Virtual Classes

Film and music courses for cinephiles and music lovers.

Film Classes
Music Classes
Film Classes
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Registration deadline: November 27
Taught by Ilya Tovbis
Mondays, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
5 Sessions, November 30 – December 28
$149 ($129 for JxJ Donors of certain levels*)

Ever wonder why your favorite filmmaker takes so long to come out with new work? Why Hollywood is obsessed with sequels? How a film is birthed from the kernel of an idea, nurtured in the screenwriting process, made tangible during shooting, refined through editing, and eventually brought to the silver screen?

Teacher: Ilya Tovbis is the Artistic and Managing Director of JxJ, and for 8 years the Director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. He has been a guest programmer at the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) and the Virginia Film Festival (VAFF). His film reviews and industry breakdowns have been published in indieWire, Slant Magazine, and Flavorpill.

Music Classes
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Registration deadline: November 29
Taught by Seth Kibel
Wednesdays, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
6 Sessions, December 2 – January 6
$169 ($149 for JxJ Donors of certain levels*)

Klezmer, which literally means “tool of song” in Yiddish, is the secular folk music of the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. In the first decades of the 1900s, this music flourished not only in the Old World but also in the New, in the immigrant community of New York City. There, the sounds of the European “fiddler on the roof” mixed with the sounds of early jazz and Tin Pan Alley. The result was a quintessentially American sound.

Teacher: Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards, Seth Kibel is a highly acclaimed clarinet, saxophone, and flute player (The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux). Kibel also lectures on music history at Johns Hopkins and Towson Universities.

Previous Classes

18 Aliyot: Israeli Folklore and Music of the Diaspora

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Behind the Screen: How Movies are Made

The Jews of American Jazz

Klezmer, American Music

george robinson HS 400

Masterworks of the New Israeli Cinema

Seth Kibel class 2 800

The Jews of Tin Pan Alley

Whats not to like 600

What’s Not to Like? Hollywood’s Love Affair with Jewish Humor

Susan Suleiman

Shoah on Screen: Through the Eyes of Children

george robinson HS 400

Hidden Gems of Jewish Cinema

Discounts & Policies

*The following JxJ Donors are eligible for class discounts:

  • JxJ 2020 Donors, Patron Level ($1,100) and Above
  • Fan Level ($175) and above donors renewing their donations for the 2020/2021 Season (gifts received after July 1, 2020).
  • New Donors at the Fan Level ($175) or Above

Use the email address attached to your JxJ account and your donor discount will automatically be taken in your cart. If you have questions, call 202.777.3210 and we will be happy to help you complete your transaction.



It is preferred that participants log in via computers (with microphones and speakers), but if need be they can call in by phone. Registrants will receive detailed instructions from JxJ within a few days of registering.

Each individual in a household must register separately.

All students MUST register for class. It is easiest to do this online, but can also be done over the phone if necessary.

JxJ reserves the right to cancel classes that do not have the minimum required number of students. Students may request a full refund for the cancelled class or apply the money toward future JxJ classes. JxJ can refund tuition up to 10 days prior to the class starting. Students may only apply one discount per class per registration period.

Please feel free to contact JxJ at 202.777.3210 or with any questions or concerns.

JxJ is not responsible for providing make-ups or issuing credit or refunds for programs missed as a result of personal scheduling conflicts, illnesses, emergencies, or other circumstances beyond JxJ’s control. If you are unable to attend a program for any of these reasons, we encourage you to consider your registration fee a form of support, helping JxJ sustain our programs.