Virtual Classes

Film and music courses for cinephiles and music lovers.

Upcoming Classes


Taught by Joe Frankel
Choose one: Thursday March 3, 7:00 PM or Thursday March 31 at 7:00 PM
$59 ($50 for JxJ Donors of certain levels*)

Do you have a great idea for a movie that you’ve always dreamt of writing? Whether you’re an aspiring screenwriter or just a movie enthusiast, this crash course will empower you to turn your movie dreams into reality. Learn how to develop your ideas into more compelling and economical stories.  Gain a deeper understanding of screenplay format and structure. Dig into the tropes and formulas of the most popular movie genres. Review and discuss excerpts from classic movie screenplays and compare them to what ended up on screen. You may be closer than you think to creating your masterpiece.



Taught by Joe Frankel
4 Sessions, Tuesdays, March 8-29, 7:00 PM
$129 ($110 for JxJ Donors of certain levels*)

Steven Spielberg. The name is impossible to avoid whether you’re a cinephile or just a casual movie fan. Is he an artist or merely a prodigious entertainer? Watch and discuss key scenes from the master director’s diverse filmography, gain a deeper understanding of the filmmaking process and glean useful insights about how to tell more compelling stories in virtually every genre by looking at his singular approach to lighting, composition, camera movement, editing and directing actors in four key works: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Empire of the Sun, Schindler’s List and Catch Me If You Can.

Previous Classes

18 Aliyot: Israeli Folklore and Music of the Diaspora

HMAM 600x600

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

Psychedellic Seth 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

Gems of Jewish Cinema 600

Hidden Gems of Jewish Cinema

great jewish filmmakers

Great Jewish Filmmakers

Blockbuster movies 600 sq

Blockbuster Summer Movies

joe frankel 600

Screenwriting Masterclass Workshop

Romantic Comedies as a Tool for Cultural Understanding

Discounts & Policies

*JxJ Donors at the Fan Level ($175) or above are eligible for class discounts:

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 the facilitator 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. Tuition for classes that have already started is not refundable. 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.