Embassy of Israel

Israeli Culture in DC, MD, VA

September 2017





Lecture: David Hazony

"Israel as a Civilizational Force"
September 12, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Reba & Sam Sandler Family Campus; Virginia Beach, VA

Envisioned by its founders as much more than a refuge, the creation of Israel was a dynamic attempt to reinvent Jewish life.  David Hazony, the Editor of The Tower, and Managing Director of The Israel Project, implores people to move beyond what they already know, tap into Israeliness, find their own Israel, and rediscover the country, not the cause, and therefore secure the future of American Jewry.




Concerts: Amit Peled, cellist

My Journey With Jewishness
September 13, 2017 | 7:00 PM
JCC Northern Virginia; Fairfax, VA
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This powerful and compelling program follows renowned cellist Amit Peled's personal, musical, and spiritual journey.  From his childhood growing up in a small kibbutz in Israel and listening to his mother singing the traditional tune Eli Eli, to playing Max Bruchs Kol Nidrei as a young cellist and personally connecting with the Yom Kippur message.  Amit's effective personal narrative in conjunction with a selection of deeply moving works provokes a personal spiritual journey for each member of the audience.​

Fairfax Jubilee
September 16, 2017 | 8:00 PM

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra; Fairfax, VA
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The FSO opens its 60th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of a new work by George Mason University faculty composer Mark Camphouse, honoring the 275th Anniversary of Fairfax County. Voted by Musical America as one of the most influential musicians today, renowned cellist Amit Peled returns to celebrate the FSO’s Anniversary Season. 



Visual Arts: "Jerusalem Now and Forever" photo exhibition

Reception with the artist: September 14 | 5:30 PM

(Exhibition runs August 25 - October 10, 2017) 
Goldman Art Gallery at Bender JCC; Rockville, MD

Sharon Gabay is a 15th generation Jerusalemite who places an emphasis on the way of life of the city and its people. “Jerusalem Now and Forever” was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. The exhibition features photos which capture the beauty, diversity and tolerance of the Holy City. In Gabay’s own words, “I want to photograph the truth, and the truth is that Jerusalem is a pluralistic city that accepts everyone.”




Concert: Efi Hackmey, pianist

Scenes and Fantasies
September 16 | 4:00 PM

St. Mark's Episcopal Church; Washington, DC

Chiarina Chamber Players presents Scenes and Fantasies, a solo piano recital performed by Israeli pianist Efi Hackmey. The program includes Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata, Schumann's "Scenes from Childhood", and additional music by Debussy and Albeniz. 


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