Message from Gil

Building a Vibrant & Secure Community

Building a Vibrant & Secure Community

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I hope that your Rosh Hashanah celebrations were meaningful and joyous. During these semi-quiet moments between High Holidays, I’ve been thinking a lot about what enables our Jewish community to Read more
Celebrating Those Who Make a Difference

Celebrating Those Who Make a Difference

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On Sunday evening, we welcome Rosh Hashanah. Upon looking forward to a year filled with promise, I have also been reflecting on the accomplishments spurring us on. As our latest Read more
Confronting our History

Confronting our History

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In September 1938, Helmut, 29, arrives in New York alone. He hopes his wife, Steffi, will join him soon – she is still living in Breslau, Germany, and listed as Read more
Change and Return

Change and Return

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I was grateful to celebrate another birthday this past week. While everyone acknowledges theirs in distinct ways, my late August birthday has typically been marked by thought and introspection. I Read more
The Future of Jewish Philanthropy in Greater Washington

The Future of Jewish Philanthropy in Greater Washington

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When I joined Federation nearly five years ago, it was with incredible excitement. I knew Greater Washington was home to incomparable leaders and organizations, and that this community was already Read more
Building an Unbreakable Hope

Building an Unbreakable Hope

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A few days ago, as I sat in back-to-back Zoom meetings, a colleague stopped by my office to ask if I needed lunch. The moment has stuck with me ever Read more

Continuing our Support in Ukraine

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Months after the war in Ukraine began, the images from its early days and memories of my mission to the Poland border have stayed with me. I will never forget Read more

On Resilience & Summer Camp

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It is no understatement to say that the past weeks, months, and years have been challenging. For our community’s children and teens, the world around them has been wrought with Read more

Moving Forward Together

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On the heels of Capital Chai: Federation’s 2022 Annual Meeting, I feel deeply connected to, and proud of, the Greater Washington Jewish community. And as we take steps forward in Read more

A Night to Remember

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Last night at Capital Chai: Federation’s 2022 Annual Meeting, I was grateful to connect with many of you. It was an honor to be together as we celebrated the unwavering Read more