Young Leadership Blog

Welcome our 2020-2021 Young Leadership Co-chairs, Samantha Sisisky and Josh Brown

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Samantha Sisisky  Samantha was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She moved to Washington, DC in 2014 after spending two years living in Israel. She works at BBYO where she oversees the financial advancement for the organization across ten states for over 4,500 teen members. She joined Federation's Young Leadership board in 2018 and previously Read more
Meet Local Heroes Jessica Friedman, Marissa Gally, and Jen Margolis

Meet Local Heroes Jessica Friedman, Marissa Gally, and Jen Margolis

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This year, the last day of in-person classes at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, a Federation partner agency, felt similar to many endings and new beginnings. This transition point, however, was in the middle of March, when the students were already settled in their rhythms and routines, the end of the Read more
Meet Local Hero Rabbi Shmuel Lichtenstein

Meet Local Hero Rabbi Shmuel Lichtenstein

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A few weeks after local schools were shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Rabbi Shmuel Lichtenstein, Assistant Principal and Judaic teacher at Torah School of Greater Washington, decided to give his home office to one of his children. He had been working 18-hour days from the space, helping the school transition to a remote Read more
Meet Local Hero Jacob Ravick

Meet Local Hero Jacob Ravick

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When stay-at-home orders were put in place throughout Greater Washington in mid-March, the purpose was to protect individuals against the coronavirus pandemic. But for victims of domestic violence, at-home isolation felt less like a means of protection and more a source of danger. “Our services were essential before, but they’re vital now,” says Staff Attorney Read more
Meet Local Hero Allison Brody

Meet Local Hero Allison Brody

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On Friday, March 13, it was announced that Gesher Jewish Day School, a partner agency of The Jewish Federation, would be closing its building and transitioning to an online learning environment due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Allison Brody, Director of Student Services and Technology at Gesher, didn’t have much time to get the school ready. Read more
Meet Local Hero Michal Friedman

Meet Local Hero Michal Friedman

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  Across our community, local heroes are making a difference for people of all ages during the Coronavirus pandemic. Among those working to keep Greater Washington moving forward is Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School teacher Michal Friedman. Like many of us, Michal Friedman has transitioned to working remotely. As someone who leads daily Zoom

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Meet Local Hero Dr. Miriam Fischer Wachter

Meet Local Hero Dr. Miriam Fischer Wachter

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In some ways, life for Dr. Miriam Fischer Wachter during the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t feel all that different than it did before. With her husband Eric, she has two small children at home, and she works full-time as a doctor in an emergency room, so life was already hectic. “I’m in the ER, and it’s Read more
Welcome Sarah Green, Federation’s New Director of Young Leadership

Welcome Sarah Green, Federation’s New Director of Young Leadership

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is pleased to welcome Sarah Green to our professional team as the new Director of Young Leadership. Learn more about Sarah’s background and what she’s looking forward to accomplishing in her new role. Tell us about your background. I’m coming to The Jewish Federation from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), where I spent Read more
Flash Philanthropy: Dinner, Drinks, and Doing Good!

Flash Philanthropy: Dinner, Drinks, and Doing Good!

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Eva Davis Julien Guttman On Thursday, November 7, a passionate group of Jewish 20s & 30s from across the DMV will gather for Federation's Flash Philanthropy: a one-night-only giving circle experience. Presented by Federation’s Young Leadership, and co-chaired by Eva Davis and Julien Guttman, this unique opportunity will bring local young leaders together to discover Read more
Abby’s Reflections from Israel

Abby’s Reflections from Israel

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By Abby Newburger, Federation Young Leadership Associate; Birthright Israel Bus #546, Staff When 40 Americans met 7 Israelis, magic began. Relationships started forming the minute these participants were introduced in the airport. We started the journey as individuals, with a little curiosity about the Land of Israel, and finished as a family, with strong connections

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