News & Updates

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.

  • Looking Ahead: The Next Chapter in Inclusion A Message from Gil Preuss

    This is part of a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond. At The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, we are motivated by a clear and compelling vision of what Jewish life can be. Our team of professionals and volunteers are inspired to do this work
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  • Engaging Community Builders in Learning Through a Jewish Lens

    When we began our partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America last year, our series dove into issues relating to Jewish identity and the American Jewish relationship with Israel. In our second year, we continue to touch on these themes and take a closer look at Jewish tradition and modern Jewish debates. Last
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  • Looking Ahead: Shining a Spotlight on Seniors

    A Message from Gil Preuss This is part of a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond.   To describe Jewish Greater Washington’s seniors is to describe a cohort of people actively engaged in Jewish life and with causes that matter most to them and to the wellbeing of our community. Representing one-fifth of
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  • Looking Ahead: Engaging Millennials at a New Life Stage

    This is the first in a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond. It was the poet Mark Strand who said, “The future is always beginning now.” As one transformative decade ends and a new one begins, our team at Federation is stepping into 2020 with
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  • June Marlin Falb Named Federation’s New Chief Endowment Officer

    Falb will lead Federation’s $230+ Million United Jewish Endowment Fund. WASHINGTON, DC – The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and its United Jewish Endowment Fund (UJEF) are proud to announce that June Marlin Falb will become Federation’s Chief Endowment Officer. Bringing years of experience and a passion for the Jewish community, Falb will officially begin
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  • Persian Jewish Congregation Victimized by Vandalism

    This weekend, another American Jewish community was victimized by vandalism. This time, it was the Nessah Synagogue, a Persian Jewish congregation in Beverly Hills, California. While police are still investigating this hate crime and searching for the person responsible, this most-recent attack fits into a frightening pattern of rising anti-Semitism nationally and globally. The images that have
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  • Our Added Value: A Message from Gil Preuss

    I often meet with potential donors as part of my capacity as CEO. During both informal and formal meetings, I do my best to communicate the unique role Federation plays in the Greater Washington Jewish community and the value we add to people’s lives…and there is a lot to say! Perhaps my elevator pitch would
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  • CEO, Gil Preuss, Speaks with Fox 5 DC Following Deadly Shooting in Jersey City

    Events like this remind us that we must maintain heightened awareness and vigilance. In partnership with the Secure Community Network (SCN), Federation remains committed to the safety and security of our community. We strongly encourage every Jewish organization to undertake a security risk assessment of their safety and security preparedness. Individual community members should speak
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  • Safety and Security Awareness Update

      Over the past week, there have been several unrelated incidents of concern in our community – a noncredible threat at a JCC, anti-Semitic graffiti at a synagogue, and a suspicious person trying to access a synagogue. We are monitoring these situations closely in partnership with those institutions and with local and Federal law enforcement.
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  • Broadening Our Thanksgiving Horizon

    A reflection from Avi West, Master Teacher of Federation’s Jewish Education Department The Jewish Fall Festivals took us on a journey, turning us “inside out.” Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement focused our attention inwardly, examining our deeds and our quest to be better individual human beings. Then, Sukkot took us outside in booths and
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