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Generation After

October 23, 7-9:30 PM at the Bender JCC

Gina Roitman, author of Tell M a Story, Tell Me the Truth, will be the featured speaker at the Generation After’s Fall Tea on October 22, from 2-5 PM at Congregation Beth-El in Bethesda. The title of the program is “Gina Roitman in Conversation with Esther Safran Foer.” Ms. Roitman, who was born in 1948 in a DP camp in Germany and now lives in Montreal, is also the co-producer of a documentary entitled My Mother, the Nazi Midwife, and Me. Ms. Foer is the founding CEO of Sixth & I historic synagogue in Washington, DC. The program will be followed with a book-signing and reception.

On October 23, Ms. Roitman, will hold a writer’s workshop at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington in Rockville from 7-9:30 PM. The title of the workshop is “Unpacking the Suitcase; Uncovering the Past.”

Registration information is available at The Generation After is an organization of Holocaust survivors, children of Holocaust survivors, and grandchildren of survivors in the greater DC metropolitan area.

Montgomery Modern Exhibit

The Montgomery Modern exhibit will be on display at the Bender JCC from September to October 2017. This exhibit on mid-century modern architecture in Montgomery County is based on the book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County.

Fabragen Fiddlers

Sunday, October 29 | 7:30 PM at the Bender JCC

Founded in 1971, the Fabrangen Fiddlers are the Washington area’s first music collective devoted to the rediscovery of Jewish folk music and the development of new Jewish liturgical folk music. The Fiddlers play a blend of klezmer, Hasidic, Israeli, in addition to new liturgical music. The members of the Fabrangen Fiddlers include David Shneyer, guitar and vocals, Alan Oresky, violin, Frank Sparber, clarinet, Theo Stone, bass, and Larry Robinson, mandolin.

In addition to the Fabrangen Fiddlers, special guests will include Barry Louis Polisar, singer and storyteller. Also, joining the Fiddlers as a special guest will be Deb Roemer, daughter of the late Cantor Sue Roemer who was a member of the Fabrangen Fiddlers for many years.

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The Jewish Federation’s ROUTES: A Day of Jewish Learning

Sunday, November 5 | 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

Feed your intellect. Nourish your spirit. Expand your journey.

From ancient legacies to contemporary concepts, our rituals at home to our eternal homeland, join us at George Mason University for one day devoted to Jewish learning, with thought-provoking sessions designed to nourish your spiritual growth and stimulate your intellectual journey.

Featuring special guest speakers of national renown:

  • Rabbi Esteban Gottfried, founder and director of Tel Aviv’s Bet Tefila Israeli, will highlight his groundbreaking projects and focus on spirituality and pluralism in Israel
  • Archie Gottesman, expert marketer and founder of, will offer her unique perspective on making Judaism accessible, relevant, meaningful and fun
  • Alina Gerlovin Spaulding, one of the most sought-after speakers in the Jewish world, will guide us in how to be a part of the global Jewish family, through the lens of tolerance, empowerment and philanthropy

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Explore Israel for the Adventurous Traveler

Monday, October 30 – Tuesday, November 7

For those who have a passion for the outdoors – for walking off the beaten track, cycling and running and hiking while enjoying some of Israel’s best food and wine — we invite you to join the JCC family on a journey of a lifetime to Israel! The trip will include many of the popular sites such as the Western Wall and Masada but will give you a chance to enjoy the great outdoors while also and celebrating Israel’s cultural scene. There is also an opportunity for an add-on trip to Petra.

The trip will be led by Mike Wien, Atlanta Jewish Community Leader, Ironman, and sports lover together with a very special Israeli tour guide.

Participants should be able to walk 15,000 steps/5 miles per day. Alternative arrangements will be available for travelers wanting to avoid certain sport activities.

Please note:
Tracks listed in the itinerary require sign up before arriving in Israel and are based on a minimum of 10. Meals or items indicated (*) in the itinerary are at the participant’s own additional expense. Program is subject to change.

This trip is open to everyone, you do not have to be a JCC Member to participate! Click here to view the itinerary and FAQs.

Day of Education on Arab Citizens of Israel

Sunday, November 5 | 3:00 PM
Edlavtich DCJCC | Washington, D.C.

Two of the top musicians from the Polyphony Foundation—which works to create shared musical experiences for Arab and Jewish youth—join us for a concert featuring an array of classical work including the beautiful, flashy and exquisitely detailed Andante and Rondo by Franz Doppler.

Following their performance, the musicians will engage in a conversation about the role of the arts in building shared society in Israel. The conversation will be moderated by Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, the Co-Founder of Polyphony and the Executive Director of Polyphony Education, a visionary champion for youth and community development, and a gifted violinist.

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IAC National Conference

November 3-6, 2017 | Convention Center | Washington, D.C.

Join thousands of community members at the IAC National Conference in Washington DC to experience influential thought leaders, industry experts, senior political figures, diplomatic figures, community leaders, prominent journalists and more. This inspiring three-day journey will explore Israeli-American and Jewish identity, unite the Israeli-American and Jewish communities, and understand how we can effectively strengthen Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People.

The IAC National Conference offers participants the opportunity to engage and select from a variety of plenaries, breakout panels, workshops, and discussion topics specifically tailored to meet the various interests of our broad audience.

Together we will examine core areas including:

  • Jewish and Israeli identity of the young generation
  • Israel as a Nation State of the Jewish People
  • Israeli American and Jewish peoplehood

Examining the current state of these vital issues of Jewish peoplehood, we will explore how Israeli-Americans, who constitute 10 percent of the Jewish American Community, can serve as a living bridge to the broader community and Israel.

Click Here for more information about the IAC National Conference. Click Here 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?

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

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Tickets for our annual Literary Festival are on sale now!