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China a Haven for Jewish Refugees 1900-1941

Friday, April 28 | 6:00 PM | Confucius Institutue, U.S. Center
1776 Massachusetts Ave, NW | Suite 400 | Washington, D.C.

Dr. Liliane Willens elaborates on the experience of Jewish communities in China during and after the Japanese military occupation of Shanghai and the Chinese civil war following the end of WWII. This talk will serve as a teaser for an exhibition that the Confucius Institute US Center is hosting in our gallery, Jewish Refugees in Shanghai, which begins in late May.

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Dedication Celebration of Mother Earth Sculpture

Saturday, April 29 | 9:30 AM – Noon (Same Day as the People’s Climate March)

The event will take place at the Mother Earth sculpture in Georgetown, along the Potomac River, next to the Fiola Mare Restaurant, 3050 K St (end of 31st Street). Washington Harbor underground parking is available, otherwise use side streets.


9:30 AM | Music : Featuring guitarist/singer Elie Greenberg and “One Way Out,” a band that includes MEP co-founder Ari Rubenstein
10:00 AM | Speakers: Prominent members of the local, national, and international community, including embassy officials and sustainability organizations\
11:00 AM | Drum Circle: Drummers from local schools will participate. Please bring your drum!
9:30 AM – Noon | MEP Inflatable Booth
12:30 PM | Begin Walk to People’s Climate March

Please RSVP to: To learn more about the this Global Environment-Saving Initiative, please visit:

7th Annual Community Day of Education on Arab Citizens of Israel

Sunday, May 21 | 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Edlavtich DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW | Washington, D.C. 20036

The program starts with a screening of the moving and insightful documentary 77 Steps, which is followed by a panel discussion featuring Fida Nara, Co-Director of Mahapach-Taghir, a grassroots, feminist, Jewish-Arab organization that works for social change through education and community empowerment and Reem Zoabi Abu Ishak, director of Nazareth Riyan Employment Center, one of 21 employment centers established in Arab society through Al Fanar, via a strategic collaboration between the Israeli government, JDC-Tevet and Yad Hanadiv Rothschild Foundation.

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JCRC Annual Gala

Thursday, June 15 | 6:00 PM Dinner Reception*, 7:30 PM Program
Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah
11825 Seven Locks Road | Potomac, Maryland

Mark your calendars, it’s the JCRC Annual Gala! Please join us for an evening celebrating our community. Our honorees for the evening:

  • Stuart Lessans | Breslau-Goldman Award Honoree
  • Sheldon Grosberg | Community Leadership Award Honoree
  • Rabbi William Rudolph | Distinguished Service Award Honoree

*Kosher Dietary Laws Observed, Business Casual

JCC Association 20th Maccabiah Games Trip to Israel

July 2-13

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!

IAC Eitanim Summer Hackathon

July 30 – August 4 | Los Angeles, CA

**$300 Registration includes housing, meals and all activities!

This six-day, one of a kind experience will bring together hundreds of Israeli and Jewish American teens (grades 7-12) from across the country for a unique summer adventure. Throughout this fun-filled week, students will collaborate to tackle real-world challenges, expressing their personal interests and exploring new ideas inspired by Israeli innovation.

Check out this video to learn what the Summer Hackathon is all about!

Register Here
**Save $50 with Early Bird pricing | Expires May 1

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.

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?

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.

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