Israel Updates for Israel Lovers
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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: IGY
IGY (Israeli Gay Youth) is currently the only professional organization in Israel dedicated to serving all LGBT youth. IGY’s goal is to empower LGBT youth within the formal and informal education systems, creating a meaningful social youth leadership to help them design a better community and eventually a better Israeli society. Today, IGY operates educational programs and dozens of social groups for over two thousand teens (girls and boys) with the help of hundreds of volunteers from all over Israel – from Eilat in the south to Kiryat Shmona in the north. The organization promotes education and change for both LGBT and heterosexual youth, as one that eliminates violence and homophobia in schools, thus creating a just, equal and democratic society.
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!
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 Naama.Gold@jccnv.org 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)
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.
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.
Subscribe to Blue Box Today
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 www.blueboxisrael.com.
Questions? Contact Naama.Gold@jccnv.org, 703.537.3034.
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