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.


Think + Drink

Discussion Series

The Think + Drink 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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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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Voices of Asylum Seekers in Israel Sunday, February 16th - 7:00 PM

Voices of Asylum Seekers in Israel

Sunday, February 16th
7:00 PM

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An evening about Judaism, Refugees and Social Justice in Israel.

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to hear Barik (27) and Izadeen (21), young asylum seekers from Darfur, tell their remarkable life stories.

Learn about their escape from Sudan and the hazardous journey across the Sinai into Israel, and the current situation they’re facing Israel today. Eran Baruch, BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change’s Executive Director, will share what BINA is doing to help and will lead a discussion about Israel’s approach to refugees since the establishment of the State.

“You shall love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt”

Leviticus 19:34

For more information, contact Gal Naor at 301-348-3849.

Brought to you in partnership with BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation.