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“Not Jewish Enough?”

“Not Jewish Enough?”

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by SARAH RABIN SPIRA PJ Library in Greater Washington D.C. My sister and I used to rattle off all the things we are, like some kind of personal chant: “English, Scots-Irish, Ukrainian, Cherokee, Baptist, Southern, and Jewish.” But the truth was, we didn’t really feel like we belonged to any of these groups. You see,

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Israel mission unites identities for LGBTQ Jews

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By STUART S. KURLANDER Sun, 22 May 2016, 01:27 PM Jerusalem Post LGBTQ Jews who are feeling increasingly welcomed and included as part of their local community and in the broader organized Jewish world. The Jewish Federations LGBTQ mission to Israel, which arrives this week, is emblematic of how much has changed for the members of the LGBTQ community. The

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Adults with disabilities obtain work experience through MOST program

Adults with disabilities obtain work experience through MOST program

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Three days a week, KC Foster makes sure every coffee station at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is fully stocked and clean.

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During JDAIM, it’s personal

During JDAIM, it’s personal

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I have a disability. That doesn’t make me unusual, because 1 in 5 Americans have a disability. It doesn’t make me unusual, because as many of us age, our hearing, sight, mobility and memory may all be challenged. It’s only unusual, because it wasn’t until recently that I described myself this way.

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Pop-up Shabbat draws mixed families, unaffiliated – Washington Jewish Week

Pop-up Shabbat draws mixed families, unaffiliated – Washington Jewish Week

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Pop-ups are popping up across Washington — pop-up homes, a pop-up movie theater, pop-up eateries. So why not pop-up Shabbat? On Friday night, 60 people came to the Wonder Bread Factory in the Shaw neighborhood of Northwest Washington for a dinner and service called City Jews: Pop-Up Shabbat. Sponsored by a number of Jewish organizations,

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#SnapforInclusion

#SnapforInclusion

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Celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month Join Federation this February as we use social media to show the world how inclusive Greater Washington can be.

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Let’s talk about Chanukah

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Parashat Vayeshev begins with a brief sentence: “Jacob dwelt in the land of his father’s sojournings, the land of Canaan.”

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Young Leadership Spotlight: Matthew F.

Young Leadership Spotlight: Matthew F.

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How did you get involved with DC’s Jewish community? About six years ago, I was asked by my roommate to open up our apartment to an Israeli coming to DC as part of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Reverse Mifgash program – this is a ten-day reverse Birthright Israel experience where Israeli alumni from

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#ModehMonth

#ModehMonth

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Your window into the teen experience in the Greater Washington Jewish community. Two weeks ago, we kicked off , the November thankfulness challenge that pushes us to think about the things that we’re thankful for every day, not just on Thanksgiving.

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Let’s Talk About Passion

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This week’s Torah reading is parashat Toldot: “Two nations are in your womb…One people shall be mightier than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”  When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. The first one emerged red, like a hairy mantle all over; so they named him

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