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Let’s Talk About Bowling Alone

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I made a shiva call recently, at which the mourners were figuratively – and literally – embraced by dozens of community members. I recalled that image while reading this week’s

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Let’s Talk About Risk-Taking

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This week’s parasha, Shlach, contains the famous story of the 12 scouts sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan. They return, and all but Joshua and Caleb have dire

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Young Leadership Spotlight of the Month: Becky R

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How did you get involved with the DC Jewish community? I moved here almost 2 years ago with no real connection to the Jewish community in DC. After being very

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Let’s Talk About Asking for Help

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Earlier this week, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington held its annual meeting. It was a celebration — a chance to look back and look forward; to appreciate the past and

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Let’s Talk About our Inspiring Rabbis

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Over the past week, I had the privilege of attending two celebrations of long-time rabbis in our community. Last Thursday, Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer and his wife Beverly were honored by B’nai Israel

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Yom Yerushalayim: Jerusalem Day

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Pnina Gaday-Agenyahu, The Federation’s Community Schlicha and leading advocate for the Israeli Ethiopian community, shares her personal experiences commemorating Jerusalem Day by honoring the fallen Ethiopian Jews. Celebrating Jerusalem Day

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An inspiring D’var Torah about Inclusion

An inspiring D’var Torah about Inclusion

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Right now, we are in the Omer period when we count the days between Passover and Shavuot.  Counting the Omer symbolizes the link between these two holidays.   The Omer connects

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Let’s Talk About Doubling Your Impact

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Five years ago, the incomparable Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote an interesting d’var Torah about this week’s Torah portion, Emor. He focused on the holiday of Shavuot, which we will celebrate

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Let’s Talk About Community Building

Let’s Talk About Community Building

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This week’s Torah portions stand in stark contrast to last week’s story, in which we witnessed the Israelites’ greatest act of disloyalty to God by building and worshipping a Golden

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