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.

  • Harnessing Our Social Ties for Good: A Message from Gil Preuss

    This Passover will indeed be different than all others. In a few days, we will gather around physical and virtual seder tables to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and reflect on what liberation means in our lives today—all while continuing to live in quarantine. The themes of freedom and affliction are sure
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  • Join the global movement to Do Good—From Home!

    On Sunday, March 29, people around the world joined together for a different type of global Good Deeds Day. From community cleanups to food deliveries, and from phone calls to senior citizens to virtual meditation, people around the world acted as a force for good to help each other in this extraordinary time of need.
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  • Creating Community in a Time of Social Distancing: A Message from Gil Preuss

    Historically, particularly in times of crisis, Jews turn to their synagogues and other spiritual gathering places to find solace and a sense of community. This is true for Americans of all faiths and traditions—our instinct is to gather in times of hardship, to shake each other’s hands and stand by each other’s side as we
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  • Looking Ahead: Building Emotional Connections with Israel – 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. This past week, Israel held its third parliamentary election in less than a year, nearly eighteen thousand gathered in DC for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference, and several US
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  • Purim and Zionism: Hearing the Call to Take Personal Responsibility

    A reflection from Avi West, Master Teacher of Federation’s Jewish Leadership & Learning Department As Purim approaches, many of us look forward to the costumes, the carnivals, those triangular pastries with myriad fillings, and “scrolling” through the Book of Esther, with noisemakers at the ready. But the essential message of Purim is more relevant now
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  • This Purim, Be a Force for Good in the World

      By Avi West, Federation’s Senior Education Officer and Master Teacher As Purim approaches, many of us look forward to the costumes, the carnivals, and “scrolling” through the Book of Esther with noisemakers at the ready. But the essential message of Purim is more relevant now than ever: the Jewish people were saved by the
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  • 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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