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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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“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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