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The Festival and Year-Round programming would not be possible without our dedicated team of volunteers who support our box office, special events, and the experience of our audiences. 

Become a Volunteer

Here’s how to create a volunteer account!

  1. Visit
  2. You will receive an email asking you to verify your account.
  3. In your email, click the link “Verify Me” which will direct you to a page to create a password
  4. Complete the sign up process by creating a password and logging in

Once you have created an account and logged in, go to the “Opportunities” Tab to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities. You can then view shifts you have successfully signed up for under the “Activities” Tab.

For each volunteer shift completed, volunteers receive one voucher that can be traded in for any of our year-round or regular-price Festival films. During the festival two volunteer vouchers can be traded in for a ticket to one of our higher-priced films or concerts. Volunteering for six shifts or more during the Festival, earns you a Festival pass. Volunteers also get snacks, t-shirts, invitations to special programs, and insider information about upcoming events.

Ways to Volunteer

Help during our film screenings, concerts and other events by ushering and greeting guests, operating will call or taking tickets at the door. Please note in many instances you will be allowed to see part of the event during the time in which you are volunteering. However, due to volunteering responsibilities, you will likely miss the first and last 15 minutes. Being able to watch the event is not a guarantee.

Want to gain exclusive access to films before they are premiered to the public? Want to help JxJ ensure that our audiences receive the best possible film experience when they attend our screenings? Sign up to be a JxJ Screen Tester today! Volunteers will aid with tech checks of films before they are screened at festival and year-round events. We need your help!

Join our dedicated office volunteer team and assist with data entry, materials organization, and other daily office tasks. There are more opportunities for this volunteer team in the lead-up to the annual Film Festival, however, we have plenty of opportunities during the Year-Round program as well.

Have some extra time and love talking about the Festival? Join our outgoing Distribution Team to help us spread the word about our Year-Round and Festival events to local businesses. We’ll provide an instructional guide, neighborhood map, and stacks of brochures & flyers for you to get started. Do you know an area or business that would like our materials displayed? We’d love to hear about it!

Our dedicated team of concierge volunteers play a crucial role in our festival. These dedicated members offer up their time, vehicles, and driving experience to help get our international guests and filmmakers around town. They make our talkbacks, workshops, concerts, and guest appearances happen! Concierge volunteers also get to mingle exclusively with international filmmakers and musicians, and in exchange they get an all-access pass. If you have a car and are interested please film out the form below. Help us make the festival happen!

EDCJCC Volunteers of the Year

Every year the Edlavitch DCJCC presents the Volunteer of the Year award to one of the Center’s many dedicated volunteers. These are JxJ’s EDCJCC Volunteer of the Year award winners!

Asher Velasco is an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co., where he leads a team of consultants in the execution of client projects in the Digital Financial Services Practice. He previously was based in the London office of McKinsey where he was an Associate in the Data Analysis practice. Asher, a native of Rhode Island ,has lived in the D.C. area for the past three years. A member of D.C. Minyan, which is based in the EDJCC, he has enjoyed volunteering for the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) beginning from his first months in Washington. Asher has particularly enjoyed being a part of such “an innovative and engaging event” as the WJFF. Asher earned a B.S. in Biology from Johns Hopkins University as well as a Masters in Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, lacrosse and rooting for the Boston Red Sox.

Sara Cohen is a native Washingtonian and practicing dentist in a 50+ year old D.C. family practice founded by her father and grandfather. Her grandparents were active members of the EDCJCC in its early days. Inspired by the combination of art and science in her work, she believes art and film in particular are the perfect emissaries to give voice to the Jewish experience. She is an active fundraiser for Jewish education and culture, working with the development office of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and the Capital and Endowment Campaign Committee of the DCJCC.  She is married to Norm J. Rich, Vice President of the DCJCC and with four grade school children, is doing her best to create Jewish leaders of the future!

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Contact Elijah at to learn about the various ways to volunteer with JxJ.