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Message from Michael: Towards an Israeli-American-Jewish Identity
Partnering with IAC to Enhance Jewish Life in Our Community
By Andi Kronzek
When our community comes together at the Bender JCC on May 21 at Israel Fest 2017, presented by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the Israeli American Council (IAC) is one of the many area organizations that will have played a part in coordinating and implementing this celebration of the State of Israel’s 69th birthday. Look for IAC’s shesh besh (a game similar to backgammon) tournament and community artists’ fair.
Recently, we have teamed up with IAC, a national organization committed to engaging Israeli-Americans and connecting them to the Jewish-American community, and to strengthen the US-Israel bond. By establishing a center, called Merkaz, at the Bender JCC, IAC, which has an office in Washington, DC, will have a site for their programming.
Strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel is accomplished, says Ronit Gudes Totah, regional director for the Israeli-American Council, through community building and leadership, promoting love of Israel and America, active citizenship, Israeli Jewish traditions and the Hebrew language.
“The IAC brings its full range of programs and community tools, and the ability to bring ‘modern Israel’ here, providing new energy and insight to what Israel today is all about,” states Ronit. “The Bender JCC provides experience in community engagement, a wide range of programs and a vibrant facility.
“Both organizations share the same goals of increasing the participation and activism in Jewish life, and connecting the next generation to the community, their Jewish identity, the Hebrew language and their shared love for the State of Israel and the US-Israel bond.”
Bender JCC President and CEO Michael Feinstein says that Israeli Americans and Jewish Americans have so much to give to each other. “By creating this vehicle for these two unique communities to come together, we can enrich American Jewish life in so many ways.”
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