Message from Gil

On Democracy & Our Collective Future

On Democracy & Our Collective Future

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This coming week, we will be celebrating July 4th – the declaration, almost 250 years ago, of the United States of America’s independence. This significant moment in world history marked Read more
A Jewish Homeland for All Jews

A Jewish Homeland for All Jews

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Synagogues are a central institution of Jewish life throughout the world and have been so for almost 2,000 years. In that time, they have been essential places for learning, prayer, Read more
A Memorable Night of Community and Leadership

A Memorable Night of Community and Leadership

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Each time our community gathers, it provides me with energy and optimism for the future of our community. This was especially true last night when more than 200 of Greater Read more
Looking Forward Together

Looking Forward Together

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June is an exciting time for Federation and the future of our community. Following a year of program analysis, strategic planning, and addressing pressing concerns, our team works closely with Read more
Celebrating Our Communal Agencies

Celebrating Our Communal Agencies

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As I wrote this reflection, I learned of the passing of one of my personal heroes, Dr Amitai Etzioni, z”l. Dr Etzioni was an academic who challenged ideas about humanity Read more
Filling Our Communal Glass

Filling Our Communal Glass

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On the final day of Federation’s Israel YOUR Way mission, our group of community members from across Greater Washington had the chance to meet with Dr. Tal Becker, Senior Fellow Read more
Our Dual Responsibilities in Israel

Our Dual Responsibilities in Israel

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This week, I am writing to you from Federation's Israel YOUR Way Mission. Since our arrival, our group of Federation professionals and community members from across Greater Washington have explored Read more
Investing in Each Other

Investing in Each Other

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This past week, I read an important article by United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, about the effect of increasing loneliness and isolation on our mental and physical Read more
Turning Hope into Action

Turning Hope into Action

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“Optimism is the belief that the world is changing for the better; hope is the belief that, together, we can make the world better. The Hebrew Bible is not an Read more
Rebirth and Renewal

Rebirth and Renewal

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This past Tuesday marked Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. At a time of increased antisemitism in our community and across the country, Yom HaShoah reminds us not only to Read more