Leadership & Networking

Become more involved in your community

Have you been inspired to become more active in your community? Are you thinking about ways you can make an impact on the world around you? Are you searching to find fulfillment and meaning? You have come to the right portal. Nothing is more paramount than a sense of community both through participation and service. Whether you choose to serve in one project a year or as an intricately involved leader, you are a vital piece of our community.

How do you decide what to do?

The most important element of making work successful, both for you and for the community, is to align your passion with the right job.  Each of us has a unique set of talents and interests  which motivates us. Identify your area(s) and you will know where to begin looking for opportunities.

  • Do you get worked up when hearing anti-Israel messages coming out of the press? Check out the Jewish Community Relations Council, AIPAC or EMET.

  • Do you have a great idea to help young parents navigate the early childhood years? Get in touch with your synagogue or the Jewish Community Center.

  • Do you want to make your Christmas Day break meaningful by assisting others? Call the Washington DCJCC or Jconnect to find out about volunteer opportunities.

Don’t feel pressured to know what you want right away. Test the waters. Any part of the community is happy to have your assistance.  Try a few options, and then you will find you will get more deeply involved in the ones that resonate with you.  The only important thing is to –

Do Something.

Everything we do affects our world.  Why not do something that makes the world a better place?  Love and service to our community, that’s our Jewish value.

How do I take the first step?

There are a number of ways to begin (or expand) your journey:

  • Peruse through the portal to see what sparks your interest.
  • Identify a need in your community that you wish to work on. Match your vision with an organization that can help.
  • Think about your talents. Is there a particular expertise you can contribute to the community? Where would that talent be most appreciated?
  • If you have a day free, consider volunteering at one of the volunteer sites. It’s a good way to make an immediate contribution to the world.
  • If you are unsure of where to start, call upon resources. Who do you know who is already working in the community? Call the Leadership Institute at the Jewish Federation. Meet with a community expert to align yourself with opportunities or people who can assist you further.

We are excited about having your passion and commitment in our community.

Upcoming Events
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Wed
May
  8
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Adas Israel Congregation (Community Mikvah @ Adas Israel )
11301 Neelsville Church Road , Germantown MD 20876
Join Rabbi Sarah Tasman and Naomi Malka for a retreat and professional development training on Creating Rituals for Life Transitions. Learn about different elements of ritual creation, how to fill your "spiritual toolbox" for creating new rituals, and consider the big or small milestones for which new rituals might be created. Participants will also receive guidance on creating their own ritual during this retreat. For clergy, ritual facilitators, lay leaders, mikvah guides, Jewish professional...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Early Childhood Educators, Maryland, Adult Education, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Arts & Culture, Leadership Development, Professional Development
Event Cost:  more than $50; $72-$120

 
 
Fri
May
  10
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852
Annual healthcare symposium for healthcare professionals. CEUs for social workers and administrators, Nursing Contact Hours and CMEs for physicians will be available. details to follow.
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness, Professional Development
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25-$50

 
 
Wed
May
  15
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Mid Atlantic Chapter)
6301 Montrose Rd, , Rockville MD 20852
Join us to make hats, t-shirts, and other fun swag for the 25 Israeli children in the FIDF Legacy Program! Snacks and S'mores Martinis will be served
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Women & Girls, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15

 
 
Tue
May
  21
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (The Network of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
7500 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
The Network's Roundtable with Steve Glickman Please join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The Network's Roundtable for an exclusive event with Steve Glickman, Founder and CEO at Develop, LLC., and one of the nation's top Opportunity Zone experts. Steve will address his work advising investors, developers, and communities on how to navigate Opportunity Zones, which are the most exciting investment and tax opportunities to come out of the 2017 Tax Act. He will also share his reflec...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Maryland, Professional Development, Career/Employment, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

 
 
Sun
Jun
  2
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Mid Atlantic Chapter)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC 2004
All food and beverages will be provided through Foremost Catering, under the supervision of either the Va'ad of Washington or OU.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Fundraising/Philanthropy, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $275

 
 
Wed
Jun
  12
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Endowment for Middle East Truth
1000 H St. NW, Washington DC 20001
Join The Endowment for Middle East Truth as we honor this year's Speakers of Truth, those who have bravely stood up for Israel, at our 13th annual Rays of Light in the Darkness gala. Serving kosher dinner and drinks!
Listed In:  DC, Advocacy, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $400

 
 
Tue
Aug
  13
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Rohr Jewish Learning Institute
2660 Woodley Rd, Washington DC 20008
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Six days, 1,500 Jews, 75 world-class presenters, 180 lectures, workshops, and entertainment options, and gourmet kosher cuisine. Dubbed "the Jewish event of the year!" A celebration of Jewish life and learning. The event is fully Kosher. All meat is Glatt and dairy is Cholov Yisrael. Caters to special dietary requirements. Register today, visit Jretreat.com For more information or questi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Aug
  14
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
 
Rohr Jewish Learning Institute
2660 Woodley Rd, Washington DC 20008
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Six days, 1,500 Jews, 75 world-class presenters, 180 lectures, workshops, and entertainment options, and gourmet kosher cuisine. Dubbed "the Jewish event of the year!" A celebration of Jewish life and learning. The event is fully Kosher. All meat is Glatt and dairy is Cholov Yisrael. Caters to special dietary requirements. Register today, visit Jretreat.com For more information or questi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Aug
  15
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
 
Rohr Jewish Learning Institute
2660 Woodley Rd, Washington DC 20008
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Six days, 1,500 Jews, 75 world-class presenters, 180 lectures, workshops, and entertainment options, and gourmet kosher cuisine. Dubbed "the Jewish event of the year!" A celebration of Jewish life and learning. The event is fully Kosher. All meat is Glatt and dairy is Cholov Yisrael. Caters to special dietary requirements. Register today, visit Jretreat.com For more information or questi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Aug
  16
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Rohr Jewish Learning Institute
2660 Woodley Rd, Washington DC 20008
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Six days, 1,500 Jews, 75 world-class presenters, 180 lectures, workshops, and entertainment options, and gourmet kosher cuisine. Dubbed "the Jewish event of the year!" A celebration of Jewish life and learning. The event is fully Kosher. All meat is Glatt and dairy is Cholov Yisrael. Caters to special dietary requirements. Register today, visit Jretreat.com For more information or questi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Aug
  17
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
 
Rohr Jewish Learning Institute
2660 Woodley Rd, Washington DC 20008
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Six days, 1,500 Jews, 75 world-class presenters, 180 lectures, workshops, and entertainment options, and gourmet kosher cuisine. Dubbed "the Jewish event of the year!" A celebration of Jewish life and learning. The event is fully Kosher. All meat is Glatt and dairy is Cholov Yisrael. Caters to special dietary requirements. Register today, visit Jretreat.com For more information or questi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Aug
  18
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
 
Rohr Jewish Learning Institute
2660 Woodley Rd, Washington DC 20008
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Six days, 1,500 Jews, 75 world-class presenters, 180 lectures, workshops, and entertainment options, and gourmet kosher cuisine. Dubbed "the Jewish event of the year!" A celebration of Jewish life and learning. The event is fully Kosher. All meat is Glatt and dairy is Cholov Yisrael. Caters to special dietary requirements. Register today, visit Jretreat.com For more information or questi...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Sep
  15
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
1500 South Capitol Street, SE, Washington DC 20003
Federation's Grand Slam Sunday at Nats Park
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, DC, Community-Wide/Festivals, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Dec 5 - Dec 8
Multiple times available
 
Israel American Council - Washington DC
3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood FL 33019
This fall, the Annual IAC National Conference will bring together more than 3,000 leaders, influencers and activists from the U.S., Israel, and around the world. The IAC National Conference – one of the largest and most high-profile gatherings in the Jewish world – will feature change makers across a range of fields, from business and philanthropy, to technology and education, to politics and social change. Together, we will explore five essential and interrelated topics for the Jewish people: ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Arts & Culture, Fair/Expo, Israel, Networking, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jun
  7
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Mid Atlantic Chapter)
2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington DC 20008
The FIDF Midatlantic Region Annual Gala, a celebration in honor of the brave heroes of the IDF - where community members from across, Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia, come together - to stand in solidarity with the men and women who protect Israel.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost: