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A New Year’s Message from Gil Preuss

A New Year’s Message from Gil Preuss

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As we approach the end of December, I am writing to thank you for all that you have done this past year. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help another person. Thank you to everyone who responded positively when asked. Thank you to those who provided time, wisdom, creativity, passion and much more to

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The New Tax Law and Charitable Giving

The New Tax Law and Charitable Giving

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  Chances are, you’re wondering about the effects of the new tax law or how the stock market will do next year. One thing is for sure: Things are going to be different in 2018. If the passage of the new tax law has inspired you to adjust or accelerate your year-end giving before 2018,

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Investing in our Future: A Message from Federation CEO Gil Preuss

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As CEO of The Jewish Federation, I have the unique opportunity to connect with many of the talented and committed people who lead and sustain Jewish Greater Washington through their work on behalf of our local agencies and congregations. Last week, I was honored to address the annual gathering of more than 700 educators from

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A message from the CEO: Personal reflections on Jerusalem

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Living in Jerusalem as a young child after the six-day war, I was able to wander the streets, walk through the old city, visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and go to the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) with ease. I experienced a wondrous city that for the first time in many years appeared to be at peace.

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Civic Discourse, Not Civil War: A Message from Federation CEO Gil Preuss

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With Chanukah’s approach, I’ve been giving some thought to the true origins of the holiday, and how they mirror some of the challenges we face as a society today. The holiday hoopla of dreidels, jelly donuts, potato latkes and presents masks the dark secret of the holiday’s history. While it is true that the Maccabees

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Thanksgiving’s Jewish Roots and Wings: A Message from Federation CEO Gil Preuss

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As Thanksgiving draws near, you may be planning for the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie …. but have you considered preparing four questions for table talk?  The idea has been on my mind for the past few weeks, as I’ve considered celebrating the quintessential American holiday and its connection to Jewish tradition and

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An Ethiopian Jew Makes Aliyah A Second Time

An Ethiopian Jew Makes Aliyah A Second Time

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Federation’s former Senior Shlicha (emissary), Pnina Agenyahu shares a personal recount of her return to Israel after four years with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. “In November 1984 my mother left Ethiopia with me on her back, walking for 14 days and 15 nights through Sudan to travel to Israel. This summer, after four

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Celebrate Our Local Teacher-Treasures at ROUTES

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By Avi West In a commentary on the Song of Songs, tradition maintains that “Teachers and students are society’s most beautiful ornaments!”  On November 5th, a sample of sacred Jewish jewels will be on display at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. On that day, in a Federation program of adult Jewish learning called ROUTES,

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A Message from Federation’s CEO: Israel YOUR Way 2017

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I have just returned from Federation’s Israel YOUR Way Mission to Israel, alongside nearly one hundred of our passionate and dedicated Greater Washington community members. Throughout our journey, we saw many of the miracles of Israel and what it has created over the past 70 years. We also heard many of the ongoing challenges that

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Whose Children Are We?

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This year’s High Holiday season arrived during a particularly tumultuous time. It is difficult to know how to cope when faced with what has felt like an endless series of catastrophic events – disasters, both natural and man-made. As our public consciousness seems to shift all too quickly from one tragedy to the next, as

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