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

A New Year’s Message from Gil Preuss
As we approach the end of December, I am writing to thank you for all that you have done this past year. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help another person. Thank you to everyone who responded positively when asked. Thank you to those who provided time, wisdom, creativity, passion and much more to strengthen our community. It is thanks to you and your ongoing commitment that our Jewish community in Greater Washington continues to grow and thrive. 
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Proudly Leads the Way on Disability Inclusion
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility and member of Federation’s Disability Inclusion Committee, highlights our commitment to advancing the inclusion of people of all abilities in Greater Washington. As Jennifer notes, “To a large extent, Federations are the glue that helps the Jewish community not only survive but to thrive. When they are inclusive, they live up to our moral values and expand and improve their impact across the board. One in five individuals have a disability, and including everyone strengthens us a community. All of us, including those with disabilities, are equal in God’s eyes.” 
Learn more about Federation’s inclusion efforts in the New York Jewish Week »

Thank You for Supporting the Jewish Community of Greater Washington
The foundation of our community is built upon the generosity of donors like you. If you have already made your Annual Campaign gift to The Jewish Federation, we are incredibly grateful for your commitment to our community. If you have not yet done so, or if the passage of the new tax law inspires you to adjust or accelerate your year-end giving before 2018, there is still time! Make a gift to Federation’s 2017 Annual Campaign by December 31 to make a difference for our community in the coming year. 
See the impact you make in Greater Washington »

New Imagine Israel Podcast: Social Activist Oshra Friedman Reflects on the Complexity of Israeli Society

Oshra Friedman, who left Ethiopia as part of Israel’s Operation Moses at age seven with her parents and many of her 12 siblings, is today a proud Israeli. She has devoted her adult life to bridging socioeconomic gaps and promoting social mobility for groups on the periphery. Her work to protect the basic rights and well-being of all Israelis makes her a true social change warrior.
Tune into Federation's latest Imagine Israel Podcast to hear Oshra’s inspiring story »

So Nice We Should Do it Twice!
Dr. Mordecai Kaplan, the great American Jewish educator and philosopher, reminded us that as Jews, we “live in two civilizations.” The Jewish and American civilizations are blessedly in harmony much of the time, with a few important distinctions in value system definitions or calendar. Both differences can be illustrated in the way a new year is celebrated in Judaism and American culture. This January 1, learn how to live the best of both worlds by melding the celebratory customs from American and Jewish cultures to improve your spiritual and physical life.
Get inspired to reset your new year’s resolution by Federation’s Department of Jewish Life & Learning »
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