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Shabbat is my Sanctuary in Time

Shabbat is my Sanctuary in Time

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ByRena Abelman I don’t think I’m alone in saying that Shabbat is my favorite part about Jewish life. Shabbat, to me, is a time for community, friends, spirituality, family and more. I’ve always connected to Abraham Joshua Heschel’s image of Shabbat as a sanctuary in time. Shabbat is a sanctuary, an island of holiness in

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Meet Tzachi Levy, Federation’s senior shaliach

Meet Tzachi Levy, Federation’s senior shaliach

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is thrilled to welcome Tzachi Levy to our community as our senior shaliach (Israeli emissary)!  Learn about his background, his love for barbecue and much more. Hi Tzachi! Welcome to Greater Washington. Can you tell us about your home in Israel? Hi! Thanks for the warm welcome. In Israel,

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Imagine Israel Podcast Episode #8: Investing in Israel’s Next Generation

Imagine Israel Podcast Episode #8: Investing in Israel’s Next Generation

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Social entrepreneur and Israeli philanthropist, Avi Naor has dedicated his philanthropic work to the survival and sustainment of Israel. Naor’s work focuses on two initiatives impacting Israel’s youth today: road safety and education. Israel’s War on Road Safety Or Yarok Association for Safer Driving More people have died on the road than in the Arab-Israeli Read more
An Israel Through My Eyes

An Israel Through My Eyes

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By Hadar Golan As shlicha, my role is to act as an emissary, representing Israel. Knowing that people see me as a representative of Israel sometimes fills me with anxiety and pressure. Considering that a single interaction I have with somebody could determine their image of Israel is somewhat terrifying to me.  As the saying goes,

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Not Just Challah

Not Just Challah

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I have always liked to bake for family and friends—cakes, pies, quiches, new recipes and old recipes. It is a known fact that the way to people’s (especially Jewish people’s) hearts is through their stomachs. When I was in my gap year between high school and the army, I participated in a Yeshiva University program

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Imagine Israel Podcast Episode #7:  Crossing Continents to Connect Communities

Imagine Israel Podcast Episode #7: Crossing Continents to Connect Communities

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At age seven, alongside her parents and many of her 12 siblings, Oshra Friedman left Ethiopia and escaped to Israel via Operation Moses.* Now a proud Israeli, Oshra has devoted her adult life to bridging socioeconomic gaps and promoting social mobility for groups on the periphery, including but not limited to Ethiopian, Russian and Arab Israelis. Read more
My home, on the border

My home, on the border

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by Miri Bernovsky Tibon Miri is part of Federation’s Congregational Shlichim Program, coming to our community from Kibbutz Nahal Oz, situated directly on Israel’s border with Gaza. Miri worked as a social worker at the Summit Institute in Israel, assisting foster families all across the Negev area. She recently finished her Master’s degree in Clinical

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An Ethiopian Jew Makes Aliyah A Second Time

An Ethiopian Jew Makes Aliyah A Second Time

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Federation’s former Senior Shlicha (emissary), Pnina Agenyahu shares a personal recount of her return to Israel after four years with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. “In November 1984 my mother left Ethiopia with me on her back, walking for 14 days and 15 nights through Sudan to travel to Israel. This summer, after four

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A Brand New Way to Imagine Israel: The New and Improved Interactive Podcast

A Brand New Way to Imagine Israel: The New and Improved Interactive Podcast

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Hey Washington—Imagine Israel is thrilled to announce that we are taking our Imagine Israel Podcast to the next level: by making YOU a part of it! So far, you’ve gotten to hear amazing stories from innovative Israeli influencers across a plethora of social justice issues: Kobi Paz shared his story of LGBTQ Advocacy through TV,

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The Holidays Outside the Holy Land

The Holidays Outside the Holy Land

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By Noy Peri Noy is part of Federation’s Congregational Shlichim Program, coming to our community from Rosh Ha’ayin to act as Israeli emissary to Congregation Olam Tikvah and Gesher Jewish Day School to transform the relationships and enhance the personal connections of congregants and students with Israel and Israelis. In the past year, Noy worked

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