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Honeymoon in Israel – Washington DC

Applications Open May 15- June 28

Honeymoon Israel provides trips to Israel for couples with at least one Jewish partner. Spend nine exhilarating, romantic and memorable days exploring Israel
in luxury with the one you love, and 19 other couples from your city. You will return home with a new community and friends who feel like family.

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Moment’s 2018 Publish-A-Kid Contest

Moment’s Publish-A-Kid contest encourages children to read and think about what they are reading by writing book reviews! All they need to do is read a book (see list below) and write a 300 word or less review explaining what they think and feel about the book in their own wordsWinning entries will be published at (and maybe even in print!) and winners will receive a book selected by our editors.

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The Foundation for Jewish Studies Presents: Spring Day of Learning

Monday, May 28 [Memorial Day] | 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
@ the Bender JCC of Greater Washington

“In the Image of God: Ancient Texts and Their Modern Ethical Implications”

with Professor Christine Hayes, Robert F. and Patricia Ross Weis Professor of Classical Judaica, Yale University

Join us for an exploration of the Jewish understanding of creation of humankind in the image of God and its implications for a range of ethical issues as pressing today as they were in the Talmudic period, including: the integrity and care of the human body, the treatment of the socially marginalized, immunity from abuse, the value of life, environmentalism, and the promise and limits of the concept of human dignity.

Advance Registration through May 23

  • $48 Friends of the Foundation
  • $60 General Public
  • $75 at the door

*Morning coffee and a kosher lunch are included in the registration fee.

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Survivor Strong: Healthy Living During and After Cancer

Wednesday, May 30th at 8:00 PM

Join us as we partner with Sharsheret for a free national webinar, Survivor Strong: Healthy Living During and After Cancer, on May 30th, at 8:00 p.m. (EDT).  Sharsheret’s experts Dr. Jessica Clague DeHart, Assistant Professor at City of Hope, Dr. Susan Love, Chief Visionary Officer of the Dr. Susan Love Foundation, and Rachel Beller, MS, RDN, CEO and Founder of Beller Nutrition, will present critical information about incorporating healthy living options into your lifestyle as a cancer survivor. They will highlight the important role of nutrition and exercise, as well as tobacco and alcohol cessation, as you navigate your survivorship journey. A Sharsheret volunteer will share her personal story and a live question and answer session will follow the presentation.  Register now at


Revealing #Metoo as #Wetoo in Jewish Communal Life: An Evening of Discussion and Action

Thursday, May 31 | 7:00 – 9:30 PM | Sixth & I Synagogue Washington, DC

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The Foundation for Jewish Studies presents: “The Influence and Role of Ancient Jewish Women in Lament, Funerals and Burials”

Sunday, June 3, 7:30 – 9:00 PM | Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, 8215 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814

This program is free. Pre-registration is recommended at


June 24th – June 29th 2018, Los Angeles

Where ideas come to life! Collaborate with your peers and learn from industry leaders!

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JCRC 80th Anniversary Gala

June 11, 2018

Join us at Congregation Har Shalom to celebrate the honorees and the accomplishments of the JCRC

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Hineni Fellowship Application Deadline – June 15

Educates and empowers LGBTQ Jews to engage more deeply and lead in the Jewish community.

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Capital Camps 30th Anniversary Celebration

June 17, 2018 | 10AM – 4PM

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Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company Summer Intensive

July 8 – August 16

High school and university-aged dance students in the community are invited to join Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company this summer in Israel at the 2018 Summer IntensiveThe program takes place at the International Dance Village in Kibbutz Ga’aton which is situated in the Western Galilee of northern Israel and is hosted by Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company; widely recognized as one of the leading dance companies in the world. 

Dancers and dance students are welcome to enroll in either the 2-week, 4-week, or 6-week program.  All meals, accommodation, health insurance, registration fee, and field trips throughout Israel are included in the program fee.  The different options and dates are listed on the Summer Intensive page here.

 You can also read the Summer Intensive brochure here.

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?

Disability Partnerships

Disability Partnerships is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Rockville, Maryland that seeks to improve the quality of life for persons living with physical disabilities. They created a survey on the health and wellness needs of the physically disabled in our area. Click here to take the survey.

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.

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Audition for the Local JewKvox A Cappella Group

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