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The Impact of Shlichut

The Impact of Shlichut

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is proud of the impact that our Congregational Shlichim make in our community.  Amazingly, Shlichut is not a one-sided relationship: As the Shlichim build relationships and understanding here in Washington, they are also building relationships and understanding in their communities back home, when they share stories and experiences with

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Big Bang Theory Star Mayim Bialik Visits Imagine Israel Changemaker

Big Bang Theory Star Mayim Bialik Visits Imagine Israel Changemaker

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Exciting news to share: Mayim Bialik, known for playing Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit show, The Big Bang Theory, recently took a trip with her son to Israel in honor of his Bar Mitzvah. While in Israel, Mayim and her son volunteered in the logistics center of the one and only Leket Israel. You may remember

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The Kite Strings of Hope and Peace

The Kite Strings of Hope and Peace

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By: Tzachi Levy A few weeks ago, my family and I participated in our first DC Kite Festival. Although it was not a windy day, we managed to get our kites into the sky. I am 41 years old, but once I hold a kite, I immediately feel like my son Oz, a happy, carefree

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Congregational Shlichim Reflections: Miri Bernovsky Tibon

Congregational Shlichim Reflections: Miri Bernovsky Tibon

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By Miri Bernovsky Tibon Miri Bernovsky Tibon is finishing her first year of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Congregational Shlichim Program, working at Agudas Achim Congregation.  How do you sum up one year on the job? Last August, I arrived at an unknown destination. A new country, a new city, a new community. I had

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Congregational Shlichim Reflections: Noy Peri

Congregational Shlichim Reflections: Noy Peri

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By Noy Peri Noy Peri is finishing her first year of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Congregational Shlichim Program, working at Gesher Jewish Day School and Congregation Olam Tikvah. She is excited to be continuing for a second year! Flashback to August 2017: Right before I arrived in DC, I spoke to my Rabbi

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Congregational Shlichim Reflections: Rena Ableman

Congregational Shlichim Reflections: Rena Ableman

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By Rena Ableman Rena Ableman is finishing her second year of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Congregational Shlichim Program, working at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah.   I remember early last year, I was invited, together with two fellow congregational shlichim, to speak at a Federation board meeting. The former CEO, Steve Rakitt, asked

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Congregational Shlichim Reflections: Ella Tesler

Congregational Shlichim Reflections: Ella Tesler

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By Ella Tesler Ella Tesler is finishing her second year of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Congregational Shlichim Program, working at Shaare Torah Congregation. What I Learned from My Last Two Years as a Shlicha (Emissary) in America I learned I’m a Zionist. I learned I’m authentic. I learned I have a thick accent…I

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Congregational Shlichim Reflections: Ayelet Levi

Congregational Shlichim Reflections: Ayelet Levi

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By: Ayelet Levi Ayelet Levi is finishing her second year of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Congregational Shlichim Program, working at both Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation and MoEd.  Before I came to DC, I never thought about how my workplace could have such a significant impact on my life. I quickly learned that being

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Arab-Israeli-DC School Partnership

Arab-Israeli-DC School Partnership

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By Shelli Putterman-Kenett, Hebrew teacher at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and program head of the Triangular Partnership for CESJDS The experience I had with the Triangular school program has been unique. I first learned about the “dialogue through cinema” program when I was approached by JDS to create a program for our school

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Imagine Israel Podcast Episode #10: From One Man’s Vision Into a National Mission

Imagine Israel Podcast Episode #10: From One Man’s Vision Into a National Mission

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Joseph Gitler turned his one-man mission into Israel’s largest food bank rescue network, known as Leket Israel, The National Food Bank, which provides food for over 200,000 impoverished Israelis every week. After making aliyah (moving to Israel) from the US in 2000, Gitler began his food rescue efforts from his car by rescuing meals from Read more