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 Shavuot Wisdom of Making it Count
Albert Einstein famously said, “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” The approaching Jewish holiday of Shavuot is a fine time to contemplate that wisdom. As you read this article, you may want to play the theme from CBS’s 60 Minutes in your mind. This will help set the stage for feeling the urgency of the passage of time and ensuring that we make it count.
Get inspired by Federation’s Department of Jewish Life & Learning »

Double Your Impact during Federation’s Giving Week!
Join us from May 13-18 as we raise funds to support the critical issues affecting our community locally and overseas. During #ShalomDCGivingWeek, all new and increased gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar! Your gift will fight hunger and poverty, combat anti-Semitism on college campuses, ensure that our children have opportunities to build their Jewish identity, build a more inclusive community and more. Don't miss this opportunity to make twice the impact for those in need.
Make a real impact for real people today »

One Couple's Unique Journey: Meet Ari & Des
“[Honeymoon Israel] has been an opportunity to rediscover my religion as an adult and see it anew through my wife’s eyes. For both of us, learning and building a Jewish community together has strengthened our bond, allowing us to learn more about ourselves and each other and build connections with our community.”

Because of their diverse backgrounds, Ari & Des have always sought a deeper, shared religious understanding from their individual experiences. In 2017, they joined 19 other couples on Honeymoon Israel, an immersive, nine-day Israel travel experience for locally-based couples that have at least one Jewish partner. Honeymoon Israel is made possible for couples in Greater Washington in partnership with The Jewish Federation and Sixth & I. Registration for Honeymoon Israel’s 2019 trips opens May 15.
Read Ari's full personal reflection about the community she and Des are building together »

Young Leaders from Greater Washington Visit Jewish Communities in Morocco and Spain
“I walked in to a synagogue in the middle of Madrid with 140 of North America’s most dedicated young Jewish philanthropists as part of our trip to Morocco and Spain. None of us knew another soul there. None of us knew any of their customs. Most of us couldn’t even converse with the congregants. We were strangers in a strange land. And then the Rabbi started…yitgadal v’yitgadash shmeah rabah. May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified. And in an instant we were no longer strangers. With the simple recitation of one of our People's oldest prayers we instantly became members of a Kehilla – a community – stitched together by a common goal to prepare for that week's Sabbath – as we all said together, ‘amen.’” – Brian Ashin

In April, several members of Greater Washington’s Jewish community had the opportunity to participate in The Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet Study Mission to Morocco and Spain, co-chaired by Brian Ashin. The mission enables young leaders from across North America to truly experience the diversity of Jewish communities abroad, see Federation programs at work and engage with the people we impact.

Read Brian’s full reflection on this meaningful experience »

Mazel Tov to Federation’s 2018 Award Winners
On June 7, join us at Sixth & I for Federation’s Annual Meeting, featuring the installation of our incoming Board of Directors and honoring several outstanding members of our community. Together, we will celebrate the achievements and contributions of:
  • Rachel & Peter Federowicz, recipients of the Jerome J. Dick Young Leadership Award
  • Rabbi Shira Stutman, Sixth & I, recipient of the Matthew H. Simon Rabbinical Award
  • Catherine Zacks Gildenhorn, recipient of the Jack Kay Community Leadership Award
  • Rachel Pazornick, Senior Regional Director, DC Council BBYO, recipient of the Ted B. Farber Professional Excellence Award
Plus, be inspired by our featured keynote, “Leadership for a New Era of American Jewish Life,” by Dr. Elana Stein Hain, Scholar in Residence and Director of Faculty for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.
RSVP to celebrate our community's dedicated leaders »
Subscribe to our email list.