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.

  • 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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  • CJP exec Gil Preuss to lead Washington’s Jewish federation

    This story originally appeared in Washington Jewish Week. It may not be the quickest turnaround time in history, but given the little more than two weeks between his appointment Wednesday night and an Aug. 31 start date, Gil Preuss appears more than ready to hit the ground running when he takes the helm of the
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  • Meet Federation’s New CEO, Gil Preuss

    Gil Preuss has worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston for the past 13 years most recently as the Executive Vice President. As the Executive Vice President, Gil oversaw strategic planning, financial resource development and community allocations. During his tenure, Gil led CJP’s two recent strategic plans. These plans helped reimagine the role of
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  • Viewing the Solar Eclipse through a Jewish lens

    Today, we will have the opportunity to experience a natural phenomenon that in ancient times was thought to portend disaster, but is now considered very inspiring. The difference is knowledge and attitude. Without the ability to forecast a celestial event, and without the collection of patterns to provide experience and resilience, the ancients could only
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  • Gil Preuss named CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gil Preuss Named New Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington WASHINGTON, DC (Thursday, August 17, 2017) – The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is proud to announce that Gil Preuss will become its next Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Board
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  • LGBTQ Rights from Israel to DC and Back Again

    This article was originally published in Washington Blade. Itsik Sayag came to Washington 10 months ago to work as a Shaliach (an emissary) with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Shlichim Program. He’s one of 16 here in a program that places young Israelis in Jewish congregations in the D.C. area to teach American Jews
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  • Notes from the FRD Leadership Mission

    Avital Ingber, Zach Briton, Jeff Distenfeld, Norm Pozez and Jeff Rum recently returned from the FRD Leadership Mission to Kiev, Ukraine and Israel. below are notes from Zach and Avital written during their travels, reflecting on this meaningful opportunity to see the impact of our work firsthand. From Zach Briton: Ukraine is home to the
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  • Between Us: Let’s talk about kvetching

    In this week’s parasha, Beha’alotecha, the Israelites—after being in the wilderness for what seems like an eternity—are hungry, thirsty and uncertain about whether they will ever reach the Promised Land. They criticize Moses and Aaron’s leadership. They even wonder out loud if they were not better off as slaves in Egypt. And finally, we read, “The
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