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

What We Can Do for Democracy: A Message from Gil Preuss
Throughout European history, Jews have been seen and hated as the source of all ills. We have been and, as polls indicate, continue to be “the other.” Here in the United States, however, we have taken our place in a country of others. Rather than define itself according to any explicit ethno-nationalism, America was built on the underlying philosophy that we are all different, coming from distinct ethnic, national, and faith communities, and yet, all equally deserving of freedom and protection under the law. Without question, America’s commitment to these ideals and its democratic institutions have allowed Jews in America to thrive, not simply as minorities, but as Americans.

Grand Slam Sunday Registration is Open!
On Sunday, September 15, community members of all ages will come together for Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park. Join more than 1,500 baseball enthusiasts to cheer on the Nats as they take on the Atlanta Braves. Plus, meet the Nationals' mascot Screech, spend time with the Racing Presidents, and enjoy fun family activities before the game begins. The pre-game fun begins at 12:00 p.m., and the first pitch is at 1:35 p.m. See you at the game!

A New Name for a Local Treasure: The Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
Following a generous investment by Norman Pozez, President of Federation's United Jewish Endowment Fund, and Melinda Bieber, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (the J) has been renamed the Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. "The success and future of our Greater Washington Jewish community at large depends on a connected, engaged Jewish population across Virginia, DC, and Maryland. The J has worked for more than four decades to build strong ties within the broader local community, and makes it possible for those of all backgrounds—and across five VA counties—to connect with Jewish heritage and culture," noted Mr. Pozez. Federation is a proud partner of the Pozez JCCNV, and strengthening Jewish life in Northern Virginia is a strategic Federation priority.

Once in a Red, White, and Blue Moon
This year, the 4th of July coincides with Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, the beginning of the Hebrew month of Tammuz. A value shared by Rosh Chodesh and July 4th is hakarat hatov, the moral imperative to recognize and appreciate the good one receives. This coincidence of a lunar calendar month with a solar calendar date is an opportunity to consider some of ways in which America has been a gift to its Jewish citizens—and how its Jewish citizens have enriched America. As my grandma used to say, “A country like America doesn’t come around often; only once in a blue moon!”

Welcome Julia Crantz, New Director of Tikkun Olam Women's Foundation!
Federation is pleased to welcome Julia Crantz, the new Director of the Tikkun Olam Women's Foundation. We sat down with her to learn more about her new role and what she looks forward to accomplishing in Greater Washington.
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