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.

The Voice

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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2014-2015 Cultural 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.

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 Dan Kirsch at

For questions, and to buy tickets:

Box Office: (703) 537-3000
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Performing Arts Series Kick-Off Event!

JCCNV Fall Comedy Night!

An Evening of Comedy with Annabelle Gurwitch

Saturday, October 25, 8pm

The J’s third performing arts season opens with an evening of comedic storytelling with Annabelle Gurwitch, a Jewish mother, a passionate environmentalist and a reluctant atheist. Annabelle gained a loyal comedic following during her numerous years co-hosting the cult favorite, Dinner & a Movie on TBS and in her years as a regular commentator on NPR. Actress, activist and New York Times Bestselling author, her most recent book is I See You Made An Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50. The New York Times says “Annabelle Gurwitch is a funny woman….At the center of the book is a serious question: How are we supposed to age? She convincingly argues that there is no longer a template.”
Tickets: Premium Reserved $72 (2 tickets, 2 drinks, 1 book)/ $31/ $27 Members or Seniors (65+)/ $23 Young Adults (21-35)
Click here to purchase tickets online.




Some Kind of Wonderful: Bayla Whitten sings Carole King 

Gabriel Mangiante, Musical Director
Saturday, November 15, 8pm SOLD OUT
Sunday, November 16, 2pm SOLD OUT
Sunday, November 16, 5pm

A homegrown performer, Bayla attended Gesher Jewish Day School when it was here at the J! After high school, she studied in London, and performed in the West End production of Les Misérables. Bayla regularly performs at Signature Theatre, and we are proud to welcome her back in a tribute to songwriter Carole King (nee Carol Klein), who “wrote the soundtrack to a generation” — Will You Love Me Tomorrow, One Fine Day, I Feel the Earth Move, and more. Don’t miss this unique cabaret event.
Tickets: $34 premium reserved / $29 adult/ $24 member and seniors/ $19 under 30
Click here to purchase tickets online.

The Fountainheads

Sunday, December 14
Times to be confirmed (two performances, early afternoon and late afternoon)

The Fountainheads are a group of young Israeli singers, dancers, and musicians, all graduates and students of the Ein Prat Academy for Leadership (Alon, Israel), who have joined forces to create upbeat and energetic contemporary Israeli music.

Tickets: $34 premium reserved | $29 adult | $24 J member or seniors (65+) |$19 children 2-5, K-12 & college | Group discounts available by calling the JCCNV Box Office at 703-537-3000
Click here to purchase tickets online.


Coming Winter & Spring


Saturday, January 10, 8pm

QuinTango intersperses its sizzling music with narratives about Eastern European immigrants in Argentina, why a shabbos goy became one of the greatest names in tango, and how the second largest Jewish community in the world contributed more to tango than just music. Tango’s multi-cultural immigrant roots imbued it with grit, defiance, humor, courage, and an understanding of inevitability. QuinTango (two violins, cello, bass and piano) and two dancers — broken-hearted lovers — unfold the Tangos in a kaleidoscope of emotions and historical settings.
Tickets: $29/ $24 member and seniors/ $19 under 30

Rabbi Sam

Saturday, January 17, 8pm
Sunday, January 18, 2pm

Rabbi Sam tells the story of a man who wants to reinvent American Judaism, and the congregation that hires him. Some people love the new rabbi. Some can’t stand him. And, of course, some can’t stand each other! Written and performed by Charlie Varon, who plays all 12 characters, including the rabbi and eight contentious board members. Funny, moving, bursting with energy and ideas, Rabbi Sam is a play for Jews, Gentiles, and anyone who has ever attended a meeting!
Tickets:  $29/ $24 member and seniors/ $19 under 30



“Bessie Bluefeld”

A theatre event during “The Art of Jewish Food”

February date and tickets to be announced.

Meet Mrs. Bessie Bluefeld, Russian immigrant and founder of the famous Bluefeld Catering of Baltimore. Created by the Jewish Museum of Maryland as part of the Leo V. Berger Immigrant Trunk Program. Featuring Terry Nicholetti.




A Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival event

March date and tickets to be announced.

SpeakeasyDC has mastered the art of turning good stories into great performance. This show will feature local and J storytellers with heartfelt and humorous true stories on a theme of Jewish film!


Sign up for the J’s 2015 Summer Camps!

Torah Comedy!

Monday, January 19, two shows at 10:30am & 12pm

The Bible Players are a Torah Comedy Duo who find “the funny in the unlikeliest of places,” with some rap music, some comical accents, and some imaginative reworking of well-known biblical stories. Their shows teach Torah Stories, Jewish Values, How to be a Mensch, and more.
Tickets: $10 adults, $6 students, ages 3-5 free.
Free admission to any child signing up for 2015 summer camp on this morning.


The Art of Jewish Food

An inaugural event of theatre, film, music, chefs, cookbook authors, plus cooking demonstrations and tastings.
Sunday–Sunday, February 1–15

Food is more than just sustenance. It’s a reflection of a community’s history, culture and values. From India to Israel to the United States, Jewish food is a diverse cuisine that has evolved over many centuries, shaped by Jewish dietary laws (kashrut) and the economics, agriculture, and culinary traditions of the many countries where Jewish communities have existed. The J will celebrate Jewish food and culture through this new event; details to be announced late fall.

Northern Virginia j.talks

The Northern Virginia Jewish Book Festival is morphing into an ongoing series of j.talks, 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! Click here to view upcoming events.


15th Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival

Thursday–Sunday, March 19–29
Angelika Film Center & Café at Mosaic

Details to be announced in the winter.

4th Annual ReelAbilities: Greater DC Disabilities Film Festival

Sunday–Sunday, April 26–May 3

Contact: Jessica Tischler, Festival Director, at, (703) 537-3031


For questions, and to buy tickets:
Box Office: (703) 537-3000