Israel is a fascinating contrast between the ancient and the modern and is the spiritual and physical center of the Jewish people. As we celebrate its rich history, traditions, and deep dimension, we are thrilled to work with our Community Shlicha, who will help us explore and discover what makes Israel so special! Our Shlicha will reach deeper within our community to educate and increase awareness, knowledge, and pride about Israel’s history, culture, and current events, and to promote a better understanding of Israel and its ideals. The program also serves as a catalyst for igniting Jewish journeys, encouraging people to learn more about Judaism and Israel, and finding their own way to connect to the Jewish homeland.
If you have any questions about how you can become more engaged in the Pozez JCC Jewish Agency for Israel’s Shlichim program, please contact Laurie Albert.
Ten years ago, bringing an Israeli representative to our community to deepen the connections between Northern Virginians and Israel was just a dream. Thanks to the vision and financial support of several dedicated community leaders and the efforts and commitment of the Center, the Pozez JCC-Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) Community Shlichim Program was launched in 2007.
Over the past eleven years, we have been fortunate to host seven creative and passionate shlichim:
Each representative brought a unique perspective to the position and became a valued member of our community. Whether teaching a weekly Café Ivrit at a synagogue, helping to coordinate a community-wide Yom HaShoah program, facilitating discussions at the Jewish Film Festival, developing Israel programming on the campus of George Mason University, or having meaningful one-on-one conversations about Israeli society with community members, our shlichim have a proven track record of connecting Israel to our community.
As we say l’hitraot (until we meet again) to Liat, we thank her for sharing her passion and touching so many lives.
The Pozez JCC would like to thank the following families, foundations, synagogues, agencies, and organizations who have generously committed or given funds to support the Shiri Rahamim Shlichut Program**:
Anonymous, Sue and Rabbi Bruce Aft, Jane and Scott Brown, Na’ama and Omer Gold, Teresa and Phillip Gross, Sherri and Howard Kohr, Muriel and Allen Marcus, Rabbi Amy and Gary Perlin, Naomi Brown and Yoni Saad, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, The Morningstar Philanthropic Fund, Sarah Elpern, and Bruce Waxman, Deborah and David Yaffe
*This program is named in memory of the J’s beloved first Shlicha, Shiri Rahamim, who passed away from cancer in 2015.
**As of 11/13/2019