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JCCNV-JAFI Community Shlicha

Israel is a fascinating contrast between the ancient and the modern and is the spiritual and physical center of the Jewish people. As we celebrate its rich history, traditions and deep dimension, we are thrilled to work with our Community Shlicha, who will help us explore and discover what makes Israel so special! Our Shlicha will reach deeper within our community to educate and increase awareness, knowledge and pride about Israel’s history, culture and current events, and to promote a better understanding of Israel and its ideals. The program also serves as a catalyst for igniting Jewish journeys, encouraging people to learn more about Judaism and Israel, and finding their own way to connect to the Jewish homeland.
Click here to learn more about the JCCNV-JAFI Community Shlichim Program.

If you are interested in a wonderful opportunity to become a part of the JCCNV-JAFI Shlichim program, by being a host family for our shaliach, please click here for information and an application. All inquiries should be directed to Laurie Albert, Director of Community Engagement at (703) 573-3064.


Our Shlicha, Dana Kalishov

A seventh-generation Israeli on her mother’s side, and fourth-generation on her father’s, Dana’s family is considered to be one of the “Israeli Mayflower families.” Dana was born in Tel Aviv and grew up in Herzliya. She served in the IDF for more than 3 years as a military education officer and left as a First Lieutenant in the Navy. Having gained a broad education in leadership, history, Zionism and Israel culture, Dana is excited to share her passion for Israel with our community. Continuing the important work of our Shlichim, Dana works at the J, with area synagogues, Jewish agencies/organizations and at other locations throughout Northern Virginia. She recently graduated from Ben-Gurion University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology and Management this past summer. Dana arrived in our community in early September 2014. Please join us in welcoming Dana to Northern Virginia!

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