Connect with Israel
Engage with Israel the J Way
We offer a number of opportunities throughout the year to connect with Israel. Programs range from the arts, to traditional learning and community wide engagement. Look below to find the program that is right for you.
Arts & Culture
- Gadi Lehavi Trio | April 1
- Concert: Israel the Land we Love with Cantor Vadim Tunitsky | May 2
- Houston Jewish Film Festival | March 5–19
- Israeli Dancing | Tuesdays at 7:30 PM
- Community Shaliach | Ongoing
- Birthright Passport Program | Year–long
- Community Wide Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration | May 2, 2017
Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living & Learning Programs
- Hebrew Explorers for Ages 5-8 | Throughout the School Year
- Melton & More, Beyond Borders Class | Israeli Literature
- Trip to Israel | September 3-14, 2017
The J and the YMCA of Greater Houston are bringing together a group of adults to travel to Israel to explore, discover and experience this incredible country.
- Krav Maga Classes | Ongoing
Learn more about Israel politics, culture, news, arts and more.
Meet Miki Plotkin, our Shaliach. Read Miki's Bio
Our Israeli Shlichim work to expand education, understanding and engagement with Israel throughout the Houston Jewish and greater community. They work with all ages, but primarily with high school students in area synagogues, schools, youth movements and other Jewish organizations through classes programs and events. Read articles written by our Shlichim.
This international program is designed to engage communities to be actively involved in becoming closer to their Jewish identity through Israel. Each Shaliach, (the Hebrew word for "Emissary”), is challenged to create programs tailor-made for specific needs of the community in which they reside.
The program is designed to increase Jewish awareness, knowledge and pride; to bridge the gap between Jews of different backgrounds and Israel; and to promote an understanding of Israel and its ideals.