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Mazel Tov to the 2019 Israel Engagement Fellowship Graduates

Mazel Tov to the 2019 Israel Engagement Fellowship Graduates

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A Reflection from Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath, Senior Program Officer, Federation’s Jewish Education Department On Sunday, April 10, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) hosted the graduation ceremony for the 10th and 11th cohorts of the Margo & Yoram Cohen Family Israel Engagement Fellowship (IEF). IEF is one of The

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With Threats Rising, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Announces New Plan to Provide Security

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Secure Community Network Partnership Enhances Security at Area Synagogues, Day Schools and other Facilities To better protect the 300,000 members of the Jewish community who worship and attend area synagogues, day schools and other facilities in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announced today it has established a new partnership

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From Family to Fellow Believers: A Message from Gil Preuss

From Family to Fellow Believers: A Message from Gil Preuss

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Two weeks ago, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Congregational Shlichim Program was honored by The Jewish Agency for Israel. The program, which places Israeli young adults in schools, synagogues, and summer camps, was recognized as one of the most effective efforts of its kind in helping local community members learn from and connect with

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Marking the Occasion: A Message from Gil Preuss

Marking the Occasion: A Message from Gil Preuss

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“I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.” – William Shakespeare I want to say thank you. Thank you for being an integral part of our community. This year, Jewish Greater Washington welcomed new members with open arms and sustained those who call this area home. We helped

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Investing in a Brighter Communal Future: A Message from Gil Preuss

Investing in a Brighter Communal Future: A Message from Gil Preuss

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Chanukah is a holiday of many lessons. It reminds us to persevere despite the odds and to stand up for what we believe in. It also reminds us that when we each contribute to a shared goal, we can accomplish great things. Here in Greater Washington, that means coming together to build a strong, vibrant,

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Broadcasting the Light of the Chanukah Miracle

Broadcasting the Light of the Chanukah Miracle

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Chanukah is the Festival of Lights, when we celebrate the miracle of the Jewish people overcoming tyranny in the Land of Israel. One of the central ideas of Chanukah is something called “pirsumei nisa.” This phrase, which literally translates as “publicizing the miracle,” constitutes one of the core observances of Chanukah—along with the lighting of

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Meet Shari Merrill, Federation’s New Chief Impact Officer

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is pleased to welcome Shari Merrill to our professional team as our new Chief Impact Officer. We sat down with Shari to learn more about her background and what she’s looking forward to accomplishing in her new role. Tell us about your background and what attracted you to the

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I Am Thankful for You: A Message from Gil Preuss

I Am Thankful for You: A Message from Gil Preuss

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“How strange we are in the world, and how presumptuous our doings! Only one response can maintain us: gratefulness for witnessing the wonder, for the gift of our unearned right to serve, to adore, and to fulfill. It is gratefulness which makes the soul great.”- Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel This has been a challenging season.

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A Message from Our CEO Gil Preuss: United in the Face of Hatred

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On Monday, October 29, The Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Relations Council hosted a communal service at Adas Israel Congregation to honor the victims of the attack in Pittsburgh. Below are the remarks shared by our CEO, Gil Preuss. Click here for the recording of the event. The deadliest act of anti-Semitism in North Read more

Statement on Shabbat Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (JFGW) and The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC) are horrified and heartbroken by the despicable murderous attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood that took place this morning during Shabbat services. Words are insufficient to convey our community’s profound pain at

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