In this issue of Together & Connected, Federation’s weekly newsletter:
Your generosity at work: supporting emerging needs in Israel.
- Volunteer and be a force for good this holiday season.
- Upcoming events and community resources.
Photo courtesy of Bshvil HaMachar.
Your generosity is meeting pressing needs in Israel. Federation’s Israel Crisis Relief Fund grants to date now total $5.6 million. Together, we're addressing the well-documented and widespread trauma experienced by both Israeli soldiers and civilians since the onset of the war. Your generosity and our long relationships in Israel have powered both Federation’s immediate and long-term response. Today, this includes addressing the well-documented and widespread trauma experienced by both Israeli soldiers and civilians since the onset of the war.
Your impact includes:
- Training Israeli clinicians in trauma care through Sheba Medical Center.
Supporting trauma services for Nova Festival survivors and their families through Safe Heart, Merchav Marpeh (Healing Space), and HaGal Sheli (My Wave).
- Trauma care and prevention for IDF soldiers through Bshvil HaMachar (The Path for Tomorrow).
This holiday season, we can uplift our community, care for those in need, and ensure a vibrant Jewish future – but we can only do this essential work together. As you finalize your end-of-year charitable giving decisions, please consider making or fulfilling your gift to Federation.
VOLUNTEER & BE A FORCE FOR GOOD
Aftermath of October 7th at
Kfar Aza Kibbutz.
Calling for Overseas Volunteers in Israel
The people of Israel are currently experiencing a terrible reality, filled with unbearable tragedy and uncertainty. In this moment, volunteers are stepping up to fill critical gaps and power Israeli resilience. The Jewish Federations of North America has compiled a list of opportunities open to foreign volunteers, including medical and mental health professionals.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities in Israel
D25 Day of Service
Join Federation partner, Edlavitch DCJCC, for the December 25 Day of Service, their largest volunteer event of the year, with hundreds of volunteers spreading holiday cheer across the DC metro area. Choose from a variety of projects based on location, type of activity, or time of
day – there are options for people of all ages and abilities!
Find projects here
COMMUNITY EVENTS & RESOURCES
Lox & Legislators: Maryland Legislative Breakfast
Federation partner, the Jewish Community Relations Council, invites you to join the Greater Washington Jewish community to meet, mingle, and discuss legislative priorities and advocacy efforts with federal, state, and local elected officials, including Senator Ben Cardin and Maryland Governor Wes Moore.
» Thursday, December 21 | 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Winter 2024 Beyond the Tent Retreat
Federation partner, GatherDC’s Beyond the Tent Retreat, is a creative and interactive weekend that brings together Jewish 20s and 30s from across the DMV at a retreat center to explore what it means to be Jewish today, unpack 21st century American Judaism, and dive into authentic models for expressing that identity.
Early bird registration ends Tuesday, January 2nd
» Friday, February 2 – Sunday, February 4
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