Community Events


Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

February is known as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is proud to join together with Jewish organizations and communities from all over the world in this unified effort to raise awareness and champion the civil rights of people with disabilities. For information on upcoming events and  resources for inclusion, go to: 

MAIN EVENT, featuring Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State.  

Thursday, March 14, 6:30 pm, Grand Hyatt Washington, DC.

Please join The Jewish Federation for Jewish Greater Washington’s largest annual evening of relationship-building and inspiration, featuring former U.S. Secretary of State and U.N. Ambassador Madeleine Albright.  Get your tickets by February 28 to take advantage of the early-bird rate, as well as the special rate for young professionals (39 and under) and professionals working for Jewish organizations! For details and to register, visit If you have questions about the event, please contact Ned Konin at or call 301-230-7236.


North American Premiere North American Premiere: Saltzman – A Choral Symphony: Halevi

Sunday, February 24, 4:30 pm at The National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20016.

The combined forces of the AU Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Singers are joined by the Strathmore Children’s Chorus and guest soloists Janice Meyerson and Rob McGinness to perform the North American premiere of Arnold Saltzman’s A Choral Symphony: Halevi. Completed in 2017, this large-scale composition is a lush and evocative symphonic setting of English translations of texts by the twelfth century Hebrew poet Judah Halevi.

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This special performance is made possible by a generous gift from the Eugene M. Lang Foundation in celebration of the life of its founder, Eugene M. Lang.


The Jewish Genology Society of Greater Washington presents: Stop Thief!  The True Story of Abraham Greenthal, King of the Pickpockets, in 19th Century New York City with Edward David Luft.  February 24, starting at 11:00 am.  Ohev Shalom, The National Synagogue, 1600 Jonquil Street, NW Washington DC.

Free Members-Only Brunch and Learn: 11:00 am In this members-only event, Edward David Luft will speak about the many and varied sources to be found online for genealogical research into historical Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and Central Europe. Pre-registration is required for this event as a light dairy brunch will be provided. To register, email To join JGSGW before the event go to

Afternoon Program: 1:00 pm. Edward David Luft will speak about his book, Stop Thief! The True Story of Abraham Greenthal, King of the  Pickpockets in 19th Century New York City, as Revealed from Contemporary Sources. The author was inspired to write his book because he wanted to correct all of the erroneous information online on a popular website. Greenthal, 1822-1889, was probably the greatest pickpocket in history and the head of a gang of criminals with international connections. Crime was the family business, and Greenthal boasted near the end of his life that he had never done an honest day’s work in his life. Learn the full story, painstakingly pieced together from archives, authoritative books, contemporary newspaper publications, and actual visits to most of the locations abroad where Greenthal lived, including Brazil, Germany, and Poland.

Free to members; $5 for non-members.