Virtual Israel Center

Connect to Israel - Make it Yours

Pnina Agenyahu, Senior Shlicha for Israel Engagement

What makes Israel special and close to each of us is the way we choose to be engage with Israel. Israel can be exists in our everyday lives in ways that are unique and personal to each of us:  listening to Israeli songs, watching Israeli films, clicking "Like" or tweeting things that happening in Israel, celebrating Israel independence day or standing in respect for the fallen soldiers of Israel,  enjoying Israeli food in local restaurants, or by stand up for Israel in rallies, and vigils. Through community events listed on Jconnect and programs sponsored by The Jewish Federation,  you can find your own way to Make Israel Yours.

Upcoming Events

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Wed
Feb
  22
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (JCCGW: Biblical Archaeology Forum)
6125 Montrose rd, Rockville MD 20852
Power, Politics and Palaces: The Architectural Innovations of King Herod Lisa Kahn | George Mason University When Caesar Augustus appointed Herod as King of the Jews, the political and physical landscape of Judea was bleak. Herod, however, crafted a personal agenda that was to transform his country and his place in history. Reviled for great cruelty, this king is now also recognized for his daring architectural innovations. Herod rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem and created the thriving port C...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $10 general admission
 
 
Thu
Feb
  23
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Making the Grade: How AIPAC Student Leaders are Confronting Anti-Israel Sentiment on College Campuses. Featuring Adam Teitelbaum, AIPAC Acting National Director of Leadership Development & Leading Pro-Israel Student Activists Dessert Reception to follow Reservations are required. Dietary laws observed. * This briefing is open to AIPAC Club members who invest $1,800 or more towards AIPAC's 2017 Campaign as well as 2017 Policy Conference Registrants.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Maryland, Adult Education, Leadership Development, Advocacy, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Leadership Development, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Feb
  26
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
At a time of shifting United States policy regarding Israel and its settlements, the Amram Scholar Series presents Professor Dov Waxman to discuss his latest study, "Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel". "Trouble in the Tribe" explores the increasingly contentious place of Israel in the American Jewish community as American Jews are arguing about Israeli policies and the treatment of Palestinians more than ever before. Professor Waxman is a scholar of political scienc...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Thu
Mar
  2
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I Street, NW, Washington DC 20001
From the acclaimed author of To the End of the Land comes A Horse Walks into a Bar, a searing short novel about the life of a stand-up comic as revealed in the course of one evening’s performance—comedy that will lean inexorably toward tragedy.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Ticket:$16, Ticket & book: $30, 2 tix, 1 book: $42
 
 
Tue
Mar
  14
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us opening night as Noa Baum brings her memoir, A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman's Quest for Peace, to life. The award-winning author will give a unique presentation illustrating her complex, compelling dialogue with a Palestinian woman during a chance encounter. Baum guides this year’s festival towards a much needed understanding of friendship and overcoming the obstacles of doubt, fear, misunderstanding, and hate through her vivid storytelling and Jerusalem roots.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20
 
 
Sun
Mar
  19
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Registration: No charge for the first session on March 19. Additional sessions are $12 each or $40 for the entire series. Explore one of the most divisive issues affecting theJewish people today. Participants will explore narratives about Israel and unpack complex visions of peace in the Jewish tradition in order to better understand their own attitudes toward the conflict. Though a shared political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $40 for the series or $12 each
 
 
Sat
Mar
  25
7:00 AM - 11:26 PM
 
HaLev Israel
1301 K St., NW, Washington DC 20005
Join US! 4th annual! I already reserved the venue! Pics from last year: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1012437422164647.1073741835.562668830474844&type=3 HaLev lowers the barrier for influential young professionals ages 22-35 to experience Policy Conference firsthand through the subsidization of their conference fees. Our program provides an enriching itinerary, allowing the participants to be fully involved in the conference, network both personally and professionally and engage ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Israel, Leadership Development, Politics
Event Cost:  
 
 
Mar 26 - Mar 28
Multiple times available
 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington DC 20001
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
The AIPAC Policy Conference is the pro-Israel community's preeminent annual gathering. The event attracts more than 16,000 community and student activists from all 50 states, members of Congress, and countless Israeli and American policymakers and thought leaders. Over three jam-packed days, Policy Conference participants choose from hundreds of informative sessions and participate in the pr...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Fundraising/Philanthropy, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $599
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Registration: No charge for the first session on March 19. Additional sessions are $12 each or $40 for the entire series. Explore one of the most divisive issues affecting theJewish people today. Participants will explore narratives about Israel and unpack complex visions of peace in the Jewish tradition in order to better understand their own attitudes toward the conflict. Though a shared political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $40 for the series or $12 each
 
 
Wed
Apr
  5
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Israel Engagement for Teens)
3514 International Dr NW, Washington  DC 20008
The Margo & Yoram Cohen Family Israel Engagement Fellowship is an eight-part program that teaches teen leaders to explore their connection with Israel in a meaningful way. Fellows will learn about the importance of the State of Israel within Jewish history, and will graduate with the knowledge, experience, and confidence to advocate for Israel in a unique way. This program examines the special relationship the American Jewish community has with the State of Israel, teaches teens how to be savvy...
Listed In:  Teens, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, History/Education, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Politics, Volunteer
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Thu
Apr
  6
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., N. Bethesda MD 20852
The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) is an independent professional policy planning think tank in Jerusalem with a mission to ensure the thriving of the Jewish people and the Jewish civilization by engaging in professional strategic thinking and planning on issues of primary concern to world Jewry. The 2017 Dialogue continues JPPI's work of engaging Jewish communities all over the world in discussions about issues of mutual concern. It is part of JPPI’s William Davidson Foundation suppor...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Maryland, History/Education, Israel, Leadership Development
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Mon
Apr
  24
6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
 
AMIT (Amit)
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Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Special Needs, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Conservative, Havurot/Minyanim, Humanist, Non-denominational, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, Fundraising/Philanthropy, History/Education, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; TBA
 
 
Mon
Apr
  24
7:15 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Join beloved educator Stephanie Tankel as she introduces us to the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage program —multimedia curriculum that affords American Jews the opportunity to study with some of the finest minds in Israel. The Hartman Institute is a pluralistic center of research and education deepening and elevating the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. Rabbi Lustig ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 for WHC Members, $54 for non-members
 
 
Sun
Apr
  30
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Registration: No charge for the first session on March 19. Additional sessions are $12 each or $40 for the entire series. Explore one of the most divisive issues affecting theJewish people today. Participants will explore narratives about Israel and unpack complex visions of peace in the Jewish tradition in order to better understand their own attitudes toward the conflict. Though a shared political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $40 for the series or $12 each
 
 
Sun
Apr
  30
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (JCCGW: Biblical Archaeology Forum)
6103 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
What the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach Us About The Bible Sidnie White Crawford | University of Nebraska at Lincoln The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has dramatically increased our knowledge of the history of the text of the Hebrew Bible and the formation of the Jewish canon. This lecture will explore what the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal about the text of the Bible. How did the books of the Bible reach the form they now have? How did scribes copy and pass down their inherited traditions in the Se...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $10 general admission
 
 
Mon
May
  1
12:00 AM - 7:00 PM
 
n/a, n/a DC 11111
Yom HaZikaron is an important day of mourning in the state of Israel. The Jewish Federation encourages the thoughtful process of possible event panning on this day. Please consider refraining from scheduling any festive events that coincide with this national day of mourning and remembrance in Israel. Please be aware that Yom HaZikaron begins the evening before the date listed on this calendar.
Listed In:  DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Israel
Event Cost:  
 
 
Mon
May
  1
7:15 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Join beloved educator Stephanie Tankel as she introduces us to the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage program —multimedia curriculum that affords American Jews the opportunity to study with some of the finest minds in Israel. The Hartman Institute is a pluralistic center of research and education deepening and elevating the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. Rabbi Lustig ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 for WHC Members, $54 for non-members
 
 
Sun
May
  7
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Registration: No charge for the first session on March 19. Additional sessions are $12 each or $40 for the entire series. Explore one of the most divisive issues affecting theJewish people today. Participants will explore narratives about Israel and unpack complex visions of peace in the Jewish tradition in order to better understand their own attitudes toward the conflict. Though a shared political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $40 for the series or $12 each
 
 
Mon
May
  8
7:15 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Join beloved educator Stephanie Tankel as she introduces us to the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage program —multimedia curriculum that affords American Jews the opportunity to study with some of the finest minds in Israel. The Hartman Institute is a pluralistic center of research and education deepening and elevating the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. Rabbi Lustig ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 for WHC Members, $54 for non-members
 
 
May 17 - May 28
Multiple times available
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
1529 Q St NW, Washington DC 20036
One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. The WJFF annually serves over 15,000 people through 80+ screenings, nearly all of which are regional, US or world premieres. Most screenings are followed by discussions with guest filmmakers and subject matter experts. Mark your calendars...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Politics
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
May
  21
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Registration: No charge for the first session on March 19. Additional sessions are $12 each or $40 for the entire series. Explore one of the most divisive issues affecting theJewish people today. Participants will explore narratives about Israel and unpack complex visions of peace in the Jewish tradition in order to better understand their own attitudes toward the conflict. Though a shared political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $40 for the series or $12 each
 
 
Sun
May
  21
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
various, various MD 00000
Community celebration of Israel's 69th independence day.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
May
  21
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us for an in-depth exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab citizens of Israel. Sponsored by the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab issues and the Edlavitch DCJCC. Lead support provided by the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Jun
  4
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Registration: No charge for the first session on March 19. Additional sessions are $12 each or $40 for the entire series. Explore one of the most divisive issues affecting theJewish people today. Participants will explore narratives about Israel and unpack complex visions of peace in the Jewish tradition in order to better understand their own attitudes toward the conflict. Though a shared political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $40 for the series or $12 each
 
 
Sun
Jun
  4
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Mid Atlantic Chapter)
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington DC 20004
Spend the evening, in solidarity, for the brave, young men and women of the IDF. We join together, for our 6th Annual MidAtlantic-Washington Area Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building. After our largest gathering, in our FIDF Regional History - May of 2016 - this year will surely be a sell out. Invitations will be arriving in mailboxes and by email, March 2017. Kosher Dietary Laws Observed
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $250
 
 
Wed
Jun
  14
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Endowment for Middle East Truth
1000 H Street, NW, Washington DC 20001
EMET is the first organization of its kind to celebrate those who bravely speak out in favor of freedom and democracy, and spread the emet (Hebrew for truth) about Israel, the Middle East, and Islamic terrorism at its annual Rays of Light in the Darkness Dinner. These Speakers of Truth speak out in the face of discrimination and violence to share the belief in a strong United States, a self-sufficient Israel, and continued support of our allies in the Middle East. They believe in religious and ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Israel
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Jun
  18
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Israel Bonds - Development Corporation for Israel (Israel Bonds-Development Corp for Israel)
1201 24th Street, NW, Washington DC 20037
Celebration of Israel at the 68th Ambassador's Ball.
Listed In:  Couples, Families, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Orthodox, Reform, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Israel
Event Cost:  more than $50; $200
 
 
Mon
Oct
  16
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's send-off event for Israel YOUR Way 2017 trip participants.
Listed In:  Maryland, Israel, Travel
Event Cost:  
 
 
Oct 22 - Oct 29
Multiple times available
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Join The Jewish Federation for a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational journey through Israel. Choose from 4 customized excursions, each with a unique, hands-on and dynamic itinerary. Enhance your experience with one of three optional trip add-ons, including a pre-trip to Berlin, or pre- and post-trip missions to Israel with a first timers or interfaith focus.
This event is intended for par...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Israel, Travel
Event Cost:  
 
 
Wed
Apr
  18
12:00 AM - 7:00 PM
 
n/a, n/a DC 11111
Yom HaZikaron is an important day of mourning in the state of Israel. The Jewish Federation encourages the thoughtful process of possible event panning on this day. Please consider refraining from scheduling any festive events that coincide with this national day of mourning and remembrance in Israel. Please be aware that Yom HaZikaron begins the evening before the date listed on this calendar.
Listed In:  DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Israel
Event Cost: