Arts & Education

The Jewish community of Greater Washington has a wide array of Jewish educational and cultural events from workshops and lectures, theater to film, from literature to food, from dance to art and much more. 

Below are calendar listings with information about our fun and interesting educational and cultural events . On the right are other resources to help enrich your Jewish cultural life. To find activities targeted to your other interests, you can search the full calendar by clicking on “Search All” and selecting specific ages or interests.

If you need information on items not included on this page, please contact Jconnect via email at info@jconnect.org or through the Contact Us page.

We know you will enjoy these programs so we encourage you to go check them out!  Visit us often because new events are posted all the time.

The Non-Stop Jewish Cultural Scene

Interested in Jewish cultural events? The DC area hosts many festivals and cultural events throughout the year.

Hosted every January/February is the Washington DC Jewish Film Festival. This festival brings films with a variety of Jewish themes from around the world to the DC area. It offers a glimpse of the Jewish world and its history in a low-cost, low-barrier format. The festival screens films from across the world, including the US, Israel, Argentina, Germany, France, the UK, Australia, Austria, Russia, Poland, Nigeria, Denmark and Serbia. There are comedies, dramas, documentaries and even a pub crawl down U Street. The yearly Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival, held in March this past year, screened films from the US, Israel, England, The Czech Republic, Poland and Germany.

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, part of which is “Reelabilites” film festival, sponsored by the JCCs of Greater Washington and Northern Virginia, Sunflower Bakery Washington Society for Jewish Deaf, and many others. The festival presents award-winning films, accompanied by discussions and other engaging programs which bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. “Reelabilities” films will be screened at several venues throughout the Greater Washington DC area.

Another festival showcasing local talent and talent from afar is the Israeli Dance Festival DC, which takes place in the spring. Dance troupes with performers who range from middle-school-age to middle age, take the stage and bring Jewish and Israeli culture – old and new – to life.

The Washington Jewish Music Festival, held in May, brings Jewish musicians and groups from around the world. With performances at the DCJCC and around the community, the festival hosts pop, broadway, jazz, klezmer, folk and children’s music.

The Capital Fringe Festival, held every July, may seem an unlikely place to find Jewish arts, but each year, among the self-selected presenting artists, are invariably a cadre of Jewishly themed works. In 2012 the festival brought the innovative “The Dybbuk Between Two Worlds” puppet show  and in 2013 featured "Fallbeil," a drama that tells the story of two young women — one confronting Nazi Germany, the other faced with the ongoing Middle East conflict, and Jerusalem-born and-raised storyteller Noa Baum with her inspiring "Impossible to Translate But I’ll Try —True-Life Israeli Stories." Be sure to check the festival website for a schedule of productions.

The Jewish Folk Arts Festival is a family-friendly day of Jewish music, story-telling, dance, workshops, artisans and crafts. This Washington area favorite is the Mid-Atlantic's largest celebration of Jewish art, music, and culture, and is held every-other  year, usually in the fall.

November is Jewish Book Month and the JCCs of Greater Washington and Northern Virginia host simultaneous book festivals at the beginning of the month.  A little earlier, in October, the Washington DC JCC hosts the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival. These festivals bring in some of the most sought after authors to present their latest work.

Can’t wait for a festival to bring you the latest in Jewish arts? The DC area has plenty of year-round venues to choose from. The critically acclaimed Theater J stages productions from the best and most innovative playwrights. Hailed by The New York Times as The Premier Theater for Premieres,” and nominated for over fifty Helen Hayes Awards, Theater J proves, season after season, that Jewish culture has a “distinctive urban voice and social vision

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue offers a unique mix of religious, spiritual, educational and entertaining programming. Their “multi-denominational and non-membership approach” attracts young professionals (as well as families and baby boomers) to “timely, resonant, provocative, and affordable programs with authors, musicians, politicians, comedians, filmmakers, journalists, actors, chefs, and other thought leaders.”

For music lovers, the Washington Performing Arts Society brings classical performers to some of the largest venues in the area, like the Kennedy Center and Strathmore. Many of these performers were raised and trained in Israel, like Itzhak Perlman, Inon Barnatan, Amit Peled and Shai Wosner.  Pro Musica Hebraica is “an organization dedicated to bringing neglected Jewish music to the concert hall.” Their previous performances have highlighted Modern European Music, Interwar music, a Yiddish winter journey, Baroque Jewish music, Russian Jewish music, and more. For a more intimate setting, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington hosts the “Artists of Excellence” series and several concerts each year. These concerts bring renowned artists and rising stars to an affordable and accessible venue.

All the festivals, venues and organizations mentioned above give the DC area its rich and varied Jewish cultural flavor. However you never know who will pop up in the most unexpected of places. Matisyahu at the 930 club… Amir Gwirtzman at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage…Benny Sharoni at Blues Alley…Israeli films at the East Street Cinema. Check with Jconnect regularly to find upcoming cultural events in the DC area.  Better yet – sign up to receive our weekly emails and you’ll never miss a thing.

Upcoming Events

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Wed
Mar
  29
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC 20016
Activist, author of The Hands of Peace, and Holocaust survivor Marione Ingram will speak in conversation with Dr. Lauren B. Strauss, Scholar in Residence at American University and Executive Director of the Foundation for Jewish Studies. Ms. Ingram will discuss her role in the Civil Rights movement and how her early experiences shaped her later life. Book signing to follow program. Light refreshments provided.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Women & Girls, DC, Adult Education, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom (Sisterhood Treasures Judaica Shop)
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Michael Aram Judaica Trunk Show Michael Aram is an award-winning American-born artist and designer of metalware, home accessories, and fine jewelry. His designs are derived from the beauty of nature, and are executed in ancient techniques of metal-working he learned in India. Come see the entire assortment of Michael Aram Judaica items, including Seder plates and matzah trays, menorahs, mezzuzot, Kiddush cups, challah knives, candleholders, and apple honey pots. We’ll also have some lovely gif...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Arts & Culture, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  Free; Cost of items purchased
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
National Museum of American Jewish Military History
1811 R Street, NW, Washington DC 20009
Frank Lavin, author of Home Front to Battlefront will join us to discuss the World War II experiences of Carl Lavin. Carl Lavin was a high school senior in Canton, Ohio, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. In his freshman year of college, he joined the reserves, a decision that would take him with the US Army from training across the United States and Britain to combat with the 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Home Front to Battlefront is the tale of a foot soldier who finds hims...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Shalom
11510 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
Congregation Har Shalom Membership Program presents Seth Kibel, live in concert. 5 piece ensemble - dancing optional but encouraged! Open to the entire community. $20 per person/ $18 Group Tickets (10 or more) Delicious delectables by Estrella Levy will be offered (all laws of Kashrut are followed) tickets at www.harshalom.org/sethkibel
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20/ticket $18/group tickets (10 or more)
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
Washington Hebrew Cantors Mikhail Manevich and Susan Bortnick invite you to join them for an evening celebrating the music of George and Ira Gershwin. The music of George and Ira Gershwin is instantly recognizable. From 1924 until George's death in 1937, they composed more than two dozen scores for theater and film. They elevated musical comedy to an American art form and will forever be linked with the sound and style of the Jazz Age. Tickets are $25 each. Register online at www.whctemple.org...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (JCCGW: Gildenhorn/Speisman Center for the Arts)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series “pearly touch and sparkling runs” (New York Times) “a powerhouse of American chamber music” (Washington Post) Alon Goldstein’s artistic vision and innovative programming have made him a favorite with audiences and critics alike. The venerable Fine Arts Quartet ranks among the most distinguished and authoritative ensembles of our time, with an illustrious history of performing success and an extensive recording legacy. This program features rarely he...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; Regular - $40, Senior (62+) - $35, Under 40 - $30
 
 
Tue
Apr
  4
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Explore the rich traditions and culture of Judaism. This class looks at the building blocks of the Jewish people: beliefs, history, ethics, holidays, rituals, and more. It is ideal for those who have never studied Judaism before or those who might need a Hebrew school refresher. Teacher: JoHanna Potts
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), DC, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  
 
 
Wed
Apr
  5
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA 22304
Whether you enjoyed last year’s talk on Ancient Jewish Coinage or missed it, you will want to attend this year’s presentation. We will discuss Judaism, art, history, religion, war, rebellion, and Israel. We will view actual ancient coins, including some recently added to the collection of Art Gershman, who will lead the program.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  
 
 
Wed
Apr
  5
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Coming of age may not be easy—but it sure can be hilarious. Eugene Morris Jerome is 15, lives in 1930’s Brooklyn and thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees… and girls. Eugene’s witty commentary about his life, his overworked father, his overbearing mother, his overconfident brother and his overly gorgeous cousin, makes this tender journey through young adulthood both poignant and joyful.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47
 
 
Thu
Apr
  6
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Coming of age may not be easy—but it sure can be hilarious. Eugene Morris Jerome is 15, lives in 1930’s Brooklyn and thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees… and girls. Eugene’s witty commentary about his life, his overworked father, his overbearing mother, his overconfident brother and his overly gorgeous cousin, makes this tender journey through young adulthood both poignant and joyful.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47
 
 
Thu
Apr
  6
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek
1201 Rockville Pike , Rockville MD 20852
Congregation B'nai Tzedek's Annual Community Celebration and Fundraiser at Woodmont County Club. "An Unfiltered Night of Comedy" with Susie Essman, star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Cocktails and Hors D'oeuvres. 8:00 pm - Show Time with Auction. This event is appropriate for adults only. For more information: akatz@bnaitzedek.org or 301-299-0225 x303
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Maryland, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $100 before March 17; $150 after March 17
 
 
Fri
Apr
  7
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Coming of age may not be easy—but it sure can be hilarious. Eugene Morris Jerome is 15, lives in 1930’s Brooklyn and thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees… and girls. Eugene’s witty commentary about his life, his overworked father, his overbearing mother, his overconfident brother and his overly gorgeous cousin, makes this tender journey through young adulthood both poignant and joyful.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47
 
 
Sat
Apr
  8
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Coming of age may not be easy—but it sure can be hilarious. Eugene Morris Jerome is 15, lives in 1930’s Brooklyn and thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees… and girls. Eugene’s witty commentary about his life, his overworked father, his overbearing mother, his overconfident brother and his overly gorgeous cousin, makes this tender journey through young adulthood both poignant and joyful.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47
 
 
Wed
Apr
  12
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Coming of age may not be easy—but it sure can be hilarious. Eugene Morris Jerome is 15, lives in 1930’s Brooklyn and thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees… and girls. Eugene’s witty commentary about his life, his overworked father, his overbearing mother, his overconfident brother and his overly gorgeous cousin, makes this tender journey through young adulthood both poignant and joyful.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47
 
 
Thu
Apr
  13
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Theater J)
1529 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20036
Coming of age may not be easy—but it sure can be hilarious. Eugene Morris Jerome is 15, lives in 1930’s Brooklyn and thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees… and girls. Eugene’s witty commentary about his life, his overworked father, his overbearing mother, his overconfident brother and his overly gorgeous cousin, makes this tender journey through young adulthood both poignant and joyful.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $47