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

Disability Advocacy and Our Potential to Effect Change: A Message from Gil Preuss
At The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, we believe that our community will not be whole until everyone feels welcome and included. To that end, we are proud to work with a range of dedicated partners to translate our values into tangible, effective changes that can help make the Jewish community accessible for everyone. Our support for this work reflects our commitment to shaping a community that cares for all its members and acts as a force for good in the world. By advocating for people with disabilities, we not only enable all members of our community to participate in Jewish life, we also help to build the mechanisms and lay the groundwork for universal change.

Local Leader Shelly Kupfer Named Chair-Designate of National Women’s Philanthropy
We are proud to announce that Greater Washington’s own Shelly Kupfer has been named by The Jewish Federations of North America as chair-designate of National Women's Philanthropy from June 2019 through June 2021. As those who know her can attest, Shelly is an engaging leader, and incredibly thoughtful, hardworking, and passionate about Federation. We have no doubt that Shelly will continue to do great and meaningful work in this prestigious and well-deserved new position, and look forward to witnessing her continued success.

Road to Independence Resource Fair
On March 31, Federation, in partnership with the Montgomery County Transition Work Group, will host the third annual Road to Independence resource fair for young adults with disabilities and their families. The resource fair will feature more than 35 local organizations who will be on-hand to provide information about social, recreational, vocational, employment, housing, and financial resources and opportunities for adults, young adults, and high school students ages 14 and up, who are transitioning into the workforce or higher education.

Travel to Poland & Israel with Women’s Philanthropy
This fall, from October 26 through November 2, journey with women from Greater Washington through three unique and historical cities. Experience Jewish history in Krakow and Warsaw, Poland, and celebrate modern-day Jewish life in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is a wonderful opportunity for women in our community to immerse themselves in Jewish history while making new friends and creating meaningful memories.

Fighting for the Oppressed: A Reflection by National Young Leadership Cabinet Member Jessica Sher
Earlier this month, five DC-based members of The Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet had the unique opportunity to participate in a Civil Rights Mission through Alabama. Among them was local leader Jessica Sher, who thoughtfully shared her personal reflections on the journey with us.
"When National Young Leadership Cabinet offered me the opportunity to travel to Alabama, the heart of the civil rights movement, for their first Civil Right Mission, I jumped at the chance to “get on the bus.” Since joining Cabinet, I have traveled to India, Morocco, and Spain on study missions. While each of those trips has been incredible… studying how past generations of Jews mobilized in support of the African American community speaks to the core of who I am as a Jew.”
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