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Imagine Israel Podcast #2: In Israel, religious pluralism is like a pizza

Imagine Israel Podcast #2: In Israel, religious pluralism is like a pizza

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Chaya Gilboa, visionary activist on the issue of Israeli religious reform, shares her desire for social change in Israel. In a country where politics are religious and religion is political, Chaya strives to transform Israel’s religious judicial system by challenging the Rabbinate’s legal monopoly on religious life to create a pluralistic, egalitarian alternative. The compelling conversation

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Between Us: Let’s talk about….lighting the darkness

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This week’s Torah portion – Vayeshev – begins with a brief sentence: “Jacob dwelt in the land of his father’s sojournings, the land of Canaan.” Commentators note the intimation that Jacob was more settled than his father Isaac; implying that succeeding generations may feel more comfortable and settled in the land than did their ancestors. Tomorrow

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Between Us: Let’s talk about dealing with it

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In this week’s parasha, Vayishlach, the famous wrestling match between Jacob and the mysterious stranger is among the more curious portions of the Torah. As Jacob prepared to meet his estranged brother Esau for the first time in 20 years, Jacob thought he was alone after he sends his family to the other side of the

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Young Leadership Spotlight: Marisa Ezrine – our new YL Director

Young Leadership Spotlight: Marisa Ezrine – our new YL Director

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What are you most excited about in your new role as the Young Leadership Director? I am most excited about getting to know all of the wonderful members of the DC young adult community, including you! And would LOVE to grab coffee and learn more about you and find ways you can get involved in Young

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The Biblical Roots of Ethiopian Blessed Bread

The Biblical Roots of Ethiopian Blessed Bread

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Israeli women from the Ethiopian Jewish community pray during the Sigd holiday in Jerusalem, Israel, November 30, 2016. Photo Cred: Gali Tibbon, AFP The Ethiopian-Jewish community marks Sigd, a holiday of self-examination with prayers and fasting, broken with a ceremonial challah-style bread called dabo. Federation’s Senior Shlicha (Emissary) for Israel Engagement, Pnina Agenyahu shares her

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Federation Speaks Out Against Hate

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A message from Steven A. Rakitt and Robert Zahler It has been a month since Election Day. While we recognize that intense discussions are part of our country’s democratic process, we remain deeply concerned about continued — and even increasing — rhetoric espousing hate and bigotry from a variety of sources against many communities. In just the first

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Maryland Hillel and Ethiopian Jewish community Imagine Israel

Maryland Hillel and Ethiopian Jewish community Imagine Israel

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Funded by an Imagine Israel grant, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington joined the University of Maryland (UMD) Hillel to commemorate the Ethiopian Jewish holiday, Sigd. On December 1, Maryland Hillel hosted 50 students from Maryland Hillel, the Ethiopian Student Association at UMD and other on-campus Jewish groups to learn about and embrace the Sigd.

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Expert Tips For Making Your Workplace Less Stressful

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Creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcomed and can be their authentic selves is important for the well-being of workers. According to the American Institute of Stress, “job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades.” Jeena Cho

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Federation’s Teen Philanthropy Fuels Next Generation of Givers

Federation’s Teen Philanthropy Fuels Next Generation of Givers

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Federation’s Jteen Philanthropy program is featured in online publication, Sentinel. Jewish teen Philanthropy (Jteen) is a leadership program where a group of 38 teenagers from the Greater Washington area collaborate, debate and allocate $27,360 of grant money to local, national, and international organizations. Jteen Board Members learn about tzedakah(charity) and philanthropy, and work with mentors

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Between Us: Let’s talk about the power of words

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Parashat Toldot contains the famous story of the twins Jacob and Esau, and how Jacob, with his mother’s help, tricks their father Isaac into giving him the blessing reserved for the first-born. The juxtaposition of the two brothers, one “a skillful hunter;” the other a “mild man,” is striking — but not as significant as the

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