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


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 JCCNV a destination for both members and the general public to celebrate and appreciate Judaism’s culture, people, spirituality, wisdom, humor, and creativity. Click here to view the Performing Arts Series Archive.

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

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2013-2014 Cultural and Performing Arts Series

Underwriting and sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Dan Kirsch at
Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place at the JCCNV. All programs and dates subject to change.

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

  • Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia Presents the World Premiere of “Cinder-Rachella”
    April 14, 2014


Friday, May 2, 6pm Shabbat Dinner, 7pm performance – $12 adult, $8 children. Advance registration required. Register by Wednesday, April 30 by 4pm. We'll light the Shabbat candles, bless the wine and challah, then enjoy pasta & meatballs, salad and dessert. After dinner, it's the first performance ever of Cinder-Rachella!! Children are welcome to dress up as their favorite fairytale character!
Saturday, May 3, 11am – $10 adult, $8 student, free for ages 3-6. Advance purchase only. No sales at the door.
Sunday, May 4, 2pm – $10 adult, $8 student, free for ages 3-6

Click here to purchase tickets.

The JCCNV 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series will wrap its second season with the world premiere of Cinder-Rachella, a new musical adaptation which celebrates Jewish and Israeli culture through the eyes of the iconic fairytale Princess. The JCCNV commissioned the new work from Leslie A. Kobylinski (book and lyrics) and Alvin Smithson (music).

Set in a magical Jewish summer camp, a naïve young girl meets sisters Mitzi and Hulda, who tease her and call her Cinder-Rachella (a pet name, really). Cinder-Rachella’s only comfort is a book that contains the hopes and dreams of her father (What Will Be) and she becomes inspired by his vision for the future. Athletic camp counselor David bounds on the scene and is smitten by Cinder-Rachella, who has no interest in him or his silly antics. Through a series of magical interventions (what else!) by a stranger (actually the Prophet Elijah in disguise), Cinder-Rachella helps David understand his potential and the two dream of being pioneers in the Promised Land. While written for children, the play has plenty of laughs built in for adults, and can be enjoyed by people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Directed by Amy McWilliams. Featureing Jenny Donovan, Ido Rakovsky (current Community Shaliach at the JCCNV), Charlie Retzlaff, Manolo Santalla, Amanda Spellman and Erin Wagner. The set and properties are designed by Margie Jervis; the costume design is by Chris Dalen. The Stage Manager for the production is Elliot Lanes.

Funding for the commission and the premiere has come from a project grant from the Arts Council of Fairfax County, supported by Fairfax County, with additional support from First Draft, a local theatre company dedicated to developing new plays alongside audiences, supporting DC-area playwrights and partnering with theaters and artists looking to produce new work.