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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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Between Us: Let’s talk about a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Although it is called Chayei Sarah (“the life of Sarah”), this week’s parasha is actually about her death, the acquisition of a burial site for her by Abraham and his arrangement of a marriage for his son, Isaac. In his grief for his lifelong partner, Abraham purchases a burial site from the Hittites in a

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Between Us: Let’s talk about the sound of silence

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This week’s parasha, Vayeira, is filled with action, dialogue, suspense and, most intriguing of all, silence. One of the most famous scenes of the Torah – the Akedah, or the Binding of Isaac – takes place in this week’s reading, and we are struck by the silence. In contrast to Abraham’s vehement argument with God early

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Popular DC Magazine features our debut Change Maker

Popular DC Magazine features our debut Change Maker

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Metro Weekly, the popular LGBT publication in DC covers Federation’s inaugural Meet the Change Makers, a program of Imagine Israel. “That newly launched speaking series, “Meet the Change Makers,” is part of the Federation’s larger “Imagine Israel” program, which features high-profile Israelis involved in promoting social change. The organization hopes their guests will give Washingtonians a

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Between Us: Let’s talk about holding on to hope

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This week’s parasha, Lech Lecha, begins, “And God said to Abram: Lech lecha, Go forth from your native land and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation.”     The imagery is powerful and intensely personal. Abram (not yet Abraham) sets out from

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