Investing in Innovation

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Federation allocates over $1 million to 28 initiatives addressing today's unique communal needs.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington recently announced the allocation of more than $1 million in funds toward 28 proposals to test new ideas and expand impactful initiatives within the Jewish community of Greater Washington.

Community Safety and Security Conference Draws Participants From Across the U.S. and Canada

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The Secure Community Network (SCN), in partnership with The Chesed Fund & Project Ezra, held its inaugural conference, “Safe & Secure? Empowering Communities after Pittsburgh & Poway,” on May 30. Over 200 people from 13 states attended throughout the day and evening sessions in Baltimore. The conference primarily recruited participants from the mid-Atlantic region, but attendees came from as far as Arizona, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and Canada.

JCC of Northern Virginia Closes Capital Campaign With More Than 9.5 Million Dollars — And a New Name

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With the successful completion of its Capital Campaign, surpassing its goal at more than $9.5 million, on May 29 the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (the J) announced its new name: the Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. The renaming follows a significant investment by couple Norman Pozez and Melinda Bieber, both leaders within The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

JWV Remembers the Fallen at Annual Memorial Day Program

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While the baseball spectators at Nationals Park ran for cover from a sudden rainstorm, a bright sun in a nearly cloudless sky shone down on the American Jewish Veterans Memorial. Approximately 60 members of the local community and the JCC attended the third annual event, held on May 26 on the grounds of the Bender JCC in Rockville, Maryland.

Gala Season 2019: Sulam

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At their annual gala on June 4, Sulam celebrated 20 years of working to ensure that a high-quality education is available to Greater Washington area children, irrespective of learning differences. The event was held at the Hilton Washington DC in Rockville, Maryland, and drew over 300 attendees.

Gala Season 2019: EMET

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The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) welcomed over 400 attendees to its 13th anniversary dinner on June 12 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. The pro-Israel think tank’s honorees for 2019, recognized as “Speakers of Truth,” included U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – S.C.) and U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D – Fla.) and Lee Zeldin (R – N.Y.).

OU’s Kosher Food Lifeline Will Boost Local Resources for Serving Jews in Need

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The Capital Kosher Pantry is the only all-kosher food pantry in the Greater Washington area, but it is one of more than 215 local-level institutions in 24 states across the country working to assist food-insecure individuals and families in the Jewish community. These invaluable community institutions are about to get a major boost with the launch of the Orthodox Union’s (OU) Kosher Food Lifeline.

A Voice of Truth, a Hope for Peace

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Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of a founding member of Hamas in the West Bank, recounted his riveting story of personal change and Middle East espionage at the annual Jewish National Fund (JNF) Breakfast for Israel in Washington, D.C., on May 19. The event was held at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

JCRC

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More than 500 people turned out to support the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington's critical work at its 81st annual gala on June 5, held at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland.

Gala Season 2019: FIDF

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More than 700 business and community leaders from the Greater Washington area gathered June 13 for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Mid-Atlantic Region Annual Gala in support of the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).