News you can use from across Greater Washington
News you can use from across Greater Washington
Federation 5: News you can use from across Greater Washington

Where We Go from Here: A Statement from Gil Preuss on the Recent Mass Shootings
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. While we cannot eradicate hate, we can work to strengthen the forces that have sustained us as humans for millennia: common bonds, a sense of belonging, a strong moral compass, and genuine concern for others. At a time when the power of community and religious teachings are fading, we can be champions for both. We can build meaningful connections within our communities and draw on Jewish values to inform our quest to build a brighter future for ourselves and our country.

Enter to Win Federation's Grand Slam Sunday Giveaway!
On September 15, more than 1,500 community members of all ages will come together for this exciting day to cheer on the Nats as they take on the Atlanta Braves! Meet the Nationals' mascot Screech, spend time with the Racing Presidents, and enjoy fun activities for all ages before the game. Ready to join us? Now through August 12, enter Federation's Grand Slam Sunday Giveaway for your chance to win one of two prizes: Hold the finish line with a friend during the GEICO Presidents Race (2 free tickets included) or win 4 free tickets to Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park. Good luck!

New Ideas Take Flight: Local Organizations are Building Our Community in New Ways 
This past spring, Federation invested more than $1 million in funding for new ideas and to expand high impact initiatives working towards a vibrant and connected Jewish Greater Washington. Moishe House and Rodef Shalom have already begun making in roads to offer exciting and meaningful programs across the DMV. (Learn more about innovation and impact in our community.) 
Explore recent coverage of these initiatives in the Washington Jewish Week:

Tisha B'Av: From Bad Calendar Luck to Creative Jewish Renewal
On Tisha B’Av, the Ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, when we commemorate Jewish national tragedies, Jewish tradition has condensed history to compound our national loss. But as dark and dense with tragedy as this day may be, it is not the Ninth of Av that defines who we are. Jewish memory will preserve these events, but the Jewish future will be built through the resulting resilience, creativity, hope, and wisdom accumulated over time and in response to these challenges.

Have you met Mark Jardina, Greater Washington's Regional Director of Security?
Mark Jardina, our community's Regional Director of Security, provides threat and vulnerability assessment and works to enhance security across 350 institutions across Greater Washington. Mark's position is the result of a unique partnership between Federation and Secure Community Network (SCN), the official security and safety organization of the American Jewish community. Just as Israel has an Iron Dome to protect its citizens from attack, SCN seeks to provide a "security shield" for America's Jewish community. We sat down with Mark to learn more about his role and the efforts to keep our community secure.
Get to know Mark through our Q&A and in this profile by The Jerusalem Post »
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