Federation 5: November 3, 2017

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Gil Preuss on Microphone

A Message from Federation’s CEO Gil Preuss
I have just returned from Federation’s Israel YOUR Way Mission to Israel. Throughout our journey, we saw many of the miracles of Israel and what it has created over the past 70 years. We also heard many of the ongoing challenges that will be critical in defining its future. Walking the streets, visiting organizations and meeting the citizens of this amazing country, I was reminded of an Israeli pioneer song from the early years of pre-state immigration: “Anu banu artza livnot ulehibanot bah,” we come to this land to build it and be built by it!” This spirit is still intact today.
Read Gil’s full message »

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Celebrate our Local Teacher-Treasures at ROUTES
World—renowned politicians and celebrities pass through this city on a regular basis, but Judaism reminds us that, “the real guardians of a state are the teachers.” On November 5, a sample of local Jewish treasures—teachers, rabbis, social entrepreneurs, academics, Jewish innovators and the next generation of educational leaders from across our community—will be on display at ROUTES: A Day of Jewish Learning. They will share wisdom and inspiration, discuss issues of Jewish life and identity and help us engage with compelling ideas from different movements and perspectives, expanding what it means to learn, live and grow Jewishly.
Walk-ins are welcome.
Get to know our wonderful local Jewish talent and inspiring ROUTES program »

Pnina and her family in Israel

An Ethiopian Jew Makes Aliyah a Second Time
In 1984, Pnina Agenyahu left Sudan on her mother’s back to travel to Israel. This past summer, after four years in the United States as The Jewish Agency’s senior shlicha (emissary) for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, she returned to Israel with new perspective about her homeland and her Judaism, and a deep appreciation for the work of building community and caring for those who cannot care for themselves.
Read Pnina’s inspiring reflection about her time with the Jewish community in Greater Washington »

Man engaging with a child with disabilities

Useful Skills for Engaging Individuals with Disabilities in the Jewish Community
To create an inclusive community, we need to listen to each other’s distinct voices. Pushing ourselves to be fully inclusive requires conversations, and involves creating relationships that foster the understanding that we all have something to offer to make our community stronger.
Learn how to begin the conversation towards greater inclusion from Federation’s Community Disabilities Inclusion Specialist, Lisa Handelman »

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Good Guesting and Hosting in the 21st Century
Webster’s New World Dictionary defines hospitality as, “the quality of being friendly and generous to guests.” In this week’s Torah portion, Va’yera, we have examples of the best and the worst of human behavior towards strangers. What timeless wisdom from our tradition should we keep in mind as we get closer to Thanksgiving—a time when many host or are hosted—to make sure we are good guests and hosts.
Get inspired by Federation’s Department of Jewish Life & Learning »

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