Contacts for Jewish Life and Learning

Adult Services

Adult Programming Director
Carla Rosenfeld
703.537.3060
Carla.Rosenfeld@jccnv.org

Community Engagement

Community Engagement Director
Laurie Albert
703.537.3064
Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org

Community Engagement Coordinator
Jennifer DeAngelis
703.537.3045
Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org

Community Engagement Coordinator
Jennifer Kanarek
703.537.3019
Jennifer.Kanarek@jccnv.org

Israel

JCCNV Community Shaliach and
Jewish Agency Israeli Fellow to Hillel at GMU
Ido Rakovsky
703.537.3034
Ido.Rakovsky@jccnv.org

Upcoming Events

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The JCCNV, JCCGW and DCJCC Presents:

Metro DC Women's Trip to Israel

October 19-30, 2014

This special journey for women will view Israel through a female gaze.

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Summer Camps

JCCNV-JAFI Community Shaliach

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 her rich history, traditions and deep dimension, we are thrilled to work with our Community Shaliach, who will help us explore and discover what makes Israel so special! Our Shaliach 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.

Weclome our New Shaliach, Ido Rakovsky!

clientuploads/Community Engagement/Ido 4.jpgWe are pleased to announce that we have selected our new Shaliach for the 2013-2014 year and are very excited to welcome Ido Rakovsky to our community. Ido will arrive in Northern Virginia on Tuesday, September 3 after completing an intense week of training in Israel. He will continue the important work of our community shlichim by working with area synagogues and Jewish agencies/ organizations, as well as assume his role as Israel Fellow on the campus of George Mason University.

Ido was born on Kibbutz Ein Hashofet, which is situated in the picturesque hills of Menashe. The community is approximately 30 km from the port city of Haifa, and 100 km north of Israel's largest city, Tel Aviv. Having grown up on a kibbutz, Ido has a unique understanding of the kibbutz movement and can share his experiences of what life is like and the rich customs and traditions rooted in the kibbutzim lifestyle. Following high school, where he focused on learning about communication, film, history and the bible, he volunteered in the Air Force and left with the rank of Corporal.  Working hard is nothing new to Ido. While attending the University of Haifa part-time (studying Jewish history), he also worked as a group leader for teens, grades 7 - 12 in the “Reut Youth Community”.  The teens came from several different kibbutzim and together under Ido’s guidance; they developed programs and activities, while at the same time teaching the teens about responsibility. In addition, Ido worked on the kibbutz, because he firmly believes that by giving back to the kibbutz reminds him of the actual meaning behind the kibbutz movement.
 
Ido comes to us with a tremendous amount of experience working with youth, giving him the opportunity to share his energy and creativity. He has spent the last four summers at the B’nai Brith Perlman camp in Pennsylvania working with a variety of ages, initially as a counselor and then unit head. In addition Ido coordinates Israel programming at the camp.  The camp was so impressed with him his first year, he was chosen as “counselor of the year”. In addition, he had the honor to be chosen as a group leader at the Jewish Agency’s Summer Shlichim Seminar.
 
His extensive camp experience made him think about his Jewish identity and the mission of being an educator - education is central to Ido and his family. His dad was a school principal and now mentors other principals. He is also a college professor and in the process of getting his PhD. in History. His mom is a nurse at a hospital in Haifa. Ido believes that being a shaliach provides him with an opportunity to become more meaningful in other people’s lives through education. He has a love of history and is interested in Jewish and Israeli politics. Ido is excited to share his knowledge of Israeli culture and his strong connection to his Jewish-Israeli identity. Some of Ido’s interests include reading; watching movies and hiking once in a while. He loves sports, such as playing soccer, basketball, tennis and running. He also enjoys writing about sports.

 

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.