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
The health and safety of our community remain a top priority for our Federation team. In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we won’t be able to see you this August for Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park. Although we had so looked forward to bringing our community together for this annual celebration, we are excited to be planning great opportunities to connect as a community online later this summer. Follow Federation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates in real time. Shabbat Shalom!

Finding Meaning in a Summer Without Jewish Camp: A Message from Gil Preuss
Most of the 150 Jewish overnight camps and many day camps across the country have made the painful but responsible decision to cancel the 2020 season. This year, our children and teens will miss the magic of immersion in a positive Jewish world full of connection, experiential education, and identity-shaping that models the best of what Jewish community can be. What will a lost summer of critical identity-forming experiences mean for our community? And how can we ensure that the loss of one camp season does not undermine long-term efforts to cultivate active and engaged Jewish adults?

Introducing 703-J-CARING: The Jewish Community Support Line
When you feel overwhelmed or uncertain about your options, Federation, JSSA, and the 703-J-CARING Support Line Partner Network of human service organizations are here for you. With one call to 703-J-CARING (703-522-7464), you will reach a professional case manager ready to connect you with resources and services that are right for you. Serving residents of DC, MD, and Northern VA, 703-J-CARING is accessible Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, and all calls are confidential.

A Study in Resilience: Our Jewish Day Schools in a Time of Crisis
As an unusual school year comes to a close, we invite you to join us for a look back at how Federation’s six partner Jewish Day Schools continued to serve students and families during a challenging time. We are proud to pay tribute to the educators, administrators, and other professionals in our Jewish Day School community—including local heroes Rabbi Shmuel Lichtenstein of the Torah School; and Jessica Friedman, Marissa Gally, and Jen Margolis of Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital.

Hillel: A Sage for All Seasons...and for a Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has upended our way of life as a community and unleashed a cascade of crises affecting individuals and society as a whole. Throughout the public health emergency, economic fallout, and protests for racial justice, many of us have been looking for sage leadership to help us figure out what we, as individuals, are supposed to do. For guidance on our modern-day challenges, there is much wisdom to be had from the teachings of our ancient scholars, especially the remarkable Hillel the Elder. His call for character and integrity, courage and authenticity is the kind of wisdom we need to navigate these uncertain times.

A Jewish Summer Camp Preview from PJ Library
Though many Jewish day and overnight camps will be unable to open this summer, families can still take find opportunities to safely enjoy the season. Many Jewish camps in our community are offering ways for campers to stay connected, have fun, and be actively engaged during the long summer days. If you’re looking for ways to liven up your weeks, check out PJ Library’s round-up of local Jewish camp offerings—both virtual and in-person (outdoors). There’s something for kids of all ages!
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