JxJ Festival
May 12 – May 22 all-day
JxJ Festival @ Throughout DC and Maryland

Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC, JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project that encompasses the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals, alongside hybrid arts programming.

See the full line-up and get your tickets today!

About the Festival

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.

Lag B’Omer Park Playdate
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Come join us to celebrate Lag B’Omer at Mitchell Park! Join Melissa after work to hang out and enjoy s’mores, music, and bubbles. Lag B’Omer is celebrated on the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer, the period between Passover and Shavuot.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

That Orchestra With The Broken Instruments
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Dir. Yuval Hameiri | 79 min
Documentary Israel  2021
English Arabic Hebrew with English subtitles  Mid-Atlantic Premiere

An orchestra of 100 professional and amateur musicians, young and old, sets out on a journey against all odds to a one-time concert. They speak different languages. Their instruments are broken.

One brilliant conductor, three gifted composers, and musicians from different backgrounds meet for four days of rehearsals to pull off a concert unlike any other: a concert played in Jerusalem on broken instruments. A poetic, engaging look at the broken and the whole through characters determined to create, if only for a moment, harmony in a discordant city.

Part of the BEATSxJ: Movies about Music series.

Shalom Putti
May 19 @ 6:10 pm – 7:45 pm
Dir. Tamás Wormser | 90 min
Documentary Canada  2022
English  International Premiere

When a little-known Jewish community in rural Uganda encounters a group of Orthodox Israeli rabbis, everyone is destined to be transformed.

Director Tamás Wormser documents the extraordinary encounter over seven years, crafting a nuanced and visually arresting documentary reflection on identity, religion, and the long shadow of colonialism.

This poignant look at the lives and religious practice of the Abayudaya touches on the very definition of what it is to be Jewish, while raising timely questions about wealth inequality and the relationship between Israel and the African diaspora.

Screening followed by a conversation with director Tamás Wormser.

Part of the Jews of Color series: Programs Centering Jews of Color.

May 19 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Dir. Roberta Grossman | 74 min
Documentary USA  2022
English  Sneak Preview

They met in secret to negotiate the unthinkable—compensation for the survivors of the largest mass genocide in history. Survivors were in urgent need of help, but how could reparations be determined for the unprecedented destruction and suffering of a people?

Directed by 2018 Washington Jewish Film Festival Visionary Award Winner Roberta Grossman (Who Will Write our History, Blessed is the Match: Hannah Senesh), Reckonings recounts the tense negotiations between Jewish and German leaders.

Under the constant threat of violence, they forged ahead, knowing that the size of the settlement would never be enough but hoping it could at least be an acknowledgement and a step towards healing.

Beyond the Bump
May 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

6 Thursdays, May 19-June 23, 6:30–7:30 PM
The group will meet in person on the first and last week, and the other sessions will be on Zoom.
$110 for the six-week session; EDCJCC Member Rate $92
Facilitated by Catherine Coogan, Ph.D.

Pregnant for the first time? Looking to create a community with other expecting moms to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly for six weeks to provide a safe and facilitated space for moms-to-be to discuss their experiences and learn from one another.  On the first and last weeks (May 19 and June 23), we will meet in person at the EDCJCC, and then we will meet virtually on Zoom for middle four weeks. We will explore several topics, including: concerns about childbirth and parenting; balancing family with work outside the home; navigating new relationships with your partner, parents, and in-laws; and recognizing post (and pre)-partum depression and anxiety.  The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered easily, even in a virtual space.


Community Cares Night with Housing Up
May 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Community Cares Night with Housing Up

Housing Up, a new partner of the EDCJCC, builds thriving communities in Washington, DC by developing affordable housing and offering comprehensive support services to homeless and low-income families.

What: Spend an evening playing games, doing arts & crafts, and leading programs for children and parents living at a Housing Up apartment complex. Volunteers will work with Housing Up staff to run activities and build relationships with the apartment residents. Program supplies will be provided by Housing Up.

Where: This opportunity is in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC. The exact address will be provided upon registration.

When: Thursday, May 19, from 6:30-7:30pm.  This opportunity will occur monthly and volunteers must register for each event.

Safety: The EDCJCC is working with Housing Up to minimize risk for residents, staff, and volunteers. In accordance with Housing Up guidelines, all volunteers must submit proof of covid-19 vaccination to Mira Smith ( prior to the program. All participants are required to wear masks that cover nose and mouth, and are encouraged to maintain social distancing guidelines. We cannot disclose the vaccination status of program participants.

Please note that volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate, no exceptions. Please reach out to Mira Smith if you have any questions!

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event? If so, please contact

POSTPONED: Jews that Jam Community Concert & Happy Hour
May 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Thursday, May 19
6:30 PM – Happy Hour
7:30 PM – Concert
Don’t miss out on celebrating Lag B’Omer at our heat-packed community concert! Join EntryPointDC for a performance from our young adult musicians community, Jews That Jam.

In April, they came together to pick their bandmates for their temporary bands and they have been practicing for weeks to present an awesome evening of popular hits, featuring “songs with fire.”

Get your concert ticket here:

Meet other young adults and mingle before the show at happy hour! RSVP to the happy hour here:

Co-presented by EntryPointDC, the young professionals program of the Edlavitch DCJCC with JxJ the Jewish Film and Music Festival of the Edlavitch DCJCC

Jews That Jam
May 19 @ 7:30 pm

Don’t miss out on celebrating Lag B’Omer at our heat-packed community concert! Join us for a performance from our young adult musicians community, Jews That Jam.

In April, they came together to pick their bandmates for their temporary bands and they have been practicing for weeks to present an awesome evening of popular hits, featuring “songs with fire.”

Co-presented with EntryPointDC, the EDCJCC’s program for Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s

Inclusion Bingo Night
May 19 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Join your friends for an (almost) weekly bingo night! We will send each participant a bingo card via email. All you need is to make sure that you have coins or other objects to cover each space.

Be sure to register by 5:00 PM on the Tuesday before the event to make sure you get a bingo card and the Zoom link.

If you have any questions, please contact Shanna Sorrells, Director of Inclusion & Disabilities Programming, at