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

Community and Collective Memory: A Message from Gil Preuss
On October 27, we will mark one year since the horrifying attack on the congregations at the Tree of Life building in Pittsburgh. It is a moment that will live on in the American Jewish story as both painful and historic. But as many will recall, the worst impulses of humankind also brought out the best in us. People of all faiths and backgrounds gathered to spread messages of love and hope. One year later, it remains up to each of us to come together, stand together, and work together in pursuit of the strong, secure community we seek .To start with, I invite you to join us as we Pause with Pittsburgh for a moment of reflection and remembrance.

Pause with Pittsburgh for a Moment of Reflection and Remembrance
Almost one year ago, on a quiet Shabbat morning, Pittsburgh’s Jewish community suffered the most brutal anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history when a gunman opened fire and took the lives of 11 innocent people in the Tree of Life building. We invite you to honor their memory by taking part in Pause with Pittsburgh, the global effort to unite every single member of the Jewish community in solidarity. Register to receive a text message at 5:00 PM EST on Sunday, October 27, 2019 – the same moment the community in Pittsburgh will join in a public memorial service.

The Jewish Communal Conversation Continues with Dr. Tal Becker
Federation and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America proudly continue our partnership for a second year with a series of three new public lectures to explore Jewish identity, Israel-Diaspora relationships, and civic engagement. Join us for the first in the series on Tuesday, November 19, at Washington Hebrew Congregation, for a conversation and Q&A with Dr. Tal Becker. We will discuss The Moral Tribes of the Jewish People: Conflict and Community in an Age of Polarization.

Flash Philanthropy: Dinner, Drinks, and Doing Good!
On Thursday, November 7, a passionate group of 20s & 30s from across the DMV will gather for Federation's Flash Philanthropy – a one-night-only giving circle experience in Washington, DC. This unique event will empower our local young leaders to discover the power of collective giving, using Jewish values to guide their impact. We sat down with co-chairs, Eva Davis and Julien Guttman, to learn what excites them about engaging in philanthropy.

Building Bridges Between Israel and Northern Virginia: A New Year's Message from Miri Bernovsky Tibon, Federation's Shlicha at Agudas Achim
It was two years ago that I stood on the Bimah for the first time. I was somewhat nervous – I had never spoken in front of so many people before – but at the same time, very excited. I imagined this speech two years ago, during Rosh Hashanah services, as the first step in a long, meaningful and eye-opening journey. So far, this journey – which is now entering its third and final year – has gone way beyond my most optimistic expectations. Week after week, in my conversations with family and friends back in Israel, I feel proud to tell them about my work as the first slicha at Agudas Achim Congregation, but none prouder than planning and leading a congregational trip to Israel.
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