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A growing community of tomorrow’s game changers!

IAC Eitanim brings together the next generation’s Jewish-American and Israeli-American middle and high school students for an immersive, innovative, project-based learning experience which strengthens participants’ Jewish identity, builds their connection to Israel and ignites their “Israeliness”.

15 online sessions, each 90-minute long: Engage with central Jewish and Israeli-American community challenges while promoting a mindset of entrepreneurship, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving and other soft skills.

Connect with teens from across the country while learning from leading mentors and experts through this incredible online opportunity! Meeting new friends through national events and competitions and creating connections from across the country with like-minded Jewish and Israeli-American young leaders!


Capital Camps Community Havdalah: Saturday, October 24th at 7:00 PM

Capital Camps is hosting a virtual community Havdalah to close out Shabbat and welcome a new week. Together, we will sing and feel the warmth of the candlelight, and wish each other Shavua Tov! Register Here

Sunday Tours at Capital Camps:

Offering COVID-safe, in-person tours only 70 miles from DC and Baltimore! Families can join us at camp for a walking tour – see a cabin, our pool and lake, ropes course and so much more. We will answer all of your questions personally as we walk the grounds of camp. Tour dates and sign-up HERE!

“David Kertzer on The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara: The Continuing Controversy”
Monday, October 12 | 4:00  – 5:30 PM
Learn more and register here.  

Plus… New revelations based the just-opened Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII
Seldom does the gripping drama of a single-family resound throughout the world and change the course of history. Recent events, though, show it does happen. The forcible taking of the six-year-old Italian Jewish boy Edgardo Mortara from his distraught parents by the police at the direction of the Papal Inquisitor of Bologna, in 1858, ultimately to be raised as a Christian priest, set off an immediate firestorm of protest around the world.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Kertzer tells this dramatic tale, with all its narrative layers, in The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. Published in 1997, it has been translated into 18 languages and, incredibly, 23 years later the subject of intense controversy within the Catholic Church. Dr. Kertzer will explain how such an unlikely story came about and why it still speaks to us today.
Speaker: David Kertzer, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author, Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science at Brown University
This lecture and free and open to the public. All registrants will receive the link to access the program.   


In the aftermath of the recent peace agreements between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain , JCC Association, in partnership with Virtual J, has invited  Benjamin Krasna, Deputy Head of Mission of Israel to the United States of America, and Yaakov Katz, Editor of The Jerusalem Post, to share their thoughts on how the regional reality made this possible, what the regional implications are and whether this can lead to future peace agreements with other Arab countries.

This special event will be offered at no charge and will take place on Thursday, October 22 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. We encourage JCCs to publicize widely, including to their board members and staff.

For registration visit this event page on VirtualJ or see the attached. For questions contact Leah Garber at


On October 25-27, we invite you to join us in marking this moment in our shared history.

Together, we will celebrate what we have accomplished throughout this pandemic. We will mourn for the lives lost. We will chart the course for a bright Jewish future.

We are calling on you to participate as we get ready for the very extensive work that still lies ahead.

Join us for the first-ever virtual GA experience.

Register Now

Edlavitch DCJCC’s Film, Theater, and Music Virtual Classes: Fall Session
Ongoing classes through December 31

In these welcoming, intimate, and participatory classes, patrons learn from professional artists and art-makers about a variety of topics that help them to better understand and engage with various mediums of art. Class topics include, but are not limited to Hidden Gems of Jewish Cinema (October 19 – November 23); Shosa on Screen: Through the Eyes of Children (October 14 – November 18); At the Intersection: Black and Jewish Plays (November 17 – December 15); and Torah as Drama: An Actor’s Approach to Reading Scripture (December 1 – 29).

Both Sides Now: Legal Disputes, Constitutional Freedoms, and American Jewish Advocacy
Tuesday, October 27 | 7:30  – 9:00 PM
Learn more and register here

The extent of Jewish participation in the American political process far outweighs the relative number of Jews in the population. Yet, the contemporary activism of Jews as elected officials, leaders of political organizations, activists, and outspoken journalists is consistent with a tradition of civic involvement from the earliest days of Jewish settlement in America. Although certain generalizations can be made about the political behavior of most American Jews – certainly for the past century – there is also a surprising degree of variety and complexity. This lecture focuses on the watershed politics of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, from labor strikes to landmark cases about free speech and freedom of religion, and the struggles for minority and women’s rights. Ultimately, we find that by looking at the involvement of one ethnic/religious group on both sides of the issues, we also plumb the depths of what it means to be an American.

Speaker:  Lauren Strauss, Scholar in Residence and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Jewish Studies Program, American University, Washington, D.C.
This lecture and free and open to the public. All registrants will receive the link to access the program. 

Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah
Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies/Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Mondays, October 12 – December 14 |  9:30 AM – 11 AM
Learn more and register online here.
Come along for a journey of intrigue and adventure! This ancient-era version of reality TV gives you a front-row seat to the drama, gossip, legal transactions, and other daily intrigues – straight from the Middle Ages. This course brings to life an exotic era in Jewish history, revealing the inner thoughts of real-life characters and exploring the daily interactions and behaviors of Jewish men, women, and families living along the Mediterranean more than 1,000 years ago. All of this has been uncovered through the discovery of a collection of worn-out scraps, text fragments, and documents from ancient times.
Instructor: Steve Kerbel

Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies/Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Mondays, October 12 – December 14 | 7:30 – 9  PM
Learn more and register online here.
Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of life—issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. Written by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD, Jewish Medical Ethics explores Jewish approaches to a number of 21st-century ethical issues, including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, genetic identity, assisted suicide, and genetic manipulation.
Instructor: Rabbi Gary Fink


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 CEOs. Apply today by visiting!

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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:

Jews United for Justice, a nonprofit in DC, is currently recruiting for an Executive Assistant. Would you be able to share this job opening with members of your community? Thank you!


Learn more about our phased reopening!