Virtual Israel Center

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
May
  22
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
1513 17th St NW, Washington DC 20036
Ever wanted to mix some tasty cocktails? Join Federation’s Young Leadership, 11 Israeli guests from Reverse Mifgash and members of the Greater Washington community for a craft cocktail experience at Duke's Grocery. Learn to make a few classics, and then enjoy them with friends from Israel and D.C.!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, DC, Culinary, Israel, Social Events
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Mon
May
  22
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Israel Bonds - Development Corporation for Israel (Israel Bonds-Development Corp for Israel)
Private Home , Potomac MD 20854
Dessert reception with guest author Lisa Barr, who will discuss her book Fugitive Colors, and her blog "Moms May be the Real Mean Girls"
Listed In:  Women & Girls, Israel
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Tue
May
  23
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Israel Forever Foundation
10621 S. Glen Road, Potomac MD 20854
On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Greater Washington area will join together to celebrate 50 years of a united Jerusalem with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Israel at Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, MD. Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY 16th District) is confirmed to speak at the event. This event is sponsored by Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., B'nai Tzedek Potomac, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), AJC Washington Regional Office, American Zionist Movem...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education, Israel
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Tue
May
  23
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington DC 20003
Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for a day at the ballpark! This night is sure to be a homerun as we cheer for the Washington Nationals as they take on the Seattle Mariners.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, DC, Israel, Social Events
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Tue
May
  23
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
American Jewish Committee
1150 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
Celebrating 25 Years of India-Israel Relations Speakers: Maryland Delegate Aruna Miller | AJC Project Interchange Alumna Minister Gourangalal Das | Embassy of India Minister Yaron Gamburg | Embassy of Israel Moderators: AJC Washington Director Alan Ronkin & Asia Pacific Institute Assistant Director Nissim Reuben
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Maryland, History/Education, Israel
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Thu
Jun
  1
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
New Israel Fund
3100 Military Road, Washington DC 20015
Join us at Temple Sinai in Washington, DC for a special book reading and discussion with Authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. Over the past two years, Chabon, Waldman, and other renowned authors have joined forces with Breaking the Silence to tell the stories of the people on the ground. The result of this partnership is the book Kingdom of Olives and Ash, which includes contributions from leading contemporary writers. Moderated by Ted Koppel and featuring Avner Gvaryahu of Breaking the ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Arts & Culture, Israel, Politics
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Sun
Jun
  4
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Registration: No charge for the first session on March 19. Additional sessions are $12 each or $40 for the entire series. Explore one of the most divisive issues affecting theJewish people today. Participants will explore narratives about Israel and unpack complex visions of peace in the Jewish tradition in order to better understand their own attitudes toward the conflict. Though a shared political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $40 for the series or $12 each

 
 
Sun
Jun
  4
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Mid Atlantic Chapter)
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington DC 20004
Spend the evening, in solidarity, for the brave, young men and women of the IDF. We join together, for our 6th Annual MidAtlantic-Washington Area Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building. After our largest gathering, in our FIDF Regional History - May of 2016 - this year will surely be a sell out. Invitations will be arriving in mailboxes and by email, March 2017. Kosher Dietary Laws Observed
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $250

 
 
Tue
Jun
  6
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Available upon registration, Chevy Chase MD 20815
To RSVP, please visit www.aipac.org/GWRE Space is Limited • Dietary Laws Observed This briefing is open to AIPAC Club members who generously invest a minimum of $1,800 or more towards AIPAC's 2017 Campaign. To become an AIPAC Club member in the Greater Washington Real Estate Division or for other questions, please contact Deborah Adler, Area Director at (443) 690-0473 or at dadler@aipac.org.
Listed In:  Israel, Politics
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Wed
Jun
  7
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
Washington Hebrew Congregation is proud to host the D.C. premiere of the docudrama, "In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem". Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, "In Our Hands" tells the story of Israel’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade and their role in liberating the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967. With firsthand interviews and historical reenactments, this film focuses on the soldiers who reunified Jerusalem and announced to the world, “The Temple Mount is in our hands.” The even...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
Jun
  14
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Endowment for Middle East Truth
1000 H Street, NW, Washington DC 20001
EMET is the first organization of its kind to celebrate those who bravely speak out in favor of freedom and democracy, and spread the emet (Hebrew for truth) about Israel, the Middle East, and Islamic terrorism at its annual Rays of Light in the Darkness Dinner. These Speakers of Truth speak out in the face of discrimination and violence to share the belief in a strong United States, a self-sufficient Israel, and continued support of our allies in the Middle East. They believe in religious and ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Israel
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Wed
Jun
  21
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
AMIT (Amit)
Silver Spring, Silver Spring MD 20902
Dr. Aviad Haramati, Professor of Physiology and Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education at the Georgetown School of Medicine will speak on "Mindfulness As An Antidote To Chronic Stress: Fad or Fact?" at our Annual Family-In-Israel Event. Cost includes a light kosher buffet supper and a Mother-In-Israel pin.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Fundraising/Philanthropy, History/Education, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $70

 
 
Sun
Sep
  10
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish National Fund
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Jewish National Fund Invites You to the Northern Virginia Annual Community Breakfast RSVP by Friday, September 1, 2017 Event Co-chairs: Susan Dilles, Howard Hogan More Information: Stuart Diamant-Cohen, sdcohen@jnf.org 301.589.8565 x841 Featuring Guest Speaker: Best-selling author, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin has written more than 15 books, several of which are about Jewish ethics and literacy, including Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Tue
Sep
  12
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
7400 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda  MD 20814
This networking event is for the Greater Washington AIPAC Real Estate Division. The primary purpose of AIPAC’s Real Estate Division is to provide a platform to grow the AIPAC Real Estate community, to increase AIPAC’s influence in our nation’s capital, encourage Club investment in AIPAC, engagement in pro-Israel politics and the development of relationships with Members of Congress: achieved through focused educational briefings, business round-table discussions, meetings with members of Congr...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Maryland, Adult Education, Advocacy, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Politics
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Mon
Oct
  16
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's send-off event for Israel YOUR Way 2017 trip participants.
Listed In:  Maryland, Israel, Travel
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Oct 22 - Oct 29
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.
Join The Jewish Federation for a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational journey through Israel. Choose from 4 customized excursions, each with a unique, hands-on and dynamic itinerary. Enhance your experience with one of three optional trip add-ons, including a pre-trip to Berlin, or pre- and post-trip missions to Israel with a first timers or interfaith focus.
This event is intended for par...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Israel, Travel
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Fri
Nov
  3
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Israel American Council - Washington DC
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington DC  DC 20001
Join thousands of community members at the IAC National Conference in Washington DC to experience influential thought leaders, industry experts, senior political figures, diplomatic figures, community leaders, prominent journalists and more. This inspiring three-day journey will explore Israeli-American and Jewish identity, unite the Israeli-American and Jewish communities, and understand how we can effectively strengthen Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The IAC National Conference...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $310 until April 26

 
 
Sat
Nov
  4
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
Israel American Council - Washington DC
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington DC  DC 20001
Join thousands of community members at the IAC National Conference in Washington DC to experience influential thought leaders, industry experts, senior political figures, diplomatic figures, community leaders, prominent journalists and more. This inspiring three-day journey will explore Israeli-American and Jewish identity, unite the Israeli-American and Jewish communities, and understand how we can effectively strengthen Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The IAC National Conference...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $310 until April 26

 
 
Nov 5 - Nov 5
Multiple times available
 
Israel American Council - Washington DC
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington DC  DC 20001
Join thousands of community members at the IAC National Conference in Washington DC to experience influential thought leaders, industry experts, senior political figures, diplomatic figures, community leaders, prominent journalists and more. This inspiring three-day journey will explore Israeli-American and Jewish identity, unite the Israeli-American and Jewish communities, and understand how we can effectively strengthen Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The IAC National Conference...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $310 until April 26

 
 
Mon
Nov
  6
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Israel American Council - Washington DC
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington DC  DC 20001
Join thousands of community members at the IAC National Conference in Washington DC to experience influential thought leaders, industry experts, senior political figures, diplomatic figures, community leaders, prominent journalists and more. This inspiring three-day journey will explore Israeli-American and Jewish identity, unite the Israeli-American and Jewish communities, and understand how we can effectively strengthen Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The IAC National Conference...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, Israel, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $310 until April 26

 
 
Wed
Nov
  15
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS Annette M. & Theodore N. Lerner Family Upper School Campus)
11710 Hunters Lane, Rockville MD 20852
Fourth annual Jewish Gap Year Fair for high school students and parents in the greater metro Washington DC area.
Listed In:  Families, Teens, Maryland, Fair/Expo, Israel
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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:  

 
 
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
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Sun
Jun
  3
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
 
various, various MD 00000
The greater Washington DC community celebrates Israel @70.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jun
  10
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
 
various, various MD 00000
The greater Washington DC community celebrates Israel @70.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, 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
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:  

 
 
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: