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
Jun
  18
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
2700 F Street, NW, Washington DC 20566
Yogev Shetrit was born in 1978 and has been a professional drummer, performer, composer, and music teacher for the past 18 years. In 2015, Shetrit established his band with the goal of playing his own compositions. The album “New Path” contains 11 instrumental pieces composed, arranged and produced by Shetrit, who plays drums and percussion. He elegantly fuses traditional North African music, Gnawa, Andalusian music from his Moroccan heritage, along with contemporary jazz, Jewish and Mediterra...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel, Social Events
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Sun
Jun
  23
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Maccabi USA-Sports for Israel
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest, Washington DC 20024
Maccabi USA DC FLF (Future Leaders Forum) invites Maccabi USA Alumni, Athletes, family members and all our friends in the DC area, to join our first Maccabi FunRun in DC, to bring together the Jewish community for a day of sports and fundraising for local Jewish and Israeli charities, and the Global Maccabi Movement.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Teens, DC, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20

 
 
Wed
Jun
  26
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
6101 Executive Blvd., N Bethesda MD 20852
AIPAC Summer Club Briefing for investors in AIPAC and their guests.
Listed In:  DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Advocacy, History/Education, Israel
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Wed
Jun
  26
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
 
600 14th Street, N.W., Washington DC 20005
Critically acclaimed Yemenite-Israeli trio A-WA—Tair, Liron, and Tagel Haim—defy genre boundaries with a delightful union of rap-style beats, high-energy electronic propulsion, hypnotic harmonies, and mainstream resonances. They made international headlines with their proper debut single “Habib Galbi” (Love Of My Heart). Shot in the desert, the music video went viral and amassed a staggering 11 million-plus views. The group’s 2016 full-length debut, Habib Galbi, uprooted the traditional folk cha...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20/bar; $25/table

 
 
Wed
Jun
  26
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015
One Show Only! Andrey, a young immigrant living with his little sister in the slums of the city of Ashdod, is struggling to assimilate into Israeli society. He forms a hip-hop band with his three best friends. Surviving day to day, they devote their time to rehearsing for an audition for an upcoming international music festival. They believe winning the competition will let their voices be heard. Their dream seems shattered when Andrey suffers a crisis at home. Andrey’s father has been in the h...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
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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), DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
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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
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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
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Sat
Dec
  7
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Mid Atlantic Chapter)
1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852
FIDF's NEXT Community's signature Hanukkah event celebrating the work of FIDF and the local DC community. There is music, food, open bar and Israeli Soldiers! It is an incredible opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with old ones
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Singles, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Israel, Networking, Social Events
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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
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Sun
May
  17
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Israel Fest
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Teens, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Fair/Expo, Israel, Social Events
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
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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: