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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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
 
 
Mon
Apr
  3
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Aaron David Miller, one of America's leading Middle East analysts and negotiators for the past 20 years, will speak on “The State of the U.S.-Israel Relationship in 2017.” Miller currently is vice president for new initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Aaron Daivd Miller is the first guest in the new Israel Distinguished Speakers Series sponsored by Beth El's Am Yisrael Chai Committee. This program is open to the public and free.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Advocacy, Committee Meetings, History/Education, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
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
 
 
Wed
Apr
  5
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
New Israel Fund
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda,  MD 20817
The last few years have awakened the world to the tragic reality of displacement and exile. Stories and pictures across social media have put faces on the millions of people who have fled their homes or been forcibly moved. The Jewish people are all too familiar with these stories. From crossing deserts in search of a home to fleeing genocide, we have relived the experience of exodus time and again. How do we translate our Jewish values and traditions to actions in the current reality? How can ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Advocacy, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  
 
 
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
 
 
Sun
Apr
  23
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish National Fund (Jewish National Fund Washington DC Region)
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Jewish National Fund Invites You to the Washington, D.C. Annual Community Breakfast RSVP by Friday, April 14, 2017 at jnf.org/dcbreakfast Featuring Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens is an American journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and holds the distinction of having interviewed every Israeli prime minister since Shimon Peres. He currently works for The Wall Street Journal as the foreign-affairs columnist and the deputy editorial page editor and is a regular panelist on FOX’s “Journal Edit...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
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
 
 
Wed
Apr
  26
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
AMIT (Amit)
Silver Spring, Silver Spring MD 20902
Jewish Rescuers In The Holocaust with Judith Cohen, Chief Acquisitions Curator with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Dessert Will Be Served More info: Contact Robbie Pearlstein at 410-484-2223 or robbiep@amitchildren.org
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
 
 
Fri
Apr
  28
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Shabbat Evening Service Celebrating Israel - The IDF: Melting Pot or Salad Bowl? The IDF’s goal is to protect Israel. Throughout the recruitment process, the IDF attempts to match each person to a job that fits his or her skills. What happens as a result is that every army base has a diverse group of people from all over the country. Does that create a melting pot where everyone abandons their individuality? Or does it create a salad bowl of very different people living and working together fo...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
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
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
“Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front”: A Film Viewing and Discussion with IDF Soldiers This coming-of-age story follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the IDF to defend their country. At the age of 18, away from their homes, families, and friends, these young adults undergo a demanding journey that reveals the essence of who they are…and who they want to be. Following the film, several active-duty and former IDF soldiers will share thei...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
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
 
 
Tue
May
  9
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Israel Bonds - Development Corporation for Israel (Israel Bonds-Development Corp for Israel)
9800 Medical Center Drive, Rockville MD 20850
Learn about Sanaria's important work to develop a preventative vaccine for malaria while supporting Israel and Israel Bonds. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Dietary laws observed.
Listed In:  Maryland, Advocacy, Israel, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  
 
 
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:  
 
 
Thu
May
  18
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Women's Philanthropy)
6101 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20772
Meet The Changemaker
Listed In:  Maryland, Israel
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
 
 
Sun
Sep
  10
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish National Fund
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Jewish National Fund Invites You to the Northern Virginia Annual Community Breakfast RSVP by Friday, September 1, 2017 Event Co-chairs: Susan Dilles, Howard Hogan More Information: Stuart Diamant-Cohen, sdcohen@jnf.org 301.589.8565 x841 Featuring Guest Speaker: Best-selling author, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin has written more than 15 books, several of which are about Jewish ethics and literacy, including Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
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
Nov
  15
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS Annette M. & Theodore N. Lerner Family Upper School Campus)
11710 Hunters Lane, Rockville MD 20852
Fourth annual Jewish Gap Year Fair for high school students and parents in the greater metro Washington DC area.
Listed In:  Families, Teens, Maryland, Fair/Expo, Israel
Event Cost: