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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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
  6
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
815 V. St. NW, Washington DC 20001
Hadag Nahash combines funky hip-hop grooves with flavors of rock, reggae and Middle Eastern music. The best-selling hip-hop artists in Israel, they have shared a stage with superstars like The Black Eyed Peas, Cypress Hill, and Matisyahu. Hadag Nahash features a full electric band, along with turntables and samples backed by their notoriously bold frontman. Feverishly devoted to equality and civil rights, the group is the soundtrack for the Israeli struggle against corruption and racism. Hadag...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $45

 
 
Wed
Dec
  6
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Join us as Congregatio Beth El welcomes Rabbi Michael Pollack to speak about ending the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The presentation is entitled: "Ending an Endless Conflict: Nonviolent Conflict Resolution in the Holy Land." Rabbi Pollack’s presentation will be based on actual experience and knowledge gained during his time in Israel, focusing on work he has done with Roots, a joint Israel-Palestinian nonviolent community center in the West Bank dedicated to laying a communal ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Advocacy, History/Education, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Tue
Dec
  19
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
10621 S Glen Rd, Potomac MD 20854
For information, please 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
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

 
 
Wed
Dec
  20
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Your evening's plan is all set! Come see "The Wedding Plan" Synopsis: This charming romantic comedy from acclaimed writer-director Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void) tells the story of a jilted bride who decides to keep her wedding date, trusting that God will provide her with a husband in time. Movie Info: Israel / 2016 / Hebrew w/ English subtitles / 110 minutes
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Wed
Dec
  20
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Foundation for Jewish Studies (Foundation for Jewish Studies)
7727 Persimmon Tree Ln, Bethesda MD 20817
With Professor Ari Kelman, Jim Joseph Professor of Jewish Education and Jewish Studies, Stanford University Probably more so than any other time in recent memory, college campuses have grown increasingly politicized. From discussions of safe spaces to divestment campaigns of all kinds, students are growing more politically engaged and campus communities are finding new ways of creating productive, if challenging conversations. For Jewish students, the situation is fraught with the ongoing press...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Advocacy, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Jan
  10
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Shalom Italia: A Journey Through History Synopsis: Three Italian Jewish brothers set off on a journey through Tuscany, in search of a cave where they hid as children to escape the Nazis. Their quest, full of humor, food and Tuscan landscapes, straddles the boundary between history and myth — a profound, funny, and endearing exploration of individual and communal memory. Movie Info: Israel, Germany / 2016 / Hebrew & Italian w/ English subtitles / 71 minutes
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Wed
Jan
  10
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington)
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
Israel, Germany / 2016 / Hebrew & Italian w/ English subtitles / 71 minutes Three Italian Jewish brothers set off on a journey through Tuscany, in search of a cave where they hid as children to escape the Nazis. Their quest, full of humor, food and Tuscan landscapes, straddles the boundary between history and myth — a profound, funny, and endearing exploration of individual and communal memory.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Feb
  13
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
1529 Q St NW, Washington DC 20036
Israel’s Official Submission for the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. A grieving father experiences the absurd circumstances around death of his son, in this latest critical reflection on military culture from Israeli filmmaker Samuel Maoz (Lebanon). Michael (Lior Ashkenazi) and Dafna (Sarah Adler) experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son, Jonathan. Unable to find any solace in the well-meaning—if hollowly effusiv...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $13

 
 
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

 
 
Sat
Mar
  3
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
 
HaLev Israel
1301 K St., NW, Washington DC 20005
JOIN US! The 4th Annual Welcome Event brings together hundreds of Israel supporters for a night of mingling and dancing as we kick off the 2017 Policy Conference. If you are passionate about Israel and the US-Israel relationship, this event is for YOU! **Note: You do NOT need to be registered for Policy Conference to attend this event.** **Proceeds are subsidizing ~80 young people to attend their first AIPAC Policy Conference. Thanks for all your support. Check out photos from previous years:...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, DC, Advocacy, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Networking, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

 
 
Mar 8 - Mar 11
Multiple times available
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
This celebration of faith features award-winning films and will unfold over four days, Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, March 11. The films will be shown in the Kreeger Auditorium. Each film was carefully selected for its unique perspectives on identity and discover, common social and spiritual values and, perhaps most importantly, the intersectionality of the human experience. They remind us that we are, in fact, not so different after all. This film festival was crafted to promote peace, un...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Mar
  18
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
10601 Falls Rd., Potomac MD 20854
The Israeli Dance Festival DC 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.
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

 
 
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
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:  

 
 
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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  3
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
May
  5
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
May
  6
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
1529 Q St NW, Washington DC 20036
The Washington Jewish Film Festival's annual Day of Education on Arab Citizens of Israel returns for the Festival's 28th edition.
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:  

 
 
Sun
May
  6
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
May
  7
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
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
Event Cost:  

 
 
May 8 - May 18
Multiple times available
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (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 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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
May
  9
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
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
Event Cost:  

 
 
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

 
 
Thu
May
  10
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
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
Event Cost: