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Weekly Reflection: Good Deeds Year

Weekly Reflection: Good Deeds Year

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  Friends,  Throughout the Passover break, I found myself standing in my backyard thinking of all the things I had meant to accomplish during quarantine. I had ambitions of constructing raised flower beds. Of planting vegetables. Of becoming a tried-and-true gardener. This, as you might guess, did not happen.   Of course, kicking myself for not being more committed to my would-be hobbies, or not exercising more, led me

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Agents of Hope: A Message from Gil Preuss

Agents of Hope: A Message from Gil Preuss

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  Friends, To me, Passover is a ritual with the perfect blend of continuity and innovation. Indeed, many of us find comfort in Passover’s familiar structure. Every year, Jews around the world gather with loved ones to relive the Passover story and relish in traditional texts, songs, and flavors. And though we celebrate in our

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On Building a Community of Belonging

On Building a Community of Belonging

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  We just passed the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic. These past twelve months have had a profound impact on us all and have highlighted just how much individual experiences can vary, even in the same situation. From the effects of COVID-19 to our perspective as members of an increasingly diverse Jewish community, it

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Weekly Reflection: Reuniting with Israel

Weekly Reflection: Reuniting with Israel

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In one of her first articles of the year, professor and thought leader Dr. Erica Brown wrote about what it might feel like to revive dormant friendships once COVID-19 finally recedes. She writes that, according to Talmudic wisdom, “the reunion of friends is a sublime moment of grace.” Still, after a painful and monotonous year,

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Weekly Reflection: Keep the Evolution Going

Weekly Reflection: Keep the Evolution Going

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As Zoom Happy Hours gave way to Zoom Seders, Zoom break-fasts, and eventually Zoom menorah lightings, it became clear that our year of living digitally would have lasting impacts on Jewish identity and engagement. Even as we refrained from gathering in person with our local communities, Jewish life continued moving forward, adapting and transforming to

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Molly Gravholt Named New Chief Financial & Administrative Officer of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

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WASHINGTON, DC (February 25, 2021)—The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is pleased to announce that Molly Gravholt will become its first Chief Financial & Administrative Officer. Gravholt will officially begin her new role on March 1. Gil Preuss, CEO of The Jewish Federation, noted, “We are very pleased to welcome Molly Gravholt as the newest Read more

Meet Molly Gravholt, Federation’s New Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is pleased to welcome Molly Gravholt to our professional team as our Chief Financial & Administrative Officer. Learn more about Molly’s background, what excites her about her new role, and her outlook on the greatest opportunities for Federation. Read the press release to learn more about Molly's professional experience. Read more

A Camp for All Children

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A reflection by Lisa Handelman, Director of Capital Camps In late spring 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, Capital Camps received several emails from parents who shared that there were many tears shed at their homes when COVID-19 forced Capital Camps to cancel traditional overnight camp. After we started offering virtual programing, at least Read more

Flourishing in Jewish Day School

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A reflection from Lianne Heller, Executive Director of Sulam When you meet Elana Orlofsky, you will quickly learn that she is a sweet, bubbly, and friendly teenager who loves art, music, talking to and texting friends, cooking, baking, doing community service, and, of course, having lots of fun. Elana was born with Down Syndrome in

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MOST™ Program Opens Door to Adulthood Through Virtual Spaces

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A reflection from Marcy Bennett, Director of MOST Programs and Northern Virginia Residential Services Jewish Foundation for Group Homes Bridging the gap between the completion of secondary school and joining the adult workforce can be a challenge for young adults with disabilities because real-life guidance is often limited. That’s where the Jewish Foundation for Group

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