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Weekly Reflection – August 16, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – August 16, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

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Earlier this month, I published an article in eJewish Philanthropy responding to two thoughtful pieces about the evolution of power and influence in the Jewish community. My focus is less about where influence lies and Read more

Where We Go from Here: A Statement from Gil Preuss on the Recent Mass Shootings

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington joins the entire Jewish community in mourning the victims of recent mass shooting attacks in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio. In Read more
Weekly Reflection – August 2, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – August 2, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

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We are approaching the saddest day of the year on the Jewish calendar. Tisha B’Av comes at the end of a three-week period of mourning and marks the date of several disasters Read more
Weekly Reflection – July 26, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – July 26, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

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This week, my daughter returned home from overnight, Jewish summer camp. For those with pre-teens and teenagers in the house, you know what a whirlwind of energy and excitement (and Read more
Weekly Reflection – July 19, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – July 19, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

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Decentralization is a central theme of this century. Within the Jewish community, as well as on stages local, national, and global, we are seeing the breakdown of institutions and the Read more
Weekly Reflection – July 12, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – July 12, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

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I have written to you recently about Federation’s strategic plan, our core priorities, and some of the ways that we are bringing our strategy to life. A key component of Read more
What We Can Do for Democracy

What We Can Do for Democracy

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I recently returned from an extended family trip to Italy. Beyond the beauty of the countryside and the amazing food and art, two particular moments struck me. At the Great Read more
Weekly Reflection – June 14, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – June 14, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

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I must admit that I am troubled by the nature of discourse about Israel these days. An issue that used to unite us is now seen as one that divides Read more
Stepping Up in a New Era

Stepping Up in a New Era

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Last night, more than 450 community members gathered for Federation’s Homecoming event. People were smiling, laughing, talking—in the room were people of all ages and backgrounds there to connect and Read more
Weekly Reflection – May 31, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

Weekly Reflection – May 31, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss

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It is interesting to think about how we celebrate different Jewish holidays over time. Frequently, the nature of our celebration reflects an evolving Jewish history and changes in the Jewish Read more