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Performing Arts Series

JCCNV Cultural Arts Mission
To demonstrate, illuminate and celebrate the breadth and depth of Judaism’s culture, identity, creativity, diversity and resiliency through the performing, visual and literary arts.

Cultural Arts programming is partially funded by the Arts Fund, and the Arts Council of Fairfax County, supported by Fairfax County.

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2016-2017 Cultural Events and Performing Arts Series

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.

The J will announce the 2016-2017 season of theatre, music, dance, cabaret, authors and gallery exhibitions in August. Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place at the JCCNV. Check back for updates and additional information on all events. All programs and dates subject to change.

Underwriting and sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Michelle Pearlstein at

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.

July 2016

Winner, 2016 Jewish Plays Project Playwriting Contest!
Redder Blood
A new comedy by Helen Murray Pafumi 
A World Premiere co-production between The Hub Theatre and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia 
July 8 - July 31, 2016
Friday 8pm | Saturday 8pm | Sunday 2pm & 7pm 
God just won’t let up. Sadie has heard the voice of God her entire life. But she has never answered back, after all, why her? As her parent’s marriage crumbles, and her own love interest takes off, Sadie’s life takes a comical turn toward the absurd. And in the midst of it all she must come to terms with her own worth and whether or not it’s time to let in the voice.

The Hub Theatre performs at the John Swayze Theatre at the New School of Northern Virginia, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax, Virginia 22031. Tickets: $30 adult, $20 senior (65+) and student. Buy Single Tickets (


Interfaith conversation after every Sunday performance

Sunday, July 10, 2pm
Rabbi Batya Steinlauf | Director of Social Justice and Interfaith Initiatives for the JCRC of Greater Washington |
Rabbi Steinlauf is a Conservative rabbi, ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1998. Batya works with local Jewish organizations to promote social justice projects and awareness in the community, and is actively engaged with the diverse and vibrant interfaith and multiethnic community in the greater Washington area. She serves as Chair of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington as well and is a co-chair of the Montgomery County Executive’s Faith Community Advisory Working Group. She has a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University, a degree in Master of Hebrew Letters from The University of Judaism, as well as a Master’s degree and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Sunday, July 10, 7pm
Rabbi Sarah Tasman | Director, InterfaithFamily/DC | 
InterfaithFamily is the premier resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. IFF/DC offers educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; and resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers. IFF/DC serves Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC through a generous partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Rabbi Tasman is also a yoga teacher, mikveh (ritual immersion) guide/educator and life cycle officiant. She was ordained by the rabbinical school of Hebrew College in Newton Center, Massachusetts. She also received a master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College and a certificate of Non-Profit Management from American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

Sunday, July 17, 2pm
Susan Katz Miller | Author: Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family
Susan is a former Newsweek reporter, and author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family. She grew up in an interfaith family, and her work on this topic has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, The Forward, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, the Today Show and on her blog Susan has spoken at The Museum of Jewish Heritage, The Jewish Museum, JCCs, universities, and synagogues. As an interfaith families consultant, she facilitates conversations with clergy and religious educators. Follow her on twitter @beingboth.

Sunday, July 17, 7pm
Rabbi Michael G. Holzman | Spiritual Leader, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation |
Rabbi Holzman came to Reston’s NVHC in 2010 after serving Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia, PA for six years, and Congregacion B’nei Israel in San Jose, Costa Rica. He works with a variety of interfaith couples and families, counseling them through the wedding process, the complexities of creating a Jewish home that includes non-Jews, and how to raise Jewish children with mixed faith relatives. In addition, Rabbi Holzman has an ongoing relationship with Imam Mohamed Magid and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society; NVHC hosts the ADAMS center members for Friday Juma prayers and for nightly prayers and break fast during Ramadan. He finds his soul rooted in and inspired by Jewish tradition, the beauty of Everglades National Park, the relationships formed at URJ Camp Harlam, and the joy of the Washington Nationals, and he respects those who find meaning in other religious experiences.

Sunday, July 24, 2pm
Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein | Adjunct Rabbi, Temple Rodef Shalom | Coordinator for Intro to Judaism program, Union of Reform Judaism | |
Rabbi Bernstein graduated from the University of Michigan and has an MSW from Catholic University. Prior to becoming a rabbi, she was a clinical social worker for over twenty years. Rabbi Bernstein received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2009. She is an adjunct rabbi at Temple Rodef Shalom, and is a staff member of the Union for Reform Judaism, serving as teacher and coordinator for the Introduction to Judaism program in the greater Washington, DC area. Rabbi Bernstein has facilitated the Interfaith Couples Workshop at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center.

Sunday, July 24, 7pm
Helen Murray Pafumi | Playwright, Artistic Director of The Hub Theatre |
Since the Hub’s inception Helen has produced and directed multiple World, U.S. and Area Premiers, an annual free staged reading series, new play festivals, and commissioned original work from area artists. She has directed both locally and across the country. Her original plays have been produced by The Hub, Theatre Alliance, ArtsWest, Malibu Playhouse, JCCNV and been seen at the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival. In addition to her writing and role at The Hub, Helen has worked as an actor in many DC area theatres, including Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Theater J, Forum Theatre, Theatre Alliance, Rorschach Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Didactic Theatre, The Inkwell, the Source Festival, and the Beckett Centenary Festival. She has appeared in numerous independent films and area commercials. Helen holds a BA in Theatre from Virginia Tech. She has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding New Play for her co-adaptation of Wonderful Life. Helen’s play Abominable was nominated for the Steinberg New Play Award and her newest play Redder Blood won the 2016 Jewish Playwrighting Contest. She is the recipient of the Puffin Foundation Award and the Washington Canadian Partnership Award.

Sunday, July 31, 2pm
Eric Rothberg | Fairfax Interfaith Communities for Dialogue
Since 2008, Eric has created innovative programming for the Fairfax Interfaith Communities for Dialogue (ICD), facilitated ICD interfaith book discussions and large group dialogues, organized an annual interfaith community service project for Martin Luther King weekend, and hosted interfaith dinners on Shabbat and in his family’s sukkah. Eric most values his friendships with other members of the ICD steering committee, particularly Muslims, that he has developed over the past several years as Congregation Olam Tikvah’s ICD committee representative. As a teen growing up locally, Eric began his interfaith work with Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically (ALIVE), a group of churches and synagogues helping the poor in Alexandria.

Sunday, July 31, 7pm
Avi Edelman | Program Director, Operation Understanding |
OUDC is an interfaith, cross-cultural nonprofit that brings together Black and Jewish high school teens from the DC metropolitan area for a year of dialogue, learning, and leadership development. OUDC students meet biweekly to explore heritage and history, journey to New York and the U.S. South on a month-long civil rights pilgrimage, and receive training to give speeches and lead prejudice-reduction workshops in their communities. Avi has over a decade of experience as an educator and facilitator, working with a diverse array of youth in experiential learning settings ranging from remote overnight camps to urban college campuses. He is also a film editor.


Northern Virginia j.talks
An ongoing series of conversations with authors and artists. Join us throughout the year for hard truths and inspiring stories, Jewish values and living history — along with food, fiction and funny! 

Bodzin Art Gallery
The JCCNV Fine Arts Program supports and encourages the development of Jewish artists and/or Jewish arts. 

The Art of Jewish Food
Explore and enjoy all things Jewish food through theatre, film, music, chefs, cookbook authors, plus cooking demonstrations and tastings.

17th Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival
The annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, powered by the JCCNV, will screen 10-12 contemporary Jewish-themed and/or Israeli-made feature films that explore identity and place in the world. 
Thursday–Sunday, March 23-April 2, 2017
Angelika Film Center & Café at Mosaic

ReelAbilities Film Festival Northern Virginia
ReelAbilities Film Festival invites you to engage, empower and champion the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. September 18-24, 2016.

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Cultural Arts Director
Sarah M. Berry

Arts Engagement Coordinator
Anton Merbaum

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