COMMUNITY NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Capital Jewish Food Festival
Capital Jewish Museum
Enjoy a wide variety of foods from local restaurants while learning about DC’s Jewish culinary scene and engaging with organizations fighting for food justice and sustainability at the Capital Jewish Food Festival, hosted by Federation partner, the Capital Jewish Museum. Highlights include tasting samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive workshops, headline speaker Michael Twitty, and more. General admission tickets available through Saturday, October 8th. Ages 5 and under are free.
Purchase tickets today
» Sunday, October 9 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Join a Virtual Cooking Demonstration with Famed Chef Michael Solomonov!
The James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef, Michael Solomonov, will demonstrate how to cook a delicious fall meal with seasonal ingredients, perfect for the cooler days ahead. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to wow your friends and family with new culinary skills, exclusively for the Jewish community of Greater Washington.
» Wednesday, October 19 | 7:30 PM
Explore Federation's 2022 Annual Report
We are thrilled to introduce our 2022 Annual Report, Building Vibrant Jewish Life Together, highlighting some of our proudest accomplishments from the last year. As you explore the report, we hope you find inspiration and encouragement in how you helped move our community forward. Please share it broadly — and proudly — with your networks.
Experience Federation's 2022 Annual Report
Healing Our World: Shelter + Security — the Den Collective
The Den Collective
Join Rabbi Jenna in a sukkah (temporary hut constructed for use during the festival of Sukkot, the weeklong harvest festival which starts five days after Yom Kippur) in Arlington to learn about housing justice — from its Jewish roots through to the advocacy and action that can be taken as a group to impact chronic homelessness in our community.
» Wednesday, October 12 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sukkah Open Hours
Sixth & I
In celebration of the harvest holiday, stop by Sixth & I to check out their sukkah and shake the lulav and etrog (palm branch and citron fruit waved as part of Sukkot observance). Tables and chairs will be provided so you can enjoy the sukkah during your lunch or coffee break or on the way to Shabbat services. No RSVP needed!
Learn more here
» Tuesday, October 11 – Friday, October 14 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Community Playhouse Build
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
Create a team of eight and join Federation partner Bender JCC’s Delivering Good Network, and Habitat for Humanity Maryland for a community-wide playhouse build! This Sukkot, help ensure our local children have a safe place to play. Teams are required to raise a minimum of $2,400 to offset the cost of materials and supervision, and to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership programs and services. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Learn more and register here
» Sunday, October 16 | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Renowned Author Mark Oppenheimer at George Mason
George Mason University (GMU) Judaic Studies Department, Mason Hillel, Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia, and Haberman Institute for Judaic Studies
Renowned author Mark Oppenheimer visits GMU to discuss the Tree of Life Synagogue shootings and a historic Jewish community's resilience. Oppenheimer's new book Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shootings and the Soul of the Neighborhood, is described as "propulsive" (New York Times), "powerful" (Washington Post), and "compelling" (Wall Street Journal). A Q&A will follow Oppenheimer's discussion of his book.
» Thursday, October 27 | 7:00 PM
How Many Elections Can Israel Handle? Challenges Facing Israel’s Democracy
American University's Center for Israel Studies, Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues, and Americans for Ben Gurion University
Join editor-in-chief of
Haaretz Aluf Benn, Federation, and Jewish Agency for Israel senior shlicha (Israeli emissary), Gadeer Kamal–Mreeh, and other top scholars of Israeli democracy for a series of panel discussions hosted by American University highlighting the fragile state of Israel's democracy. The conference will be offered both in-person and virtually.
» Sunday, November 13 – Monday, November 14
VOLUNTEER & BE A FORCE FOR GOOD!
Join the EDCJCC's Inaugural Tzedek B'nai Mitzvah Fellowship
Join Federation partner EDCJCC’s Tzedek B’nai Mitzvah Fellowship, where teens will engage in hands-on volunteering at sites around the DC area, learn about systems of inequality and avenues for advocacy, and build friendships with their cohort. They will finish the fellowship with a greater understanding of equity issues in our community, Jewish teachings around service and social justice, and how they can use their own personal strengths and passions to engage in change-making beyond their bar/bat mitzvahs. Open to teens ages 11-13 who are on their b’nai mitzvah (young person who begins to take on the rights and responsibilities of an adult in the religious community) journey.
» Register by October 25
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