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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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
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Thu
Nov
  2
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Maryland/Israel Development Center
8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Join the Maryland/ Israel Development Center and ScienceAbroad, a nonprofit organization of Israeli scientists in the United States, for an informative program on the high-tech entrepreneurial ecosystem in Israel featuring prominent Israeli scientific leaders and entrepreneurs. Speakers: • Nadav Kidron: Chief Executive Officer and President of Oramed Pharmaceuticals, an international lecturer on Israel’s entrepreneurial culture and the country’s roots as a hotbed of scientific innovation, and a...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Israel, Networking
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Nov 2 - Nov 12
Multiple times available
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Washington Jewish Music Festival)
1529 Q St NW, Washington DC 20036
The WJMF returns this fall for its 19th edition! Get ready for 11 days of international music throughout DC.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel
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Fri
Nov
  3
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Israel American Council - Washington DC
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington DC  DC 20001
Join thousands of community members at the IAC National Conference in Washington DC to experience influential thought leaders, industry experts, senior political figures, diplomatic figures, community leaders, prominent journalists and more. This inspiring three-day journey will explore Israeli-American and Jewish identity, unite the Israeli-American and Jewish communities, and understand how we can effectively strengthen Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The IAC National Conference...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $310 until April 26

 
 
Sat
Nov
  4
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
Israel American Council - Washington DC
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington DC  DC 20001
Join thousands of community members at the IAC National Conference in Washington DC to experience influential thought leaders, industry experts, senior political figures, diplomatic figures, community leaders, prominent journalists and more. This inspiring three-day journey will explore Israeli-American and Jewish identity, unite the Israeli-American and Jewish communities, and understand how we can effectively strengthen Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The IAC National Conference...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $310 until April 26

 
 
Nov 5 - Nov 5
Multiple times available
 
Israel American Council - Washington DC
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington DC  DC 20001
Join thousands of community members at the IAC National Conference in Washington DC to experience influential thought leaders, industry experts, senior political figures, diplomatic figures, community leaders, prominent journalists and more. This inspiring three-day journey will explore Israeli-American and Jewish identity, unite the Israeli-American and Jewish communities, and understand how we can effectively strengthen Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The IAC National Conference...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $310 until April 26

 
 
Mon
Nov
  6
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Israel American Council - Washington DC
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington DC  DC 20001
Join thousands of community members at the IAC National Conference in Washington DC to experience influential thought leaders, industry experts, senior political figures, diplomatic figures, community leaders, prominent journalists and more. This inspiring three-day journey will explore Israeli-American and Jewish identity, unite the Israeli-American and Jewish communities, and understand how we can effectively strengthen Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The IAC National Conference...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $310 until April 26

 
 
Tue
Nov
  14
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Megiddo and the Roman Sixth Legion: New Excavations and Early Jewish-Christian-Roman Relations Matthew Adams | Executive Director, W.F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research; Co-Director, Megiddo Excavations In the late 1st and early 2nd Centuries CE, dangerous Jewish (and incipient Christian) rebels were causing problems for the Roman Empire in Israel. Though the First Revolt resulted in the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE and in the establishment of a permanent base ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $10 genral public; $8 JCC

 
 
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
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Wed
Nov
  15
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
AMIT (Amit)
Silver Spring, Silver Spring MD 20902
Featuring Guest Speaker Miri Gil, Principal, AMIT Rehovot Jr. & Sr. High School For Girls. All proceeds will go to the renovation of a kitchen at AMIT Frisch Beit Hayeled in Jerusalem. Chinese Food Dinner from David Chu’s of Baltimore will be served All proceeds will go to the structural improvement and renovation of the kitchen at AMIT Frisch Beit Hayeled in Jerusalem. AMIT Office 410-484-2223, robbiep@amitchildren.org
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel
Event Cost:  more than $50; $250

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
TALK ISRAEL teaches teens Israel advocacy and engagement in a one-day conference. Throughout the day, a variety of workshops and activities will teach all things Israel, preparing teens to lead conversations about Israel on college campuses and beyond. The conference will offer a safe space to talk about Israel and connect with peers throughout the Greater Washington community. Tell a teen you know to apply. Cost: $15 Questions: Email Samantha.Vinokor@shalomdc.org or visit the website at shalo...
Listed In:  Teens, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15

 
 
Wed
Dec
  20
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Want to learn Hebrew? You're in the right place! The Edlavitch JCC offers six levels of conversational Hebrew, from learning the aleph bet to reading advanced literature. Our teachers are native Hebrew speakers with many years of teaching experience. They regularly tweak their classes to fit the needs and interests of their students. Find out more about our Hebrew teachers here! Classes ar...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  more than $50; $336 regular, $300 member, $240 Birthright/MASA

 
 
Tue
Jan
  30
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
American Friends of Shalva
N/A, Silver Springs MD 20902
Join Shalva- The Israel Association for Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities- at our 10th Anniversary Celebrity Chef Dinner with Israeli Chef, Hedai Offaim. Guests will enjoy a multitude of incredible farm to table dishes with wine pairings and a phenomenal aesthetic in celebration of Shalva's children and their families and Israel's 70th anniversary. RSVP to leo@shalva-usa.org
Listed In:  Boomers, Couples, Maryland, Culinary, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Social Events
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Wed
Feb
  21
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
The Book of Esther Revealed Adele Berlin | Professor Emerita, University of Maryland How should we understand the Hebrew Bible's Book of Esther? How "biblical" is it? How "religious" is it? How "Persian" is it? How "true" is it? Why was it written? What happened to the book when it was translated into Greek? If Esther makes no reference to God‘s name, to the Temple, to prayer, or to distinctive Jewish practices, then why is it part of the Jewish canon? These and other points will be discusse...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $10 general public; $8 JCC

 
 
Sun
Mar
  25
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6301Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee Jodi Magness | University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill In Israel’s Galilee lies the ancient village of Huqoq, mentioned in Joshua and 1 Chronicles as land allotted to the tribe of Asher and notable as the location of the Tomb of the Prophet Habakkuk. Since 2011, Huqoq has gained fame for the excavations directed by Professor Jodi Magness. These excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman period (400s CE) synagogu...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $10 general public; $8 JCC

 
 
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
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Sun
Apr
  29
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia
5878 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church VA 22041
Ancient Magic and Medicine - Determining Guilt or Innocence in the Bible Dr. Erin Guinn-Villareal Many ancient Near Eastern cultures invoked magical powers and medical arts to conjure the guilt or innocence of accused parties. Surviving texts and illustrations bear witness that the Hittites, Mari, Mesopotamians and Babylonians all relied on these occult practices to find the truth. Israelites may also have practiced these magical rites, as revealed in the Jealousy Ordeal in Numbers 5:11-31. In ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 lecture: $24 luncheon

 
 
May 2 - May 13
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. In addition to the annual festival, the WJFF presents an ongoing, year-round film series, in our home venue at the Edlavitch DCJCC. The WJFF annually serves over 15,000 people through 80+ screenings, nearly all of which are regional, US or...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Politics
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Wed
May
  9
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Cyrus the Great, King and Messiah Reza S. Zarghamee| Author of Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World One of the renowned figures of antiquity, Cyrus II “the Great” famously appears in the Hebrew Bible* as the “Lord’s Anointed,” or Messiah, the instrument through which Yahweh ends the Babylonian Captivity and restores the Temple of Solomon. This lecture by Reza Zarghamee follows the Persian king’s life and conquests, with a special emphasis on the relations that Cy...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $10 general public; $8 JCC

 
 
Sun
Jun
  3
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 
various, various VA 00000
The Greater Washington Jewish Community celebrates Israel @70 with a free concert for all.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
May
  8
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:  

 
 
Tue
Apr
  28
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:  

 
 
Wed
Apr
  14
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: