About Us

Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC, JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project that encompasses the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals, alongside hybrid arts programming.

The public programming of JxJ is split between 8+ weekly programs that take place in Cafritz Hall—a state-of-the-art performance and cinema venue in the Dupont area of Washington, DC—and an annual Festival (May 7-24, 2020) that is presented on stages and screens throughout DC and Maryland.

Between the Festival and year-round programming, JxJ annually attracts 30,000 patrons across 180+ events.

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 30th 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.

JxJ Staff

Ilya Tovbis is the Artistic and Managing Director of JxJ. He 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 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.

Kerry Reichhardt is the JxJ Program and Outreach Coordinator. She came to the EDCJCC from the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville, VA where she worked seasonally as the Guest Services Coordinator for four years. Her interest in arts programming stems from a lifelong love for storytelling and love for people. This passion has continually found a home in positions that allow her to promote and exhibit meaningful art while connecting with the makers and enjoyers of their creations. Kerry graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a double major in English and Arts Administration with concentrations in Storytelling and Media Studies.

Nina Young is the JxJ Production Coordinator. She is a Detroit native who’s a recent graduate of the MFA Film program at Howard University and holds a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Media Studies from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. A filmmaker and storyteller, Nina wrote and directed The Problem with Erin, a 10 minute short film. She also worked on other film productions, such as, The D (Detroit), Rosenwald (DC) and 4:53 (Port au Prince, Haiti and Miami). Her passions include classic cinema (she’s a big Hitchcock and Wilder fan), music (she’s a big Tame Impala, Sleigh Bells, and Mac Ayres fan), and expanding her knowledge of Black History.

Corinne Williams is the JxJ and Theater J Ticket Office Manager. 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.



Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC

    Metro: Red Line to Dupont Circle Metro Station. Exit north to Q Street and walk east along Q Street.
    Metrobus: The S route (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5) runs north and south along 16th Street. The G2 route originates in Georgetown and travels across P Street (1 block south of Q Street). Visit www.wmata.com to plan your public transit route.
    If you are planning to drive, remember to leave plenty of time for parking. There is limited on-street parking available. There are two nearby Colonial Parking Garages: 1616 P Street NW (between 16th and 17th Streets) and 1515 15th Street NW (between 14th and 15th Streets, entrance on P Street). Use Parking Panda to guarantee your spot!
    Limited spaces available. Enter on Q Street just after the building. Please visit the EDCJCC website for more information about parking.