Contacts for Arts & Culture

Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts Director and
Jewish Film Festival Director

Dan Kirsch
(703) 537-3075


Dance Academy Director
Chris Dalen
(703) 537-3037

Dance Coordinator and
Administrative Assistant
Brenda Forsley
(703) 537-3057

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Coordinator
Irene Gavin
(703) 537-3063


JCCNV-JAFI Community Shaliach
Ido Rakovsky
(703) 537-3034


Upcoming Events

Cultural Arts at the JCCNV


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.


On Deaf Ears

April 8–May 22

This exhibit commemorates Yom Ha’Shoah and reflects the theme of public response to injustice today. This year’s Jewish Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) annual Holocaust commemoration (on April 27 at the JCCNV) is themed “On Deaf Ears: Media Coverage and Public Response in the Holocaust Years.” Artists have been asked to exhibit works of art that represent the contemporary connections to this theme.

clientuploads/Fine Arts/Hector Emanuel.jpgHector Emanuel is a Peruvian-born photojournalist, now from DC, who has traveled and photographed extensivelythroughout the world. His primary interest is theexamination of social and political issues in Latin America and the United States. He shares his dedication to expressive documentary work grounded in humanisticstories and themes — which is clearly visible in his powerful images of the human plight existing today.

clientuploads/Fine Arts/Michelle Frankfurter.jpgMichelle Frankfurter was born in Jerusalem. Now a documentary photographer from Takoma Park, MD by way of Nicaragua, she became aware of, and produced award-winning images
of, the perilous journey of undocumented Central American migrants toward the hope of finding work in the United States. Michelle purposefully states, “As an issue, migration is current; the story of migration however is timeless…With a singularity of purpose…brazen resilience…travers[ing] deadly terrain, relying mostly on their wits and the occasional kindness of strangers… In documenting a journey…I convey the experience of individuals who struggle to control their own destiny.”

clientuploads/Fine Arts/Lloyd Wolf.jpgLloyd Wolf – As a photojournalist, Lloyd has been documenting the numerous homemade shrines to victims of murder and violence that appear throughout the Washington, DC area. He is compelled by their raw intensity of expression, both emotional and visual, connecting our past to the present. “They are tears and prayers made visible,” stated Lloyd. “The shrines call to me, to us, to notice, to remember, to be aware — hopefully, to act. The creation of this art has been my ongoing process; my action.”


clientuploads/Fine Arts/Yonina Blech-Hermoni.jpgYonina Blech-Hermoni Yahrtzeit (memorial) candle holders were created as a way to “…see through to the soul of the departed… yet know them to be held and wrapped in warmth…” Yonina isa printmaker turned potter, working clay into many forms, including Judaica and functional pieces. She is fluent in Hebrew calligraphy, sometimes incorporating it into her pots. Her pieces also have Middle Eastern and East Asian influences thanks to her time spent living in Israel, China, and Japan.

clientuploads/Fine Arts/Katherine JK.jpgKatherine Janus Kahn is the illustrator of the Sammy Spider and Ziz works. Her two- and three-dimensional “artifacts” often draw on the Bible for their sense of dreams and emotional intensity as a way to confront and involve the viewer.

Celebrating our Children’s Creativity

May 29–June 15

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The JCCNV Early Childhood Services department presents, “A Reggio Exhibit,” which showcases the special

philosophy of teaching art being used by the program. Beginning in Reggio, Italy after WWII, and based on the ideas that children have a say in the direction of their learning, children use all their senses, relating to each other and the exploration of materials, and by being encouraged with endless ways of expressing themselves. A large part of the philosophy centers on the use of art and materials.

The Early Childhood Learning Center’s (ECLC) annual exhibit of children’s work from the 2013–2014 school year focuses on long-term topic studies from classes ranging from infants to four-year-olds, showcasing the projects that come out of the Atelier (workshop). The ECLC’s modernized “Atelier method” is a variant of fine art instruction taking place in an inviting art room that provides a wonderful place for children to explore their creative side under the guidance of our professional artist, Sarah D. Samuels Vejvoda, Atelierista.