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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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Meet Sarah, an Israel Engagement Fellow

Meet Sarah, an Israel Engagement Fellow

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The Margo & Yoram Cohen Family Israel Engagement Fellowship teaches teen leaders to explore their relationships with Israel in a meaningful way. Fellows learn about the importance of the State of Israel within Jewish history, and graduate with the knowledge, experience and confidence to advocate for Israel in their communities and future college campuses. Sarah

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Culture and cooking with Israeli shaliach Itsik Sayag

Culture and cooking with Israeli shaliach Itsik Sayag

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Presented by Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Lily Daroff, Videographer; Hosted by Maya Fontheim; Starring Shaliach Itsik Sayag Itsik Sayag is part of Federation’s Congregational Shlichim Program, coming to our community from Tel Aviv to act as Israeli emissary to Congregation Beth El and Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School to transform the relationships and

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Imagine Israel Podcast #1: LGBTQ families in Israel

Imagine Israel Podcast #1: LGBTQ families in Israel

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Host Robbie Gringras interviews co-writer and director of the LGBTQ family drama “Ima v’ Abbas” (Mothers and Fathers) about the intersection of his personal family dynamic in Israel (raising a child as a gay couple with a straight, single surrogate), his work, passions and Israeli society. VIEW ON ITUNES! “It was the first Israeli TV

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A Personal Recount of Shimon Peres

A Personal Recount of Shimon Peres

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“Where may a person like that yet be found” by Natan Yonatan איפה ישנם עוד אנשים כמו האיש ההוא I was four-years-old when Shimon Peres and Yitzchak Shamir came to the absorption center where my family was staying. I was asked, along with many other kids, to welcome them wearing blue and white clothing and

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Remembering Shimon Peres

Remembering Shimon Peres

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington joins in mourning the passing of Shimon Peres, z”l, the last of a generation of Israel’s founders. Peres was universally recognized as one of Israel’s greatest leaders and one of North American Jewry’s closest Israeli friends. Peres was the architect of Israel’s defenses and a soldier for peace. He

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Reflections from Paris

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by Steven A. Rakitt CEO, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington  Je suis.  “I am.” After the January, 2015 terrorist attacks against the Charlie Hebdo Magazine and the Hypercacher kosher supermarket in Paris, Facebook users around the world changed their profile pictures to “Je suis Charlie” and “Je suis Juif.” Rabbi Delphine Horvilleurs, the first female

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