Israel Programs

Connecting our community to the people, history, culture, and land of Israel remains a core value of the Bender JCC. From lectures and dance to film, music, and art, the Center offers exciting, innovative ways to learn about Israel—past, present, and future.

Drink + Think Discussion Series

The Drink + Think Discussion Series presents provocative speakers and topics in local bars and tasting rooms. Join us for a drink and engage in moderated discussions with the Israeli artists, activists, and experts across a variety of disciplines that are making it all happen.

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Martyrs of Iraq

February 10, 2019 | 6″30 PM

This year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Iraqi public hanging of 14 alleged spies, who were accused of spying for Israel. 9 of the victims of that act were Jews, and they are referred to and remembered as Martyrs of Iraq (הרוגי המלכות).

Maurice Shohet, President of the World Organization of Jews from Iraq (WOJI) and a member of the  Washington Institute for Near East Policy, as well as a personal friend of 3 of the executed heroes, will be sharing his story and the story of heroism in unstable Iraq of after the six days war defeat.

The lecture will be given in English and is free of charge

Sunday, February 10th at 6:30 pm at the Bender JCC



Tacos, Tequila and Torah

February 26, 2019 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

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How well can we pair Torah with Tacos and Tequilla? Join us and taste. If we can’t be in a warm climate, we can at least eat like we are south of the border. (vegetarian tacos). Yes, we will have a non-alcoholic beverage too!

Kol Ami – Jewish Peoplehood Leadership Academy

Kol Ami is a six-month post-high school program — from September to February — designed to enable students with the opportunity to live in a Jewish pluralistic environment together with their Israeli counterparts.

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Kibbutz Ulpan

Experience the uniqueness of life on a KIBBUTZ while volunteering and studying Hebrew.

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BINA Gap Year

Spend 5 or 10 months learning, volunteering and living with Israelis your own age in Tel Aviv.

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Masa Israel Teaching Fellow (MITF) in Tel Aviv

A 10-month program for college graduates teaching English in Tel Aviv and Israel’s periphery.

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I Track

Explore Israel your way in a tailor-made program with people from all over the world.

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Honeymoon in Israel – Washington DC

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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