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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
Welcome Ariel Kurland, Federation’s New Director of Young Leadership

Welcome Ariel Kurland, Federation’s New Director of Young Leadership

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is pleased to welcome Ariel Kurland to our professional team as the new director of Young Leadership. We sat down with Ariel to learn more about her background and what she’s looking forward to accomplishing in her new role. Tell us about your background.  I’m originally from Berkeley, CA.

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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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Justin G’s Reflection: Birthright Israel

Justin G’s Reflection: Birthright Israel

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It was four in the morning and I found myself lying in bed wide awake. Wearing the only clothes I had not packed in my now-lost luggage, I was completely, totally, utterly exhausted, but of course, my body’s internal clock was still tuned to Israeli time. As I lay there blankly staring up at my

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Birthright Israel Reflection: DC Movers & Shakers

Birthright Israel Reflection: DC Movers & Shakers

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By Charlotte Kaye, Shorashim Bus 116 I never expected Birthright Israel to be more than a fun break from routine and a way to make friends in a city that I still feel new to. What I found instead was an experience that completely transformed the way I view myself and the world around me.

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Young Leadership Spotlight: Mitch Malasky & Jeffrey Finkelstein

Young Leadership Spotlight: Mitch Malasky & Jeffrey Finkelstein

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For Young Leadership’s 2018-2019 program year, we’re proud to present a duo that has been in development for decades. Childhood best friends, Mitch Malasky and Jeffrey Finkelstein are taking the reigns as Young Leadership Co-Chairs and we couldn’t be more excited about it! So we asked them, what inspires their work in our Greater Washington

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Young Leadership Spotlight: Rachel & Pete

Young Leadership Spotlight: Rachel & Pete

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While our Washington Capitals are the talk of town right now, there’s another local team that deserves some recognition. Co-Chairs of Federation’s Israel@70, Young Leadership Award Recipients and committed Doing Good volunteers are just a few of the many achievements that Rachel and Pete Federowicz earned this past year. All of their accomplishments in the

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An Unforgettable Trip: Creating Community in Morocco and Spain

An Unforgettable Trip: Creating Community in Morocco and Spain

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By Brian Ashin Co-Chair of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet Study Mission to Morocco and Spain Last Friday I walked in to a synagogue in the middle of Madrid with 140 of North America’s most dedicated young Jewish philanthropists as part of our trip to Morocco and Spain on JFNA’s 2018 National Young Leadership Cabinet

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One Couple’s Unique Journey

One Couple’s Unique Journey

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Des and Ari met in 2010. Because of their diverse backgrounds, the couple has always sought a deeper, shared religious understanding from one another’s individual experiences. In 2017, they traveled to Israel with 19 other couples as part of Honeymoon Israel (HMI), an immersive, nine-day travel program for locally-based cohorts of couples that have at least

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A few words from Federation’s 2018 Network Event co-chair, Matthew Friedson

A few words from Federation’s 2018 Network Event co-chair, Matthew Friedson

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The Network Event is a beautiful and thought-provoking event that brings together the best of business and philanthropy from the Greater Washington Jewish community. This year, The Network Event united 400 Jewish professionals from diverse fields and industries in Greater Washington to serve a common philanthropic cause, while building upon and creating new professional relationships.

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