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
A majority of today’s young adults were raised without a strong Jewish affiliation, which means that their participation in Jewish life will be neither habitual nor guaranteed. Our job, therefore, is to speak and appeal to millennials across life stages and ensure that no matter when or in what way they turn to the Jewish community, we are there to help them find what they are looking for. As we step into what promises to be another transformative decade, we are asking ourselves how do we help engage young adults, young couples, and new families, both today and over time?

This Chanukah, Rededicate Yourself to Being a Force for Good in the World
Chanukah is a special time to feel grateful for all the blessings that we have. The holiday reminds us that we can rededicate ourselves to making a real difference in the lives of people who need our help the most. As we count down to the final days of the year, we hope you will consider making your gift to The Jewish Federation's 2019 Annual Campaign so that, together, we can continue to build and sustain an open, connected, and vibrant Jewish community.

The Miracle of Creative Survival
Chanukah is a deceptively complex and layered holiday. Its roots in ancient times seem somewhat detached from the modern celebrations that rival the Passover seder in popularity. The setting of the historical Chanukah is the wave of globalization in the Greek empire called Hellenization. This wave hit the State of Judea like a tsunami, bringing both opportunities and challenges to Jews and their identity and faith. But historical pressure pushes Jewish life and culture to rethink AND rededicate (the Hebrew meaning of Chanukah) itself towards creative survival. What “poetic” memory meaning can we make of the oil story today?

Mazel Tov to Local Leader Jason Benkendorf!
Federation congratulates Jason Benkendorf, Director of Hillel at American University, for being recognized with the Richard M. Joel Examplar Award, the Hillel movement's highest individual honor. This prestigious award, which recognizes professionals who are making an extraordinary impact on Jewish students and campus communities, was awarded to Benkendorf for overseeing the transformation of AU Hillel. During his tenure, AU Hillel – a Federation partner – has quintupled student involvement, tripled its operating budget, and developed strong relationships with campus partners.

Politics and Morality: How Separable Are They?
Federation and our partner, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (SHINA), invite you to begin the New Year with a new communal learning opportunity. Dr. Elana Stein Hain, Scholar-in-Residence and Director of Faculty at SHINA, will turn our lecture hall into an interactive community beit midrash (house of learning) – a forum for spirited peer exchange through a Jewish lens -- to explore the interrelation between politics and morality, and how this might impact the way we comport ourselves in this polarized political moment.
As 2019 comes to a close, The Jewish Federation team thanks you for your philanthropic partnership as we work to build a stronger, more vibrant Jewish community. We look forward to continuing this important work in 2020, and hope we can count on your support to do so.
Please make your gift by 11:59 PM on 12/31 to ensure that your investment will help us address the concerns of the Jewish people locally, in Israel, and around the world in the coming year. Donate now.
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