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Reverse Mifgash 2017

May 15, 2017 - May 25, 2017

From May 15 – 25, we hope you will join us to extend a warm welcome to the 11 Birthright Israeli alumni from Birthright Israel: DC Community Trips as they come to DC for a 10-day immersive “Reverse Birthright” experience. Join our Israeli guests and community members in volunteer projects, social events, learning opportunities, a meaningful Shabbat service and more.

Meet the Israelis

We have many wonderful community events where you can schmooze, connect and learn. We look forward to seeing you there!

Federation’s Imagine Israel Changemakers Series
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Whittemore House, Washington, DC
Oren Helman, disability advocate and true Israel changemaker, has transformed the way the Israeli workforce employs, integrates and includes workers with disabilities in the work place. Learn how his advocacy efforts with Israel’s Knesset (legislative body) created new employment regulations that champion the rights of individuals with disabilities and set a standard practice which other countries could emulate.


GatherDC May Happy Hour
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
H Street Country Club, Washington, DC
Share a drink with and get to know our special Israeli guests from Reverse Mifgash, meet new people in the DC Jewish community and connect with old friends.

Film Screening of “Moos”
6:30 p.m.
E Street Cinema, Washington, DC
Enjoy this charming whimsical Dutch tale of love, laughter and the true value of friendship. Moos is one of several films being featured at the Edlavitch DCJCC’s 27th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival, one of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America.

Good Soul Shabbat
6:15 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Sixth & I Historic Synagague, Washington, DC
Join us as Rabbi Scott, Aaron Shneyer and Michal Bilick offer soulful acoustic music, deep spirituality and a thoughtful Shabbat service that will fill the sanctuary with the spirited sound of new tunes and old favorites. Stay for Shabbat dinner with other community members.

Viral Shabbat
10:00 p.m.
Capitol Hill Moishe House, Washington, DC
Keep the Shabbat ruach (spirit) going late into the night with a welcoming and festive multi-generational Shabbat experience. Enjoy dessert, drinks and the sounds of singer-song leader, Ben Lovenheim.


Saturday, May 20

Havdalah on the National Mall
9:30 p.m.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC
Experience a special Havdalah service overlooking DC’s beautiful monuments from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Blue & White Party
10:30 p.m.
Mission, Washington, DC
Celebrate Israel’s 69th birthday with Federation’s Young Leadership, BBYO Friends and Alumni Network, Israel House at the Embassy of Israel and the Israeli-American Council (IAC) Get ready to schmooze, mingle and listen to great music with visiting Israeli guests and other members of the community. Ticket includes one premium cocktail or mocktail.


Sunday, May 21

Israel Ride: Spin Class at Vida Fitness
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Vida at The Yards, Washington, DC
Get your shvitz on with Federation’s Reverse Mifgash Israeli guests and Vida spin instructor, and former Birthright trip leader (Bus #43), Blair Mann.

Doing Good with Mitzvah Hoppin’- SOLD OUT
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sixth & I Historic Synagague, Washington, DC
Feel good by doing good with a hands-on-volunteer project that will benefit homeless LGBTQ youth in DC. Federation will join with members of the Edlavitch DCJCC’s EntryPoint and GLOE to make hygiene kits that will greatly benefit this at-risk population.


Monday, May 22

Craft Cocktail Class- SOLD OUT
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Duke’s Grocery, Washington, DC
Ever wanted to mix some tasty cocktails? Join Federation’s Young Leadership, 11 Israeli guests from Reverse Mifgash and members of the Greater Washington community for a craft cocktail experience at Duke’s Grocery. Learn to make a few classics, and then enjoy them with friends from Israel and D.C.  Ticket includes craft cocktails or mocktail and light vegetarian appetizers.


Tuesday, May 23

Pre-Game at the Bullpen
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
The Bullpen, Washington, DC
Share a drink and schmooze with others before the Nationals take on the Mariners at Nats Park.
No reservation required

Reverse Mifgash at the Ballpark!- SOLD OUT
7:05 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Nationals Park, Washington, DC
This night is sure to be a homerun cheering for the Washington Nationals as they take on the Seattle Mariners.
Look for the blue and white sunglasses by the tent closest to the cornhole! If you can’t find us, call Kira at 919-606-4081.

If the game is canceled due to inclement weather, please meet us at Bluejacket for drinks.

Wednesday, May 24

Farewell Gathering
9:00 p.m.
City Tap House, Washington, DC
Say farewell to our new Israeli friends.
No reservation required


For more questions about Reverse Mifgash events, contact Kira Borman at or call 301-348-7343.


May 15, 2017
May 25, 2017

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