Past Events


UshpiZoom: DIY Sukkah Guests 

Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00 PM ET
All ages welcome. Most enjoyed by children and teens

What is UshpiZoom? Who would you really like to (virtually) invite to your Sukkah this year? During the festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles), Jews are commanded, according to the Torah, to leave their permanent home and live in a temporary dwelling (Sukkah) for seven days. Every year, during Sukkot, we invite virtual “guests” to join us in our Sukkah. We call these guests “Ushpizin,” inviting them is a Sukkot tradition started by the Kabbalists (approximately the 16th century). These guests may be Abraham, Isaac, Jacob; prominent Jewish women; or people of significance from our past and present. It seems appropriate that especially in Coronavirus times – we embrace this tradition!


An Introduction to Antisemitism in the Progressive World

Wednesday, October 7, at 3:30 PM ET

This very special webinar is for anyone who wants to learn about antisemitism, its history, and its effects. With antisemitism on the rise this webinar will help attendees understand the root causes of antisemitism and how it manifests itself today.


BDS 101: Understanding The Fundamentals of BDS

Thursday Oct 8, at 1:00 PM ET

 The Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movment is an anti-Israel campaign that seeks to isolate the Jewish state from the international community. Whether you want to learn the fundamentals of BDS or you're looking for a refresher course, our BDS 101 workshop will equip you with the tools you need to understand the movement's origins, common trends and strategies, and what you can do to curtail delegitimization efforts.



Jewish Denominations Approach Israel and Zionism 

Wednesday, Oct 14, at 1:00 PM ET

Jewish practice takes on many shapes and forms in North America. Given the wide breadth of denominational perspectives representing the complexity of our Jewish communities, what are the nuances in religious movement leaders embrace Zionism and other Israel-related causes, and what we can learn from them?




25 Years in Memory of Yitzhak Rabin Z"L

Wednesday, November 4th at 6:30 PM ET


The Embassy of Israel to the United States invites you to the official commemoration ceremony in the US in honor of 25 years since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin z''l.



Where were you when Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated?

Thursday, November 5th at 8:00 PM ET


25 years since the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhack Rabin, JCRC will hold a panel consisting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Community Shlichim, in which we will talk about our personal memories from that night and the collective Israeli memory that has been shaped ever since.



25th Yitzhack Rabin Memorial Day 

Sunday, November 8th at 3:00 PM ET

Join JCRC as we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. This event draws its inspiration from the "Asefa Israelit" (Israeli Assembly) led by a wide range of youth movements in Israel.



What's Next? Israel and Middle East Policy After the Us Election

Thursday, November 19 at 11 AM ET 

What will the outcome of the U.S. election mean for U.S. policy in Israel and the Middle East? What will the priorities of the new Administration, House, and Senate be in the coming months? Join the JCRC of Greater Washington for an in-depth conversation with Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and leading specialist in U.S. defense policy and Middle East affairs Shoshana Bryen, moderated by Ron Halber.


Join Creative Community for Peace for a special panel discussion with the cast and creators of the hit Apple TV+ television series, Tehran.


The United States, Israel and the New Middle East

Sunday, January 10th at 10:00 AM EST

 A Conversation with Touro President Dr. Alan Kadish and former US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro.



Vaccination: Israel’s COVID-19 Immunization Process and Pandemic Response. 

Thursday, February 4, 2021 10:00 AM ET

Israel has now vaccinated more than 3 million of its citizens, leading the world in its Covid-19 vaccination rollout. How did Israel do it? Join JCRC to hear from Dr. Mitchell Schwaber, Director of the National Center for Infection Control at Israel’s Ministry of Health and a member of the World Health Organization's Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines Development Group, for an in-depth conversation on the Israeli and international response to Covid-19.


The Biden Administration and the Middle East Two Part Series

Tuesday, February 9, 1:00 PM ET

Wednesday, February 10 1:00 PM ET

Israel has normalized relations with four Arab nations in the past five months in what’s referred to as the outside-in approach to peacemaking. Will the Biden Administration continue to build on the success of the Abraham Accords or focus on the Palestinian track? How will US policy on Iran likely affect these decisions.