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

Tzachi Levy, Senior Shlicha for Israel Engagement

What makes Israel special and close to each of us is the way we choose to be engaged with Israel. Israel can exist 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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Tue
Feb
  19
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Mid Atlantic Chapter)
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
FIDF Women's Brigade invites you to a special girl's night out. Come learn the basics of Krav Maga alongside soldiers from the Israeli Defense Forces. All food will be under the dietary supervision of Congregation Beth El
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Women & Girls, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

 
 
Sat
Feb
  23
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd , Rockville MD 20852
Adults will join us for the screening of an episode from the hit Israeli series, When Heroes Fly. Four friends, veterans of a special force unit, reunite for one final rescue mission. Find, 11 years after their service in the Second Lebanon War, learn about the baggage they carry from that experience. Following the screening, Shana Frenkel, LCSW-C, our JSSA Synagogue Liaison, will speak about PTSD and the impact it has had on Israeli society. Children can choose from an Israeli movie (to be an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Sat
Mar
  2
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
AMIT (Amit)
Silver Spring, Silver Spring MD 20902
AMIT invites you to join us for an exciting evening with Mitch Stern, a former Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI. SSA Stern will talk about his experiences here at home as well as in Israel and other foreign cities.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy, History/Education, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

 
 
Sun
Mar
  3
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish National Fund
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Jewish National Fund Breakfast for Israel - Northern Virginia Registration begins at 10:00 am Program 10:30 am - 11:30 am Event Co-Chairs: Susan Dilles and Howard Hogan Breakfast will be served. Dietary laws observed. No cost to attend. RSVP required. More Information: Stuart Diamant-Cohen sdcohen@jnf.org 301 589 8565, x841
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Tue
Mar
  5
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
 
620 T St NW, Washington DC 20001
We are excited to announce that, after over a decade, Ehud Banai, Israel’s Rock troubadour, is returning to the US with his remarkable band. In a tour that will include six breathtaking performances, they will create a unique celebration of rhythm, energy, tunes and tales that will take the audience on a powerful and emotional musical journey. The performances will include Ehud’s greatest songs: Avoda Shchora, Z'mancha Avar, Ir Miklat, David Ve’Shaul, Yotze La'or, Hayom, Tip Tipa, Jamali Forush...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  more than $50; $65

 
 
Wed
Mar
  6
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
7235 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda MD 20814
The Washington Jewish Film Festival Year Round programming presents: Doubtful Dir. Eliran Elya | 88 min | 2017 Narrative, Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles Wednesday, March 6 7:30 PM Bethesda Row Cinema - 7235 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD Assi, a screenwriter and poet, is stuck in his personal life. He is full of doubt, disturbing thoughts, and existential restlessness. He is sentenced to community service due to a drunken-driving motorcycle accident in which he was involved. For his com...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; 13.50

 
 
Sun
Mar
  10
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Seventeen-year-old Asher has always been a troublemaker and terrible student due to his learning differences. A charismatic teacher prompts a fascination in the world of literature but also forces conflict with Asher's brash father, who expects him to take over the family scaffolding business. Accessibility aids thanks to support from Bank Leumi. Directed by Matan Yair 93 min| Hebrew | Israel | 2017 | Narrative | Open captions | Audio description
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free with RSVP

 
 
Sat
Mar
  16
8:00 PM - 11:59 PM
 
13300 Arctic Avenue, Rockville MD 20853
The Israeli Dance Festival DC is celebrating its tenth year! The Festival showcases local dance groups from elementary, middle and high school, college, recent graduates and beyond! All groups share their enthusiasm for Israeli dance to create a memorable performance for the whole community. The audience is encouraged to join in community dancing after the performance. The Festival dance party/harkada will be held at B'nai Israel in Rockville the evening of March 16, 2019.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 - $20

 
 
Sat
Mar
  16
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
1350 Okie St NE, Washington  DC 20002
During a career spanning a mere 15 years, Idan has become not only the most successful artist in Israel but also one of Israel’s most successful artists abroad, with tours that include performances at some of the leading festivals as well as shows in the most prestigious venues in Europe, the USA, South America, the Far East, Canada and Australia. In the albums he has produced to-date with The Idan Raichel Project, as well as in the other musical ventures with which he has been involved, Idan ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  more than $50; $48-$75

 
 
Sun
Mar
  17
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
13300 Arctic Avenue, Rockville MD 20853
The Israeli Dance Festival DC is celebrating its tenth year! The Festival showcases local dance groups from elementary, middle and high school, college, recent graduates and beyond! All groups share their enthusiasm for Israeli dance to create a memorable performance for the whole community. The audience is encouraged to join in community dancing after the performance. The Festival dance party/harkada will be held at B'nai Israel in Rockville the evening of March 16, 2019.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 - $20

 
 
Mon
Mar
  18
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
TBD, Washington DC 20036
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Israel Education Series with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Young Leadership. More details to come.
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Mar
  18
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
In preparation the for Israel YOUR Way 2019 departure, registered participants are invited to join Federation staff for an energizing and informative evening to meet travel companions, review logistics and get answers to any questions or concerns.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Israel, Travel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mar 24 - Mar 26
Multiple times available
 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington MD 20001
The AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of pro-Israel activists. Over 18,000 people from all 50 states and all backgrounds come together for a three day educational, inspirational and empowering experience. On the third day we lobby our Members of Congress to support the partnership between the U.S. and Israel and to ensure that the friendship between the United States and Israel remains unbreakable.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Leadership Development, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Fair/Expo, History/Education, Israel, Leadership Development, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $399 for AIPAC Club and $499 for Delegates

 
 
Tue
Mar
  26
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
2850 Quebec St NW, Washington DC 20008
With Professor Calvin Goldscheider, Brown University In conversation with Dr. Lauren B. Strauss, American University Dr. Calvin Goldscheider, one of the world’s leading demographers and sociologists focusing on Israeli society, will reflect on subjects he explores in his acclaimed 2015 book, Israeli Society in the Twenty-first Century: Immigration, Inequality, and Religious Conflict. From the socioeconomic inequalities affecting both the expanding ultra-Orthodox population and the Israeli Arab...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mar 29 - Apr 1
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.
Is it your first time in Israel? Has it been a while since your last visit? Spend a few extra days experiencing the land and culture with this Israel Your Way Pre-Trip experience.
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Travel, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Mar
  30
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
Join HTAA Shabbat morning to listen to Tzachi Levy, senior Shaliach from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington! He will be speaking on Israel & World Jewry.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Mar
  31
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
 
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. Immerse yourself in an Israel journey designed to energize, inspire and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Explore Israel’s culture, society, innovation and majesty through the lens that reflects your passions. Options include: - Tapestry for the Senses: Arts, Food, & Culture - Advancing Israel: Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Israel in Motion: Outdoor Adventure & Eco-Action - Beyond the Headlines: Politics &...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Apr
  1
12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
 
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. Immerse yourself in an Israel journey designed to energize, inspire and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Explore Israel’s culture, society, innovation and majesty through the lens that reflects your passions. Options include: - Tapestry for the Senses: Arts, Food, & Culture - Advancing Israel: Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Israel in Motion: Outdoor Adventure & Eco-Action - Beyond the Headlines: Politics &...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Apr
  1
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
TBD, Washington DC 20036
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Israel Education Series with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Young Leadership. More details to come.
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Apr
  2
12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
 
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. Immerse yourself in an Israel journey designed to energize, inspire and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Explore Israel’s culture, society, innovation and majesty through the lens that reflects your passions. Options include: - Tapestry for the Senses: Arts, Food, & Culture - Advancing Israel: Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Israel in Motion: Outdoor Adventure & Eco-Action - Beyond the Headlines: Politics &...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Apr
  3
12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
 
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. Immerse yourself in an Israel journey designed to energize, inspire and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Explore Israel’s culture, society, innovation and majesty through the lens that reflects your passions. Options include: - Tapestry for the Senses: Arts, Food, & Culture - Advancing Israel: Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Israel in Motion: Outdoor Adventure & Eco-Action - Beyond the Headlines: Politics &...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Apr
  4
12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
 
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. Immerse yourself in an Israel journey designed to energize, inspire and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Explore Israel’s culture, society, innovation and majesty through the lens that reflects your passions. Options include: - Tapestry for the Senses: Arts, Food, & Culture - Advancing Israel: Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Israel in Motion: Outdoor Adventure & Eco-Action - Beyond the Headlines: Politics &...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Apr
  5
12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
 
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. Immerse yourself in an Israel journey designed to energize, inspire and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Explore Israel’s culture, society, innovation and majesty through the lens that reflects your passions. Options include: - Tapestry for the Senses: Arts, Food, & Culture - Advancing Israel: Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Israel in Motion: Outdoor Adventure & Eco-Action - Beyond the Headlines: Politics &...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Apr
  6
12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
 
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. Immerse yourself in an Israel journey designed to energize, inspire and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Explore Israel’s culture, society, innovation and majesty through the lens that reflects your passions. Options include: - Tapestry for the Senses: Arts, Food, & Culture - Advancing Israel: Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Israel in Motion: Outdoor Adventure & Eco-Action - Beyond the Headlines: Politics &...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Apr
  7
12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
 
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. Immerse yourself in an Israel journey designed to energize, inspire and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Explore Israel’s culture, society, innovation and majesty through the lens that reflects your passions. Options include: - Tapestry for the Senses: Arts, Food, & Culture - Advancing Israel: Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Israel in Motion: Outdoor Adventure & Eco-Action - Beyond the Headlines: Politics &...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Apr 7 - Apr 8
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.
Is it your first time in Israel? Has it been a while since your last visit? Spend a few extra days experiencing the land and culture with this Israel Your Way Pre-Trip experience.
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Israel, Travel, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Apr
  10
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Israel Engagement for Teens)
3514 International Dr NW, Washington  DC 20008
Please join us at the closing ceremony to commemorate the graduation of the Congregation Olam Tikvah Fall 2018 and Montgomery County Spring 2019 cohorts of the Margo & Yoram Cohen Family Israel Engagement Fellowship. Due to embassy security policies, it is pertinent ALL attendees register by March 30. Every teen fellow and each community leader is given two complimentary tickets for guests. Each additional ticket is $15.
Listed In:  Teens, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Advocacy, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Leadership Development
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Apr
  14
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
Save the date for the Gesher JDS 36th Anniversary Guardian of the Bridge Gala
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fundraising/Philanthropy, History/Education, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Apr
  15
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
TBD, Washington DC 20036
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Israel Education Series with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Young Leadership. More details to come.
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Apr
  29
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
TBD, Washington DC 20036
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Israel Education Series with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Young Leadership. More details to come.
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel, Networking
Event Cost: