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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Sun
Jun
  23
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
The Generations After is sponsoring a memoir-writing workshop. Acclaimed Canadian author/editor Gina Roitman will lead the workshop. Ms. Roitman is the author of the auto-fiction collection Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth, and You Have No Claim and co-author of the biography Midway to China and Beyond. Two of her radio essays based on memoir have aired on CBC Radio. In addition, she has written the memoirs of two child survivors and edited the work of another publication. Her own work has a...
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, History/Education, Professional Development
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $30/$36 door

 
 
Mon
Jun
  24
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
SVIVAH
235 Carroll St NW, Washington DC 20012
"Laughter is the best medicine!" Join SVIVAH for a fun night out doing Improv together! Together, we'll experiment at making each other laugh. Performing is not mandatory, but we look forward to everyone contributing creatively! The evening is presented in partnership with Sharsheret and JScreen.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Women & Girls, DC, Non-denominational, Fitness & Wellness, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

 
 
Tue
Jul
  9
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps (Avodah)
1875 Connecticut Ave NW 10th Floor, Washington DC 20009
Learn from experts who will help you plan to meet your personal financial and philanthropic goals. RSVP to join! Featured guests: Frances Goldman is the owner and founder of Frango Financial LLC. After a distinguished career in government and non-profit organizations, Fran started Frango Financial to provide comprehensive one-on-one financial planning services to working professionals. Her practice is focused on educating individuals and families to make the best choices with their money in li...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Adult Education, Professional Development, Career/Employment, Professional Development
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Jul
  25
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Beer and Business (a special program part of Bagels and Business) is a networking and learning opportunity for both emerging and seasoned business professionals The program includes time for networking followed by a moderated discussion with the presenter(s) and audience Q&A.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Maryland, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
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:  

 
 
Mon
Sep
  23
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Tzedek DC
4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008
Join Tzedek DC, local celebrity chefs, and guest judges Congressman Jamie Raskin, Slate's Dahlia Lithwick, The Washington Post's Michelle Singletary, and 2018 Eat Well Do Justice! winner and Schlow Restaurant Executive Chef Ed Scarpone, in a Knish Knockout for the ages! Taste and vote on creative knish interpretations while raising funds to fuel Tzedek DC's free legal services, policy advocacy, and educational outreach for our neighbors facing unjust and abusive debt collection practices. (Food...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Leadership Development, Social Events, Volunteer
Event Cost:  more than $50; tickets start at $90

 
 
Sun
Oct
  13
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
6121 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join us as Dr. Matthew Mintz discusses Medical Marijuana. Mintz is one of the few physicians in the State of Maryland that is registered to certify patients for medical marijuana. He will discuss approved uses, laws and restrictions in the state of Maryland.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness, Networking
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
Oct
  23
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Bagels and Business is a networking and learning opportunity for both emerging and seasoned business professionals. The program includes time for networking followed by a moderated discussion with the presenter(s) and audience Q&A.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Maryland, Networking
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: