Message from Gil

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
Weekly Reflection – March 13, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – March 13, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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In a recent article, Rabbi Reuven Fink of New Rochelle, NY wrote about the effect the coronavirus has had on him and his congregation. He described the many tough disruptions but Read more
Looking Ahead: Building Emotional Connections with Israel

Looking Ahead: Building Emotional Connections with Israel

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This is part of a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond. This past week, Israel held its third parliamentary election Read more
Weekly Reflection – February 28, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – February 28, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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If we took a comprehensive look at the landscape of Jewish Greater Washington, we would recognize a plethora of stellar organizations—large, small, established, and burgeoning. In fact, many of us Read more
Looking Ahead to the Main Event

Looking Ahead to the Main Event

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This is part of a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond. No conversation about the Jewish future would be complete Read more
Weekly Reflection – February 14, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – February 14, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is committed to building a vibrant, connected, and flourishing Jewish community. To achieve this vision, we are working closely with long-time partners and new Read more
Looking Ahead: The Essential Role of Jewish Education

Looking Ahead: The Essential Role of Jewish Education

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This is part of a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond. A couple months ago, I read a paper that Read more
Weekly Reflection – January 31, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – January 31, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss

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For many people (though certainly not all), growing up Jewish meant being a passive consumer of something that felt beyond our grasp. Knowledge of Jewish texts, history, and tradition remained Read more