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

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.

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.

Elijah Jones is JxJ’s Festival Communications Associate. Elijah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Hampton University and a Master of Arts in Television, Radio and Film from Syracuse University. He most recently spent 3 years in Tokyo, Japan as both a language teacher for ECC, the oldest foreign language institute in Japan, and a working artist for BnA (Bed and Art), a hotel company which features the work of artists in guest rooms and public spaces. A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, he started his professional career at CBS Television City in Los Angeles where he served as liaison between CBS executive staff and guests, coordinated audience interactions for shows and studio tours and other guest relations responsibilities.