It has been 123 days since 23-year-old Romi Gonen was kidnapped by Hamas from the Supernova music festival. Federation will not rest until Romi —
along with the other 131 remaining hostages — is safely returned home.
Share the hostages' stories and learn more about their families' efforts to bring them home now.
In this issue of
Together & Connected, Federation’s weekly newsletter:
- Updates from Federation: Israel travel grants for teens and fighting antisemitism at the Super Bowl.
- Celebrating Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM).
JDAIM events and resources.
Stand Up to Jewish Hate Goes to the Super Bowl
This Sunday, February 11
th, Federation partner, the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism (FCAS), will be airing their first-ever Super Bowl commercial. The ad will feature Dr. Clarence B. Jones, who assisted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the drafting of his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, and is a strong supporter for the powerful partnership between the Black and Jewish communities in America. Be sure to look out for the ad during the Super Bowl!
Learn more about FCAS
Israel Quest Grants Now Open!
Do you know a teen – 9th through 12
th grade – in the Greater Washington area looking to participate in an educational trip to Israel this summer? The Israel Quest grant program, funded by Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation, provides subsidies to Jewish teens traveling to Israel to enhance their connection to the Jewish community, Israel, and other Jewish teens. Applications close on May 31st.
Learn more and apply here
JEWISH DISABILITY AWARENESS, ACCEPTANCE, & INCLUSION MONTH (JDAIM)
Photo courtesy of Bender JCC
JDAIM shines a light on the disability community and the amazing impact they have on Jewish Greater Washington. Join us this February, and year-round, to raise awareness, champion the rights, and continue to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Together, in partnership with organizations and communities around the world, we can foster a more inclusive Jewish community that recognizes everyone's value, dignity, and capabilities.
- Sign up for events and volunteer opportunities.
Take action on February 15th for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day.
Explore resources to make our community more inclusive.
Embrace the diversity of our shared human experience during the ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia.
Singing in the Dark with Disability Advocate Charlie Kramer
Musician Charlie Kramer is legally blind with only 4% of his total vision remaining and is completely blind at night. Join Ohr Kodesh Congregation for a special immersive musical experience as Charlie guides participants through song, prayer, and meditation while blindfolded.
» Saturday, February 3 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Bagel Brunch with Disability Advocate Emily Ladau
Emily Ladau is an internationally known disability rights activist, writer, storyteller, author of
Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to say, and How to be an Ally, and co-host of the podcast, The Accessible Stall Podcast. Join Emily at Beth El Hebrew Congregation for bagels and conversation about disability advocacy.
» Sunday, February 25 | 11:45 AM – 2:00 PM
Volunteer with Friendship Circle
Friendship Circle works to provide every child with special needs in Montgomery County and DC with the friendship, inclusion, and emotional support that they deserve. Explore ways you can connect with a child with special needs, make new friends, and create lasting memories.
Learn more here
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