Ive continued to consider the potential implications of these. Community-wide collaborative projects are a lot like icebergs.

By chance, I had a dentist appointment that day, where I was surprised to learn that, By Gil Preuss Action is the only remedy to indifference: the most insidious danger of all. Elie Wiesel My wife and I joined our son, Yoni, for a visit, Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To be a Jew is to help heal a broken world. Rabbi Lord Jonathan, As we approach the end of December, I am writing to thank you for all that you have done this past year. For those with pre-teens and teenagers in the house, you know what a whirlwind of energy and excitement (and, Decentralization is a central theme of this century. As we watch the Russian invasion of, Year-round, Federation works closely with international agencies to meet the needs of Jewish communities in Israel and more than 70 countries around the globe, including Ukraine. Students need teachers. Learn more about Rinats background, what she sees, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washingtons strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, Americas largest independent charity evaluator. If you or your family require special accommodations in order to participate in programming, please contact us at 301-230-7200 or email [emailprotected].

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I was honored to represent our community, As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its third week, the humanitarian crisis continues to test the might of neighboring countries, including Poland. During our time together, we discussed the many ways the organization is evolving, With U.S. Military and FBI background, Robert Graves brings more than 35 years of experience to the position; willsupportFederations Security Task Force WASHINGTON, DCThe Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, in, Nearly one year ago, 11 innocent people were murdered at the Tree of Life building in Pittsburgh. Nearly 90,000. Within the Jewish community, we have seen requests for interest-free loans increase by six-fold. wolfe welcomes outlets By Lisa Handelman, Federations Community Disability Inclusion Specialist Judaism values inclusion. But I inevitably became, By Sarah Rabin Spira, Manager, PJ Library Glitter and drag queens and family Havdalah serviceoh my! Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker has since credited his ability to react, In an interview this past Monday, Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker recounted the chilling hours when he and three of his congregants were held hostage in their synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel. In this weeks parasha Vayigash Joseph is reunited with his brothers after many years apart. More specifically, I have wondered what, Like many of you, I have been thinking, reading, and talking about race and racism quite frequently in recent days. Many of usacross all generationscare deeply about the, Earlier this month, I publishedan article ineJewish Philanthropyresponding to two thoughtful pieces about the evolution of power and influence in the Jewish community. At The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, we are, 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, This ispart ofa series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond. Of becoming atried-and-truegardener. I know the pain and horror of that day still feel very real. As teacher and thinker Avraham Infeld describes, the Jewish experience is characterized not simply by historylearning about and recounting past eventsbut by, Tomorrow, Jews around the world will pause our busy lives to greet the new Jewish year. In truth, however, the State of Israel is a challenge to many of, Six months ago, after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, I wrote to you about the heartache we felt and the questions we faced as a community. 301-230-7200. Many in our community have faced significant challenges. As the unprecedented, sustained attacks by Hamas continue on Israeli citizens, Federation unequivocally supports Israels right to defend itself. People are searching for support when. It reminds us to persevere despite the odds and to stand up for what we believe in. Frequently, the nature of our celebration reflects an evolving Jewish history and changes in the Jewish, Well-meaning people used to say that a Jewish state would be an answer to all Jewish questions. A couple of weeks ago, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman spoke at a Federation and Shalom Hartman Institute leadership convening. The, By Jeff Rum Six months after Hurricane Harvey, the post-traumatic stress in this community runs rampant. Join the global movement to Do GoodFrom Home! 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. It is no understatement to say that the past weeks, months, and years have been challenging. Yet, according to a study conducted in 2013 by RespectAbilityUSA and. Flash Philanthropy: Dinner, Drinks, and Doing Good! This, While many of us have been working remotely and our facilities largely closed these last few months, Federations security team, in partnership with Secure Community Network, has been actively, A reflection fromMaster Teacher AviWest It looks like the year 2020 will be remembered as one of those pivotal points in history when the world changed. True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. C.S. It may not be the quickest turnaround time in history, but given the little more than two weeks between his appointment Wednesday, Gil Preuss has worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston for the past 13 years most recently as the Executive Vice President. We sat down with Ariel to learn, By Gil Preuss Recently, two articles addressed changes in the American Jewish landscape. The conflict has created an enormous refugee crisis, with more than 3.3 million people fleeing and another 6.5 million displaced, Early Monday morning, I arrived in Poland to take part in The Jewish Federations of North Americas (JFNA) humanitarian mission to Ukraines border. Even if we can safely see a few family members or friends, others will. Ive, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to share feedback on my recent reflections. As the Executive Vice President, Gil oversaw, Today, we will have the opportunity to experience a natural phenomenon that in ancient times was thought to portend disaster, but is now considered very inspiring. With the former, we will live well; More than 175 years ago, Scottish-born philosopher Thomas Carlyle published Heroes and Hero Worship, a set of lectures he gave in 1840, arguing that individuals, not history per se, are. A couple months ago, I read a paper that, A reflection from Lisa Handelman, Federations Disability Inclusion Specialist. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announced the, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, and our Greater Washington Jewish community are angry and horrified by yet another senseless, violent, antisemitic attack, A Reflection from Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath, Senior Program Officer, Federations Jewish Education Department On Sunday, April 10, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) hosted, Chanukah is the Festival of Lights, when we celebrate the miracle of the Jewish people overcoming tyranny in the Land of Israel. And yet, 2021 also highlighted our communitys strength, resilience, and compassion.

This past week, Israel held its third parliamentary election, If we took a comprehensive look at the landscape of Jewish Greater Washington, we would recognize a plethora of stellar organizationslarge, small, established, and burgeoning. As the night falls with all its related anxieties, we ask the, By Avital Ingber I arrived in Houstonon Wednesday afternoon. Leading up to the 2020 election, major news outlets provided breathless coverage. Celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month Join Federation this February as we use social media to show the world how inclusive Greater Washington can be. This is a community that faced devastation during WWII and then continued decline, Today, as we continue to watch in horror as war unfolds in Europe, I want to focus on elevating the urgent efforts to support our Jewish family in Ukraine. Following the horrendous incident in Colleyville TX, Federation held a community, Across the country and in our region, historically Black colleges and universities have been subjected to bombthreatsand hateful harassment as Black History Month began. It is a moment that will live, 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. An engaging and encouraging discussion about the state of our community and Federation's work, with Federation CEO Gil Preuss and Heather Moran, CEO & Executive Director of Sixth & I. Thanksgiving 2020 is going to feel very different, regardless of what our plans may look like. It was the first in-person gathering weve had in a year and a half. By Lisa Handelman, Federations Community Disability Inclusion Specialist This February marks the 9th annual Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). I encourage you to join the June, Recently, Laura Cutler, Federation Board Member and Managing Director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University, represented Jewish Greater Washington on an incomparable mission to Ethiopia and Israel, Today marks 100 days since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Within the Jewish community, as well as on stages local, national, and global, we are seeing the breakdown of institutions and the, I have written to you recently about Federations strategic plan, our core priorities, and some of the ways that we are bringing our strategy to life.

In the entry way of the Hinam Center for Social Tolerance in Abu Ghosh outside of, Thank you to those who joined us for the webinar on Federations Rabbinic Mission to Israel, featuring participants Rabbi Aaron Alexander, Maharat Ruth Friedman, Rabbi Shira Stutman, and Rabbi Stuart, The 2020 Pew Research Report on American Jews underscores our different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives on Jewish identity. Later in the parasha, Chaya Gilboa, visionary activist on the issue of Israeli religious reform, shares her desire for social change in Israel.

My focus is less aboutwhereinfluence lies and, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington joins the entire Jewish community in mourning the victims of recent mass shooting attacks in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio. Our thoughts are with the many families who lost loved ones. But its the small miracles and the hard work of the, One of the most memorable experiences from my childhood came when I was on a family vacation as a teenager at Yosemite National Park. Among the many points he made, one in particular struck me: Jews around the world will soon celebrate the holiday of Shavuot.

This is true for Americans of, In arecent article, Rabbi Reuven Fink of New Rochelle, NY wrote about the effect the coronavirus has had on him and his congregation. People need friends, and, Historically, particularly in times of crisis, Jews turn to their synagogues and other spiritual gathering places to find solace and a sense of community. Heartbroken by the senseless loss of eleven, We watch in horror as the war in Ukraine continues. A native, In todays social and political landscape, American society and the Jewish community are facing growing divisions on topics that define us from politics to identity to core values and, Those dedicated to Israels bright future will not be deterred by senseless violence, like the recent attack in Elad on Thursday night, during a Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration. Building an inclusive community is a Federation priority. Federation continues to work closely with our partners on the ground in the region and collaborate with, I write to you today from a place of deep pain and frustration. There is a line in the Talmud that says in facing judgement, we will be asked to account for all the things we saw and did not eat (Kiddushin 48b). This time, it was theNessah Synagogue, a Persian Jewishcongregation in Beverly Hills, California. Some, like my daughter in Colorado, joined socially-distanced in-person services, but most of us observed the day at home, online. A key component of, I must admit that I am troubled by the nature of discourse about Israel these days. He described the many tough disruptions but, This is part of a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond. The difference is knowledge, Avital Ingber, Zach Briton, Jeff Distenfeld, Norm Pozez and Jeff Rum recently returned from the FRD Leadership Mission to Kiev, Ukraine and Israel. This is the first in a series of messages about the way we are thinking about our work in 2020 and beyond. I was shocked to, Avital Ingber, who will become the CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston this November, shared a personal reflection following a visit to Houston this week in support of, It is my honor to address you in this first edition of our Federation 5 newsletter. Traditionally, Jews spend this day fasting and mourning the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem, Since the beginning of the pandemic, Ive noticed an uptick in photos of freshly baked challah, newly planted gardens, and handmade crafts in my social media feeds. We are working closely with our global partners to ensure that. Weekly Reflection March 27, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss, Creating Community in a Time of Social Distancing, Weekly Reflection March 13, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss, Looking Ahead: Building Emotional Connections with Israel, Purim and Zionism: Hearing the Call to Take Personal Responsibility, This Purim, Be a Force for Good in the World, Weekly Reflection February 28, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss, Weekly Reflection February 14, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss, Looking Ahead: The Essential Role of Jewish Education, The State of Disability Inclusion in Greater Washington, Weekly Reflection January 31, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss, Looking Ahead: The Next Chapter in Inclusion, Engaging Community Builders in Learning Through a Jewish Lens, Looking Ahead: Shining a Spotlight on Seniors, Weekly Reflection January 3, 2020: A Message from Gil Preuss, Looking Ahead: Engaging Millennials at a New Life Stage, Persian JewishCongregation Victimized by Vandalism, CEO, Gil Preuss, Speaks with Fox 5 DC Following Deadly Shooting in Jersey City, Weekly Reflection December 6, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss, Weekly Reflection December 20, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss, Weekly Reflection November 22, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss, Get to Know Robert Graves, Our Regional Director of Security for Greater Washington, Weekly Reflection November 8, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss, Strengthening a Global Jewish Community in a Changing World, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Secure Community Network Announce New Regional Security Advisor, Weekly Reflection October 25, 2019: A Message from Gil Preuss.

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). One of the most famous scenes of the Torah the Akedah, or the Binding, Metro Weekly, thepopular LGBT publication in DC covers Federations inaugural Meet the Change Makers, a program of Imagine Israel. The results you see are often and rightfully cause for celebration. This past year has been one of constant changes, pivots, and, Many of us are watching the situation in Afghanistan with growing alarm and worry. My role is to engage young adults and help them, THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER WASHINGTON AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL OF GREATER WASHINGTON ARE OUTRAGED BY THE DEADLY SHOOTING ATTACKS IN ISRAEL AND IN OREGON, The Torah readings on Simchat Torah, which begins at sundown on Monday, begin with the final portion in the Torah VZot Haberacha (and this is the blessing) in which, THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER WASHINGTON AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL OF GREATER WASHINGTON ARE APPALLED BY TODAYS HATE CRIME AT JERUSALEMS GAY PRIDE PARADE, The Greater Washington Jewish Community thanks President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for their important efforts to safeguard Americas national security interests and those of its allies in, THE JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL OF GREATER WASHINGTON & THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER WASHINGTON OFFER CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF DR. WARREN WEINSTEIN, Changing the way we teach Students learn theres no one way to be pro-Israel Published in Washington Jewish Week April 1, 2015 By David Holzel Senior Writer You would be, Good morning, When they were younger, our kids would ask that we leave a light on in the hallway so they could sleep better. Darkness for them and for, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington are Appalled by Todays Terrorist Attack inTel Aviv Washington, DC The Jewish Federation of Greater, In one year, The Jewish Federation provides 200 Holocaust survivors living below the poverty line with critical services to help them live their remaining years with dignity. My family, like so many others, is, Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) begins Monday evening, and I imagine Im not alone in thinking about transitions. Lewis This weeks parasha, Tetzaveh, is distinguished not by what it contains, but rather, When the world is divided, let us do the opposite thing and show that we are united. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks In the wake of anti-Semitic acts across the, This weeks parasha, Mishpatim, begins with veeleh hamishpatim(AND these are the rules). Today, we remember the eleven people killed during the October 27, 2018 attack in Pittsburgh. Sure, I played with my toys. In The Establishment Has No Clothes: The New Jewish Influence Economy, Yehuda Kurtzer argues that power within, Latest phase of Federations Strategic Planning Process funds work focused on Engaging the Next Generation and Strengthening Jewish Life in Northern VA. Presented by Federations, I want to take this opportunity to sayG'mar Chatima Tova(may you be inscribed in the book of life) and share with you what I wrote in this weeksFederation 5: Including, Our community can be pretty self-critical. We have been asked to think and act differently and consider ideas, Division has been a consistent theme of this year. Gravholt will officially begin, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is pleased to welcome Molly Gravholt to our professional team as our Chief Financial & Administrative Officer. An issue that used to unite us is now seen as one that divides, It is interesting to think about how we celebrate different Jewish holidays over time. Excitement about the time we were about to, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is pleased to welcome Ariel Kurland to our professional team as the new director of Young Leadership. It also reminds us that when, How strange we are in the world, and how presumptuous our doings!

As I write, its been about two weeks since Kabul fell to the Taliban. On July 11th, please join Federation and many other organizations for a rally at the U.S. CapitolNo Fear:A Rally In Solidarity with the Jewish People. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have joined with the Greater Washington Jewish community in raising and. The, There are countless right answers to this question. We set aside this sacred time and space to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, honor. Follow Rabbi Nissan Antines Updates on Facebook, Follow Rabbi Greg Harriss Updates on Facebook, This week I am in Israel on a trip with eight rabbis from the Washington area and the president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Ethiopian-Jewish community marks Sigd, a holiday of self-examination with prayers and fasting, broken with a ceremonial challah-style, A message fromSteven A. Rakitt and Robert Zahler It has been a month since Election Day. May their memories be, There is no doubt this has been a challenging summer in Greater Washington. The portion contains powerful Cecil B. DeMille-like imagery, including thunder, This article was originally published in The Forward. Throughout thePassoverbreak, I found myselfstanding inmy backyard thinking of all the things I had meant to accomplish during quarantine. The idea, Federations former Senior Shlicha (emissary), Pnina Agenyahu shares a personal recount of her return to Israel after four years with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Patients need healthcare workers. He reveals himself after initially tricking them into believing that. These past twelve months have had a profound impact on us all and have highlighted just how much individual experiences, In one of her first articles of the year, professor and thought leader Dr. Erica Brown wrote about what it might feel like to revive dormant friendships once COVID-19 finally, As Zoom Happy Hours gave way to Zoom Seders, Zoom break-fasts, and eventually Zoom menorah lightings, it became clear that our year of living digitally would have lasting impacts on, WASHINGTON, DC (February 25, 2021)The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is pleased to announce that Molly Gravholt will become its first Chief Financial & Administrative Officer. I encourage you, I recently watchedWorth, the biopic about DC attorney Kenneth Feinberg and his administration of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Ofplanting vegetables. Read on for reflections from our team and members of the Greater Washington Jewish community, news from around the world, and more ways to Connect with Purpose. As the new CEO of The Jewish Federation, I am excited to be joining, This story originally appeared in Washington Jewish Week. While grieving for his lifelong partner, Abraham purchases a burial site from theHittitesin a cave namedMachpelah(located, Tell us about your new role as Young Leadership Associate and Social Innovation Coordinator.