We are thrilled to launch this newsletter ahead of Passover. It feels like the perfect moment to share what Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation is all about: helping you make the most of your philanthropy through the lens of Jewish values.
We have seen firsthand how this community stands up for justice, pursues life-long learning, practices humility, and works to build a legacy of giving across generations.
We’ve also heard from many of you that you’re eager to learn with and from other donors and act together to create lasting change in the Jewish community and beyond. We designed this newsletter to help you do just that.
In each edition, we’ll alert you to opportunities to deepen your philanthropic practice, explore new ideas, and learn together as a community.
We will also continue to update you on how the Jewish Community Foundation can help you achieve your philanthropic goals. Reach out anytime to learn about our custom advisory services.
In the meantime, read on for a look at how community members in Greater Washington are working to advance a better world.
Thank you for being here and wishing you a healthy and happy Passover!
-Sara and Debby
Jewish Community Foundation
Deborah Ratner Salzberg
Jewish Community Foundation
AT THE FOREFRONT: Community leaders, donors, and institutions are working together to combat antisemitism.
Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation are investing an initial $2 million in funding – including endowed dollars – to strengthen security and combat antisemitism over the next three years. The funds will help support a large-scale communal initiative, designed in partnership with other leading institutions.
As part of the new six-point framework, the Jewish Community Foundation will join local and national organizations in combating hate and strengthening democracy, which includes building relationships with other faith and ethnic communities. We are asking for your feedback on the priorities and any questions or input you might have on this work.
UNDERWAY: We are strengthening our relationships with Black communities.
Our Jewish Community Foundation, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers are teaming up to build solidarity, establish greater understanding, and strengthen relationships between Black and Jewish communities.
Together, we can serve as allies in the quest for social justice and join forces to fight antisemitism, racism, and hate in all forms. We look forward to updating you on how this work is evolving and ways to get involved.
WORTH WATCHING: There's more we can do to uphold our promise to welcome the stranger.
Passover reminds us we were once strangers in a strange land. Now, it is on us to befriend those who are far from home. This includes the approximately 12,000 refugees and migrants who have arrived in the area in the past year.
On March 27th, experts Rabbi Megan Doherty of HIAS, Abel Nuñez of CARECEN, Rachel Perić of Welcoming America, Wendy Young of KIND, and Dr. Ansam Zaiber joined us to detail the complexity of the immigration system and highlight ways we could use our resources to address systemic needs and contribute to an infrastructure of support that would transform the refugee experience in America for the long-term. If you are interested in learning more about how to make an impact on this front or local giving opportunities, please reach out to us.
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See how central Wisconsin leaders, philanthropists, and other community stewards are working together to ensure their region is a place where everyone belongs.
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