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2089 Dennis Ross 

Former U.S. Peace Negotiator, Adviser, and Ambassador 
in collaboration with the Virginia Beach Forum and presented by Capital One Commercial Bankinging 
Tuesday, September 20 | 7:30pm 

From his first days as a Pentagon planner in the Carter administration to his latest White House tour in the Obama administration, Ambassador Dennis Ross has been at the heart of American foreign policy and the U.S.- Israel relationship with postings spanning the administrations of five presidents, both Democrat and Republican. Weaving together diplomatic history and personal experience to recount the presidents’ attitudes toward Israel and the region, Ross will take a look back to the relationships from the birth of the state of Israel to the future based on the outcome of the upcoming elections. Click here to learn more about Israel Today with Ambassador Ross or to purchase tickets. 

Tickets $40* | $10 for students. 
*A convenience fee applies to all online ticket purchases. Tickets can also be purchased at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts without any additional charge. 


Neta Levi 
Israeli Mixed-Media Collage Artist 
Family Art Workshop: Drawing, Cutting, Tearing, Gluing 
Wednesday, October 19 | 5:30pm 

Explore the work of Neta Levi in the Leon Family Art Gallery (September 21-October 23), then use that as inspiration for creating a unique mixed-media collage with the entire family. Kids and adults participate together. Dinner included. For more information, please click here or call 757.321.2304. 

Individual-$20/$15 JCC Members, Family-$36/$25 JCC Member


Presented as part of the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival 
2091 Avi Melamed 
Analyst, Educator, Author 
Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth 
Tuesday, November 15 | 7:30pm 

Decades of unrest and tensions in the Middle East have erupted into an Arab awakening, creating turbulence that continues to rock the Arab and Muslim world, generating change across the region. Focusing on real-time analysis of unfolding events in Middle East, Avi Melamed’s 30 years of intelligence and counterterrorism experience in the region shape his ability to share a three-dimensional picture of the struggles that will impact the region, and the world, for years to come. For more information about Israel Today with Avi Melamed, or to RSVP (required), please click here or call 757.965.6107. 

FREE and open to the community.


2092 Jill & Amnon Damti 
Celebrated Israeli Dancers, Choreographers, Educators 
Two Worlds – A Dance Performance 
Sunday, December 11 | 6:00pm 

A unique blend between the world of a deaf dancer and that of a hearing dancer, this interactive performance combines pantomime, movement, sign language, and more to offer an experience and a message that audiences will not soon forget. Mindy Brown, an internationally renowned sign language interpreter, will be at the MOCA performance, making it accessible to all sign language users. Parents also have the option to enroll their kids in a Children's Art Workshop to make "tunnel art" with a MOCA art instructor during the performance. Reservations required by Dec. 7. Click here to buy tickets. For more information, click here or call 757.321.2304. 

Tickets: $20 | JCC Members: $15 

Children's Art Workshop tickets: $5/child


Shown as a part of the Simon Family JCC’s Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg 
2093 Presenting Princess Shaw 
Sunday, January 22 | 5:30pm 
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center 
340 Granby Street, Norfolk 

When an extraordinary artist recognizes another from across the world, and their talents come together, it brings the idea of collaboration and creativity to a whole new level. Presenting Princess Shaw is the extraordinary true story of New Orleans singing sensation Princess Shaw and her collaborator Kutiman, a musician in Israel who uses Princess Shaw’s YouTube videos to create a beautiful expression of generosity and compassion. Kutiman’s depiction reveals the bona fide star that Princess Shaw truly is and her fight to never give up on her dreams.

Reception including light hors d'oeuvres and dessert, prior to the screening of the film. Click here to buy tickets. For more information, please click here or call 757.321.2304. 

Tickets: $15 | Students FREE with valid ID



Mishy Harman 
Master Storyteller, Communicator, Founder and Host 
Israel Story – Ancient Land, Modern Tales 
Thursday, February 16 | 7:30pm 

Join us for an evening of magical conversation with Mishy Harman, the creator of Israel Story--the award-winning radio show and podcast that public radio icon Ira Glass calls "the Israeli 'This American Life.'" With its unique blend of storytelling and real, live characters, Israel Story introduces us to a different Israel, one which we rarely get a chance to see: life-sized, nuanced, funny, and touching. For more information about Israel Today with Mishy Harman, or to RSVP (required), please click here or call 757.965.6107.

 FREE and open to the community. 


2095 Gitit Shoval 
Israeli Vocalist, Voice Actor, Educator 
From Gershwin to Dylan: The Genius of Jewish Songwriters 
Saturday, March 25 | 8:00pm 

For one night only, the Simon Family JCC will transform into a jazz club where you can enjoy International singing sensation, Gitit Shoval as she showcases through song how Jewish artists have inspired, entertained, and left a lasting mark on history. (Light appetizers provided, cash bar available.) Click here to buy tickets. For more information, please click here or call 757.321.2304. 

 Tickets: $23 | JCC Members: $18 


2096 Israel Fest 
A community-wide celebration of the State of Israel 
Sunday, April 30 | 11:00am - 4:00pm 

Celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s 69 th birthday, experience Israel through art, education, culture, food and entertainment. Activities for all ages! For more information, please click here or call 757.321.2304. 

Free and open to the entire community. (Tickets required for some experiences and food.) 


2097 Israeli Kitchen Encounters featuring Guy Marom and Nir Margalith 
Entrepreneurs, Chefs, Explorers, Philanthropists
A Culinary Adventure with Puzzle Israel 
Tuesday, May 2 | 7:30 pm 

Celebrate Yom Ha'tzmaut (Israel’s 69th birthday) through the taste and culture of Israel with chefs Guy and Nir, founders of the adventure tour group, Puzzle Israel. Sharing their love for fresh, authentic Israeli food in a fun, hands-on, culinary adventure, Nir and Guy will leave novice and experienced chef-participants with skills and stories to share from their own kitchens. Limited space available. Click here to buy tickets. For more information, please click here or call 757.321.2304. 

Individual-$41/$36 JCC Member, Couple-$72/$60 JCC Member


Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive in Virginia Beach. 

For more information on the Israel Today series, including upcoming events, purchasing tickets, and a full list of community partners, please contact Wendy Weissman, Assistant CRC Director, at

Free events require RSVP to or 757.965.6107.

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With support from:

Chesapeake Homes 
Baker's Crust
Beth Sholom Village
Harbor Group International

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