Jewish Identity Through Film
Nov 17 @ 3:00 pm
Jewish Identity Through Film @ Edlavitch DCJCC

Screenings and Dialogues led by Professor Amitai Etzioni

Through the course of seven sessions—and seven seminal films curated by the professor Amitai Etzioni —we will explore a range of perspectives on the legacy of the Shoah, the Eastern European Jewish experience, the Zionist project, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the role of women in Orthodox Jewish society and more.

After each screening, Professor Etzioni will lead an audience dialogue. Each session is pay-what-you-can, and attendees can come to as many or as few as they choose. Light snacks, coffee and tea will be provided between the films screening and discussions that follow.

Amitai Etzioni is a University Professor and Professor of International Relations at The George Washington University. He is the author of My Brother’s Keeper.


Sunday, October 6, 3:00 PM – Sarah’s Key

Sunday, October 13, 3:00 PM – Ida

Sunday, October 20, 2:30 PM – Sunshine

Sunday, October 27, 3:00 PM – The Attack

Sunday, November 3, 3:00 PM – In the Land of Pomegranates

Sunday, November 10, 3:00 PM – Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Sunday, November 17, 3:00 PM – Exodus (1st half only)

Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Synonyms @ Cafritz Hall
Dir. Nadav Lapid | 123 min
Narrative France, Germany, Israel  2019
FrenchHebrew with English subtitles

Loosely based on director Nadav Lapid’s (The Kindergarten Teacher) own experiences, the film follows young Israeli ex-soldier Yoav—played by newcomer Tom Mercier, in an incredible performance—who escapes his country and past to take up residence in Paris. Armed with a pocket-sized French dictionary, Yoav refuses to speak his native Hebrew as he desperately tries to immerse himself in French society. Living on only a few francs a day, he bounces from job to job on a wildly erratic journey, attempting to assimilate into a seemingly impenetrable culture.

Unpredictable yet kinetically assured, Lapid’s lucid assault against nationhood asks if individuals can ever be fully extricated from the society into which they were born. While Synonyms is loaded with ideas about identity, both personal and national, it’s the intense emotional impact of Yoav’s experiences that resonate so strongly.

-Note adapted from the Toronto International Film Festival

Film contains adult content, themes, and nudity

Klezmer Brunch With Seth Kibel
Jan 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:45 pm
Klezmer Brunch With Seth Kibel @ Edlavitch DCJCC

Our popular bi-month Klezmer brunch returns! Enjoy fantastic music paired with a delicious kosher buffet. A wonderful event for the whole family.

Seth Kibel and his bands have been combining traditional Eastern European/Jewish music with diverse influences for over a decade and combine traditional melodies and with original songs and innovative arrangements.


Kids under the age of 7 eat free and don’t need a ticket.
You do not need to order brunch to attend. Brunch tickets close on Fridays before each event; Concert-only tickets will be available through the weekend and at the door.