About Us

Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC, JxJ is a new multidisciplinary arts project that encompasses the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival alongside original cutting edge hybrid arts programming—all presented as one massive three-week experience, taking over the greater Washington region.

One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. The WJFF is going into its 29th year.

Established in 1999 with a lead gift from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, the Washington Jewish Music Festival (WJMF) promotes a broad appreciation of Jewish culture through presentations of extraordinary performing artists who preserve and invigorate Jewish music in contemporary culture.

Between the Festival and year-round programming, JxJ attracts over 25,000 patrons annually across 150+ events.

JxJ Staff

Ilya Tovbis became the Washington Jewish Film Festival Director in 2012, and took on managing the Music Festival in 2016; he is the founding director of JxJ. He has extensive programming experience in both the Jewish and broader film worlds, having previously worked with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, The Picture House, The JCC of NY’s Israel Film Center and the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Prior to coming on as the WJFF Director, Ilya was the Director of Programming at The Picture House, a historic arthouse cinema located in Southern Westchester. The theater annually attracted over 25,000 people to a varied selection of programming with a focus on international, documentary and independent film.

Ilya’s involvement with music programming started in the Bay Area through the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival and The Stern Grove Festival. He also founded the Berkeley-based music showcase “The Brew,” featuring monthly pairings of diverse artists such as Meredith Axelrod, Beth Custer, Deli Kanli, Charming Hostess, Glenn Hartman, Kymata, Matt Nelson, Aaron Novik, Rob Reich, and John Schott, Katy Stephan, and Craig Ventresco.

Alexis RodriguezAlexis Rodríguez is the JxJ Assistant Director of Communications and Operations. He has a background in arts marketing and is passionate about bringing organizations closer to their communities. Prior to joining the EDCJCC, he worked on grassroots marketing and public relations strategies at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore. He also helped develop and manage their Brainiacs program, an audience engagement aimed at boosting retention among new subscribers. Alexis graduated from American University with an MA in Arts Management in 2015 and a BA in Marketing from the University of Puerto Rico in 2012.

Carolyn Hoehner is the JxJ Program Coordinator. She brings a diverse background in theater production and administration to the JxJ team. Prior to joining the EDCJCC, Carolyn worked in audience services for Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, NY and annually provided production support for the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, one of the nation’s largest and most prominent dance festivals. Carolyn believes in the transformative power of excellent storytelling and is passionate about supporting artists and engaging audience members. She holds a B.A from James Madison University in Theater and English Literature.

Elizabeth King is the JxJ Production Coordinator. She has a background in film & television production, and technical theatre. She is passionate about story telling in all its forms, and its ability to change lives. Prior to joining the EDCJCC, she worked as a freelance production assistant for various film projects in the DMV area and East Coast. She also has worked for local DC theatre companies in both front of house and technical capacities. She holds a B.A from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Media and Communication Studies.

Natasha Mirny is the JxJ Box Office Manager. She has background in theater administration, stage directing and teaching. Prior to joining JxJ Natasha has been a teaching artist at several DC area theaters. She has also been running her own small theater company for the past five years. Natasha believes in healing, uniting and transformative power of film and theater arts.

Corinne Williams is the JxJ Logistics Coordinator. Her background is in theatrical stage management and she has worked with several companies in the DMV, including the Studio Theatre, Theatre J, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, she lived and worked abroad in the UK and in Australia, where she worked with the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Ambassador Theatre Group. She is a huge fan of collaborative arts as well as creating experiences that are accessible to a wide range of people, and is thrilled to be expanding her horizons with JxJ this year!