Enjoying Israel in DC

Bringing a bit of Israel to DC

I’ve been bitten by the bug prematurely. That is, the Israel bug. This week I’ll be fortunate enough to go to Israel (shout out to the SH-25-79 crew), and could not be more grateful for the chance. Being in DC has tremendously helped pave the way for the opportunity to go at last. If you haven’t gone yet, take the time while you’re in DC to find a participating group. There are plenty here, and you won’t be sorry.

In the meanwhile, I’m counting down the days, not being efficient at work anymore, stocking up on SPF 100 [Editor’s note: Rachel is a ginger. Others should feel free to use lower SPF sun protection] and starting a movie marathon of films that feature Israel and similarly arid destinations. If you’re also in need of an Israel fix, there are several DC area events in the upcoming weeks that might hit the spot.

The Washington DCJCC has a new exhibit opening Jan. 19 that runs through April 6. The exhibition, called “Walking Tel Aviv: Photographs by David Bergholz” features snippets and images of the city often not seen by tourists. The opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 will feature Bergholz himself as he talks about the series. Check out the JCC’s website  for details.

If you’re looking for a night of good music, Israeli guitarist Mia Pomerantz and her husband Jorge Amaral will be performing in Bethesda at the Westmoreland Congregational Church as part of the Marlow Guitar Series. Music starts at 8 p.m. on Jan. 21.

The Avalon Theatre is showing “Salsa Tel Aviv” on Jan. 25, as part of the Embassy of Israel’s ReelIsraelDC monthly film series. The movie is a romantic comedy about a single mom/salsa dancer who flies to Israel disguised as a nun to work.  Sounds slightly “Dirty Dancing”-esque, which could be amusing. Check out the trailer and details here.

Listen to the songs of two popular Israeli singers, Arik Einstein and Shalom Chanoch, as sung by the Israeli Scouts of Rockville on Jan. 28. The performance will be held at the JCC of Greater Washington in Rockville from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., and tickets are $10. See details here.

Enjoy, and see you on the other side of the two-week stint in the Holy Land. Unless the bug totally consumes me. Then the next post will be from Israel.