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 12-29, 2022) 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 was founded in 1990.

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 TovbisIlya 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 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.

Nina Young is the JxJ Production Coordinator. She is a Detroit native who is passionate about independent filmmaking and amplifying the voice of marginalized storytellers.  She is a 2019 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 who focuses on the experience of Black women in America, Nina wrote and directed The Problem with Erin, a 10 minute short film that is currently in post-production. She has also worked on other film productions, such as, The D (Detroit), Rosenwald (DC) and 4:53 (Port au Prince, Haiti and Miami).

Trevor Comeau is the JxJ Program and Outreach Coordinator. Trevor split most of his youth in Massachusetts and Georgia and is a 2016 graduate from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. With a theatre background, Trevor has worked across DC at Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, and Theater J as a part of their Front of House team. As a theatre artist Trevor has performed and directed in Georgia, DC, North Carolina, and Virginia. A baseball fanatic, Trevor can be found rooting on the Nationals or Red Sox Trevor cannot wait to welcome audiences back to Cafritz Hall.

Jasmine Jones is the Edlavitch DCJCC’s Ticket Office Manager. She has an opera and music theater background and has worked in various aspects of the theater world. Prior to joining the EDCJCC, she worked in theatrical licensing at a major company in New York City and was a voice teacher on the side. She has performed since a teenager in musicals, operas, and solo song recitals. Jasmine graduated from Arizona State with a MM in Vocal Performance Pedagogy in 2015 and from Westminster Choir College with a BM of Voice Performance in 2013.