Washington, DC

Living in Washington DC

No matter what your interest – from museums and monuments to making a difference – Washington, DC. covers it. As the nation’s capital, DC is a natural magnet for anyone interested in government, politics, and American history. DC is home to the headquarters of several Jewish organizations and hosts many national conventions and events. It also offers a rich array of Jewish religious, cultural, and social opportunities. The Daily Beast ranks it as the country’s fifth largest Jewish city, based on overall population and number of synagogues and kosher restaurants. The vibrant urban scene attracts many young singles, but is also family-friendly with lots of activities for kids.

Washington, DC is home to 15 congregations, 4 Jewish preschools, a Jewish Community Center, a Jewish day school, a variety of organizations for young professionals and many Jewish social services.

 
 

 Jewish Life in Washington, DC
Jewish life in DC caters to a wide range of audiences, including college students and recent grads, young professionals, singles, married couples, kids, established professionals and retirees with many opportunities to explore and engage. These include:

Synagogues and Congregations in Washington, DC
D.C. is home to more than a dozen synagogues and congregations, all of which boast a diverse crowd of regulars and visitors from all levels of observance. With options ranging from Chabad and Orthodox to Reconstructionist and Jewish Buddhist, you can experiment and find a place to pray that feels right. Learn more about synagogues and congregations in DC. 
 
Jewish Organizations in Washington, DC
If you’re interested in Jewish social and political causes, this is the place to be – you’ll find many national Jewish organizations headquartered in D.C. You can hear Dr. Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, discuss Middle East politics at an American Jewish Committee event, or join a book club or historical walking tour sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. These and many other organizations offer distinctly DC Jewish experiences. Learn more about Jewish organizations in DC.

Washington, DC Jewish Community Center
The DC Jewish Community Center is a central hub of Jewish oriented activities. With a fitness center, preschool and camp for kids, an award-winning theatre, ongoing classes and lectures, and a host of social and networking opportunities, you are bound to find a way to develop a strong community connection.   

Jewish Professional Networks in Washington, DC
Many young Jewish professionals make their home in Washington, DC. There are so many ways to connect with others who share your interests, get involved in the Jewish community, network, and just get together for fun activities.  Check out:

  • Gather the Jews, which offers great information on DC social, religious, and educational events. 
  • The Young Leadership arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, which is a great entry point for getting involved in the Jewish community through social activities and networking opportunities.

Jewish life in Washington, DC is friendly, diverse, and offers a wealth of ways to participate.

See the sidebar to learn more about opportunities and Jewish life in specific Washington, DC neighborhoods.

Washington DC Neighborhoods