JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project encompassing the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals alongside original hybrid arts programming.
The Washington Jewish Film Festival, now in its 29th year, presents a robust lineup of international film premieres, Q&As, and sneak previews.
The Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation is the Lead Sponsor of the Washington Jewish Music Festival, which returns for its 20th edition.
Combining their passion for Jewish liturgical traditions and American folk religious music, Jewlia Eisenberg and Jeremiah Lockwood lead a workshop on spirituals, protest music and related texts.
Direct from Stage 42 on 42nd Street in New York City, Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of National Yiddish Theatre, and Music Director of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, joins us to discuss the creation of this new Yiddish-language production. Mlotek will share the stage with company members from the hit off-Broadway musical, which is directed by Joel Grey.
Can’t make it to Tel Aviv for the Eurovision Song Contest Finals? No problem! Join JxJ and Eurovision USA for the official DC-area Watch Party, complete with a pop up bar, Eurovision prizes, trivia, and live musical host Ricky Paul.
The perfect Mother’s Day experience: bring your Yiddishe Mama to laugh, cry and kvell at the Yiddish comedy duo of Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion. Their live variety show looks at the global Jewish communities they visited to shoot the documentaries Narishkayt—about an eye-opening visit to Krakow—and Chewdaism—a kaleidoscopic culinary tear through Montreal.
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble present a multimedia lecture—incorporating video from sand artist Kseniya Simonova—which traces modern day interpretations of Sephardic music from the former Ottoman Empire.
Join local congregations throughout the DC area for musical Shabbat celebrations.
Discussion Documentary Narrative
The 9th annual exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab Citizens of Israel features screenings of two mid-length films—Freedom Train and Be/Longing—followed by a conversation with the main subject of Be/Longing, Amal Rihan and JDC Israel Tevet’s Director of Employment Programs for Arabs and for Career Advancement, Suzan Hasan.
Bar Crawl Shorts Program
Joining together our three loves—good people, good movies, and good drinks—we present a cinematic pub crawl featuring films from the JxJ short series Diverse of Di-Tryin’.
When Yankl, the town drunk and a notorious philanderer, gets married, everyone predicts that it won’t last. Everyone, that is, except Yankl’s young wife.
This evening features a play reading as part of Theater J’s Yiddish Theater Lab, dedicated to preserving and reviving the forgotten literature of the Yiddish Theater.
Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion, the creators and stars of the award-winning Yiddish comedy web series YidLife Crisis, mix skits, discussion and screenings and use the “trojan horse” of comedy to bring Yiddish and yiddishkayt to the fore and engage the topic of Jewish identity for all–from a young 20s and 30s crowd through to those 65 and over.