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

Hurricane Dorian has devastated the Bahamas and impacted communities along the U.S. eastern coast. The Jewish Federation is working closely with our national system and our partners at the JDC to monitor the situation and respond to the evolving needs on the ground in the Bahamas. Please help us help them by giving today to the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund. 100% of your gift will provide support for hurricane victims as emergency personnel and the local communities continue to assess and meet urgent needs.

Synagogues are Vital to the Jewish Future: A Message from Gil Preuss
Synagogues today have the ability to engage people in ways spiritual, cultural, social, and more. They offer us multiple avenues for exploring deep and personal questions while also helping us feel part of something larger than ourselves. This work is set to make a significant impact on the Jewish future. Synagogues reach more people than any other institution in American Jewish life. The choices synagogues make as they build community and connect people to each other and Jewish faith, tradition, and values matter.

Elevating Women Leaders in the Jewish Community
Federation is proud to partner with Jewish Women International (JWI) for the launch of the Jewish Communal Women's Leadership Project — an innovative series of leadership master classes designed to place more women in top executive positions in the Jewish communal world. Please join us and JWI for a dynamic panel conversation on women's leadership in the Jewish community.

Spice up your lunch hour! Explore big ideas through a Jewish lens with The Close Up!
The Close Up, a new, free virtual learning experience will engage community members to take a deeper look at hot topics, emerging trends, and transformative ideas through a Jewish lens. This initiative taps into the wealth of talent within the Greater Washington Jewish community to connect people to each other and to ideas. Join us for our inaugural virtual learning experience on Tuesday, September 17 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM for "Breaking it Down and Building it Up: New Ways of Engaging Jews in their 20s and 30s," with Rachel Gildiner of GatherDC and Rabbi Rami Schwartzer of The Den Collective.

The Season for Looking In and Looking Out for Each Other
Throughout the month before Rosh Hashanah, we are encouraged to start our introspection, examining our past deeds and looking for areas of improvement. We are reminded to repair relationships and strive to be better human beings, while also looking out and truly seeing others as images of the divine, worthy of dignity and respect. This season, as we work to overcome our own shortcomings, look outward and see who else is challenged and could use support. So many in our community are afflicted by a variety of issues, including addictions. Addiction in its many forms is of increasing concern in the Jewish community. On September 19, join us at Congregation Beth El for a timely discussion infused with Jewish wisdom about the challenges of addiction and recovery, and how our tradition can provide practical recovery techniques to begin or continue the healing journey.

Federation Welcomes Noa Ohayon Bab, our community's new Senior Shlicha (Israeli emissary)!
Noa Ohayon Bab is starting her first year as The Jewish Agency for Israel's Senior shlicha (Israeli emissary) to Federation. Before coming to Greater Washington, Noa served as Employer Brand & Internal Communications at eBay, and is the co-founder of a hugely popular job search and career development platform in Israel. She is excited to be here and share her love and pride of Israeli culture with our community.
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