Contacts for Jewish Life and Learning

Adult Services

Adult Programming Director
Carla Rosenfeld

Community Engagement

Community Engagement Director
Laurie Albert

Community Engagement Coordinator
Jennifer DeAngelis

Community Engagement Coordinator
Jennifer Kanarek


JCCNV Community Shaliach and
Jewish Agency Israeli Fellow to Hillel at GMU
Ido Rakovsky

Upcoming Events

The JCCNV: A Great Fit for Me!

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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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The Community Engagement Department strives to inspire Jewish journeys and serve as a catalyst for families in Northern Virginia who are seeking out opportunities to participate in Jewish life. Programs are designed to emphasize Jewish culture, identity and values as well as connecting people of all ages and backgrounds. We offer programs at the JCCNV and at various locations throughout Northern Virginia. Often these programs are in partnership with area synagogues and Jewish agencies, including The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

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Programs and Events

The 2014 Northern Virginia Holocaust Commemoration

Reflects Upon: “On Deaf Ears: Media Coverage and Public Response in the Holocaust Years”
Sunday, April 27, 5pm–8:30pm

Hundreds of elected officials, dignitaries, interfaith leaders, Holocaust survivors, youth, and community members will participate in this annual observance held at the JCCNV. The program includes youth and professional art displays, B’nai B’rith’s “Unto Every Person There is a Name” reading of names of those who perished in the Holocaust, a youth workshop and an adult seminar on media coverage during the Holocaust. The evening culminates in a community commemoration with readings, poetry, a community interfaith choir, recitation of the Holocaust Kaddish and the intergenerational candle lighting and pledges of the children and grandchildren.

The program is co-hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, the JCCNV, Congregation Sha’are Shalom of Leesburg, and more than two dozen other synagogues, houses of worship and non-profits. Details and registration at



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Sunday, May 18, noon–5pm
Location: Mosaic District

Contact:, or (703) 537-3064

This year, the JCCNV invites the community to celebrate Israel@66. Engaging events and interactive activities will run throughout the day. Join us to celebrate Israel and her people and to strengthen our connections to the Washington area Jewish community.

Highlights include:

  • Hands-on activities
  • Food for purchase
  • Entertainment
  • Israeli dancing
  • Israel-style shuk
  • Exhibits and more!

Free Admission and Free Parking.
This program is in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and in collaboration with area synagogues and Jewish agencies.


Metro DC Women's Trip to Israel

See Israel In A Whole New Way!

October 19-30, 2014
Contact:, or (703) 537-3064

The JCC of Northern Virginia, JCC of Greater Washington and the Washington DC JCC join together for a unique Women's Trip to Israel. Spend 11 exciting days exploring Israel through the eyes of women. 

Trip highlights include:

  • A sunset jeep ride in the Ramon Crater
  • The role of women in the Israeli Army and visit Bislach army base
  • Explore Israeli Cuisine through hands on cooking with a local chef in Jerusalem
  • Choose between an art workshop at Kakadu, a dance workshop at Vertigo or visiting a boutique winery
  • Meet local journalists, activists and heroes
  • Just to name a here to download the tentative itinerary (*itinerary subject to change).

This trip is intended for those that have been to Israel before or want to see Israel in a different way (price based on 25 participants).
Fee: $3220 (land only – hotel, all tours/fees, breakfast and lunch or dinner included daily)
A full refund will be given for cancellations prior to August 1. Refunds of all but $350 will be given after August 1.
Click here to download the registration form.

Participant fee does not include:

  • Additional meals (breakfast and lunch or dinner is included), incidentals, or gratuities.
  • Tips for the tour educator and bus driver (approx. $8-13 per day)
  • Prices are based on double occupancy rooms at all hotels. You can request an upgraded room or a single supplement  for an extra fee.
  • Airfare to Israel (you can make your own travel arrangements or we will arrange group travel).

Dates to Note:

  • May 1, 2014 - $500 or higher deposit due and payable to the JCCNV to reserve your spot.
  • July 1, 2014 – Final balance due payable to the JCCNV.

In collaboration with:      

The JCC of Greater Washington
Tracey Dorfmann
(301) 348-3712

Washington DC JCC
Erica Steen
(202) 777-3255

Divas and Diners

Wednesdays (monthly), 7:30pm

Contact:, or (703) 537-3019

Are you looking for a fun way to connect with other women? If so, join us for our monthly supper club as we explore local restaurants and enjoy some much needed “us time.” Schmooze and laugh over dinner, dessert and/or drinks with women of all ages. Each woman takes care of her own bill.

Mitzvah Program (ongoing)

Committee Chair: Gail Gurin

The JCCNV Mitzvah Program provides support to those who are in need in our community. Please join fellow members, friends, and staff, as we volunteer on a number of social action projects, including making casseroles for the homeless each month, packing food boxes at an emergency food warehouse, visiting Jewish residents in retirement homes, collecting shoes for our shoebox recycling program, donating food for Thanksgiving baskets, and volunteering during our hypothermia prevention program. If you would like more details about our social action programs, please contact, or (703) 537-3064.