COMMUNITY NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Towards a Community of Belonging
Join Federation and Shalom Hartman Institute to explore the complexities involved in building a vibrant Jewish community of belonging, and push our thinking on how to create the community we aspire to live in. Dr. Mijal Bitton, Scholar in Residence at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and Yolanda Savage-Narva, Director of Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Union for Reform Judaism, will come together for this important and lively conversation, moderated by Gil Preuss, Federation CEO.
» Monday, May 9 | 12:00 PM − 1:15 PM
2022 Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC)
Each year, Federation partner JCRC brings together thousands of participants, representing over 100 synagogues, churches, interfaith partners, diplomats, and elected officials, for a community-wide commemoration to ensure the history of the Holocaust is preserved. This year’s keynote speaker is survivor Josie Traum.
» Sunday, May 1 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Washington Conference 22
Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)
Washington Conference 22 will bring together 450 North American Jewish community leaders to take a stand against rising antisemitism and work to ensure the safety and security of the Jewish community through education, advocacy, and action.
Register before May 2nd
» Wednesday and Thursday, May 11 – 12
The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel
JxJ, Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues, Federation, Edlavitch DCJCC, and other co-presenting organizations
The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel returns to JxJFest this year! Join a screening of Cinema Sabaya, followed by a conversation with director, Orit Fouks Rotem, and lead actor, Joanna Said, about the contemporary experience of Arab women in Israel and the role of the arts in bridging societal, religious, and political divides.
» Sunday, May 15 | 2:30 PM
Little Bookworms with The Passover Guest Author Susan Kusel
Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia, PJ Library, Federation, and Temple Rodef Shalom
Susan Kusel, author of PJ Library book, The Passover Guest, is set right here in the DC area. Author Susan Kusel will join J Family Ambassador Melissa Weinstock at Temple Rodef Shalom to read and discuss her book and celebrate Passover together. Books will be available for purchase, and if you received it from PJ Library, Susan will be happy to sign your copy.
» Thursday, April 21 | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
6 Million Steps Campaign and Holocaust Museum Tour
Israeli American Council (IAC)
6 Million Steps is a coast-to-coast walk intended to raise awareness, keep the memory of Holocaust victims alive, and fight antisemitism. The walk will start at the National Mall and end at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, where there is a group reservation to visit the museum.
» Sunday, April 24 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Mimouna Festival of Good Neighbors at the Smithsonian
Sephardic Heritage International DC and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
The Moroccan-Jewish festival of Mimouna marks the end of Passover with the first leavened foods, festive sweets, and wishes for a successful season. Enjoy live music, live moufleta (Moroccan-style crepes) cooking demos, and other traditional foods, and break the fast of Ramadan with Muslim neighbors. Also enjoy a special tour of artworks related to Mimouna that express the interfaith themes inspired by the Mimouna culinary festival.
» Sunday, April 24 | 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
VOLUNTEER & BE A FORCE FOR GOOD!
Handmade for the Homeless
Join Federation partner Edlavitch DCJCC and fellow knitters and crocheters at the steps of the EDCJCC building on Sunday, April 24th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, to make handmade items to distribute to individuals experiencing homelessness in the DC area.
Earth Weekend Park Cleanup
Join Federation partners Moishe House Fairfax and Moishe House Arlington on Sunday, April 24th at 10:00 AM to celebrate Earth Day weekend with a park cleanup at Barton Park near Moishe House Arlington. The Moishe Houses will provide gloves, bags, and snacks.
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