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
Apr
  23
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015
One Show Only! “[T]ouching and rewarding. ” – Hannah Brown, The Jerusalem Post Four women, whose lives are in turmoil, encounter a mysterious stranger, Neta. His honesty and vulnerability help them reconnect with their families. When Neta’s life takes a sudden wrong turn, he searches to get back on the right path. His story is told through the meetings he has with the women over the course of a years. SAVING NETA comes from director Nir Bergman (BROKEN WINGS) and features an Israeli Film Acade...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel, Social Events
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:  

 
 
Tue
Apr
  30
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington )
6101 Exeecutive Bld. , North Bethesda  MD 20852
Come hear from Imagine Israel Changemaker, Ilana Kwartin, academic, lawyer, entrepreneur, and Zumba instructor. A passionate champion of women's rights, Kwartin uses her expertise to advance opportunities for women and other marginalized groups in Israel, including victims of domestic abuse. As a Zumba instructor, Ilana's relationships with her students led her to learning about concerning, even abusive marriages. She works tirelessly to create Israeli laws that protect women from all types of...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Women & Girls, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness, Israel, Politics
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Tue
Apr
  30
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Daniel J. Sokatch is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund (NIF), the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Before joining NIF, Sokatch served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Prior to his tenure at Federation, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Los Angeles based Progressive Jewish Alliance. Sokatch has been named to the Forward newspaper’s “F...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Apr
  30
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington )
6101 Exeecutive Bld. , North Bethesda  MD 20852
Come hear from Imagine Israel Changemaker, Ilana Kwartin, academic, lawyer, entrepreneur, and Zumba instructor. A passionate champion of women's rights, Kwartin uses her expertise to advance opportunities for women and other marginalized groups in Israel, including victims of domestic abuse. As a Zumba instructor, Ilana's relationships with her students led her to learning about concerning, even abusive marriages. She works tirelessly to create Israeli laws that protect women from all types of...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Women & Girls, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  2
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
2018 | 90 min | Documentary Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless) 12:30pm: Program After a brief introductory talk by Jordyn Barry, the J’s Director of Jewish Innovation and a short memorial ceremony, we will view this PBS documentary. The film tells “the profound and unique story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. . .the film brings to life the little-known story of Jews in World War II — as active participants in the fight against Hitler, bigotry, and in...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Mon
May
  6
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Save a Child's Heart (SACH) Foundation-US, Inc.
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Save a Child's Heart will be honoring the founders of the organization at a fundraising dinner.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
May
  8
12:00 AM - 7:00 PM
 
n/a, n/a DC 11111
Yom HaZikaron is an important day of mourning in the state of Israel. The Jewish Federation encourages the thoughtful process of possible event panning on this day. Please consider refraining from scheduling any festive events that coincide with this national day of mourning and remembrance in Israel. Please be aware that Yom HaZikaron begins the evening before the date listed on this calendar.
Listed In:  DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Israel
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Thu
May
  9
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join local hazzanim from the Cantors Assembly Seaboard Region to enjoy the music of Israel during a Yom HaAtzmaut celebration.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

 
 
Wed
May
  15
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
AMIT (Amit)
Silver Spring, Silver Spring MD 20902
Join AMIT Birah Chapter of Greater Washington DC in honoring Donna Lawrence for her long-time commitment to AMIT and dedication to the children of Israel. We will hear from AMIT’s president Debbie Moed. A light dairy catered dinner will be served.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Women & Girls, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; varies

 
 
Wed
May
  15
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Mid Atlantic Chapter)
6301 Montrose Rd, , Rockville MD 20852
Join us to make hats, t-shirts, and other fun swag for the 25 Israeli children in the FIDF Legacy Program! Snacks and S'mores Martinis will be served
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Women & Girls, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15

 
 
Sun
May
  19
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
Community Festival Celebration Celebrating Israel's 71st Year!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
May
  19
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
1529 Q St NW, Washington DC 20036
The 9th annual in-depth exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab Citizens of Israel. Featuring screenings of two mid-length films - Freedom Train from director Tawfik Abu Wael, and Be/Longing by Amit Breuer - followed by a conversation with the subject of Be/Longing, Amal Rihan, and JDC Israel Tevet’s Director of Employment Programs for Arabs and for Career Advancement, Suzan Hasan. Moderated by Ron Gerlitz, Co-Executive Director, Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jun
  2
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
SAVE THE DATE: June 2, 2019 from noon-4pm Celebrate Israel @ 71 with our community! Please check here often for details and updates.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Teens, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jun
  2
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Mid Atlantic Chapter)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC 2004
All food and beverages will be provided through Foremost Catering, under the supervision of either the Va'ad of Washington or OU.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Fundraising/Philanthropy, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $275

 
 
Wed
Jun
  12
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Endowment for Middle East Truth
1000 H St. NW, Washington DC 20001
Join The Endowment for Middle East Truth as we honor this year's Speakers of Truth, those who have bravely stood up for Israel, at our 13th annual Rays of Light in the Darkness gala. Serving kosher dinner and drinks!
Listed In:  DC, Advocacy, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $400

 
 
Wed
Jul
  24
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015
One Show Only! “Thanks to Folkenflik’s performance, the many conflicts tearing at Menachem’s soul have the texture of truth, pain and confusion. ” – Sarah Ward, Screen Daily Menachem (Moshe Folkenflik), a former frontman for a rock band, is now religious, and a father to a six-year-old. When his daughter is diagnosed with cancer, he must find a creative solution to fund the expensive treatments. He reunites his band for one last tour. The journey to save his daughter exposes old wounds and allo...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Aug
  2
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Mid Atlantic Chapter)
3935 Macomb St NW, Washington DC 20016
Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) and Washington Hebrew Congregation are partnering together to welcome home the newest Birthright participants and our Greater DC Young Professional Community for a very special Macomb Street Shabbat experience. There will be music! There will be food! There will be drinks! and of course, Israelis to compliment a meaningful Shabbat service. More information to come!!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; TBD

 
 
Nov 6 - Nov 10
Multiple times available
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Gildenhorn/Speisman Center for the Arts)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Coming soon
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Special Needs, Women & Girls, Teens, Early Childhood Educators, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Havurot/Minyanim, Humanist, Non-denominational, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Social Events, Volunteer, JWRP
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Dec 5 - Dec 8
Multiple times available
 
Israel American Council - Washington DC
3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood FL 33019
This fall, the Annual IAC National Conference will bring together more than 3,000 leaders, influencers and activists from the U.S., Israel, and around the world. The IAC National Conference – one of the largest and most high-profile gatherings in the Jewish world – will feature change makers across a range of fields, from business and philanthropy, to technology and education, to politics and social change. Together, we will explore five essential and interrelated topics for the Jewish people: ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Arts & Culture, Fair/Expo, Israel, Networking, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Apr
  28
12:00 AM - 7:00 PM
 
n/a, n/a DC 11111
Yom HaZikaron is an important day of mourning in the state of Israel. The Jewish Federation encourages the thoughtful process of possible event panning on this day. Please consider refraining from scheduling any festive events that coincide with this national day of mourning and remembrance in Israel. Please be aware that Yom HaZikaron begins the evening before the date listed on this calendar.
Listed In:  DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jun
  7
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Mid Atlantic Chapter)
2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington DC 20008
The FIDF Midatlantic Region Annual Gala, a celebration in honor of the brave heroes of the IDF - where community members from across, Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia, come together - to stand in solidarity with the men and women who protect Israel.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Apr
  14
12:00 AM - 7:00 PM
 
n/a, n/a DC 11111
Yom HaZikaron is an important day of mourning in the state of Israel. The Jewish Federation encourages the thoughtful process of possible event panning on this day. Please consider refraining from scheduling any festive events that coincide with this national day of mourning and remembrance in Israel. Please be aware that Yom HaZikaron begins the evening before the date listed on this calendar.
Listed In:  DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Israel
Event Cost: