Contacts for Arts & Culture

Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts Director
Dan Kirsch
(703) 537-3075

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Coordinator
Irene Gavin
(703) 537-3063


JCCNV-JAFI Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov
(703) 537-3034


Upcoming Events

Cultural Arts at the JCCNV

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.

Singles Calendar

Bodzin Art Gallery

The JCCNV Fine Arts Program supports and encourages the development of Jewish artists and/or Jewish arts. The program is also committed to establishing and strengthening the relationship between the Northern Virginia community and Israel by integrating Israeli arts into its program.
The Program’s dedication to the arts has garnered an international reputation that’s both credible and well-respected amongst art enthusiasts, artists, art buyers, and sellers. Over the years, the Center’s Bodzin Art Gallery exhibitions have attracted talented artists who work in a wide-variety of media including painting, photography, jewelry, crafts and new media. Click here for a listing of past exhibits, in our Fine Arts Archive.


The Lower East Side – Immigrant Portal to America 1875 to 1925

September 9–December 15

Wall Display:
An exhibit portfolio produced by the New York State Council on the Arts for the New York Museums Collaborative of the Cultural Council Foundation; prepared in cooperation with The Jewish Museum, New York, New York, 1971. Introductory statement by Allon Schoener. “For a period of fifty years, during the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first quarter of the twentieth century, New York’s Lower East Side was the first America for millions of immigrants. As a portal, the Lower East Side prepared Jews, Italians, Irish, Chinese, and Poles for adaption to American life. Escaping from persecution and economic hardship, a continuous stream of Eastern European Jews settled … [there] … and transformed this area of downtown New York. Although Jews spread … [beyond] …they tended to concentrate between East Broadway and Houston Street.

“The Lower East Side symbolizes the epic of Jewish adaption to America. Life was a panorama of hardship, misery, poverty, crowding, filth, uncertainty, alienation, joy, love, and devotion. … Recalling a wonderfully rich and fruitful period of American history in which millions of Jews came to the United States through a small portal and spread across the entire country making their contributions to the total fabric of American life.”

In the Showcase:
Several local fiber artists will display their work. Their choice of medium helps them to express their individual style and creativity.

Melanie Grishman uses quilting and traditional fiber techniques, often combined with hand embroidery, beading, or found objects to create wall hangings or sculptural forms. Since childhood, Melanie has done embroidery and sewing, focusing on the images created in fiber. The tactile qualities are what drew her into the medium. With her current pieces — which are almost exclusively hand-dyed, printed or painted — beginning with the dying of the fabric then printed or painted images added to give complexity. The result is then used to create a composition which is ultimately machine or hand-quilted, with the needle and thread being used as a drawing tool. 

Roz Houseknecht reflects, “My work in felt has evolved over a period of 18 years. I began creating textiles for the body and have moved into the realm of abstract vessels and wall art. I continue to love creating small wearable items which include hats, jewelry, scarves and sculptures.”

Bobbi Premack Gorban states, “My fiber art includes both Judaic and secular pieces. The jewelry I create uses beads, pearls and gems combined with knitting, crocheting and weaving techniques. Some necklaces, bracelets and earrings include Judaic charms as well. Another special item is personalized beads and wire kippot for Bat Mitzvahs and their mothers. I get great pleasure creating my unique pieces.”


Ronni Jolles Revisited

December 1–15

This display runs concurrently with the Northern Virginia j.talks Book Sale. Ronnie will be displaying high quality reproduction prints of her pieces for show and sale.
Ronni Jolles’ originals are created by employing paper as the primary medium, coming from many sources, which is then cut, torn and layered to create textured scenes. Sometimes acrylic paints are used to add color variation. Her inspiration is quite varied and her recent Judaic work captures the moments and traditions from her Jewish upbringing and experiences. These have recently been made into high resolution prints and are available framed or matted. To learn more, visit to view her listing on the JCCNV Directory of Jewish Artists and Art.

Synesthetic Landscapes
Photographs by Andy Ilachinski

December 16–February 9

This is a mixed media exhibit that commemorates the rededication of our beautifully renovated Bodzin Art Gallery.

Wall Display:
Andy Ilachinski describes his colorful, powerful and magically manipulated images as Synesthetic Landscapes (Synesthesia derives from the Greek “syn,” meaning “union” plus aesthesis, meaning “sensation,” and thus means “joined sensation,” such as when something that is ordinarily “seen” is “tasted” as well.) But this dry definition hardly does justice to the psychological, creative-even mystical experience of synesthesia. There are well-documented examples of almost all possible joinings of the senses — smelling sounds, hearing colors, feeling shapes, etc.

The important part of art [forms] involves the artist finding ways to communicate a point of view to another. Mr. Ilachinski’s photographs communicate for themselves.

In the Showcase:
Marcia Gordon is also known as “GEMS by MEG.” She incorporates an eclectic mix of silver, gemstones and color pallets to create earrings and necklaces designed to blend beautifully with your wardrobe.

Piper Strong creates whimsical, metal Judaica. Piper finds working with metals to be a medium that holds no limits. “It defies gravity and holds its own shape. My drawings become metal shapes in space.” Her love of color shows in her hand painted enamel finishes. Each piece is functional as well, assisting in the celebration of everyday life. Her one-of-a-kind, colorful sculpted Menorahs will be for show and sale, just in time for Chanukah gift giving.

Joyce Zipperer is a metal sculptor who works in a variety of subject matter. Women’s shoes are of current interest. Joyce created shoe patterns that are cut and shaped from single sheets of aluminum, copper and brass. Some shoes are constructed on an antique shoe mold, using repurposed copper, with patina finish. Her accumulated knowledge of materials is translated into multi-media jewelry designs for necklaces, earrings, pins and bracelets. Macrame fibers of waxed linen, metallic thread and satin ribbon are incorporated with hammered copper, found metal objects, paper, Sculpey, shells and glass beads.