A Message from Federation CEO, Gil Preuss
Our Work in this Moment
"It is no secret that elections in the US and Israel result in strong emotions. Certainly in the Washington region, many of us are deeply engaged with political parties and causes. We have different views and may work hard in support of a particular agenda whether on the local, state, or federal levels. Because we know that elections matter in our lives, the lives of others, and the future of this country, we engage."
– Federation CEO, Gil Preuss
Missed Gil's full Shabbat message last week? Read it here.
COMMUNITY NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
How Many Elections Can Israel Handle? Challenges Facing Israel's Democracy
American University's Center for Israel Studies, Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues, and Americans for Ben Gurion University
Join Haaretz editor-in-chief, Aluf Benn, Federation and Jewish Agency for Israel senior shlicha (Israeli emissary), Gadeer Kamal–Mreeh, and other top Israeli scholars for a series of panel discussions highlighting the fragile state of Israel's democracy, hosted by American University. The conference will be offered both in person and virtually.
See full schedule and register here
» Sunday, November 13 – Monday, November 14
Everything But the Turkey
Edlavitch DCJCC, DC Central Kitchen, Federation's Next Gen, and PJ Library
Join Federation partner Edlavitch DCJCC, DC Central Kitchen, and hundreds of volunteers to prepare festive Thanksgiving side dishes for people experiencing food insecurity and homelessness in the DC area. No cooking experience necessary. Attend the community-wide program or choose a timeslot with PJ Library or Federation’s Next Gen (young professionals). This year’s program will be held entirely indoors.
» Sunday, November 20 – Monday, November 21
Jewish Identity and the American Public Square
Federation and Shalom Hartman Institute
Drawing on the Jewish tradition, this session will explore different frameworks for thinking about who Jews want to be in America. Join Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and Emily Tamkin, author of Bad Jews: A History of American Jewish Politics and Identities and senior U.S. editor of the New Statesman, in conversation with Gil Preuss, Federation CEO, for a critical and timely conversation on the role of Jewish identity in the American public square.
» Monday, November 28 | 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
November Book Drive
Kehillat Pardes – The Rock Creek Synagogue
Not sure how to properly dispose of your Jewish/Hebrew books? Drop them off at Berman Hebrew Academy (13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD) during this community book drive to ensure they are properly recycled, buried, or find a new owner.
Learn more here
» Tuesday, November 1 – Wednesday, November 30
"Kugelroni" — An Afternoon of Comedy with Mike Capozzola
Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia
Join Federation partner, Pozez JCC, for an afternoon of laughs featuring Mike Capozzola — a New York raised, London-based, Italian-American, Jewish comedian who has been making audiences laugh at JCC’s, synagogues, Hillels, Chabad houses, and private events around the world since the late 20th century — and local comedian, Carmiya Weinraub.
Learn more here
» Sunday, November 13 | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Order from Sunflower Bakery's Thanksgiving Menu
Sweeten your Thanksgiving with traditional pies, tarts, and new sweets from Federation partner, Sunflower Bakery. The Thanksgiving pre-order deadline is Thursday, November 17th at noon, with special order pickup locations throughout the DMV area November 20th – 23rd. Advance online ordering is recommended.
Browse the Thanksgiving menu here
CELEBRATE JEWISH HERITAGE
Celebrate Jewish Heritage Night with the Washington Wizards
Gather with fellow Jewish community members for Jewish Heritage Night with the Washington Wizards as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. It will be a fun-filled night of Jewish culture, including a half-time performance by local Israeli dance groups. Purchasers through this link will also have access to exclusive opportunities, including a post-game address from Israeli basketball star, Deni Avdija!
Purchase Wizards tickets here
» Wednesday, November 16 | 7:00 PM
Join the Washington Commanders for Jewish Heritage Days
In support of the Jewish community, the Washington Commanders invite local Jewish organizations and synagogues to FedEx Field for an NFL game day experience! Come enjoy your day with members of the Jewish community while watching some football! Take advantage of the Commanders' best ticketing discounts for their upcoming games against the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants!
Purchase Commanders tickets here
» Sunday, November 27 | 1:00 PM
» Saturday, December 17 or Sunday, December 18 | Time TBD
VOLUNTEER & BE A FORCE FOR GOOD!
Support Veterans on Veterans Day
National Museum of American Jewish Military History
Volunteer to assemble care packages, and make cards and thank you notes for hospitalized veterans. Items needed for the care packages include assorted toiletries, games, puzzles, books, and new packaged socks, underwear, and non-skid slippers.
» Friday, November 11 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Temple Rodef Shalom's INOVA Blood Drive
Temple Rodef Shalom
Join Federation partner, Temple Rodef Shalom, and INOVA Blood services to make a lifesaving blood donation for those in need. Walk-ins are welcome on a space available basis, but appointments are preferred.
Sign up for a timeslot here
» Sunday, November 13 | 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
HIAS Letter Writing Program
Join HIAS for a monthly program in which volunteers write letters of compassion and solidarity to people in immigration detention and participate in a short learning session that reflects on issues facing refugees and asylum seekers. All letters will be sent and received by HIAS. Participants must be 18 or older.
» Monday, November 14 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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