At sunset tonight, we mark the transition from Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Remembrance Day) to Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day). As we move from remembrance to joy, we join our Israeli siblings and others worldwide in honoring Israel's fallen soldiers and those who have lost their lives to terrorism and celebrate Israel's milestone 75th year of independence.
Join our Greater Washington Jewish community in marking Israel at 75
Rebirth and Renewal: A Message from our CEO, Gil Preuss
This week, we recognize and celebrate the miracle of 75 years of Israel’s sovereignty and growth – a country and a sovereign people that is truly a story of rebirth and renewal. At the same time, we must understand and confront the challenges Israel is currently facing as we grapple with questions about the future of Israeli society and democracy, American Jewry’s role in Israel, and the role of Israel in shaping American Jewish identity. At Federation, we are dedicated to creating the space to both elevate and truly hear diverse voices and perspectives and through this process move from crisis to renewal.
Read Gil's full reflection
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Save the Date! The 21%: The Lives of the Arab Citizens of Israel
The annual program exploring the daily lives and challenges of Arab-Israeli citizens – sponsored by the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues, Federation, and Federation partner, Edlavitch DCJCC – is returning to the JxJ Festival. The event will feature a screening of Israeli documentary Shadya, followed by a conversation with producer and founder of Budo for Peace Danny Hakim, film subject Shadya Zoabi, and Budo for Peace alum, Nour Anaeem.
Browse the full JxJ lineup here
» Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 PM
Enhancing Disability Inclusion in our Jewish Community
The Jewish Federation is excited to announce a new grant program to support inclusion of young adults with disabilities. This initiative will support organizations serving young adults to build their capacity and confidence in disability inclusion, bridge the gap between their values of inclusion and practice of inclusion, and remove barriers to participation for young adults with disabilities in their organization. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how your organization can access grant funding.
Have you explored Federation's Israel at 75 website? Whether you connect best by learning, celebrating, eating, traveling, or all of the above, find the Israel at 75 opportunity for you!
Visit shalomdc.org/israelat75 to find ways to engage.
Crossroads and Connections: Collections of the National Library of Israel
Home to the intellectual and cultural treasures of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide, the National Library of Israel (NLI) has recently embarked on a visionary journey of renewal. As part of this initiative, and in celebration of Israel’s 75th anniversary year, join Dr. Raquel Ukeles and Adas Israel Congregation to explore these treasures through a traveling exhibition.
» Wednesday, May 3 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Land of Bees and Honey: JFamily Celebrates Israel at 75
Join Edlavitch DCJCC and JFamily for an event with Federation Shlicha (Israeli Emissary) Uriel Lin, a third-generation Israeli honey farmer, to learn about the history of Israeli agriculture through the story of the Lin family and their bee-keeping farm. This program is geared towards children ages 3 – 6 and their families, but all are welcome.
» Sunday, April 30 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
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