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
As a young child, I remember going to the roof of my apartment building in Jerusalem to watch the Israeli Air Force flyover. It was 1973, and Israel was celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut and its 25th birthday. Looking back now, I did not appreciate how young Israel was at the time, and what a tremendous change in history it was to have a Jewish state to call our own. Today, Israel is navigating how to be a country for its citizens and a homeland for the Jewish people. It continues to be both a modern state and an expression of identity for the global Jewish community.
Federation invites you to experience the many ways in which our community is celebrating Israel’s 71st year of independence – from Federation-sponsored IsraelFest celebrations at Bender JCC of Greater Washington on May 19 and JCC of Northern Virginia on June 2, to our curated, multimedia collection of events and resources. Learn about, engage with, and enhance your connection to the history and modern day culture of Israel. Plus, don’t miss reflections from our local congregational shlichim, Miri Bernovsky Tibon, Almog Assoulin, and Tal Greenberg.

The Days of I and We
There seem to be two opposing forces at the crossroads of humanity and community. In America, for instance, the ethic of rugged individualism can complicate the vision of E Pluribus Unum, “out of many, one.” No one would deny the importance of nurturing healthy egos and an entrepreneurial spirit. Indeed, these are often the seeds of great community growth and benefit. It is only when a focus on the individual becomes an obsession that it affects the cohesion of a group. A society that gives individuals the opportunity to soar and be introspective, while also reflecting on the history of challenges and triumphs faced by the whole, can become more resilient and face the future with optimism.

Wondering Where to Begin your Search for the Right Maryland Jewish Preschool?
Find answers and options for your family at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Montgomery County Jewish Preschool Fair on Sunday, June 2. Meet representatives from local Jewish preschools, and bring your little ones for story and music time!

Federation's Mitzvah Mavens Host the 7th Annual Holocaust Survivors Luncheon 
On Sunday, May 19Federation and the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) invite you to spend your afternoon with Holocaust survivors living in our community, and to be inspired by their stories of survival. Mitzvah Mavens is honored to once again offer this meaningful opportunity, and new this year, to extend the invitation to spouses and children over 12.

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