Mission Chairs Jay and Lynn Schwartz, Brian and Ruth Greene and Stuart and Dawn Siegel invite community members on a Virtual Mission to Israel from April 6-25.
Join us for a series of virtual events including sightseeing tours, an interactive cooking demonstration, speaker series, winery tours, and special celebrations for Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut.
This is Israel YOUR way. Choose from our menu of programs and enjoy with friends and family.
The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond’s Virtual Mission to Israel 2021 brings you exclusive access to quality programs to help you imagine you are still traveling, and remind you of the joys of visiting Israel in person (but without the jet lag!).
For more details and to register, visit www.jewishrichmond.org/virtual-mission-to-israel
Old Jaffa Tour
Tuesday, April 6, 7:00 p.m.
Old Jaffa Tour starting at the Port of Jaffa – Walk in the alleys of Old Jaffa and visit its ancient sites, art galleries and Flea Market.
Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Program
Wednesday, April 7th, 2:00 p.m.
Jewish Federations of North America program
A special ceremony bringing together more than 100 Holocaust survivors.
Thursday, April 8, noon
Partnership Together: Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day
Hear the story of Josef Sroka who escaped Przemysl Ghetto as a young boy with his mother and sister and lived under a fake Catholic identity. Narrated by his son, Dani Sroka.
Sunday, April 11, 10:00 a.m. – noon.
Interactive Cooking Class, featuring Shakshukah, limited to 40 people – $36 fee.
We will meet for an Israeli cuisine workshop with Cordon Bleu Chef, Guy Vengelnik, featuring Pita bread, spicy Shakshukah, Tahini and Israeli salad.
Yom HaShoah – Virginia Holocaust Museum Program
Sunday, April 11th, 3:00 p.m.
Virginia Holocaust Museum Program
Special guest, Dr. James Grymes is the author of Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour. A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life.
The Meaning of Zionism
Monday, April 12th, 2:00 p.m.
Yossi Klein Halevi: “The Meaning of Zionism”
A conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi, noted author and a senior fellow with the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. His latest book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, is a New York Times bestseller. Part of a JCRC speaker series on the rise of global anti-Semitism.
Series sponsored by Allianz, Bon Secours, Dominion Payroll, and Salomon & Ludwin
Yom HaZikaron – Israeli Memorial Day
Tuesday, April 13th, 1:00 p.m.
A Masa Yom HaZikaron Virtual Memorial Ceremony
We will commemorate IDF soldiers and victims of terror at the largest virtual ceremony for the Jewish world. For Israelis, this day is one of the most important of the year as we recognize those who sacrificed their lives for Israel.
“Hatikvah” Music Program
Tuesday, April 13th, 2:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Weinstein JCC
In honor of the Israeli National Holiday of Yom Ha’atzmaut. Musicologist Roi Aloni will present a live lecture concert from Israel.
A Flight Over Israel
Wednesday, April 14th, Noon
Join Partnership2Gether on a flight over Israel with Alon Moller, a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the IDF- Air Force. Alon resides in Kibbutz Mishmarot and is a tour guide and freelance helicopter pilot who shows Israel in a way that can only be seen from a bird’s-eye view.
Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel Independence Day
Thursday, April 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Israel’s 73rd birthday will be one to remember, with special guests, Israeli gold medal hopefuls and a celebration in honor of Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin.
Sunday, April 18th, 5:00 p.m.
Winery tour of Hadera-Eiron region featuring Binyamina and Vitkin wineries. Enjoy Guy Haran’s Israeli wine tasting kit includes 1 bottle of Vitkin Journey Red 2018 and 1 bottle of Binyamina Reserve Chardonnay 2017.
Wednesday, April 21st, Noon
Grab your iPad and exercise along with us as we hike the Israeli Trails! We will walk the Israel Trail from the center to the upper Galilee, climb Mt. Meron and conclude at the sea in Caesarea.
Sunday, April 25th, 2:00 p.m.
Jerusalem Tour, including Tower of David and Mount of Olives; from the King David Hotel and Mishkanot Shaananim to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Temple Mount, the Mercy gate and the Western Wall.