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Greater Washington DC is home to 270,000 Jews in 110,000 households in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is the sixth largest Jewish community in North America. As a global and sophisticated capital abundant in museums, concert halls as well as national/international conferences and events, Greater Washington DC is home to one of the world’s most affluent and best educated Jewish and secular communities. Jewish life in Greater Washington is vibrant and diverse, supporting well over 100 local agencies and synagogues and serving as headquarters for many national and international Jewish organizations.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Inc. (The Federation) began in 1925 as the Jewish Welfare Association. Today, The Federation and its United Jewish Endowment Fund support and partner with 43 local agencies, 12 national organizations, 4 overseas partners and more than 60 synagogues.
Around the world, The Federation’s efforts support rescue, relief, reconstruction, and renewal for tens of thousands in Israel and in more than 60 other countries around the world. Building a community and helping make the world a better place is what they do every day. The Federation not only supports those in need, they are building a network to inspire a love of Jewish heritage and culture. They are committed to helping people connect in ways that are relevant and meaningful to the community. And from this work, The Federation is confident that the Jewish community of Greater Washington will be a strong, thriving and welcoming place for generations to come.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is recognized as a national leader within the Federation system based on its inclusivity, programmatic innovation, and leadership contributions to national and international life. The Federation’s leadership is very engaged and knowledgeable, and many are active in local, national and international Jewish organizations. The Federation’s Annual Campaign is the foundation of The Federation's philanthropic efforts. In calendar year 2016, the Annual Campaign was $24.2 million supported by approximately 10,000 donors and includes approximately $4.4 million in gifts from donors who direct their giving to fields of interest or specific programs.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s United Jewish Endowment Fund (UJEF) is the planned giving arm of The Federation and consists of a variety of gifting arrangements. More than $23 million in new gifts were raised by the Endowment in calendar year 2016 and as of December 31, 2016, total assets under UJEF management are approximately $209 million.
The total assets of The Federation are $219.5 million, and the operating budget is approximately $7 million. For more information visit www.shalomDC.org.