Around Town

CESJDS Presents ‘The Rise in Hate Crimes – A Panel Discussion with David Stacy, Brenda Abdellal and Doron Ezickson’

Tuesday, March 21 | 7:30 PM
Adas Israel Congregation | 2850 Quebec Street NW | Washington, D.C. 20008

Join leaders from the Human Rights Campaign, Muslim Advocates, and the Anti-Defamation League to discuss the challenges faced by the LGBT, Muslim, and Jewish communities, the trends we are seeing, and the initiatives in place to combat hate crimes. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 pm at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC. There is no charge to attend the discussion. For more information and to register, visit

Maya Beiser at AMP by Strathmore

Thursday, March 30 | 8:00 PM
AMP | 11810 Grand Park Avenue| Suite 400 | North Bethesda, MD 20852

The Boston Globe proclaims that “Maya Beiser is the post-modern diva of the cello.” Raised in the Galilee Mountains in Israel, this avant-garde performer was surrounded by the music and rituals of Jews, Muslims, and Christians while studying classical cello repertoire. Buy tickets & read more about Maya’s upcoming performance.

JCC Association 20th Maccabiah Games Trip to Israel

July 2-13, 2017

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience Israel in a brand new way with your JCC family. Walk in Jerusalem, hike in the north, explore the hi-tech and delicious food scenes in Tel Aviv and so much more!

Experience the opening of the 20th Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem with Jewish athletes from all over the world! Meet interesting and diverse people, participate in unique programs and connect with Jewish people from throughout the world.

Click here for more information about the trip and to register!

MentorPrize seeks Mentors to serve the community

MentorPrize recruits mentors for various non-profit organizations in the Washington region that serve a broad range of constituencies — from at risk-youth to immigrants struggling to gain a foothold in the job market. It is aggressively working to identify quality mentors for its partners, which is why it is reaching out to the Bender JCC community.

Research confirms that mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on mentees in a variety of personal, academic and professionals situations. The benefits extend to the mentors as well — improving their morale, communication skills and emotional well-being.  But finding a meaningful mentoring opportunity can be daunting given the region’s dizzying array of programs. MentorPrize has taken the time to assess dozens of these programs. It is well-positioned to match you with a program that suits your interests and takes into account your time constraints and preferred location.

Go to for more information or fill out a MentorPrize application.  Are you ready to make a difference?

Chetz V’Keshet (CVK) | Israel Summer Teen Tour Program

Chetz V’Keshet (CVK) is bringing teenagers ages 15-18 from all over the world to Israel for a 4-week summer program. Our teens experience Israel’s culture, heritage, language, and society as they tour the beautiful country.

We hike, bike, swim and travel all across Israel while learning about its people and rich history. Each participant engages in several volunteer activities and completes 65+ hours of community service during the program. During Gadna week our participants will get to experience hands-on army training and educational activities with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commanders.

What makes Chetz V’Keshet truly unique is our Israeli participants — 25% of our participants are Israelis who are members of the Israeli Tzofim youth movement and are chosen based on their personality and ability to communicate in both English and Hebrew. Our counselors are all Israeli’s who are fluent in English, have completed their army services and mastered our intensive training course.

This summer the program is running from June 28, 2017 to July 26, 2017.

Click here to learn more about program costs, flights and scholarship information, or feel free to contact the director at or at (212) 390-8130 Ext. 309.

IAC Eitanim

Innovate. Create. Lead. If you are a high school student and are interested in developing your leadership and professional skills while working with leading experts on tangible projects, you are IAC Eitanim! Learn from mentors in marketing, television news and CEO’s. Apply today by visiting!

For more information, contact: | 301-348-7308

Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts Master’s Program

at George Washington University is Currently Accepting Applications!

This is the only master’s program of its kind in the United States. We offer an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts, experiential education and museum education. Graduates will be prepared for careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, JCCs, college campus organizations, summer camps, and other innovative educational and cultural settings.

Qualified applicants receive up to 85% tuition support, thanks to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation and George Washington University.

Partnering theory with practice, and the classroom with fieldwork, the EE/JCA curriculum enables students to become competent, creative, and reflective professionals. The program:

  • Inspires students to develop exciting and relevant programming for a range of audiences
  • Offers a year-long series of internships at cultural arts and educational institutions
  • Develops professional skills including budgeting, grant writing, workplace collaboration, and effective communication

*Applications need to be submitted by February 1 for funding consideration.

For more information visit:

Audition for the Local JewKvox A Cappella Group

Auditions held on a rolling basis | Email bio and questions or visit