Message from Gil

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
Coming Together in Common Purpose and Effective Action

Coming Together in Common Purpose and Effective Action

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This is the time when the rubber meets the road. For the past several years, those with an eye toward the future of the Jewish community have been underscoring the

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A Message from Our CEO, Gil Preuss: May 8, 2020

A Message from Our CEO, Gil Preuss: May 8, 2020

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Two months into a new normal shaped by the coronavirus, we have learned how to live in quarantine, how to translate life in-person to life online, how to get up Read more
Strengthening What Sustains Us

Strengthening What Sustains Us

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A couple of years ago, I started toying with the question, what is the next big American Jewish project? It was clear by then that we had a crucial and

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Weekly Reflection – April 24, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – April 24, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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In many ways, our worlds have shrunk over the last few weeks. We are sticking close to home, keeping tabs on our circle of loved ones, and paying close attention Read more
Weekly Reflection – April 17, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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

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Living as we are through a period that will undoubtedly be remembered in the history books, it might feel odd to set aside time to consider our past. But as Read more
Harnessing Our Social Ties for Good

Harnessing Our Social Ties for Good

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This Passover will indeed be different than all others. In a few days, we will gather around physical and virtual seder tables to tell the story of the Exodus from Read more
Weekly Reflection – March 27, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – March 27, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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If there is anything that this pandemic has laid bare, it is how interdependent we are. Patients need healthcare workers. Restaurants need patrons. Students need teachers. People need friends, and Read more
Creating Community in a Time of Social Distancing

Creating Community in a Time of Social Distancing

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Historically, particularly in times of crisis, Jews turn to their synagogues and other spiritual gathering places to find solace and a sense of community. This is true for Americans of Read more