Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

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Contacts for Arts & Culture

Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts Director
Dan Kirsch

Film Engagement Coordinator
Brittanie Werbel

Dance Director
Barri DeFrancisci

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Coordinator
Irene Gavin


JCCNV-JAFI Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov

Upcoming Events

Cultural Arts at the JCCNV

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Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival

March 19-29, 2015


Je suis tout le monde
Yo soy todo el mundo
Ani Kulam
I am everyone


Identity. How do we describe ourselves, and how do we let others describe us? The events in Paris in January — Je suis Charlie — have made us more aware of questions of identity. The people of the world are talking about it. At the J, we’re exploring what Jewish identity is and what it will be. While the film festival committee looked at more than 70 films that were Jewish-themed and/or made in Israel, we parsed it down to 15 feature-length films that represent the broad spectrum of Jewish peoplehood and values.

March 19-29, 2015

NVJFF Presenting Partner

The 15th annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, powered by the JCCNV, will screen more than a dozen contemporary Jewish-themed and/or Israeli-made feature films that explore identity and place in the world. Festival home from March 19-29 is Angelika Film Center and Café at Mosaic. Films to be screened include 24 Days, Above and Beyond, Apples from the Desert, Arlo & Julie, Beneath the Helmet: From High School to Home Front, Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story, God’s Slave, The Green Prince, Kidon, Life as a Rumor, Magic Men, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, The Prince of Egypt and Touchdown Israel-Tackle Football in the Holyland; plus a live storytelling event by SpeakeasyDC.    

Tickets to all events now on sale online

Link to Film Descriptions
Link to Film Programs
Link to Ticket Information
Link to Sponsors, Synagogue Previews and Raffle Information


Preview Night at JCCNV: Thursday, March 12, 7:30pm - Zaytoun

NVJFF 2015 Schedule: All screenings at Angelika Film Center at Mosaic

Thursday, March 19, 7:30pm - Above and Beyond
Screening Sponsors: Anita & Steve Dienstfrey, Dara & Joshua Greene, BJ & Allon Shiff; Business Sponsor: Richard Oppenheim, Atlantic Settlement Group, LLC. Program: Bruce Lichtman, retired U.S. Air Force pilot whose father Gideon is featured in Above and Beyond.

Friday, March 20, 11:00am - Magic Men                 

Friday, March 20, 1:00pm - The Green Prince

Saturday, March 21, 8:40pm - Arlo & Julie plus the short Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion

Sunday, March 22, 10:45am - Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story

Sunday, March 22, 12:45pm - The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Sunday, March 22, 2:30pm - The Prince of Egypt

Sunday, March 22, 4:45pm - God’s Slave                                   
Screening Sponsor: Judie Weiss. Program: Mr. Mario F. del Carril, a former press counselor for the Argentine Embassy in Washington and Mr. Roberto Mosse, a retiree of The World Bank Group.   

Sunday, March 22, 7:15pm - Kidon

Monday, March 23, 7:30pm - Touchdown Israel – Tackle Football in the Holyland.                 
Program: local sports commentator David Elfin.     

Tuesday, March 24, 7:30pm - Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front
Screening Partners and Program: Facilitated by Dana Kalishov, JCCNV Community Shlicha. Panelists include: Yogev Moyal (officer from the elite Maglan Unit), hosted by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), Noa Meir, Director of the Israel Action Center (Jewish Community Relations Council/JCRC) and Yakir Daniel, Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, GMU Hillel. Additional support from Project Welcome Home, a JCCNV initiative. 

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30pm - Marx Brothers to Coen Brothers: True stories inspired by Jewish films 
Live storytelling event with SpeakeasyDC.

Thursday, March 26, 7:30pm - 24 Days                                                     
Program: Rabbi Adam J. Raskin from Congregation Har Shalom.

Friday, March 27, 11:00am - God’s Slave                                   

Friday, March 27, 1:00pm - The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Saturday, March 28, 8:40pm - Magic Men

Sunday, March 29, 11:00am - Kidon

Sunday, March 29, 12:45pm - The Green Prince

Sunday, March 29, 2:45pm - 24 Days

Sunday, March 29, 4:45pm - Life as a Rumor

Sunday, March 29, 7:15pm - Apples from the Desert                 
Screening Sponsors: Janet & Murray Horwitz. Raffle drawing following screening.


Film submissions for the March 2015 festival have closed.

Film submissions for spring 2016 festival start June 1, 2015. All films are considered that have at least 50% or more Jewish content or are Israeli-made. Films must be recent (2014, 2015, 2016). Please send email to Dan Kirsch, Cultural Arts Director, at with the following information:

- Title
- Country of origin, year of release, running time, languages/subtitles
- Brief description of film (100-120 words)
- Link to film website
- Please note if film will have (or has had) a theatrical run, will have (or has had) a PBS showing, will have (or has had) screenings in the DC Metro region prior to March 19, 2015
- Vimeo link and password (must have permission to view for 30-60 days). Film will be previewed by 6-10 committee members.
- Submitter's contact information

Our committee will make a decision about our schedule in mid-December 2015, and will finalize all contracts by mid-January 2016. We only screen 10-12 films annually, and we rarely screen shorts.