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.

  • Federation Allocates Over $1 Million Dollars to Innovative and Impactful Jewish Communal Initiatives

    Latest phase of Federation’s Strategic Planning Process funds work focused on Engaging the Next Generation and Strengthening Jewish Life in Northern VA. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announced the allocation of more than $1 million in funds for 31 proposals geared towards testing new ideas and expanding high impact initiatives within the Jewish community
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  • A Country and a Homeland: A Message from Gil Preuss

    “Well-meaning people used to say that a Jewish state would be an answer to all Jewish questions. In truth, however, the State of Israel is a challenge to many of our answers. To be involved in the life of Israel is to be in labor.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel, Israel: An Echo of Eternity As
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  • Statement on Shabbat Shooting at Chabad of Poway, CA

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, and our Greater Washington Jewish community are angry and horrified by yet another senseless, violent, antisemitic attack on an American synagogue, this time at the Chabad in Poway, California. One person has been killed and three others, including a child, have been
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  • Mazel Tov to the 2019 Israel Engagement Fellowship Graduates

    A Reflection from Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath, Senior Program Officer, Federation’s Jewish Education Department On Sunday, April 10, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) hosted the graduation ceremony for the 10th and 11th cohorts of the Margo & Yoram Cohen Family Israel Engagement Fellowship (IEF). IEF is one of The
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  • With Threats Rising, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Announces New Plan to Provide Security

    Secure Community Network Partnership Enhances Security at Area Synagogues, Day Schools and other Facilities To better protect the 300,000 members of the Jewish community who worship and attend area synagogues, day schools and other facilities in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announced today it has established a new partnership
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  • From Family to Fellow Believers: A Message from Gil Preuss

    Two weeks ago, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Congregational Shlichim Program was honored by The Jewish Agency for Israel. The program, which places Israeli young adults in schools, synagogues, and summer camps, was recognized as one of the most effective efforts of its kind in helping local community members learn from and connect with
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  • Marking the Occasion: A Message from Gil Preuss

    “I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.” – William Shakespeare I want to say thank you. Thank you for being an integral part of our community. This year, Jewish Greater Washington welcomed new members with open arms and sustained those who call this area home. We helped
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  • Investing in a Brighter Communal Future: A Message from Gil Preuss

    Chanukah is a holiday of many lessons. It reminds us to persevere despite the odds and to stand up for what we believe in. It also reminds us that when we each contribute to a shared goal, we can accomplish great things. Here in Greater Washington, that means coming together to build a strong, vibrant,
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  • Broadcasting the Light of the Chanukah Miracle

    Chanukah is the Festival of Lights, when we celebrate the miracle of the Jewish people overcoming tyranny in the Land of Israel. One of the central ideas of Chanukah is something called “pirsumei nisa.” This phrase, which literally translates as “publicizing the miracle,” constitutes one of the core observances of Chanukah—along with the lighting of
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  • Meet Shari Merrill, Federation’s New Chief Impact Officer

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is pleased to welcome Shari Merrill to our professional team as our new Chief Impact Officer. We sat down with Shari to learn more about her background and what she’s looking forward to accomplishing in her new role. Tell us about your background and what attracted you to the
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