The J Performing Arts Series, open to all members of the metro community, includes public performances of professional music, dance and theatre productions, play readings, Broadway cabaret events, and children’s theatre productions.
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 J members and the general public to celebrate and appreciate Judaism’s culture, people, spirituality, wisdom, humor and creativity.
The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the J Cultural Arts collaborate to create a new Chamber Music Series featuring renowned artists in an intimate concert setting. Check this page for updates on performances from the series.
Thursday, February 22, 1pm
FMMC musicians return to the J to present a concert of musical masterworks with a Jewish connection. The program includes a rarely-heard piano sonata by Felix Mendelssohn; a lovely suite for clarinet, violin, and piano by Jewish French composer Darius Milhaud; and a collection of songs with Jewish themes.
Darius Milhaud: Suite for clarinet, violin, and piano. Albert Hunt, clarinet; Shearom Chung, violin; and Nikola Paskalov, piano.
Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata in E major, Op. 6. Steven Schwarz, piano. Selected Jewish songs. Leslie Luxemburg, soprano; and Ben Altman, guitar.
Tickets: Free Event for Members Matter Week! Click here.
Sunday, February 25, 2pm
The J is again collaborating with Jewish Plays Project, an organization scouring all corners of the English-speaking world for the most fascinating, compelling, and daring play scripts that embrace the intersection of Jewish identity and the 21st Century. At this event, you’ll see staged readings of excerpts from three of the amazing contemporary Jewish Plays that JPP has gathered. YOU, our audience, will vote in real time to determine the top Jewish play of Northern Virginia in 2018.
A PEOPLE by Lauren M. Feldman
A kaleidoscopic series of scenes asking the question, are we still A People?
2nd Place, 2012 Jewish Playwriting Contest
BELFAST KIND by Margot Connolly
A 13-year old girl struggles with her identity as a Northern Irish Jew as she prepares for her bat mitzvah during The Troubles.
Winner 2015 Jewish Playwriting Contest
ESTELLE SINGERMAN by David Rush
Magical realism in the Chicago night as force-of-nature Estelle whisks Warren to a gaggle of unexpected spiritual guides. When the sun rises, who will say the Kaddish?
Winner 2013 Jewish Playwriting Contest
Tickets: Pay-what-you-can - $5.00 minimum
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Sunday, March 25, 7pm
Directed by Bari Hochwald. Performed by Ed Klein, Mindy Shaw, Sarah Weissman, and Bari Hochwald.
Not just a play, but an inspirational, moving, and joyful evening celebrating the aspirations, struggles, hopes, and fears of women called to be rabbis. The script is culled from the life stories and words of 18 women rabbis portrayed at different stages of their life. Trailblazers, innovators, and rebels, they represent the pathway toward leadership that women have been quietly, passionately, and powerfully forging. “Stories From The Fringe…” was originally developed in Los Angeles by the LA Jewish Women’s Theatre and was conceived and written on interviews conducted by Rabbi Lynne Appel and Ronda Spinak. A talk back will follow the performance.
Tickets: $18/ $14 member
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Sunday, April 22, 3pm
A Fairy Tale Gathering is a spectacular ballet designed by Charlottesville Ballet Co-Director Emily Hartka, especially for young children and families! In this 45-minute interactive production, fairytale princesses and whimsical friends join Fairy Godmother for an enchanting afternoon tea party. Meet Cinderella as she dreams of the ball. Help the Prince wake up his Sleeping Beauty. Look for Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and other notable characters.
For Families: “A Fairy Tale Tea Party” follows the performance for children ages 3-8: meet the dancers, make a craft, and take photos with your favorite characters.
Tickets: $25/ $20 member
$15 children under 15/ $5 children under 5
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This program is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Sunday, May 6 11:30am: Brunch; 12:30pm: Concert
Danielle Wertz is an internationally recognized jazz vocalist, composer, educator, and arranger from Falls Church. After being named a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition in 2015, she self-released a duo project with Israeli pianist, Tal Cohen. The album was recorded at ABC Studios in Sydney, Australia, and has been receiving high praise since its release in April 2017. Now living on the west coast, Danielle is thrilled to bring her trio back east to play some of her favorite jazz standards, arrangements, and original compositions.
Start your cultural afternoon with a delicious Kosher Lox Tasting from DC’s Ivy City Smokehouse. Sample four styles of smoked fish over bagels and enjoy veggies, fruit, Bloody Marys, coffee, and tea.
Tickets: Concert Only: $25/ $22 member
Concert and Brunch: $40/ $37 member
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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.
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.