Message from Gil

Weekly Reflection – July 17, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – July 17, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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Many of my recent conversations with community members and leaders have focused on concerns about what this coming fall is going to look like. When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, Read more
Strengthening our Culture of Collaboration

Strengthening our Culture of Collaboration

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Like many in our community, I recently crossed the threshold of 100 days spent mostly at home. These have not been easy days for our community as many people have Read more
Weekly Reflection – July 2, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – July 2, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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As we plan for what will certainly be a different kind of Fourth of July celebration than those of years past, I have been considering the work ahead, both for Read more
Finding Meaning in a Summer Without Jewish Camp

Finding Meaning in a Summer Without Jewish Camp

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This week, my calendar reminded me to drop off my children at Jewish overnight camp. Every year, I look forward to this special ritual of taking one or more of Read more
Weekly Reflection – June 19, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – June 19, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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During the past three months, I have been reflecting on the ways the Jewish community is responding to these challenging and rapidly changing times. More specifically, I have wondered what Read more
Creating Communities of Belonging

Creating Communities of Belonging

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Like many of you, I have been thinking, reading, and talking about race and racism quite frequently in recent days. Our country and communities continue to grapple with explicit and Read more
Weekly Reflection – June 5, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – June 5, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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As we wrap up a challenging week in a challenging season, it feels appropriate to pause and reflect on where we go from here as a community. I began this Read more
Reflecting on Values and Responsibilities

Reflecting on Values and Responsibilities

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Over the past few months, I have written about the tendency to turn inward, to isolate in our homes and protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors from the threats Read more
Making Help Easy to Find

Making Help Easy to Find

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Nearly 800,000 people in Greater Washington have sought jobless benefits. Within the Jewish community, we have seen requests for interest-free loans increase by six-fold. People are searching for support when Read more
Weekly Reflection – May 22, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – May 22, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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There is a line in the Talmud that says in facing judgement, we will be asked to account for all the things we saw and did not eat (Kiddushin 48b). Read more