News & Updates

Welcome to Federation’s News & Updates! Read on for reflections from our team and members of the Greater Washington Jewish community, news from around the world and opportunities to Make Federation Yours.

  • Looking Ahead to the Main Event: A Message from Gil Preuss

    This is part of a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond. No conversation about the Jewish future would be complete without considering how the very nature of Jewish identity is evolving. At Federation, we care deeply about fostering a strong, vibrant, and welcoming Jewish community.
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  • Looking Ahead: The Essential Role of Jewish Education – A Message from Gil Preuss

    This is part of a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond. A couple months ago, I read a paper that was one of the inspirations for this Federation 5 “Looking Ahead” series. The paper, by Dr. Benjamin M. Jacobs and Dr. Barry Chazan, is called
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  • The State of Disability Inclusion in Greater Washington

    A reflection from Lisa Handelman, Federation’s Disability Inclusion Specialist. “You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.” (Pirkei Avot 2:21). This quote is often used in the context of social action work, those endeavors that are too big for any one person to handle alone, yet
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  • Welcome June Marlin Falb, Chief Endowment Officer for Federation’s United Jewish Endowment Fund, the planned giving arm of The Jewish Federation

    Federation is pleased to welcome June Marlin Falb, the new Chief Endowment Officer for Federation’s United Jewish Endowment Fund. UJEF provides our community the opportunity to establish legacies that will shape and improve Jewish life for generations. We sat down with June to learn more about her new role and what she looks forward to
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  • Looking Ahead: The Next Chapter in Inclusion – A Message from Gil Preuss

    This is part of a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond. At The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, we are motivated by a clear and compelling vision of what Jewish life can be. Our team of professionals and volunteers are inspired to do this work
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  • Engaging Community Builders in Learning Through a Jewish Lens

    When we began our partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America last year, our series dove into issues relating to Jewish identity and the American Jewish relationship with Israel. In our second year, we continue to touch on these themes and take a closer look at Jewish tradition and modern Jewish debates. Last
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  • Looking Ahead: Shining a Spotlight on Seniors

    A Message from Gil Preuss This is part of a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond.   To describe Jewish Greater Washington’s seniors is to describe a cohort of people actively engaged in Jewish life and with causes that matter most to them and to the wellbeing of our community. Representing one-fifth of
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  • Looking Ahead: Engaging Millennials at a New Life Stage

    This is the first in a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond. It was the poet Mark Strand who said, “The future is always beginning now.” As one transformative decade ends and a new one begins, our team at Federation is stepping into 2020 with
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  • June Marlin Falb Named Federation’s New Chief Endowment Officer

    Falb will lead Federation’s $230+ Million United Jewish Endowment Fund. WASHINGTON, DC – The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and its United Jewish Endowment Fund (UJEF) are proud to announce that June Marlin Falb will become Federation’s Chief Endowment Officer. Bringing years of experience and a passion for the Jewish community, Falb will officially begin
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  • Persian Jewish Congregation Victimized by Vandalism

    This weekend, another American Jewish community was victimized by vandalism. This time, it was the Nessah Synagogue, a Persian Jewish congregation in Beverly Hills, California. While police are still investigating this hate crime and searching for the person responsible, this most-recent attack fits into a frightening pattern of rising anti-Semitism nationally and globally. The images that have
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