Eight years ago, bringing an Israeli representative to our community to deepen the connections between Northern Virginians and Israel was a dream. That dream became a reality at the JCC of Northern Virginia, thanks to the vision and support of several community leaders and the efforts of board and staff. In fact, in the past eight years, we have been fortunate to host five creative and passionate shlichim, who connected Israel to our community by spearheading programs, leading meaningful discussions, and engaging with local synagogues.
This year, we are thrilled to welcome Dana Kalishov, who will continue the important work of our shlichim by working at the J, with area synagogues, Jewish agencies/organizations, and at other locations throughout Northern Virginia.
Dana was born in Tel Aviv and grew up in Herzliya, Israel. She served in the Israel Defense Forces for more than 3 years as a military education officer and left as a First Lieutenant in the Israeli Navy. This past summer, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology and Management at Ben-Gurion University. Having gained a broad education in leadership, history, Zionism, and Israeli culture, Dana is excited to share her passion for Israel with our community. Please join us in welcoming Dana to Northern Virginia! Learn more about Dana and our Shlichim program.
The 5th Annual Northern Virginia Cycle Fest took to the streets this past Sunday, September 14, 2014. Set in beautiful fall weather, more than 100 riders enjoyed the scenery through the hills of Northern Virginia. Four ride options, departing at 7:30am, ranged from 11 to 62 miles.
This community ride was hosted by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV), in partnership with our sponsors. Proceeds benefited the Wounded Warriors Project, a group that assists injured service members, and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), an advocacy group for bikers.
We are grateful to all of the riders that helped make this annual charity event a success. We hope to see these riders and some new faces at the next Cycle Fest in May 2015. Learn more and view pictures/videos from the event.