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.

  • Announcing the 2017 Greater Washington Jewish Community Demographic Study

    “The mission of Jewish leaders in the 21st century should be how to ensure the continued, significant renaissance of the Jewish people, ensuring a sense of belonging by every Jew to his people, its heritage, its values, its State, and its dreams and aspirations to work as Jews to make this a better world for
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  • This JDAIM, Learning from Those Who Lead by Example

    By Gil Preuss Did you know that January 26 is Dental Drill Appreciation Day? By chance, I had a dentist appointment that day, where I was surprised to learn that even my dentist did not know this “fun” fact. Appreciation days and months are not a new phenomenon in our society, but as they seem
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  • Keeping Our Hearts Open: A Message from Our CEO

    By Gil Preuss “Action is the only remedy to indifference: the most insidious danger of all.” – Elie Wiesel My wife and I joined our son, Yoni, for a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as part of his Jewish Day School class on Modern Jewish History. The framing for this visit asked
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  • A Stone of Hope: A Message from Our CEO Gil Preuss

      “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ”To be a Jew is to help heal a broken world.” – Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks In the United States, and especially in Washington, DC, we tell our stories through statues and monuments. In part, we use these statues to
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  • A New Year’s Message from Gil Preuss

    As we approach the end of December, I am writing to thank you for all that you have done this past year. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help another person. Thank you to everyone who responded positively when asked. Thank you to those who provided time, wisdom, creativity, passion and much more to
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  • The New Tax Law and Charitable Giving

      Chances are, you’re wondering about the effects of the new tax law or how the stock market will do next year. One thing is for sure: Things are going to be different in 2018. If the passage of the new tax law has inspired you to adjust or accelerate your year-end giving before 2018,
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  • Investing in our Future: A Message from Federation CEO Gil Preuss

    As CEO of The Jewish Federation, I have the unique opportunity to connect with many of the talented and committed people who lead and sustain Jewish Greater Washington through their work on behalf of our local agencies and congregations. Last week, I was honored to address the annual gathering of more than 700 educators from
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  • A message from the CEO: Personal reflections on Jerusalem

    Living in Jerusalem as a young child after the six-day war, I was able to wander the streets, walk through the old city, visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and go to the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) with ease. I experienced a wondrous city that for the first time in many years appeared to be at peace.
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  • Civic Discourse, Not Civil War: A Message from Federation CEO Gil Preuss

    With Chanukah’s approach, I’ve been giving some thought to the true origins of the holiday, and how they mirror some of the challenges we face as a society today. The holiday hoopla of dreidels, jelly donuts, potato latkes and presents masks the dark secret of the holiday’s history. While it is true that the Maccabees
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  • 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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