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Safety and Security Awareness Update

Safety and Security Awareness Update

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  Over the past week, there have been several unrelated incidents of concern in our community – a noncredible threat at a JCC, anti-Semitic graffiti at a synagogue, and a suspicious person trying to access a synagogue. We are monitoring these situations closely in partnership with those institutions and with local and Federal law enforcement.

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Broadening Our Thanksgiving Horizon

Broadening Our Thanksgiving Horizon

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A reflection from Avi West, Master Teacher of Federation’s Jewish Education Department The Jewish Fall Festivals took us on a journey, turning us “inside out.” Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement focused our attention inwardly, examining our deeds and our quest to be better individual human beings. Then, Sukkot took us outside in booths and

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Carrying the Torch of Jewish Community: A Message from Gil Preuss

Carrying the Torch of Jewish Community: A Message from Gil Preuss

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As my family prepares for Thanksgiving and my kids prepare to journey home from their various posts, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to pass on wisdom and tradition from one generation to the next. My deep connection to the Jewish people and Israel has had a profound impact on my

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Get to Know Robert Graves, Our Regional Director of Security for Greater Washington

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Federation is pleased to introduce Robert Graves, our community’s Regional Director of Security with Secure Community Network (SCN), the official security and safety organization of the American Jewish community. We sat down with Robert to learn more about his role and the efforts he’s overseeing to keep our community secure. Tell us a bit about Read more
Strengthening a Global Jewish Community in a Changing World: A Message from Gil Preuss

Strengthening a Global Jewish Community in a Changing World: A Message from Gil Preuss

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Last week, I had the opportunity to attend The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors meeting. During our time together, we discussed the many ways the organization is evolving alongside Jewish life and community around the world. Much like Federation, The Jewish Agency (JAFI) is taking a strategic look at the future; exploring how

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Secure Community Network Announce New Regional Security Advisor

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With U.S. Military and FBI background, Robert Graves brings more than 35 years of experience to the position; will support Federation’s Security Task Force  WASHINGTON, DC –The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, in partnership with the Secure Community Network (SCN), is pleased to announce that Robert Graves has accepted the position of Regional Security Advisor to the National Capital Region.   In his new role, Graves Read more
Community and Collective Memory: A Message from Gil Preuss

Community and Collective Memory: A Message from Gil Preuss

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On October 27, we will mark one year since the horrifying attack on the congregations at the Tree of Life building in Pittsburgh. It is a moment that will live on in the American Jewish story as both painful and historic. The often-abstract concepts of rising hate and anti-Semitism became all too real that day. Read more
Flash Philanthropy: Dinner, Drinks, and Doing Good!

Flash Philanthropy: Dinner, Drinks, and Doing Good!

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Eva Davis Julien Guttman On Thursday, November 7, a passionate group of Jewish 20s & 30s from across the DMV will gather for Federation's Flash Philanthropy: a one-night-only giving circle experience. Presented by Federation’s Young Leadership, and co-chaired by Eva Davis and Julien Guttman, this unique opportunity will bring local young leaders together to discover Read more
Aspiring to Perfection and Embracing Brokenness

Aspiring to Perfection and Embracing Brokenness

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A Reflection from Avi West, Master Teacher of Federation’s Jewish Education Department Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is marked with penitential prayers and fasting, all focused on repairing our relationship with our fellow human beings and with our Creator. We gather to publicly acknowledge our failings and pledge to be better in the coming

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The Power of Cabinet: A Reflection by Matthew Berger

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From the moment I walked into the hotel lobby in Toronto, I felt engulfed in community. Hugs from friends old and new. Excitement about the time we were about to spend together. The slightly nervous energy of those joining us for the first time. Four years ago, when I first joined The Jewish Federations of

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