Contacts for Arts & Culture

Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts Director and
Jewish Film Festival Director

Dan Kirsch
(703) 537-3075
Dan.Kirsch@jccnv.org

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Coordinator
Irene Gavin
(703) 537-3063
Irene.Gavin@jccnv.org

Israel

JCCNV-JAFI Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov
(703) 537-3034
Dana.Kalishov@jccnv.org

 

Upcoming Events

Cultural Arts at the JCCNV

www.jccnvarts.org

Cultural Arts at the J

Season Opening &
Fall Comedy Night

An Evening of Comedy
with Annabelle Gurwitch
Saturday, October 25, 8pm

The J's third season opens
with the co-host of TV's
"Dinner & A Movie."

Author, comedian, Jewish mother,
environmentalist, and more.

Centertainment

Film Festival Programs

Film Festival Programs at the JCCNV


Festival Opening Night Dinner and Film

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"When Comedy Went to School"

Thursday, March 20, JCCNV
6:30pm Social | 7pm Dinner | 7:45pm Program and Film | Followed by Dessert Reception
Click here to purchase tickets online.


Shabbat Expression through Film

"Igor and the Cranes’ Journey"

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Saturday, March 22, 4:15pm

Join us on a journey of wonder and learning as we watch Igor and the Cranes’ Journey. This film, best suited for ages 10 and up (with parental guidance), tells the story of a young boy on his journey of Aliyah (migration to Israel). After the film, stay for a short discussion and community Havdallah service. Children 9 and under will find their own way to express themselves on Shabbat through song and crafts.

All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Fee: Free (Please register in advance at the JCCNV or click here to register online.)

Film Festival Programs at Angelika

Sunday, March 23, 4:45pm

"Under the Same Sun"

Introduction by John Marks, Founder and President of Search for Common Ground —  Program with Ralph Robbins of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, Office of the Governor.


John Marks

Founder and President of Search for Common Ground and Common Ground Productions

John wrote and produced The Shape of the Future, a four-part TV documentary series that was simulcast on Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab satellite TV. John also is executive producer of Under the Same Sun, a feature film based on the premise that peace is possible between Israelis and Palestinians. He is also executive producer of The Team, a TV and radio series produced in 18 different countries, as well as numerous other TV and radio programs. John is a Skoll Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Peace in Costa Rica. He served as a US Foreign Service Officer and as Executive Assistant to the late US Senator Clifford Case. A graduate of Cornell University, John was a Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School. He is an award-winning author and a Senior Ashoka Fellow. https://www.sfcg.org/

Ralph Robbins

Executive Director, Virginia Israel Advisory Board

Ralph, an entrepreneur for over 20 years in Israel and the U.S., serves as Executive Director … and your liaison. He knows what needs to be done to help a business succeed — creating new ties, forging new links and expanding new horizons — in both the U.S. and Israel. “It all starts by putting people together with opportunities. With the encouragement and backing of Virginia’s Governor, VIAB accelerates the process of networking between people and businesses who share a common interest,” says Mr. Robbins. Ralph spent most of his career in delivering medical services. He was the founder and CEO of a private hospital in Israel, the American Medical Center (Rishon LeZion), which has been sold to Assuta. He has also developed and managed other medical businesses including a chain of dental clinics and an international IVF program. He was an international business consultant and worked in a Madison Avenue advertising and marketing company. Mr. Robbins received a MBA from the Wharton School and has a BA degree from the University of Vermont. http://www.viab.org/


Sunday, March 23, 7:15pm

"The Jewish Cardinal" with "Moses on the Mesa"

Program: Victoria Barnett, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Victoria Barnett

Staff Director, Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Victoria is a graduate of Indiana University and Union Theological Seminary, New York (M. Div.). She is the author of For the Soul of the People: Protestant Protest against Hitler (Oxford University Press, 1992) and Bystanders: Conscience and Complicity during the Holocaust (Greenwood Press, 1999), and editor/translator of Wolfgang Gerlach’s And the Witnesses were Silent: the Confessing Church and the Jews (University of Nebraska Press, 2000) and Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography (Fortress Press, 2000), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on the churches during the Holocaust. She is also coeditor of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works project, the English translation series of Bonhoeffer’s complete works. She is also completing a doctorate in religion and conflict at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. http://www.ushmm.org/


Monday, March 24, 7:15pm

"Dancing in Jaffa"

Introduction by Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys & Poets.
Thanks to the Producers Guild of America, the film’s producer Diane Nabatoff and subject Pierre Dulaine join us for a conversation following the screening.

Anas “Andy” Shallal is an Iraqi American activist, artist and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and proprietor of Busboys and Poets, an activism center and café in Washington DC, which features prominent speakers and authors and provides a venue for social and political activism. Since its inception, Busboys and Poets has become an incubator for activism and social change. Andy is a member of the board of trustees for The Institute for Policy Studies, a liberal think tank. He also sits on several arts and philanthropic boards, including The Washington Peace Center, The Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at GMU, DC Vote, Think Local First, Social Venture Network, The National Arab American Museum and Split This Rock Poetry Festival. Andy is also the co founder of The Peace Cafe which promotes Arab and Jewish dialogue and improved understanding. He has also worked with the Seeds of Peace program which brings Arab and Israeli youth from the region to the United States during the summer to learn how to co exist. http://www.busboysandpoets.com/

Pierre Dulaine was born in Jaffa, Palestine, but his family fled in 1948 at the creation of the State of Israel when he was four – first to the United Kingdom, then to Jordan and back again to the UK. It was in Birmingham, at the age of 14 Pierre began to dance, and in 1972 ended up in New York City. Pierre founded Dancing Classrooms in 1994 to build social awareness, confidence, and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance. In 2005 Mad Hot Ballroom, the hit documentary and in 2006 Take the Lead, with Antonio Banderas portraying Pierre Dulaine and his work with children were released. Pierre’s latest project took him back to Jaffa … Dancing in Jaffa being released in the spring of 2014;  using dance to help Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Jewish children to peacefully coexist. Numerous awards have been bestowed on Pierre. Most recently the Americans for the Arts Award for Arts and Education and the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in homage to the outstanding qualities he brings to America as well as the Carl Alan Award for Worldwide Contribution to Dance. www.dancingclassrooms.org

In 2000 Diane Nabatoff founded Tiara Blu Films. Since then she has produced Take The Lead, and Narc, and executive produced The Brass Teapot and Gray Matters. In television, she executive produced Knights of the South Bronx for A&E and Racing For Time for Lifetime as well as the series After Hours with Daniel for Mojo now on Ovation. She also co-executive produced the pilot for the HBO series Baseball Wives and the pilot, Scent Of The Missing for TNT.  For theater, she is developing several Broadway musicals, including one based on her film Take The Lead.  Besides Dancing In Jaffa, she is also working on a documentary with Stanley Tucci about cancer. In addition, Diane produces the annual Human Rights Watch production, Cries From The Heart in Los Angeles. Prior to founding Tiara Blu Films, Diane was a Producer at Interscope Communications, where she produced films that include: Very Bad Things, The Proposition, Operation Dumbo Drop, Separate Lives, Holy Matrimony, and Body Language. Earlier in her career, Diane was the Senior Vice President of Production for Henry Winkler’s Fair Dinkum Productions and Vice President of Vestron Pictures where she executive produced Hider in the House and Fear. She began her film career as Vice President at The Feldman-Meeker Co. working on The Golden Child and serving as Associate-Producer of The Kindred and Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark. Prior to receiving a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, where she was the first female producer of Hasty Pudding Theatricals and the founder of The Radcliffe Pitches, the first Harvard female vocal group. Diane is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.


Tuesday, March 25, 7:15pm

"Two Sided Story"

Program: Marcia Mofson

Check back for details.


Wednesday, March 26, 7:15pm

"Suskind"

Program: TBA

Check back for details.


Thursday, March 27, 7:15pm

"Aftermath"

Program with Ido Rakovsky, JCCNV-JAFI Community Shaliach

As our Community Shaliach, Ido works with area synagogues and Jewish agencies/ organizations, and is Israel Fellow on the campus of George Mason University. Ido was born on Kibbutz Ein Hashofet, which is situated in the picturesque hills of Menashe. The community is approximately 30 km from the port city of Haifa, and 100 km north of Israel's largest city, Tel Aviv. Following high school, where he focused on learning about communication, film, history and the bible, he volunteered in the Air Force and left with the rank of Corporal. While attending the University of Haifa part-time (studying Jewish history), he also worked as a group leader for teens, grades 7 - 12 in the “Reut Youth Community”. He has spent the last four summers at the B’nai Brith Perlman camp in Pennsylvania working with a variety of ages, initially as a counselor and then unit head. His extensive camp experience made him think about his Jewish identity and the mission of being an educator. He has a love of history and is interested in Jewish and Israeli politics. Ido is excited to share his knowledge of Israeli culture and his strong connection to his Jewish-Israeli identity.

 

Friday, March 28, 2:30pm

"Under the Same Sun"

Introduction by Susan Koscis, Special Projects Director, Search for Common Ground. Plus program with Ido Rakovsky, JCCNV-JAFI Community Shaliach.

Susan Koscis

Special Projects Director, Search for Common Ground

Susan has been with Search for Common Ground since 1994 and has served as Director of Special Projects, Director of Communications, Vice President of Operations; and Vice President of Arts & Culture. Susan has been a certified mediator in the State of Virginia courts and has served as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau. She has been grants panelist for the U.S. Institute of Peace and for the National Endowment for the Arts. As VP of Arts and Culture, Susan was responsible for the development of arts-based initiatives involving visual art, drama, music, dance and film, promoting peaceful coexistence, and created our Common Ground Film Festival and Series. https://www.sfcg.org/

Ido Rakovsky

JCCNV-JAFI Community Shaliach

As our Community Shaliach, Ido works with area synagogues and Jewish agencies/ organizations, and is Israel Fellow on the campus of George Mason University. Ido was born on Kibbutz Ein Hashofet, which is situated in the picturesque hills of Menashe. The community is approximately 30 km from the port city of Haifa, and 100 km north of Israel's largest city, Tel Aviv. Following high school, where he focused on learning about communication, film, history and the bible, he volunteered in the Air Force and left with the rank of Corporal. While attending the University of Haifa part-time (studying Jewish history), he also worked as a group leader for teens, grades 7 - 12 in the “Reut Youth Community”. He has spent the last four summers at the B’nai Brith Perlman camp in Pennsylvania working with a variety of ages, initially as a counselor and then unit head. His extensive camp experience made him think about his Jewish identity and the mission of being an educator. He has a love of history and is interested in Jewish and Israeli politics. Ido is excited to share his knowledge of Israeli culture and his strong connection to his Jewish-Israeli identity.

Festival Closing Night: Film and Dessert Reception

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"Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story"

Sunday, March 30, 7:15pm

 

 

 

 

 

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