Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

(703) 323-0880

Contacts for Jewish Life and Learning

Community Engagement

Community Engagement Director
Laurie Albert

Community Engagement Coordinator
Samantha Brown

Jennifer DeAngelis


JCCNV Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov

Upcoming Events

The New Brand for JCCs of North America

Time to register
your infants,
toddlers, preschoolers,
and school-age kids!

J Camps

2015-2016 Early Childhood Learning Center


Summer Camps

Cultural Programs


For more information on the programs below, contact, or 703.537.3034.

The JCCNV offers member discounts on classes and programs. In order for membership rates to apply, membership must remain current throughout the duration of the class/program.

Influential Women in Contemporary Israel
Tuesday, January 27, 7:30pm
Facilitator: Dana Kalishov, Community Shlicha, NoVa

Through the decades, women have succeeded in influencing many different aspects of Israeli society, including politics, academia, medicine, business, social awareness and the IDF. Join Dana and our guest speakers as we explore women's achievements and the invaluable roles they play in today's modern Israel.

Pnina Agenyahu

Born in Ethiopia and immigrating to  Israel, Pnina was listed as one of Israel's 66 most influential women in 2013 by Ha'aretz. An former activist involved in several volunteer endeavors in Israel aimed at social change, Pnina was appointed to a prestigious position as public representative on Israel's Council for Higher Education.

Pnina currently serves as the Senior Shlicha for Israel Engagement for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.


Nurit Eitan

As a Commander at Havat Hashomer (part of the Education Corp. in the IDF), Nurit  worked with a challenging group of soldiers who suffered from backgrounds of violence, abuse, crime and drugs. She was in charge of a special training program designed to improve their self-image and taught them discipline and military skills.


For information, contact, or 703.537.3034. To register call 703.323.0880.
Fee:     $7/ $5 member
Code: #5726
Download the registration form by clicking here.

Adult Services Program
Life in the Negev: Breaking the Myth of Camels, Oases and Tents
Thursday, January 29, noon-2pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless)
12:30pm: Program
Presented by Dana Kalishov
Dana, will talk about the location, history, ethnic make-up, living conditions and misconceptions about Israel’s desert, the Negev. Having been an anthropology student at Ben Gurion University in the Negev and having lived in Be’er Sheva, the capital of the Negev for 3 years, she personally observed Bedouin life and Israel’s agricultural technology which was developed especially for the Negev’s soil. After this fascinating window into Negev life, you will understand why Ben Gurion’s vision of “making the desert bloom” is a reality.
Coffee, tea, and Israeli snacks provided.
Fee: $3/ Free member
No RSVP – Just come!

Power of the Parties: Understanding the Knesset
Wednesday, February 11, 7:30pm
Facilitated by Dana Kalishov, Community Shlicha, NoVa

Likud, Yesh Atid, Yisrael Beiteinu and more than ten other political parties exist in the Knesset today (that doesn’t even include the twenty plus parties who ran initially in the election). The influence that each party has in Israel’s election process is complex and diverse, and at times challenging to understand. Dana will lead us in an in-depth exploration of the complexities of today’s political parties in Israel.
Fee: $7/ $5 member

View this flier for more details.


Café Ivrit (Hebrew Café)   

Wednesdays (weekly) beginning January 7
Facilitated by Dana Kalishov
No previous knowledge required. 
Shalom (Hello)! Looking for opportunities to converse in Hebrew? Join Dana each week for conversational Hebrew. You will learn and practice Hebrew in a fun and interactive way while learning more about Israel!
Fee: Free (we ask that you try to attend regularly) 

Special Interest Groups

NOVA Mifgash

Calling All Israeli and Hebrew Speaking Families!

Ages: 2-9
Contact, or (703) 537-3034.

Be a part of this Hebrew speaking group for families with children ages 2–9. Israeli and Hebrew speaking parents and children gather once a month to connect, play games, read stories, and watch films — all in Hebrew. Mifgashim (meetings) are organized by the families and the JCCNV Community Shlicha (emissary). Look for us on Facebook and join — NOVA Mifgash.


Israeli Dance

Ages: 13+
Tuesdays, 7:45pm–9:45pm

Instructor: Ethan Halpern
This drop-in cultural dance program incorporates Jewish and Israeli culture through choreographed dances set to modern music by Israeli artists. The dances students learn are recognized in most programs internationally. No experience is required. Ethan Halpern has been offering this popular Israeli Dance program for 20 years at the J. Preregistration not required. See you on the dance floor!
Fee: $10/ $6 member/ $5 student. Pay instructor directly.
Code: #278