News & Updates

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Welcome to Federation’s News & Updates! Read on for reflections from our team and members of the Greater Washington Jewish community, news from around the world and opportunities to Make Federation Yours.

  • Thanksgiving’s Jewish Roots and Wings: A Message from Federation CEO Gil Preuss

    As Thanksgiving draws near, you may be planning for the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie …. but have you considered preparing four questions for table talk?  The idea has been on my mind for the past few weeks, as I’ve considered celebrating the quintessential American holiday and its connection to Jewish tradition and
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  • An Ethiopian Jew Makes Aliyah A Second Time

    Federation’s former Senior Shlicha (emissary), Pnina Agenyahu shares a personal recount of her return to Israel after four years with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. “In November 1984 my mother left Ethiopia with me on her back, walking for 14 days and 15 nights through Sudan to travel to Israel. This summer, after four
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  • Celebrate Our Local Teacher-Treasures at ROUTES

    By Avi West In a commentary on the Song of Songs, tradition maintains that “Teachers and students are society’s most beautiful ornaments!”  On November 5th, a sample of sacred Jewish jewels will be on display at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. On that day, in a Federation program of adult Jewish learning called ROUTES,
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  • A Message from Federation’s CEO: Israel YOUR Way 2017

    I have just returned from Federation’s Israel YOUR Way Mission to Israel, alongside nearly one hundred of our passionate and dedicated Greater Washington community members. Throughout our journey, we saw many of the miracles of Israel and what it has created over the past 70 years. We also heard many of the ongoing challenges that
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  • Whose Children Are We?

    This year’s High Holiday season arrived during a particularly tumultuous time. It is difficult to know how to cope when faced with what has felt like an endless series of catastrophic events – disasters, both natural and man-made. As our public consciousness seems to shift all too quickly from one tragedy to the next, as
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  • Federation Stands with Las Vegas

    We awoke this morning to the horrifying news of another mass shooting – this time in Las Vegas at a country music concert – that left at least 58 dead and more than 515 injured.  We, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington extend our heartfelt sympathy
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  • Don’t Judge a Sukkah by its Cover: A Sukkot Message from Federation’s CEO

    There is a wonderfully comforting prayer that is a part of the daily evening service in Jewish tradition. As the night falls with all its related anxieties, we ask the Creator of Day and Night to “Cause us to lie down in peace…. and spread over us Your sukkah/shelter of peace.” It occurs to me
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  • On the Ground in Houston

    By Avital Ingber I arrived in Houston on Wednesday afternoon. As the plane was landing, I glared out the window trying to see the devastation and destruction. I was shocked to see that I saw none. It looked like the same Houston I had come to four times over the last six months. I had actually just
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  • An Update on Hurricane Harvey Relief

    Avital Ingber, who will become the CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston this November, shared a personal reflection following a visit to Houston this week in support of her new community. Read her powerful words. While we are keeping an eye on South Florida and Hurricane Irma, we are working in collaboration with
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  • A message from the CEO

    It is my honor to address you in this first edition of our Federation 5 newsletter. As the new CEO of The Jewish Federation, I am excited to be joining this vibrant community and look forward to what we will achieve together over the coming months and years. Greater Washington is home to one of
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