News you can use from across Greater Washington
News you can use from across Greater Washington
Federation 5: News you can use from across Greater Washington

The momentum of our Task Force process continues…  

…and we’re still buzzing with excitement after our second annual Pitch Night earlier this month. Watch the video below to feel some of the incredible energy in the room, and explore pitch videos and metrics reports from new and returning organizations seeking funding this year!

Pitch Night 2020: Bringing Ideas to Life

Looking Ahead to the Main Event
A Message from Gil Preuss
We care deeply about fostering a strong, vibrant, and welcoming Jewish community. But as an essential prerequisite to this work, we are also committed to recognizing and exploring how our community members think about their Jewish connections and Jewish story in the first place. Looking ahead to the decades to come, we want to ensure that we keep our finger on the pulse of how Jewish identity is shifting more broadly, and work to support an open and honest conversation about who we are and what we need to thrive. And there is no better place to start than at Federation’s Main Event.

Welcome Sarah Green, Federation’s New Director of Young Leadership
Meet Sarah Green, who comes to Federation from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Sarah sees engaging DC young professionals and bringing them into Federation as critically important. “Young leaders need our community, and our community needs young leaders. It’s a vital symbiotic relationship,” Sarah says. “Through Federation, we can make sure that it’s a thriving and productive one.” In this Q&A, Sarah also talks about how people in their 20s and 30s are pioneering new ways of leadership and how they represent a wide diversity of demographics, including Jewish singles, young professionals, families with young children, and adults caring for elderly relatives.

Celebrate JDAIM! Be an Advocate for Disability Inclusion
Every February, for Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion (JDAIM) month, Federation joins with organizations and communities around the world to raise awareness and champion the rights of people with disabilities. Together, we can foster a more inclusive Jewish community that emphasizes the value, dignity, and capabilities of each and every individual. Discover how you can get involved to effect change in our community.

On the Side of Caution
With a spike in anti-Semitic attacks here and around the country, the state of security in Jewish Washington is a growing concern. Greater Washington Regional Security Advisor, Robert Graves, spoke with the Washington Jewish Week on how Federation and our partners at the Secure Community Network are working to ensure that all of our community’s institutions remain safe. "Planning and preparation of the community is probably the key thing," he says. "Training is a low to no cost measure to enhance every individual's preparedness. [For] every individual [whose preparedness we enhance], the community’s preparedness is enhanced." (Interested in more from the WJW? Sign up for 52 free print issues and access to exclusive content on

Is There Any Chance for Peace? An Israeli Writer Reaches Out to Palestinians
Last year, Shalom Hartman Institute Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Muslim Leadership Initiative Yossi Klein Halevi published his New York Times bestseller, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. The book was Halevi’s personal attempt to explain Zionism to Palestinians and others in the Arab world. On Thursday, March 12, join Federation and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America in Northern Virginia for an engaging conversation about the surprising new conversations sparked by Halevi's book, as well as his perspective on the latest peace plan.
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