News you can use from across Greater Washington
News you can use from across Greater Washington

Thank You & Happy New Year! 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is grateful to our generous donors, who ensure a bright future for our Jewish community. Your support means that we can continue to build a more open, connected, secure, and vibrant Jewish communitylocally and around the world.
Thank you for giving to Federation in 2019, and for all that you do to strengthen Jewish Greater Washington.

Looking Ahead: Shining a Spotlight on Seniors
A Message from Gil Preuss
To describe Jewish Greater Washington’s seniors is to describe a cohort of people actively engaged in Jewish life and with causes that matter most to them. Representing one-fifth of our community’s population, people ages 65 and older are active philanthropists and leaders in the community, and eager to continue on their own Jewish journeys. In other words, seniors, like so many others, are searching for and expect a lot from the Greater Washington Jewish community, including meaningful opportunities for connection and the support and resources they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Community Builders in the News: A Spotlight on
Dede Feinberg
Dede Feinberg, community leader and past president of The Jewish Federation, sat down with the Washington Jewish Week (WJW) to discuss a range of issues facing our Jewish community. From the status of Diaspora Jews, to rising levels of anti-Semitism, to why she considers her contributions to Federation to be her “most meaningful gift,” read the full article for Dede’s thoughtful perspective on moving our community forward. (Interested in more from the WJW? Sign up for 52 free print issues and access to exclusive content on

Mazel Tov to Federation's Ari Brickman, Recipient of the Prestigious Wexner Field Fellowship
Congratulations to Federation's own Ari Brickman, who was recently selected as one of 15 Jewish professionals for Class 4 of the Wexner Field Fellowship, the Wexner Foundation's newest leadership development program, created in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation. The fellowship is a three-year intensive professional development program. Together with a diverse cohort of Jewish professionals from across North America, Ari will grow as a Jewish professional, deepen her leadership skills, and develop a rich community of colleagues, becoming part of the Wexner Foundation’s network of professional and volunteer leaders in North America and Israel.

The (Not) So Secret Recipe of the Startup Nation
In terms of size and population, Israel is a tiny country—yet it has managed to become a major player in the global technology industry. So how has Israel achieved such success, and what lessons can we apply here in America? This past December, Noa Ohayon Bab, Federation’s Senior Shlicha (Israel emissary), led a discussion on this topic at our Jewish Early Childhood and Family Education Conference. She shared ideas for how educators can teach their students to embrace the startup mentality that has helped so many Israelis become entrepreneurs.

Federation's Main Event returns with Hamilton star, Daveed Diggs!
Be in the room where it happens at Federation's Main Event on Wednesday, March 25 –Jewish Greater Washington's annual evening of inspiration, networking, and entertainment. Be inspired by the Jewish story of Daveed Diggs, multi-talented artist and star of the hit-show, Hamilton! (Early-bird tickets available through February 17 and a special ticket price for young leaders and Jewish organizational professionals.)
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