Embassy of Israel
June 2018


Israeli Culture in DC, MD, VA

June 2018



Israel@70: A Musical Celebration
Sunday, June 3 | 12:00 - 4:00 PM
The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center; Tysons, VA

Party with the Jewish community of Greater Washington as we celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday! Enjoy live music from Israeli artists, food and fun activities for the whole family.

12:00 p.m. Tzofim Friendship Caravan
1:00 p.m. Rami Feinstein
2:00 p.m. Nadav Guedj
2:30 p.m. Israeli dancing
3:15 p.m. Kippalive


Vision of Israel: A Celebration of Culture and Creativity
Sunday, June 3 | 7:00 PM
Adas Israel Congregation; Washington, DC

Adas Israel is celebrating the miracle of Israel by immersing ourselves in Israeli cultural arts. Israeli headliner, ISRABAND, will be joined by Theater J and Kesem Israeli Dance Troupe, along with Cantor Arianne Brown, Adas Israel’s Flash Choir, and the young voices of Kolot for an engaging cultural experience, followed by an Israeli dessert reception!

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Israeli Friendship Caravan 
Wednesday, June 20 | 6:30 PM
Weinstein JCC; Richmond, VA

Mark your calendar now for this year’s performance which will celebrate Israel’s 70th year of independence! Enjoy the Israeli Cafe before the show (opens at 5:00 PM), and feast on delicious Israeli food (for purchase), compliments of Yossi Goel! This event is FREE and open to the community. Please RSVP at 285-6500.



WJFF Encore: Maktub
Tuesday, June 19 | 7:30 PM
Edlavitch JCC; Washington, DC
Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon, the acclaimed writers and stars behind Israeli TV mega-hits including ScarredAsfur, and Ma Bakarish, play chummy partners in crime in this hilarious, politically incorrect caper comedy, which they also wrote. “Maktub” means fate, and the destiny of these two small-time enforcers for a Jerusalem mob radically changes when they survive a suicide bombing. They decide to take their future into their own hands, redeeming themselves by fulfilling strangers’ prayers.

Muhi: Generally Temporary
Tuesday, June 26 | 7:30 PM
Edlavitch JCC; Washington, DC
Four-year-old Muhi was brought to an Israeli hospital from Gaza as an infant. His illness required amputating his limbs and seven years later, Muhi has grown into a brave and spirited boy. With the help of an Israeli who lost his own son due to war, Muhi's grandfather steadily fights to create a future for Muhi outside of the hospital, whether in Israel or Gaza. Caught between two worlds, Muhi grows up speaking Arabic and Hebrew, studying the Torah and Koran, and cared for by the very government that keeps him separated from his mother and the rest of his family. This paradoxical circumstance transcends identity, nationality, religion, and the larger conflict that both surrounds him and divides his world.

Reel Israel DC: Scaffolding
Wednesday, June 27 | 8:00 pm

Avalon Theatre; Washington, DC
17-year-old Asher has always been the wild troublemaker. It’s hard for him to concentrate in class, and he is compelled by a lot of rage and violence; yet he is also street-wise and endowed with a considerable amount of charm. While his oppressive father sees him as a natural successor to the family’s scaffolding business, Asher finds a different masculine role model in Rami, his new literature teacher. Feeling he can’t take the humiliation his father puts him through anymore, Asher looks for a change. But when an unexpected tragedy occurs, Asher crosses lines from which there is no turning back.

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Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel w/ Q&A
Thursday, June 28 | 7:30 pm
Avalon Theatre; Washington, DC
A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team. After the film, we’ll take a deeper look into the world of sports, faith, and film. We’ll be joined by one of the filmmakers behind Heading Home and Aviva Kempner, whose film The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg tells the story of America’s first Jewish baseball star.

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Mind the Heart! at By The People
June 21- 24, 2018
Misc. Venues; Washington, DC
Mind the Heart! is a worldwide public art project by Israeli artists Maya Gelfman & Roie Avidan that promotes mindfulness through site-specific street art, public actions, community events and lectures. It began in 2009 in Tel Aviv and has since reached more than 100 cities across 5 continents: from New York to Bangkok, Sydney to London, from the Israel National Museum to orphanages in Kenya and Uganda.

Gelfman & Avidan are currently in the midst of a year-long tour of the USA on a social-artistic experiment, one in which they have placed themselves completely in the hands of serendipity. They let strangers dictate where they go and wherever they go they not only create their own works, but also invite communities to actively partake in the project.  The project's symbol - a red yarn heart - is a facilitator of mindfulness. To the moment, to where we live, to our neighbors and ourselves as a part of a bigger picture.
Mind the Heart! schedule:
Wednesday, June 20th - Opening night at Smithsonian A&I
Thursday, June 21st – Washington National Cathedral
Friday, June 22nd – The ARC
Saturday, June 23rd – Union Market
Sunday, June 24th – Walter Reed

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“Marksmanship” with Anna Fine Foer
May 18 - July 7, 2018
Art Barn; Gaithersburg, MD
Marks are the foundation of visual art. The moment an artist puts a drawing implement or brush to a surface, they begin to develop a system of marks that will meld together into an artistic creation. The four artists featured in this exhibit use marks in very different ways to realize their visions.
Anna Fine Foer often uses watercolors and cut pieces of paper to create highly detailed imagery revolving around a theme. Her themes are in response to her intellectual curiosity. Many of Anna’s works in this exhibit relate to the human nervous system. Recurring themes in her often very colorful and intricate art works include scientific discoveries, technology, alternative energy, location, and natural and unnatural disasters.

Beyond Duty
June 8 - September 18, 2018
Virginia Holocaust Museum; Richmond, VA
Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations is comprised of the stories of nine diplomats who were recognized as “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Their brave stories represent diversity: different countries of origin, various countries were they operated different types of rescue actions taken in various stages of the Holocaust. The stories of Beyond Duty are woven within the historical chain of event of the Holocaust, along with more specific historical background relevant to each of the 9 stories.

Israel Antiquities Authority Showcase
Museum of the Bible; Washington, DC
See fascinating archaeological discoveries from the Israel Antiquities Authority and learn more about life in ancient Israel. A large selection of archaeological treasures that were excavated in Israel are on display. 

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