Israel Fest

Israel Fest

May 19, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 PM

FREE admission! FREE parking* & METRO accessible.
Overflow parking available at B’nai Israel and CESJDS lower school.

*Rain or Shine*

The Montgomery County Jewish community will come together for our annual community celebration in honor of Israel’s independence, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. The Bender JCC is proud to host this event bringing together synagogues, community organizations and local agencies. Israel Fest will feature a bounce house safari experience, interactive art projects, Israeli folk dancing, an Israeli DJ spinning the latest hits out of Israel, kosher food from Oh Mama Grill and Sunflower Bakery, commercial products and Israeli art.

Come experience JVOICE – a Eurovision style singing competition!

Israel Fest 2019

On the Stage


As part of this year’s Israel Fest, the Bender JCC is holding J-VOICE: A Singing Competition, as a tribute to Eurovision (Europe’s biggest televised singing contest. The contestant from Israel, Netta Barzilai won) which will be held in Tel Aviv this year.  Auditions will be scheduled throughout the day on Tuesday, April 30 from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM at the Bender JCC.

If you think you’ve got the pipes, sign up to audition to be part of this exciting competition!
*groups, solo artists, etc, are all encouraged to apply.
**Applicants under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian.


Tuesday, April 30 | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM at the Bender JCC

Contestants should prepare one song for their audition (not to exceed 4 minutes).
Contestants must provide a CD, MP3 Player, or thumb drive with their music to audition with (if applicable).
All contestants are responsible for supplying their own instruments (if applicable).


Those who make it past the initial auditions are eligible to perform for our celebrity judges and the entire festival on Sunday, May 19. The winning performance will receive a grand prize of $300.


  • J-Voice Singing Competition
  • Safari Bounce House Experience
  • Interactive Art Projects
  • Israeli Folk Dancing
  • Israeli DJ spinning the latest hits out of Israel
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It is the policy of the Bender JCC to allow photographs and video footage of participants to be used in Bender JCC produced materials, including but not limited to websites, brochures, posters and other printed materials. Participants may request that photographs and video footage not be used by completing a form requested from the membership desk.

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