Hurricane Ian has plunged large parts of Florida into darkness and cut off water to millions of residents. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced or stranded, and Jewish communities are among those in significant need of shelter, recovery, aid, and rebuilding. Our Jewish community is uniquely positioned to help at times such as these. Please donate today to Federation's Hurricane Relief Fund.
COMMUNITY NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Meet our New Community Shlichim
Each year, The Jewish Federation’s Community Shlichim Program brings shlichim (emissaries) to Greater Washington to deepen our community’s connection and relationship with Israel. In conjunction with their congregations and schools, the shlichim create unique programming to increase Jewish awareness, knowledge and pride, and promote a greater understanding of Israel and its ideals.
Get to know the shlichim
Explore Federation's 2022 Annual Report
We are thrilled to introduce our 2022 Annual Report, Building Vibrant Jewish Life Together, highlighting some of our proudest accomplishments from the last year. As you explore the report, we hope you find inspiration and encouragement in how you helped move our community forward. Please share it broadly – and proudly – with your networks.
Experience Federation's 2022 Annual Report
Capital Jewish Food Festival
Capital Jewish Museum
Enjoy a wide variety of foods from local restaurants while learning about DC’s Jewish culinary scene and engaging with organizations fighting for food justice and sustainability at the Capital Jewish Food Festival, hosted by Federation partner, the Capital Jewish Museum. Highlights include tasting samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive workshops, headline speaker Michael Twitty, and more. General admission tickets available through Saturday, October 8th. Ages 5 and under are free.
Purchase tickets today
» Sunday, October 9 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
GatherDC High Holiday Guide
Federation partner GatherDC's High Holiday Guide is a convenient and comprehensive resource to everything going on in the Jewish DMV to kick off 5783 — virtually and in real life. This guide also includes ideas for how to incorporate DIY rituals, reflection, and recipes into your holidays in case you simply want to stay home and plan your own small gathering with your friends!
CESJDS STEM Center’s Parking Lot Sukkah Family Design Challenge
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, PJ Library, Prizmah, and Harold Greenspoon Foundation
Get into the spirit of Sukkot (harvest festival) at Federation partner CESJDS' STEM Center's Parking Lot Sukkah (temporary hut built during Sukkot) Design Challenge! Children (preschool – 5th grade) will hear different PJ Library books read by engaging CESJDS students and faculty. Then, dive into designing and building a mini-Sukkah using recycled materials such as cardboard and newspaper.
» Sunday, October 2 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
NoVA Tashlich Gathering
GatherNoVA, Rodef Shalom, and Moishe House
Join Jewish 20s & 30s for ritual and reflection as we head into the new year. Meet at Benjamin Banneker Park in Falls Church, VA (meet on 18th St N by the playground; four minute walk from East Falls Church metro).
» Sunday, October 2 | 11:00 AM
The Unkosher Comedy Tour: Confessions
The Unkosher Stand-Up Comedy Tour is back! The best young (Jew-ish) stand-up comedians in the DC area share their hilarious transgressions just in time for Yom Kippur.
» Monday, October 3 | 7:15 PM – 8:45 PM
UnPanic — Parenting in Uncertainty
PJ Library, Agudas Achim, and Pozez JCC
Parenting babies, toddlers, and young children during these uncertain times is difficult. Join PJ Library, Agudas Achim, and Federation partner, Pozez JCC, for a guided online conversation to alleviate your concerns, help you keep a sense of calm, answer your questions, and find support. There will also be three curated play dates, allowing your children to meet others their age in a controlled setting.
» Zoom Parenting Conversation: Monday, October 3 | 8:00 PM
» In-Person Playdates at Agudas Achim: Sundays, October 2, 16, 23 | 3:30 PM
Community Playhouse Build
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
Create a team of eight and join Federation partner, Bender JCC’s Delivering Good Network, and Habitat for Humanity Maryland for a community-wide playhouse build! This Sukkot, help ensure our local children have a safe place to play. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Teams are required to raise a minimum of $2,400 to offset the cost of materials and supervision, and to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership programs and services.
Learn more and register here
» Sunday, October 16 | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
VOLUNTEER & BE A FORCE FOR GOOD!
Handmade for the Homeless
Join community members to knit and crochet in person at the EDCJCC. Bring snacks (if you want them), and your crafting supplies. Yarn will be provided.
» Sunday, October 2 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Congregation Olam Tikvah's High Holiday Food Drive Benefitting ECHO
Congregation Olam Tikvah
Congregation Olam Tikvah's High Holiday food drive will support Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO), which provides temporary and emergency assistance, including food, clothing, household items, transportation, and financial support to about 1,000 families every year. Drop off donations in Olam Tikvah's main lobby from now until Yom Kippur (October 4th).
» Now – Tuesday, October 4
Washington Hebrew Congregation's High Holiday Food Drive
Washington Hebrew Congregation
Washington Hebrew Congregation's annual High Holiday Food Drive will benefit Nourish Now and N Street Village to help those in our area struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Drop off donations before Yom Kippur (October 4th) on weekdays between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM at either Washington Hebrew Congregation or WHC's Julia Bindeman Suburban Center in Potomac.
» Now – Tuesday, October 4
Our friends at the Washington Jewish Week are offering members of our community a free, one-year subscription. Sign up today!
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