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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What in the World is Going On?

  • Women’s Club of Bethesda (map)
After Shabbat services and dinner we’ll discuss world affairs and security risks with Joel Rubin, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and currently Adjunct Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management in Washington, DC. A seasoned practitioner of American foreign policy and politics, Joel has nearly 20 years of federal experience in government, advocacy, and both Chambers of Congress. Sign up here.


Tacos, Tequila and Torah

February 26, 2019 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Purchase Tickets 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. Click Here for more information

Kibbutz Ulpan

Experience the uniqueness of life on a KIBBUTZ while volunteering and studying Hebrew. Click here for more information


BINA Gap Year

Spend 5 or 10 months learning, volunteering and living with Israelis your own age in Tel Aviv. Click here for more information

Masa Israel Teaching Fellow (MITF) in Tel Aviv

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


I Track

Explore Israel your way in a tailor-made program with people from all over the world. Click here for more information

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. Click Here for more information