The Washington Jewish Film Festival began yesterday, January 3, and is in full-swing through January 13. The festival’s program includes contemporary films ranging from romances and coming-of-age tales to heavy-hitting documentaries.
During the two weeks, the Jewish Film Festival will screen 55 films from 15 different countries, and will show these films at 10 different venues throughout the District.
There are strong French and German influences, as well as 17 different films from Israel. Fifteen countries are represented including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Nigeria, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
“This year’s carefully curated festival is bursting with a wide variety of films and events that will appeal not only to seasoned film-lovers, but also will bring wonderful film experiences to new audiences and casual theater-goers across Washington,” said Carole Zawatsky, DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC) CEO in a press release statement. “As a regional hub for arts and culture, the DCJCC is proud to bring this exciting lineup of films to locations across the community. The Washington Jewish Film Festival is a 23-year tradition that celebrates Jewish arts and culture and represents the best of what the DCJCC has to offer.”
This year’s Centerpiece Film features “Dorfman,” which follows Deb Dorfman, a quirky 28-year-old accountant, as she moves to L.A. in her quest for love. The evening includes an on-stage conversation with actor Elliot Gould, who plays Deb’s father in the movie. “Dorfman” will screen Tuesday, January 8 at 8:30 pm at the Avalon Theatre and on Wednesday, January 9 at 8:30 pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
The festival website is online at www.wjff.org. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (202) 777-3231. In addition to single tickets, WJFF will be offering full festival passes ($75 for general tickets, $30 for patrons 30-years-old and younger).
The DC Jewish Community Center is hosting its semi-annual used book sale on Wednesday, January 18, from 4 to 8 pm. The JCC is at the corner of 16th and Q Streets NW. Used CDs and DVDs will also be on sale.
The JCC is accepting donations of books, CDs and DVDs in good condition from Sunday, January 15, through Tuesday, January 17. Donations can be dropped off in bags or boxes with the front desk or put in the library; please mark them as donations.
The 13th Annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival closes Wednesday, November 2. The festival has been at the D.C. Jewish Community Center‘s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts, 16th and Q Streets NW.
The works selected for this year’s Festival included an array of emerging and established authors with roots as near as DC and New York City, and as far as Germany and Egypt. Themes covered during the Festival are equally diverse, and include books on politics, sports, history, fiction and much more.
Missed some the earlier events? Book trailers, podcasts and videos are available online as are Festival images.
You can purchase tickets online or by calling 202-777-3251. Same-day tickets, based on availability may be purchased 30 minutes before the event.
Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 pm
Closing Night with Reception: Lucette Lagnado, The Arrogant Years (tickets $20, discounted $15): “The author of the award-winning The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit–hailed by the New York Times book review as a “crushing, brilliant book”–returns with an extraordinary follow-up memoir that focuses on her mother Edith’s experiences in Cairo and America and the author’s relationship with her mother. Adding new layers to her Egyptian-Jewish family’s story, Lagnado offers an inverted look at the “American Dream.” Reception to follow.
From Berrak Sarikaya
The Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s (DCJCC) Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts will be presenting the 12th Annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival to celebrate the year’s best in Jewish writing. Works selected for the Literary Festival, which runs Oct. 17-27, features authors who have received national recognition for their works. The DCJCC is located at 16th and Q St. NW.
“We are very excited about the authors we’re bringing to the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival this year,” says Lili Kalish Gersch, festival director. “I’m looking forward to fascinating discussions about Jewish comedy, Iraqi Jewish communities, the interplay of faith and reason, truth in memoir and Jewish cowboys. These authors have really astounded me; this is going to be a great Festival.”
With two exceptions, area theaters are taking an August vacation to prepare for the fall season. However, there is one pre-Labor Day opening, on Saturday, August 28 at “Theater J,” the DC Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater–Something You Did, which runs through October 3:
“A stellar student from a good family, Alison Moulton is serving her 30th year behind bars for an anti-war bombing that resulted in the death of a police officer. Now petitioning for parole, she’s visited by the slain officer’s daughter, and a former comrade turned neo-conservative media star who not only argues against her, but implicates a past associate, now a public official residing in the White House. Smear politics, 60s revisionism, and the desire to rejoin society form the driving, conflicting forces in this ‘fluid and eloquent play.’ (The New York Times)
There are two shows playing this weekend:
- Noises Off, at the Church Street Theater, which has been extended through August 29.
- Washington Improv Theater’s The Neutrino Video Project opens Friday at the Source.
Full details for below the fold.
You can attend the theater without ever leaving Borderstan at The JCC’s Theater J at 16th and Q Streets NW. “Honey Brown Eyes” opens October 22 and runs through November 30. Details below, from Theater J’s Web page.
- The Show: “Honey Brown Eyes”
- When: October 22 through November 30, 2008.
- Who: A World Premiere by Stefanie Zadravec; directed by Jessica Lefkow. Featuring Theater J Artistic Associate In Residence Alexander Strain (Helen Hayes Nomination for Pangs of the Messiah).
- Tickets: Information about tickets here.
- About the Performance: “Bosnia 1992. In two kitchens, two soldiers recover a little of what they’ve lost during the war. A Serbian paramilitary must face the consequences of his own brutality, while a Bosnian resistance fighter, crippled by the limits of his own courage, seeks refuge with a kindred soul. Unlikely partnerships emerge in this play of horror, humanity, and stunning relevance.”
How do you get the most out of the Jewish holidays, especially when they seem to come back to back? Check out Sarah Gershman’s posting, “Preparation,” at the Jewish Community Center’s blog, The Blog at 16th and Q.
Last night Jon Stewart noted, “It’s Sukkot, which is the Hebrew word meaning, “How many holidays can Jews fit into one month?”
Truly, the Jewish holiday season is non-stop action – from the reflective mood of Rosh Hashanah to the boisterous dancing at Simchat Torah, the holiday where we celebrate the yearly completion of the reading of the Five Books of Moses.
How do we get the most out of this holiday season? I believe the preparation is the answer. And not only material preparation (shopping, cooking, etc.) But spiritual preparation.
Remember that the JCC at 16th and Q NW offers numerous cultural events and programs for everyone in Borderstan and beyond. Did you know that the JCC even has a gym… with membership open to the public?