Inclusive Community

Deepening our understanding of who we are begins with listening to each distinct voice that makes up our Jewish Greater Washington community. Explore how Federation’s commitment to advancing and fostering inclusion is ensuring that everyone feels invited and encouraged to participate in Jewish life.

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Federation proudly brings PJ Library® and PJ Our Way to Greater Washington, connecting 7,691 families with young children (ages 0–11) to Jewish life, one another, and our larger community.

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“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.

PJ Library parent


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

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

Jacob, Federation's previous MOST intern


annual hours of job training empower adults with differing abilities to join the workforce.

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of couples include someone who does not identify as Jewish.

Meet Max, and learn how donors to The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington are making Jewish Early Childhood Education accessible to all.


Disability Inclusion Fair attendees


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.

Federation proudly supports the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes’ Sally and Robert Goldberg Maryland Meaningful Opportunities for Successful Transitions (MOSTTM) program, which prepares individuals with disabilities for independent, self-sustaining adulthood by providing real world professional experience.

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


Individuals are part of our growing disability inclusion network and working group; we welcome your involvement.

Disability Inclusion Fair attendees

The Edlavitch DCJCC, a Federation partner, is home to GLOE – The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement. GLOE engages the local GLBTQ Jewish community through original programming and events, and by fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for those of all identities.

“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.