It has been 115 days since the 132 remaining hostages were captured by Hamas. Federation calls for the safe return of all who have been taken hostage and we will not rest until every one of them is released. Share their 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 grants for teens and learning opportunities with Federation's community Shlichim (Israeli emissaries).
- Celebrating Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month.
Federation in the News: Federation CEO, Gil Preuss, on BBC News.
- Community events and resources.
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
Hands-on Israel Workshops
Is your organization or synagogue interested in offering Israel programming for the Jewish community in Greater Washington? Explore the many offerings to learn and engage with Israel through Federation’s Hands-on Israel program, led by our community’s Shlichim.
Join us in Creating a More Inclusive Jewish Community
February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) – the annual celebration that shines a light on the disability community and the amazing impact they have on Jewish Greater Washington. Join us to learn, help raise awareness, champion the rights, and foster a more inclusive Jewish community that recognizes the value, dignity, and capabilities of each and every individual.
Announcing Requests for Proposals for Addressing Antisemitism
In response to growing antisemitism in our community and across the country, Federation is launching a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new and innovative programs that reduce the prevalence of antisemitic activity and build the capacity for teenagers to respond to incidents of antisemitism. Please share this with your networks and any organizations that may have relevant programs and initiatives. Proposals are due by
March 1, 2024. To request the RFP, please contact Elisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY EVENTS & RESOURCES
Summer Camp Grant Applications Are Open for 2024!
One Happy Camper grants for summer 2024 are still available! First-time campers are eligible for up to $1,000 from The Jewish Federation and the Foundation for Jewish Camp's One Happy Camper incentive grant program. If applying for a child who attends day school, your application must include a valid PJ Library Goes to Camp code (for more information on this, please contact email@example.com).
ReelAbilities Film Festival
The ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the US dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Join Federation partner, Pozez JCC of Northern VA, throughout the month of February to enjoy films in community at venues throughout Greater Washington and virtually.
Browse opportunities and purchase tickets
» Thursday, February 1 – Sunday, March 10
Shufuni: Look at Me
Come together to connect, heal, and join in community with Federation partner, Edlavitch DCJCC, for a special concert with
Shufuni, a musical troupe from Sderot, a southern Israeli town known for its premiere music scene that was attacked by Hamas on October 7th. Following the concert, there will be a discussion with the artists as they share their stories of loss and survival.
» Sunday, February 4 | 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Can we Chat? Navigating Conversations During the Israel-Hamas War
Jewish teens today are struggling with how to engage in conversation about the Israel-Hamas war. Join Federation partner, the Jewish Community Relations Council, at the Pozez JCC for an opportunity to understand the historical context of the war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, gain the knowledge to address common questions, and walk away with the ability to confront disinformation. Open to all 9th – 12th graders.
» Sunday, February 4 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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