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IsraTED: Israelis stories worth sharing
Tuesday, May 2, 7pm, at the J

Celebrating Israel’s Independence Day, join us for a one-of a-kind program in Northern Virginia: IsraTEDDifferent stories about Israeli society, from various speakers, in the format of a "Ted Talks." 

Highlights include:

Celebrating Israel's Independence Day, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia presents:

israTED: Israeli Stories Worth Sharing:
Scott Brown: Israel — It's Always Personal
Anton Marks: Irbutz — An Israeli Model for Social change
Gloria Graham: The birth and Rise of Modern Healthcare in Israel
Jeff Dannick: The Israeli Competitive Tennis Circuit
Ella Tessler: Journey or Destination — A Personal Story While Crossing Israel on Foot
Cary Schwartzbach: Orthopedics in the Holy Land
David Roggen: My FIDF Journey

Fee: $6
For more details click here. To register click here and enter code #8361.

For information contact [email protected].

In collaboration with FIDF - Friends of the IDF - MidAtlantic DC / MD / VAHadassah Greater Washington and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.





Meet disability inclusion advocate, Oren Helman
Tuesday, May 16, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Whittemore House
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Join us to hear from the man championing the rights of individuals with disabilities in Israel’s workforce.

Helman will share his influential experience lobbying Israel’s Knesset (legislative body) for equal employment opportunity in the field of disability inclusion.
Explore this social issue in Israeli culture, and mingle with 11 young Israeli alumni of Birthright Israel trips as they visit DC for Reverse Mifgash, a 10-day exploration of our community.


Ongoing Programs

Israel Updates for Israel Lovers
Are you interested in getting up-to-date news and information about Israel? Every month I will send updates about Israel: news, activities and feel good stories related to Israel. 
Sign up here.


Get to Know a New Israeli Non-Profit Organization Each Month!
Each month, we will feature a cool and not-so-familiar Israeli nongovernmental organization (NGO) so you can get to know some of the amazing things Israelis do that you might not have heard about! This month, get to know: The Lone Soldier Center in memory of Michael Levin, is a grass-roots Israeli non-profit founded by former lone soldiers to support the more than 6,000 lone soldiers serving in the IDF today. Michael Levin was an American-born lone soldier who fell fighting in the Second Lebanon War. 


Schmooze, Brews, and Israeli News
Mondays (weekly), 10am-11am
Meet with Na’ama each week for a cup of coffee or tea, cookies, and an open conversation about the latest news in Israel.
Everyone is welcome — no need to sign up — just come!


Shakshuka Club
Are you tired of book, wine, and poetry clubs? Do you want to bring some spice into your home? Let’s have a fun evening together cooking “shakshuka,” an Israeli delicacy, while talking and learning about Israel!

A few details:
- The gatherings are designed for groups of 12–18 people. Hosts extend the invitations to their friends, family, co-workers, etc.
- The evening is for adults of all ages
- The meal ingredients will be provided by the J

Gatherings are currently being booked! If you’d like to host this event in your home, contact our Israeli Shlicha, at [email protected] for more details.


Café Ivrit (Hebrew Café)
Wednesdays (weekly), 8:30am – 9:30am
Facilitated by Na'ama Gold, Community Shlicha
Join Na’ama each week for conversational Hebrew. You will learn and practice Hebrew in a fun and interactive way while learning more about Israel! No previous knowledge of Hebrew required.
Fee: Free (we ask that you try to attend regularly)


NOVA Mifgash
For Israeli and Hebrew Speaking Families!
Whether you are new to our area or you have been here for 20 years, if you are interested in connecting with other Israelis living in Northern Virginia, please contact Na’ama. She would love to hear from you! Look for us on Facebook and join NOVA Mifgash.


Israeli Dance
Ages: 13+
Tuesdays (ongoing), 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


Subscribe to Blue Box Today

Enjoy receiving organic Israeli products each month!

Blue Box is a fun, new way to support Israeli while getting great products in return. It is a subscription service that delivers boxes of high quality, innovative Israeli goods, many organic and handcrafted, from small Israeli businesses that are socially progressive and environmentally friendly - with good stories behind them. Each box includes items from one vendor, along with the vendor’s story.

12 month plan: $36/month │ 6 month plan: $40/month │ 3 month plan: $46/month
All food products are kosher.

To subscribe, visit

Questions? Contact [email protected], 703.537.3034.
















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