Community Events

Art Exhibits:

The Center for Contemporary Political Art presents: Boris Lurie In America, He had the courage to say NO!

From January 26- April 26, 2020 at the CCPA Museum, 916 G Street, NW, Washington DC.

This is the first major U.S. retrospective of the political art Boris Lurie created in New York between 1959 and 1964. A contemporary of Rauschenberg, Warhol, Lichtenstein and Johns, Boris Lurie arrived in New York in 1946, having survived nearly four years in Hitler’s death camps. He was just 21.  Over the next 60 years, his art became his life, his refuge, his therapy and his means of protesting the racism, anti-semitism, and social hypocrisy he encountered in the United States; its Cold War nuclear rivalry with the Soviet Union; and its interventionist policies abroad.

In 1959, he, Sam Goodman and Stanley Fisher founded the NO!Art movement, reflecting Lurie’s views that artists should use their talent to protect and defend the interests of the people in the communities and countries where they live. At this difficult time in our history, it is our hope that Boris Lurie’s legacy, his art and his courage, will serve as an inspiration for artists everywhere to express their political views in their art, to increase awareness and understanding of the political issues we’re confronted with today. Exhibit is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Thursday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.


Israeli American Council of Washington DC presents: Israeli Books on the Big Screen

The IAC Library invites you to a Monday Night Film Series based on signature Israeli books by outstanding Israeli authors. The movies are, by turns, heartfelt, dramatic, satirical and humorous, covering different aspects of contemporary Israeli history and the country’s diverse society. The events will include introductions to the movies and the books, followed by audience discussion in English. All Shows start at 7:30 pm.  Cost is $12 per movie or $40 for the series. All movies will be shown at the Bender Jewish Community Center, 6125 Rockville MD . To purchase tickets click here. The movies are in Hebrew, with English subtitles.

  1. A Borrowed Identity,  Monday, March 30
  2. Apples from the Dessert, Monday, May 11
  3. Saleh Shabbati, Monday, June 1

Geneology and History:

The Bethesda Historical Society:

Established in 2019, we are an organization of volunteers dedicated to sharing and reflecting on the history of the Bethesda, Maryland area and its diverse residents.  The Society plans to develop events and educational programs focusing on significant locations and important moments in our history.  To learn about our upcoming events, click here.

Do you like to plan events, collect memorabilia, research, or fund-raise? We are looking for fellow volunteers to help us preserve Bethesda memories while having fun at the same time Send us an email at


 Click here to view the Beth El upcoming special events calendar.