our Jewish community celebrates 70 years of Israeli independence

On Sunday, June 3, 2018, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington gave community members the opportunity to come together to express their love for Israel. From the exciting Israeli musical acts to the numerous family-friendly projects and enticing giveaways, Israel@70: A Musical Celebration was an amazing experience for more than 2,000 attendees from across our community.

Imagine Israel Changemakers like Hadas Goldman are sharing unique perspectives on their culture with Washingtonians.

Thousands of ideologically motivated young adults are moving to underdeveloped towns and cities in Israel’s periphery to build innovative, mission-driven communities. These urban pioneers are working to close gaps in their communal social spheres to improve the quality of life for all Israelis.

Hadas Goldman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Tarbut Movement, a culture-based network of mission driven communities comprised of over 500 artists, musicians, actors, dancers and filmmakers who impact thousands of children, youth, and adults from Kiryat Shmone to Ofakim.

“One of our biggest challenges as a network of young people spread throughout Israel is to be able to share content-based learning and professional training. Thanks to Federation’s investment, we are able to bring our entire network together and provide professional training. This allows us to create the common thread that makes our work more systemic and strategic for years to come.”

-Hadas G.

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Tarbut Movement