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Meet Federation’s New CEO, Gil Preuss

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Gil Preuss has worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston for the past 13 years most recently as the Executive Vice President. As the Executive Vice President, Gil oversaw strategic planning, financial resource development and community allocations. During his tenure, Gil led CJP’s two recent strategic plans. These plans helped reimagine the role of

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Viewing the Solar Eclipse through a Jewish lens

Viewing the Solar Eclipse through a Jewish lens

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Today, we will have the opportunity to experience a natural phenomenon that in ancient times was thought to portend disaster, but is now considered very inspiring. The difference is knowledge and attitude. Without the ability to forecast a celestial event, and without the collection of patterns to provide experience and resilience, the ancients could only

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Gil Preuss named CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Gil Preuss named CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gil Preuss Named New Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington WASHINGTON, DC (Thursday, August 17, 2017) – The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is proud to announce that Gil Preuss will become its next Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Board Read more
LGBTQ Rights from Israel to DC and Back Again

LGBTQ Rights from Israel to DC and Back Again

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This article was originally published in Washington Blade. Itsik Sayag came to Washington 10 months ago to work as a Shaliach (an emissary) with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Shlichim Program. He’s one of 16 here in a program that places young Israelis in Jewish congregations in the D.C. area to teach American Jews Read more

Notes from the FRD Leadership Mission

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Avital Ingber, Zach Briton, Jeff Distenfeld, Norm Pozez and Jeff Rum recently returned from the FRD Leadership Mission to Kiev, Ukraine and Israel. below are notes from Zach and Avital written during their travels, reflecting on this meaningful opportunity to see the impact of our work firsthand. From Zach Briton: Ukraine is home to the

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Between Us: Let’s talk about kvetching

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In this week’s parasha, Beha’alotecha, the Israelites—after being in the wilderness for what seems like an eternity—are hungry, thirsty and uncertain about whether they will ever reach the Promised Land. They criticize Moses and Aaron’s leadership. They even wonder out loud if they were not better off as slaves in Egypt. And finally, we read, “The

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Between Us: Let’s talk about humility

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This week’s portion, the first in the Book of Numbers, is called Bamidbar. The English title of this book comes from the census taken of the Israelites as commanded to Moses in this parasha. In Hebrew, the portion’s title means “in the wilderness,” an apt description of the spiritual and physical place in which the Jews

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Between Us: Let’s talk about being ready

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This week’s double parasha, Behar-Bechukotai, finishes up the Book of Leviticus. We are told repeatedly of the choice between following God’s commandments and disobeying. With the former, we will live well; the latter choice will lead to disaster. Some reject the notion of cause and effect in following the commandments and their lot in life. After all,

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Between Us: Let’s talk about heroes

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More than 175 years ago, Scottish-born philosopher Thomas Carlyle published “Heroes and Hero Worship,” a set of lectures he gave in 1840, arguing that individuals, not history per se, are the real reasons for human advancement. These specific individuals, whom Carlyle called “Heroes,” played outsized roles in the world’s advancement. Heroism – and hero worship

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Between Us: Let’s talk about humility

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“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis This week’s parasha, Tetzaveh, is distinguished not by what it contains, but rather, what it omits. Interestingly, Moses’ name appears in every parasha chronicling his life from birth to death – except for this week’s portion. Commentators reflect on a

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