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Federation Stands with Las Vegas

Federation Stands with Las Vegas

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We awoke this morning to the horrifying news of another mass shooting – this time in Las Vegas at a country music concert – that left at least 58 dead and more than 515 injured.  We, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington extend our heartfelt sympathy

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Don’t Judge a Sukkah by its Cover:  A Sukkot Message from Federation’s CEO

Don’t Judge a Sukkah by its Cover: A Sukkot Message from Federation’s CEO

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There is a wonderfully comforting prayer that is a part of the daily evening service in Jewish tradition. As the night falls with all its related anxieties, we ask the Creator of Day and Night to “Cause us to lie down in peace…. and spread over us Your sukkah/shelter of peace.” It occurs to me

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On the Ground in Houston

On the Ground in Houston

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By Avital Ingber I arrived in Houston on Wednesday afternoon. As the plane was landing, I glared out the window trying to see the devastation and destruction. I was shocked to see that I saw none. It looked like the same Houston I had come to four times over the last six months. I had actually just

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An Update on Hurricane Harvey Relief

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Avital Ingber, who will become the CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston this November, shared a personal reflection following a visit to Houston this week in support of her new community. Read her powerful words. While we are keeping an eye on South Florida and Hurricane Irma, we are working in collaboration with

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A message from the CEO

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It is my honor to address you in this first edition of our Federation 5 newsletter. As the new CEO of The Jewish Federation, I am excited to be joining this vibrant community and look forward to what we will achieve together over the coming months and years. Greater Washington is home to one of

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CJP exec Gil Preuss to lead Washington’s Jewish federation

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This story originally appeared in Washington Jewish Week. It may not be the quickest turnaround time in history, but given the little more than two weeks between his appointment Wednesday night and an Aug. 31 start date, Gil Preuss appears more than ready to hit the ground running when he takes the helm of the

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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