Virtual Israel Center

The Virtual Israel Center provides information and resources to help you connect with Israel in ways meaningful to you. It is a hub of events, thinking, resources and program opportunities.

The Jewish community of Greater Washington offers a diverse array of Israel programming.  We encourage you to browse the Israel-related events included in the calendar listings below to find the ones most relevant to you. If you have any questions about the programs or organizations, please contact the organization(s) directly.

On the right is a menu which provides different ways to engage with Israel. Whether you are a programmer, community organizer or interested participant you will find relevant and regularly updated information.

If your organization hosts Israel related events, please register on this site and submit them to our calendar.  If you have educational materials you would like to share, please send them to info@jconnect.org

If you need information on items not included on this page, please contact Jconnect via email at info@jconnect.org or through the Contact Us page.

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
Apr
  23
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Imagine Israel)
1111 Taft St, Rockville MD 20850
Doing Good Event with Young Women's Coalition featuring Imagine Israel Changemaker Joseph Gitler
Listed In:  Women & Girls, Maryland, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Apr
  23
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
For parents of Birthright Israel Participants Only: Before your child's trip to Israel departs, please join us for a parent orientation to answer any questions you have about the Birthright Israel Summer 2018 trips. We will provide an overview of the program, explain what they should pack, and answer any safety or security questions you may have.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Travel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Apr
  24
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Imagine Israel)
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW , Washington DC 20036
Jewish (and non-Jewish) professionals in the arena of food recovery and food justice are invited to a special breakfast with Joseph Gitler, CEO and founder of Leket Israel. Come hear how Gitler turned his one-man mission into Israel’s largest food bank rescue network, which feeds more than 200,000 impoverished Israelis every week.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, DC, Professional Development, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Professional Development
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Apr
  24
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
 
University of Maryland (Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies - University of Maryland)
3972 Campus Drive, College Park MD 20742
A conference to commemorate Israel's 70th Anniversary Recent events have made it clear there is currently a crisis in the relations between American Jews and Israel. In response, GIIS and MOMENT are holding a public conference to better analyze and understand it. Participants will include scholars, activists, and community leaders representing a wide range of views. Distinguished speaker, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of th Union for Reform Judaism. The conference is free and open to the publ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Apr
  24
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
800 8th St NW, Washington DC 20001
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Federation's Israel Education Series for Young Professionals This four-part learning series offers a relevant and dynamic approach to Israel education in a stress and judgment-free space. We ’ll hear from captivating speakers as we discuss pertinent Israel issues that come into play in our everyday lives. *Registration is closed for this series.
This event is intended for participants ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, DC, Adult Education, Professional Development, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Apr
  24
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Imagine Israel)
3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22201
Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Imagine Israel, NOVA Tribe Series, and Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for a night of social justice, wine and conversation as we hear from Joseph Gitler, CEO and founder of Leket Israel. Hear how Gitler turned his one-man mission into Israel's largest food bank rescue network, which feeds more than 200,000 impoverished Israelis every week. Learn about what you can do to prevent food insecurity here in Greater Was...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852
For details, contact Deborah Adler at 410.223.4190
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Advocacy, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
4300 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington DC 20016
Invigorate your passion for social change in 2018 with Federation’s Changemakers Series! Dynamic Israeli agents of change lead community conversations about their unique ideas and influential actions that disrupt Israel’s status quo and affect social change in Israeli society. Learn how Joseph Gitler, CEO & Founder of Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, turned his one-man mission into Israel’s largest food bank rescue network, which feeds more than 200,000 impoverished Israelis every day.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Advocacy, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015
One show only! “Director Alison Chernick profiles the violin virtuoso, through his performance, of course, but she also reveals a personality as expressive as his musicianship. ” – Pat Padua, The Washington Post From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
8:15 PM - 9:25 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
There is the Jewish kitchen, and there is Mediterranean cuisine, but many food researchers claim that there is no such thing as Israeli cuisine. Can it be true that a 70-year-old country is still unable to create its identity through food? If the Italian pizza, the German burger and French fries became the American food flag, what are the most prominent foods and values in Israeli cuisine, and how have they become so loved by Israelis? Itsik Sayag is the shaliach (Israeli cultural ambassador) t...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; JSC, Adas members $15, others $20

 
 
Thu
Apr
  26
6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
TRS Beit Midrash - Spring 2018 Thursday evenings, April 26, May 3 and May 10 Gather at 6:15 pm for soup, salad and sandwiches; classes are from 7:00 -8:30 pm Choose one of these 3-session courses: Jerusalem: Celebrating 50 Years Since Reunification Israel at 70 Explore Jerusalem from three unique perspectives: its history, its cultures, and through ancient and modern poetry. The Jewish P...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Apr
  26
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington )
Private home, Potomac MD 20854
JWRP Cohort Dalet final post-trip session.
Listed In:  Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Israel, JWRP
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Apr
  26
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
1350 Okie St NE, Washington  DC 20002
Rami's Piano Concert is an intimate performance featuring a selection of original songs from Rami's enormous personal repertoire. Rami Kleinstein is a triple platinum and gold album award winner and many of his songs became the foundation of Israeli culture. Rami has often been compared to Elton John and Billy Joel. Rami is known for his beautiful love songs, soothing voice and delicate piano-playing. Rami, a native New Yorker, aptly and cleverly weaves his songs together with rich anecdotes la...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  more than $50; $40-$70

 
 
Thu
Apr
  26
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Drop-in or come every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month! $10 payable at the door.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Fitness & Wellness, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Mon
Apr
  30
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Before you leave town on your trip to Israel, join us for a pre-trip orientation to learn more about the Birthright Israel Summer 2018 trips. We will give an overview of the program, explain what to pack, and share travel tips for your upcoming adventure. You'll also have the chance to meet other participants that will be traveling from the Washington, DC area on Birthright Israel trips this summer.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Travel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Apr
  30
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Address provided upon positive RSVP, Chevy Chase MD 20815
The Jewish Federation proudly presents Impact Israel: an innovative, first-of-its-kind opportunity exclusively for boomers from across Greater Washington. Learn about the opportunity to join Federation this Fall and immerse yourself in Israel, living like a local while serving the community through hands-on volunteer opportunities.
Listed In:  Boomers, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Israel, Travel, Social Events, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
May
  1
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington DC 20016
70 years after Israeli independence, the Middle East landscape is more complicated than ever. Now, Israel Policy Forum and Washington Hebrew Congregation have partnered to bring former Mossad Director Danny Yatom to help unpack the latest developments and their implications for the Jewish state. Presented in partnership with: JCRC of Greater Washington Edlavtich DC JCC Adas Israel Congregation Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, History/Education, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
May
  2
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
For parents of Birthright Israel Participants Only: Before your child's trip to Israel departs, please join us for a parent orientation to answer any questions you have about the Birthright Israel Summer 2018 trips. We will provide an overview of the program, explain what they should pack, and answer any safety or security questions you may have.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Travel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  3
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  3
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Israel Engagement for Teens)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
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, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, History/Education, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Leadership Development
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  3
6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
TRS Beit Midrash - Spring 2018 Thursday evenings, April 26, May 3 and May 10 Gather at 6:15 pm for soup, salad and sandwiches; classes are from 7:00 -8:30 pm Choose one of these 3-session courses: Jerusalem: Celebrating 50 Years Since Reunification Israel at 70 Explore Jerusalem from three unique perspectives: its history, its cultures, and through ancient and modern poetry. The Jewish P...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  3
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Shahar Abuhazira, CEO of the Israeli company Roboteam, based in Gaithersburg and Tel Aviv and recently featured by The Washington Post, shares his insights on Israel high tech and innovation, including a live demonstration of the life saving military robots designed and manufactured by his company. Perfect for anyone interested in Israel’s technological prowess, robotics, kids and their parents, as well as all who take pride in the “Start Up Nation.” Light refreshments will be served.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sat
May
  5
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
May
  6
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
May
  6
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
1529 Q St NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us for an in-depth exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab Citizens of Israel. The program will feature the screening of the deeply moving documentary In Her Footsteps, short films produced by Israeli high schools students as part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s triangular school partnership program, and an in-depth discussion about Bedouin society within Israel with filmmaker Rana Abu-Fraiha and Safa Abu-Rabia, Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Anthro...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
May
  7
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (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
Event Cost:  

 
 
May 8 - May 18
Multiple times available
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center for our second-ever trip to Israel, a trip designed specifically for individuals with disabilities focused for individuals with cognitive disabilities. Together on this 10-day journey, we will explore Israel’s history, spectacular cities, dynamic people, vibrant art and culture, world-class scientific and medical achievements, and natural beauty. The group will be accompanied by the EDCJCC’s Director of Inclusion and Disability Programming and an add...
Listed In:  Special Needs, Israel, Travel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
May
  8
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
May
  8
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah
11825 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac MD 20854
Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim with food! Join two renowned Jewish cookbook authors, Leah Koenig (Modern Jewish Cooking, Little Book of Jewish Appetizers) and Paula Shoyer (Healthy Jewish Kitchen, The Kosher Baker), for a fun and interactive (tasting) culinary demonstration. You'll walk out with everything you need to know to create a delicious (and kosher!) Israeli meal. Leah and Paula will sell and sign cookbooks after the event. Tuesday, May 8th .
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Culinary, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15-$20

 
 
Wed
May
  9
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (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
Event Cost: