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

Think + Drink presents TED-talk style discussions engaging American and Israeli audiences with timely Israeli speakers. The 2019-20 season is generously sponsored by Botanero Restaurant in Rockville. Join us there for a drink and engage in moderated discussions with Israeli artists, activists, and experts across a variety of disciplines. Presented in partnership with IAC.

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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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Wonder Women of Israel Wednesday, May 12th - 1:30 PM
Naama @ Noon Friday, May 14th - 12:00 PM

Wonder Women of Israel

Wednesday, May 12th
1:30 PM

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Presented by the Shlichut program of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, in partnership with Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia, Bender JCC of Greater Washington, and B’nai Tzedek Congregation Sisterhood.

Cost: $5 per session



Session 3: Or Cohen & Dana Ben-Ezra, first female commanders in their roles in the IDF
Wednesday, May 12, 10 am
Join Or Cohen, the first female commander of a combat vessel in the Navy and Dana Ben-Ezra, the first female commander of a battalion in the Infantry as they share their experiences as the first female commanders in the IDF and what it was like breaking barriers and paving the way for other women serving in the IDF.

Session 4: Sharon Gavish, Health & Cooking Expert
Sunday, June 6, 8 pm
Join Israeli health & cooking expert, Sharon Gavish, as she shares her perspective on how to make time in our busy schedules for healthy cooking—for yourself or for the whole family. Learn how even making small changes in our daily lives can make a big difference

Note: Two days prior to the event you will receive an email from Talia Garber, Shlicha at B’nai Tzedek Congregation, with the link to join the program via Zoom. Please be sure to check both your inbox and spam for Talia’s email.

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Naama @ Noon

Friday, May 14th
12:00 PM



Join Bender JCC’s community shlicha (Israeli Emissary), Naama, on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month (via Zoom) at 12:00 PM to chat about everything from Israeli current events and trends to culture and holiday celebrations. We will cover it all. Each week we will discuss a new topic of Naama’s choosing. From week to week, you can expect special guests, interactive exchanges, and engaging conversations. We will light shabbat candles together at the close of each session.

Friday, May 14 | 12:00 PM | Free
Naama @ Noon: Blue & White Innovation

From the world’s famous cherry tomato to the ATM and the Waze APP to the Iron Dome Israel is home to world-changing innovation.

How did Israel become to be known as a start-up nation? Maybe it’s the circumstances in which Israel finds itself, it’s the existential survival mode, however you look at it, at only 73 years old, Israel can take credit for hundreds of start-up ideas and companies, inventions, and well-known applications around the world.

Join Naama @ Noon and get to know some of the world’s most iconic inventions developed in Israel.