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
Feb
  25
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia following morning minyan for brunch. He is the Director of Special in Uniform, a program which integrates young people with autism and other disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and in turn into Israeli society. It focuses on the unique talents of each individual participant to help find a job within the IDF that is a perfect fit, based on the belief that everyone belongs and has the right to reach his or her full potential. Special in Uniform focus...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Advocacy, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Mar
  1
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
A panel of entrepreneurial experts will discuss why Israel is a leading start-up nation. How is it that Israel — a country of approximately 8 million people, only 70 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, and with no natural resources — produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations? Join leaders from across the Israeli\American tech industry in a discussion about why “Israeliness” is a secret sauce for achievement and innovati...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Teens, Northern Virginia, Israel, Leadership Development
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Mar
  1
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Center for Israel Studies at American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20016
Shifting power dynamics in the Middle East have left the region looking vastly different then it did only a few years ago. Some experts have argued that the growing strength of Iran has pushed the Gulf States to form an unofficial strategic relationship with an unlikely ally: Israel. The AU Center for Israel Studies invites you to join Michael Greenwald, former U.S. treasury attaché to Qatar and Kuwait, for a discussion on the past, present and future of Israel’s diplomatic relationship. Modera...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sat
Mar
  3
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Join our Shlicha, Ayelet, to hear about Urban Kibbutzim from Anton Marks, a British-born Israeli and a founding member of the largest urban kibbutz in Israel. Anton has been an informal educator for the last 25 years, and is now a Shlichut in Maryland for the youth movement Habonim Dror and their summer camp, Moshava. His passion for Zionist education, Tikkun Olam, Jewish history, identity and culture are a recipe for an engaging and challenging talk.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
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

 
 
Sun
Mar
  4
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Twelve-year-old Itamar has a deep passion for ice skating. However, he is losing his hearing, and therefore his balance, forcing him away from his dream. Itamar refuses to stay away from the ice rink. Natalie, his new partner, who is a wild and disobedient girl, decides to help him. Together they struggle and grow within a complicated world of adolescence. Dorit Hakim | Israel | Hebrew | 45min. | 2012 Doors open at 7:00 PM, the film begins at 7:30. $5.00 per adult (18 years and over.) Children...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
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:  

 
 
Thu
Mar
  8
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
The story is about an Israeli pediatric cardiologist who is sent to Africa to perform lifesaving operations in Tanzania, where children with serious heart conditions die, every where day five children die from heart conditions. Dr. Akiva Tamir and his team examine hundreds of children, although only a handful can receive the treatment which will save their lives. When 6 year-old Julius arrives to the clinic in critical condition, Dr. Tamir is forced to decide if he should operate on this child...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Mar 10 - Mar 11
Multiple times available
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
Gaza – a strip of land with a population of 1.7 million citizens, wedged between Israel and Egypt and isolated from the outside world. 26 miles of coastline with a harbor that no longer services ships. Hardly anything gets into Gaza and even less gets out. The young generation is growing up with very little perspective - occupied and jobless. But against this background there is a small movement. Our protagonists are part of the surf community of Gaza City. Round about 40 surfboards have been br...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Sun
Mar
  11
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
With the help of a prominent Israeli journalist, Precious Life chronicles the struggle of an Israeli pediatrician and a Palestinian mother to get treatment for her baby, who suffers from an incurable genetic disease. Each must face their most profound biases as they inch towards a possible friendship in an impossible reality. Discussion and light reception to follow
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Sun
Mar
  11
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
Adam is a Christian Arab living in Nazareth - member of a vanishing minority within a minority in the Holy Land and the Middle East. His wife Lamia is a strong, beautiful and progressive Arab woman, who runs a foundation for women's rights. When Adam hears that Lamia is pregnant and his father falls very ill, he evaluates his life and realizes that he has not achieved much. Despite all his business ideas failing so far, he gives one last try to make it big. And what's better to sell in the Holy ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Thu
Mar
  15
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
Series tickets available for purchase For additional details and to RSVP, visit our website www.gesher-jds.org/twist2018 7:00 P.M. Reception * 7:30 P.M. Program Virginia is for Israeli Tech lovers Innovations and our interconnected future Featuring: Sheryl Schwartz, Chief Operations Officer of CareTek, LLC The innovations of Israel have a special and direct connection to life in Virginia. Hear from Sheryl Schwartz about the special bond between the tech communities in VA and Israel. In...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $100

 
 
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

 
 
Tue
Mar
  20
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW , Washingtgon DC 20007
A pioneer for what has become an important wave of top jazz talent coming out of Israel, Ben-Hur migrated to New York in 1985, at the age of 22, and was quickly embraced by Manhattan's jazz elite. Learning jazz the old fashioned way by ‘doing the hang' at notable venues such as Barry Harris's Jazz Cultural Theater, he met a veritable who's who in the jazz community. "People like Walter Booker, Barry Harris, Chris Anderson, and Leroy Williams offered me a window to this music," says the guitarist...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $22

 
 
Tue
Mar
  20
10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
 
1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW , Washingtgon DC 20007
A pioneer for what has become an important wave of top jazz talent coming out of Israel, Ben-Hur migrated to New York in 1985, at the age of 22, and was quickly embraced by Manhattan's jazz elite. Learning jazz the old fashioned way by ‘doing the hang' at notable venues such as Barry Harris's Jazz Cultural Theater, he met a veritable who's who in the jazz community. "People like Walter Booker, Barry Harris, Chris Anderson, and Leroy Williams offered me a window to this music," says the guitarist...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $22

 
 
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

 
 
Tue
Apr
  10
7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
 
Maryland/Israel Development Center
1040 Spring Street, Silver Spring MD 20910
In recognition of Israel’s 70th Anniversary, the Maryland/Israel Development Center is hosting a series of events, "Start Up Nation, Celebrating Israel's 70th Anniversary", throughout the State of Maryland showcasing Israeli companies with offices in Maryland and Grant opportunities for US companies to collaborate with Israeli companies. Check our event page often for updates on times, dates and locations of the events. The series is free to any 2018 MIDC member. The April 10th event will feat...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Maryland, Israel, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $0 MIDC Members; $15 non-members

 
 
Mon
Apr
  16
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
3514 International Drive, Washington DC 20008
An event to celebrate the reopening of the Washington area office of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science in Greater Washington DC, by invitation only. There will be some remarks by ACWIS and Weizmann Institute dignitaries.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
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 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
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:  

 
 
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
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (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 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:  

 
 
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:  

 
 
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: