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

This JDAIM, Learning from Those Who Lead by Example: A Message from Our CEO
Did you know that January 26 is Dental Drill Appreciation Day? By chance, I had a dentist appointment that day, where I was surprised to learn that even my dentist did not know this “fun” fact. Appreciation days and months are not a new phenomenon in our society, but as they seem to become more frequent, we sometimes lose sight of why we observe them. In contrast to Dental Drill Appreciation Day, many people are aware that February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, or JDAIM. This year marks JDAIM’s 10th anniversary.
Read Gil’s full message »

On Pluralism in Our Community: Thoughts from CESJDS Students and Alumni
“Sitting next to my peers during classes, pluralistic values floated around us like the air we breathed, teaching us to listen, understand and respect differences of opinion and practice…I celebrate my Jewish passion and spirituality, and at the same time, I revel in the opportunity to explore and understand those who may express their commitment differently from how I express mine. That understanding, in my eyes, is how I demonstrate my commitment to the future of the Jewish people.” -- Avital Krifcher, ’17. 
Read all of the moving perspectives on pluralism from CESJDS students and alumni, as compiled by Head of School Rabbi Mitchel Malkus in eJewish Philanthropy »

A New Year’s Reflection: Seventy Years of Israel
Ayelet Levi, one of seven incredible emissaries in Greater Washington through Federation’s Congregational Shlichim Program, works at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation and Moed. Originally from Ra’anana, Ayelet is in awe of Israel’s diverse landscape and reflects on the significance of how the last 70 years of Israeli independence has transformed it into a vibrant, multi-cultural and innovative country.
Mark your calendars for Israel’s 70th birthday celebration! You won’t want to miss a day of fun for the whole family on June 3, at Federation’s Israel@70: A Musical Celebration in Tysons Corner, VA.

Read Ayelet’s post on the Imagine Israel blog »

Honoring and Caring for Greater Washington’s Holocaust Survivors

Last week marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an opportunity to remember and reflect on how we care for the most vulnerable members of our community. Meeting the needs of our increasingly frail local population of Holocaust survivors is one of the most critical issues in Greater Washington. Federation proudly partners with the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) to support the JSSA Holocaust Survivors Community Fund, which addresses the immediate and long-term needs of those who may not be able to advocate or provide for themselves. Today, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are serving more people and have eliminated the JSSA waiting list for services among Holocaust survivors.
Watch the video to Meet Jack and Ed: A Holocaust Survivor and his Son »

Welcome Jackie Subar, Federation’s New Director of Young Leadership!
Jackie believes that the Jewish people are only as strong as their community and knows that young professionals bring passion and innovation into the mix. She brings to Federation a history of working with young Jews on a local and international level and has a background in board leadership, Jewish advocacy, development, and community relations. When not engaging young leaders or hiking local trails, Jackie teaches a Shabbat kids program in the community, makes brownies to share, and is currently training to teach ESL.
Get to know Jackie »
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