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Please visit our calendar regularly to view and RSVP to the many wonderful programs from the JCRC

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TEEN PROGRAMMING

The JCRC and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington co-sponser a number of programs geared towards educating high school students about Israel. These initiatives give students a safe space to learn about the history of Israel, modern Israel, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict including the differing narratives involved. Our slate of programming provides students with the tools needed to engage with Israel on college campuses and beyond.

Our opportunities for high school students include these unique options:

1. The Margo and Yoram Cohen Family Israel Engagement Fellowship

2. Start the Conversation

3. The Margo and Yoram Cohen Family Talk Israel, One Day Conference

We are interested in partnering with your synagogue, school, and organization. If you would like to bring the JCRC and Federation to you, please contact us.

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Israel Engagement Fellowship Co-hort #7
The Margo and Yoram Cohen Family Israel Engagement Fellowship is an eight-part program which examines the special relationship between the American Jewish community and the State of Israel.

During the eight-part program, participants will:

  • Explore Israel as a Jewish and democratic state
  • Examine the conflict and differing narratives in the State of Israel
  • Gain advocacy experience, social media skills, and become a savvy consumer of information
  • Evaluate the many ways they can engage with Israel on college campuses and beyond
Participants will benefit from a safe space to ask tough questions, role play complex scenarios they may face on campus, and learn Israel advocacy concepts and resources from dynamic speakers. They will strategize ways to combat BDS (the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions movement) and learn what resources exist on campus to assist them. They will graduate with knowledge, experience, and confidence to advocate for Israel in their own way.

Spring, 2017 Cohort in Montgomery County, MD: February 15 & 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Abraham S. & Minnie Kay Conference Center, 6101 Executive Blvd., North Bethesda, 20852.

April 5 closing ceremony at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC

WHEN: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 7, 2017

Select this link to learn more and apply.

*Stay tuned for details on dates and location for a Fall, 2017 cohort in Northern Virginia


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Start The Conversation
Start The Conversation is a two-hour workshop for teens and parents that empowers them to have meaningful and impactful conversations about Israel, ask tough questions in a safe space, and prepares them for the campus climate. 
This two-hour workshop will educate teens about all things Israel, preparing them to have conversations about Israel on college campuses that are based in fact. 


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Talk Israel
The Margo and Yoram Cohen Family Talk Israel is a one-day conference that teaches teens about Israel advocacy and engagement on college campus. In addition to attending several breakout sessions, students will hear from a panel of current university students offering a 360 degree view of their experience with Israel on campus.

Check back soon for 2017 date.

View pictures from the 2016 Talk Israel conference here.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the JCRC welcome the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations. Building an inclusive community is a Federation priority. We strive to accommodate all needs whenever possible; advance notice is required. Please contact us at 301-230-7200, and we will make every effort to meet your needs.