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

Investing in our Future: A Message from Federation CEO Gil Preuss
As CEO of The Jewish Federation, I have the unique opportunity to connect with many of the talented and committed people who lead and sustain Jewish Greater Washington through their work on behalf of our local agencies and congregations. Last week, I was honored to address the annual gathering of more than 700 educators from more than 52 Jewish early childhood centers in the Greater Washington area during Federation’s Jewish Early Childhood Education (ECE) Conference. I was inspired by their obvious passion for their work, and by the theme of this year’s conference: achrayut, responsibility. What does it mean to be responsible in today’s world? How do we raise responsible children? We all want to raise our children to become responsible adults but what does that mean for us as a Jewish community?  
Read Gil’s full message »

PJ Library Grants Light up the Holiday Season in Greater Washington
Across our area, PJ Library families are planning festive and meaningful Chanukah celebrations, bringing light into the world and building community. One local family organized a Chanukah candle lighting and food drive at a local grocery store. Another will host friends tonight for a festive Shabbat celebration. If you have an idea for bringing people together, PJ Library wants to help make it a reality with a grant of $150, available now for PJ Library families. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 20. 
Apply for a PJ Library grant before December 20 »

Local Teachers Enjoy a Day Devoted to Achrayut (Responsibility)
On Over the years, Federation’s Department of Jewish Life & Learning has proudly provided outstanding Jewish learning opportunities for thousands of educators across our community, founded on the knowledge that each of them plays a critical role in inspiring Jewish passion in our youngest community members and shaping our Jewish future. On December 7, many talented educators from across Greater Washington gathered at The Jewish Federation’s 2017 Early Childhood Education (ECE) Conference, where they enjoyed a day of professional growth and personal reflection, and explored their role and responsibility for nurturing the next generation.
See photos of the ECE Conference on Facebook »

Four Easy Ways to Spread Your Light in our Community
During this special time of year, we are grateful for the wonderful and supportive Jewish community of Greater Washington. Together we are having a positive impact on many, locally and overseas. To ensure that the critical needs of those who are struggling continue to be met with compassion and kindness, and that our community’s future is strong, please consider making a gift to Federation’s Annual Campaign by December 31. Given a strong stock market and possible changes in the tax law, it’s a great opportunity to secure the value of your year-end charitable donation and make a difference in someone’s life.
Learn about the different ways you can support the work of The Jewish Federation »

Federation’s Jewish Food Experience® in the News!
Paul Entis, Director of Federation’s Jewish Food Experience®, talks with WTOP's Jack Pointer about this year’s top 8 Chanukah recipes, which feature new twists on time-honored standards, yet mindful of modern diets.  
Check out JFE’s tasty recipes and read the full story on WTOP’s website »
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