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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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
A panel of entrepreneurial experts will discuss why Israel is a leading start-up nation. How is it that Israel — a country of approximately 8 million people, only 70 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, and with no natural resources — produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations? Join leaders from across the Israeli\American tech industry in a discussion about why “Israeliness” is a secret sauce for achievement and innovati...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Teens, Northern Virginia, Israel, Leadership Development
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7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Center for Israel Studies at American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20016
Shifting power dynamics in the Middle East have left the region looking vastly different then it did only a few years ago. Some experts have argued that the growing strength of Iran has pushed the Gulf States to form an unofficial strategic relationship with an unlikely ally: Israel. The AU Center for Israel Studies invites you to join Michael Greenwald, former U.S. treasury attaché to Qatar and Kuwait, for a discussion on the past, present and future of Israel’s diplomatic relationship. Modera...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
HaLev Israel
1301 K St., NW, Washington DC 20005
JOIN US! The 4th Annual Welcome Event brings together hundreds of Israel supporters for a night of mingling and dancing as we kick off the 2017 Policy Conference. If you are passionate about Israel and the US-Israel relationship, this event is for YOU! **Note: You do NOT need to be registered for Policy Conference to attend this event.** **Proceeds are subsidizing ~80 young people to attend their first AIPAC Policy Conference. Thanks for all your support. Check out photos from previous years:...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, DC, Advocacy, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Networking, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (The Network of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Mark your calendar for this opportunity to grow your networks with top professionals from across Greater Washington’s Jewish community. Plus, hear from Lior Raz, co-creator and star of the critically-acclaimed Netflix drama series, Fauda.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Networking
Event Cost:  more than $50; $125

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership
805 21st St NW, Washington DC 20052
Join us for “Conversations that Matter” -- The Limits of Civil Discourse - in the "Crossfire" Auditorium, the Jack Morton Auditorium on GW’s campus. Attend this riveting discussion facilitated by Dr. Erica Brown featuring Moshe Halbertal, noted Israeli philosopher, professor, and writer, and Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic. Moshe Halbertal received his PhD from Hebrew University and was a fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University for five years. He served as a vis...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Leadership Development, Professional Development, History/Education, Leadership Development
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8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
6121 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Seminar for allied professionals - financial planners, social workers, estate planning attorneys to learn more about elder abuse, signs to look for when meeting with clients and services available in our community.
Listed In:  Maryland, Professional Development, Counseling/Support, Networking, Professional Development
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6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah
11825 Seven Locks Road, Potomac MD 20854
Guys' Nite features more than 13 scotch companies pouring, and all-you-can-eat kosher ribs, fried chicken, sausages, and more. Plus Passover learning made fun and current. Rabbi Nissan Antine is accessible, personable, and always brings new and entertaining insights for guys looking to bring something unique to their Seder experience.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Orthodox, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $125+

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
Series tickets available for purchase For additional details and to RSVP, visit our website www.gesher-jds.org/twist2018 7:00 P.M. Reception * 7:30 P.M. Program Virginia is for Israeli Tech lovers Innovations and our interconnected future Featuring: Sheryl Schwartz, Chief Operations Officer of CareTek, LLC The innovations of Israel have a special and direct connection to life in Virginia. Hear from Sheryl Schwartz about the special bond between the tech communities in VA and Israel. In...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $100

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., North Bethesda MD 20852
Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, in partnership with the Montgomery County Transition Work Group, as we host a resource fair for young adults with disabilities and their families. Learn about social, recreational, vocational, employment, housing and financial resources and opportunities from more than 35 organizations in our community. This event is free and open to adults, young adults and high school students ages 14 and up.
Listed In:  Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Leadership Development, Advocacy, Career/Employment, Fair/Expo, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Networking
Event Cost:  Free; Free

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
BBYO (BBYO DC Council)
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850
Join us as we spotlight 11 extraordinary teen gamechangers as they present their big ideas for the Jewish future. Our featured special guest speaker is Tolu Olubunmi, internationally recognized social entrepreneur and activist. We'll conclude the evening by announcing $10,000 in scholarship awards! Impact L'Atid, Greater Washingtons Jewish Teen Social Entrepreneurship Program, is sponsored and run by BBYO and the Federation's United Jewish Endowment Fund.
Listed In:  Families, Teens, Maryland, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Leadership Development
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $18 for teens, $36 for adults

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (Jewish Community Relations Council of GW)
2850 Quebec Street, NW, Washington DC  20008
A roundtable discussion on the importance, challenges, and benefits of increasing the number of women running for political office. RSVP Requested Featuring: Dr. Mazal Shaul Executive Director, WEPower an Israeli non-profit that trains women of all backgrounds and political affiliations in Israel to run for local and national office. Susannah Wellford, Esq. President and Founder of Running Start an American non-profit, non-partisan organization that trains women to run for political office A...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Women & Girls, DC, Leadership Development, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; free

7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Maryland/Israel Development Center
1040 Spring Street, Silver Spring MD 20910
In recognition of Israel’s 70th Anniversary, the Maryland/Israel Development Center is hosting a series of events, "Start Up Nation, Celebrating Israel's 70th Anniversary", throughout the State of Maryland showcasing Israeli companies with offices in Maryland and Grant opportunities for US companies to collaborate with Israeli companies. Check our event page often for updates on times, dates and locations of the events. The series is free to any 2018 MIDC member. The April 10th event will feat...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Maryland, Israel, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $0 MIDC Members; $15 non-members

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Jewish Council for the Aging ® (JCA) (Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA))
5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda MD 20852
The 50+ Employment Expo is a service of the Jewish Council for the Aging made possible in part with a grant from Montgomery County. Senior's 50+ RETOOL, RECHARGE and REINVENT yourself in order to reenter the job market. The Expo will include: employers, resources/education/training, seminars, keynote speaker (TBA), job clubs and a resume reviewing room. The Expo is free to all jobseekers and vendors. Pre-registration for vendors is required. Job seekers register onsite. Easy access via Me...
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Fair/Expo, Professional Development
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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Jewish Council for the Aging ® (JCA) (Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA))
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax VA 22033
The 50+ Employment Expo is a service of the Jewish Council for the Aging. Senior's 50+ RETOOL, RECHARGE and REINVENT yourself in order to reenter the job market. The Expo will include: employers, resources/education/training, seminars, keynote speaker (TBA), job clubs and a resume reviewing room. The Expo is free to all jobseekers and vendors. Pre-registration for vendors is required. Job seekers register onsite. Free parking. For additional information contact Micki Gordon at mgordon@Ac...
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Fair/Expo, Professional Development
Event Cost:  

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Capital Camps & Retreat Center (Capital Camps )
3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills MD 21117
Orientation for the Leaders in Training program at Capital Camps for Summer 2018. Every participant and at least one parent are required to attend.
Listed In:  Teens, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development
Event Cost: