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.
If you have any questions about how you can become more engaged in the JCCNV-Jewish Agency for Israel’s Shlichim program, please contact Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org.
Ten years ago, bringing an Israeli representative to our community to deepen the connections between Northern Virginians and Israel was just a dream. Thanks to the vision and financial support of several dedicated community leaders and the efforts and commitment of the Center, the JCCNV-Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) Community Shlichim Program was launched in 2007.
Over the past eleven years, we have been fortunate to host seven creative and passionate shlichim: Shiri Rahamim (2007-2009), Michaela Cohen (2009-2011), Yael Ingel (2011-2013), Ido Rakovsky (2013-2014), Dana Kalishov (2014-2015), Na'ama Gold (2015-2017), and Liat Lisha (2017-2018). Each representative brought a unique perspective to the position and became a valued member of our community. Whether teaching a weekly Café Ivrit at a synagogue, helping to coordinate a community wide Yom HaShoah program, facilitating discussions at the Jewish Film Festival, developing Israel programming on the campus of George Mason University, or having meaningful one-on-one conversations about Israeli society with community members, our shlichim have a proven track record of connecting Israel to our community.
The JCCNV would like to thank the following families, synagogues, and agencies who have generously committed or given funds to support the Shiri Rahamim Shlichut Program*:
Sue and Rabbi Bruce Aft, Laurie and David Albert, Hope and Rey Aponte, Cookie and Nelson Blitz, Jane and Scott Brown, Tamara Brown, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, Beverly and Norman Cherkis, Mindy and Warren Cohen, Marcia Mofson and Jeff Dannick, Susan and Shawn Dilles, Embassy of Israel, Roz Engels, Julie Fields, Carol and William Flank, Dotty and Al Fuchsman, Rob Goldberg, Gail and Doug Gurin, Melissa and Steven Hochberg, Allyson and Marc Jacob, Sherri and Howard Kohr, Enid and Jerome Liess, Allen and Muriel Marcus, Sara and Lou Moore, Ellen and Josh Oppenheim, Michelle and David Pearlstein, Rabbi Amy and Gary Perlin, Connie and Al Pesachowitz, Yair Amran, Ilay Yaacov, Eva and David Rahamim, Lorraine and Norman Rosenberg, Susan and Steve Rosenblum, Shelly and Jay Rosenstein, Sandy and Ralph Rosenthal, Adeel and Jeri Saad, Naomi and Yoni Saad, Joan and Don Sacarob, Sandra Saydah, Barbara Schapiro, Jill and Cary Schwartzbach, Temple B’nai Shalom, Temple Rodef Shalom, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, The Morningstar Foundation, John Tolleris, Roland Vaughan, Ruth Warburg, Sarah Elpern and Bruce Waxman, Debbie and Mark Weber, Alicia Yaffe, Deborah and David Yaffe
*As of April 20, 2017