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A Northern Virginia Update: The Power of Community

Today, across Northern Virginia and throughout the Jewish world we celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim – a favorite of both children and adults. During Purim, we celebrate Jewish survival

Our Impact in Ukraine: Federation Leadership Briefing

When Russia first invaded Ukraine, we knew from our decades of work on the ground that the Jewish communal needs would be vast. Federation’s Ukraine Emergency Fund opened just hours

Federation Leadership Briefing: 2021 Campaign Results and Updates on Security

As Federation officially closes the book on 2021, I want to extend my gratitude to Jewish Greater Washington for another amazing year together. Guided by your leadership, partnership, and support,

A Northern Virginia Update: Individual and Communal Safety and Security

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is committed to keeping our entire Greater Washington Jewish community safe and secure. Following the horrendous incident in Colleyville TX, Federation held a community

A Northern Virginia Update: Cross-organizational collaboration strengthens our NOVA community

It is amazing to continue meeting more and more community members across NOVA, including recently at the rebrand party for Moishe House Arlington (formerly Moishe House Northern Virginia).

Federation Leadership Briefing: September-October 2021

At Federation, our goal of building, sustaining, and growing vibrant Jewish life is multifaceted, and includes expanding access to Jewish life to every member of our community.

On Safety and Security: Education, Vigilance, Funding, and a Look Ahead

According to data from the ADL, 2020 was the third-highest year on record for antisemitic incidents since the organization began tracking them in 1979.

A Northern Virginia Update: Looking Back and Forward at Jewish Life in NOVA

As The Jewish Federation’s Field Manager for Northern Virginia (NOVA), I am grateful to the nearly 100 of you who met with me during my first few months in the role.

Image of Israel with sun in sky and text overlaid reads: Rabbinic Mission to Israel

Sharing the Latest from on the Ground: A Message from Shari Merrill

I am proud to share the latest from our Federation Rabbinic Mission to Israel, which concludes today following a whirlwind 57 hours on the ground.

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Federation’s Rabbinic Mission to Israel: A Message from Zach Briton

I am proud to share with you that last night, our CEO, Gil Preuss, and a cohort of rabbis and spiritual leaders from congregations across Greater Washington embarked on a

Photo of CEO Gil Preuss at Podium

Responding to Needs in Israel

As the region begins to recover from the most dramatic escalation of violence in more than a decade, The Jewish Federation remains committed to helping those struggling in its wake.

Responding to the Crisis in Israel

As the unprecedented, sustained attacks by Hamas continue on Israeli citizens, Federation unequivocally supports Israel’s right to defend itself. We are working closely with our global partners to ensure that

Looking Back… and Forward: Reflecting on our COVID-19 Response

Spring’s arrival in Washington brings with it the promise of brighter days ahead. A sense of excitement now pervades most of my conversations, and I look forward to spending time

Pursuing Vibrant Jewish Life Post-Pandemic: March 2021

Since well before the start of the pandemic, Federation has worked to connect people and organizations to build a Jewish community greater than the sum of its parts. Below, you

Resilient Jewish Communal Organizations: February 2021

With gratitude for your leadership, support, and partnership, I am pleased to share the update below on Federation’s recent work—efforts I hope you will feel proud to have helped make

Finding Innovating Ways to Move our Community Forward: January 2021

Friends, I continue to reflect on the learnings and insight from 2020 that I have brought with me into this new year. Among them is that from isolation came a

Meeting Individual Needs: November 2020

Friends, I am writing to share an update on our most recent work at Federation, which I preface with deep gratitude to you for making possible. And, this Veterans Day,

Ongoing Response to COVID-19 Pandemic: October 2020

Friends, Shanah Tovah. I hope your High Holiday celebrations have been as sweet and meaningful as possible during this unusual season. I write to you today with a brief update