2021 Virtual Mission to Israel

This April we’re Zooming to Israel on a Virtual Mission — and you’re invited!  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 the menu (one or more) of programs and enjoy with friends and family. (Programs will last approximately one hour.) We are proud to bring you local, national and international programs that celebrate and honor Israel. The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond’s Virtual Mission Trip to Israel 2021 brings you exclusive access to quality programs that will help you imagine you are still traveling, and remind you of the joys of visiting Israel in person (but without the jet lag!). 

Thank you to our chairs for their leadership and support: Jay & Lynn Schwartz, Brian & Ruth Greene, Stuart & Dawn Siegel.

Tuesday, April 6th
7:00 p.m.
Old Jaffa Tour starting at the Port of Jaffa
Jewish Community Federation of Richmond program


Wednesday, April 7th
2:00 p.m.
Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance
Jewish Federations of North America program


A special ceremony bringing together more than 100 Holocaust survivors.



Thursday, April 8th
12:00 p.m.
Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day
Partnership2Gether with Israel Memorial Day program


Sunday, April 11th
10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Interactive Cooking Class, featuring Shakshukah
Jewish Community Federation of Richmond program

Shakshukah - "As Israeli as can be"

We will meet for an Israeli cuisine workshop with Cordon Bleu Chef, Guy Vengelnik, featuring Pita bread, spicy Shakshukah, Tahini and Israeli salad. The workshop will be live so please ensure your camera covers your work area so the Chef can see and work with you. Seating will be limited to the first 40 registrants. Families and couples are invited to register together.

Menu with ingredients to follow after registration.


Sunday, April 11th
3:00 p.m.
Virginia Holocaust Museum program


Monday, April 12th
2:00 p.m.
Jewish Community Relations Committee presents
Yossi Klein Halevi
The Meaning of Zionism


Tuesday, April 13th
1:00 p.m.
Yom HaZikaron - Israeli Memorial Day
Masa Yom HaZikaron Virtual Memorial Ceremony


Tuesday, April 13th
2:00 p.m.
Weinstein JCC - Hatikvah music education program

The Weinstein JCC's "Behind the Music" series continues with the story of Hatikvah, the Israeli National Anthem, in honor of the Israeli National Holiday of Yom Ha'atzmaut. Musicologist, Roi Aloni will present this live, virtual lecture concert from his home in Israel.  Roi's refreshing approach to the world of classical music makes this program appropriate for all - even those with little to no musical knowledge! Based in Israel, Aloni gives concert lectures through the Rishon Lezion Symphony Orchestra and Continuing Studies department of Haifa University, as well as to community and cultural centers and schools throughout the country.


Wednesday, April 14th
12:00 p.m.
A Flight Over Israel
Partnership2Gether with Israel program


Thursday, April 15th
7:00 p.m.
Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israeli Independence Day
Jewish Federations of North America program

Watch the playlist of the celebration.


Sunday, April 18th
5:00 p.m.
Winery tour featuring Binyamina and Vitkin wineries from the Hadera-Eiron area
Jewish Community Federation of Richmond program


Wednesday, April 21st
12:00 p.m.
Hike Israeli Trails
Jewish Community Federation of Richmond program


Sunday, April 25th
2:00 p.m.
Jerusalem Tour
(including Tower of David and Mount of Olives)
Jewish Community Federation of Richmond program

From the King David hotel and Mishkanot Shaananim to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Temple Mount, the Mercy gate and the western wall. Jerusalem is a holy city to the three main Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. despite having an area of only 0.9 square kilometer, the Old City is home to sites of key religious importance, among them the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Western Wall: a section of the defense rampart that encircled the Temple Court in ancient times and only remnant of the Temple built by Herod the Great.  The Western Wall is the most revered holy site in Judaism. Over generations, Jews came to pray here, as it was the closest they could come to the Holy of Holies on the Temple Mount. 

Mount of Olives: wondrous views of the walled city of Jerusalem are embraced by the Hinnom and Kidron valleys, set off by the Golden Gate to Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount, Mount Zion, the City of David and more, bringing prophecy and psalms to life.

Temple Mount: visit the most important religious site in Jerusalem. Judaism regards the Temple Mount as the place where G-d chose the Divine Presence to rest. The site is the location of Abraham’s binding of Isaac and of the First and Second Temples.

Church of the Holy Sepulcher: the holiest Christian site in the world. The Church is believed to encompass where Jesus was crucified and the tomb where he was.

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