The Performing Arts Series presents cultural programming designed to engage people of all generations, and to provide texture and insight into the rich cultural history and contemporary trends of the Jewish people. The Series strives to make the J a destination for both JCCNV members and the general public to celebrate and appreciate Judaism’s culture, people, spirituality, wisdom, humor and creativity.
Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place at the JCCNV. Check back periodically for updates and additional information on all events. All programs and dates are subject to change.
Underwriting and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Michelle.Pearlstein@jccnv.org.
For questions, and to buy tickets:
Box Office: 703.537.3000
Please note: seating for most events is assigned by the J based on the date of purchase. Audience members are assigned a group number - group one enters first, group two enters second, etc.
A play with a deep gift within
The Actual Dance
Sunday, October 30, 7pm
The Actual Dance is a graceful and inspiring journey through the uncharted waters of illness, where the resilience and power of the human heart ultimately persevered. When first noticing his wife at the age of sixteen, Sam could not predict the profound connection they would share — they are two halves of the same whole. In their 33rd year of marriage, that love was tested… and the ringing in Sam’s ear was not as one would expect, in fact it was an orchestra, playing the music of his life.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and November is National Family Caregiver month. Join us for The Actual Dance, our creative commemoration of both months, and stay for a post-play conversation.
Tickets: $12/ $8 members, 65+, under 30
Guitar, percussion, and stories for all ages Rabbi Matisyahu Tonti
Saturday, November 5, 8pm
An evening of stories and song, Celebrating Shalom is an invitation to come listen and reflect and sing along. Tonti is at his happiest playing music with family, friends, and community. After spending many years as a song leader and folk singer, he discovered the music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlibach and the power of the Niggun, a wordless melody that sweeps its singers into another world. He is excited to share both original compositions and traditional Jewish tunes in a participatory joyous musical experience.
Tickets: $18/ $10 members, 65+ / $5 under 30
A JCCNV 2016 Jewish Plays Project Favorite
Treif — A professional reading
Sunday, November 20, 2pm
Reading directed by David Winitsky, founding director of The Jewish Plays Project.
In 2016, The Jewish Plays Project put bold, progressive Jewish conversations on stages across the country, including,Treif by Lindsay Joelle. Inspired by the true stories of current and former Chabad-Lubavitch Jews, Treif is a road trip/buddy comedy that asks how hard you have to believe to belong. Shmuely and Zalmy are the Rebbe's foot soldiers, driving the Mitzvah Tank. Today they've found a real convert to Chabad! But is he who he seems? For that matter, are they?
Tickets: $9/ $5 members, 65+, under 30
Rarely heard Italian Jewish melodies
Hazzan Dr. Ramón Tasat
Cantata Ebraica: The Music of the Italian Jews
Saturday, December 10, 7pm
Uncover the complexity and resilience of Jewish life in Italy. An ensemble of eight musicians under Tasat's direction will play Jewish melodies with an operatic and popular flavor, woven with Tasat’s captivating explanations about the songs’ histories. Tasat holds a PhD in voice performance, has authored several Jewish music books, and has trained and performed worldwide.