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Dear Friends,

I am writing today with some exciting news! As our institution, the Edlavitch DCJCC, breaks ground on a capital renovation that promises to revitalize the Center, we are also re-imagining the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals.

From May 8-26, 2019, for the first time ever, we will present KVELL DC, a Jewish cultural arts initiative that will combine our Music and Film offerings, while also tapping into new programming areas such as stand-up comedy, storytelling, hybrid arts performances, and much more.

The Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival will continue to exist and flourish, and will now be joined under the umbrella of KVELL DC. The backbone of our programming will remain the areas in which we are strongest—Film and Music—and will offer us a steady springboard from which to launch our most ambitious and impactful festival to date.

We will continue to be the DMV’s largest Jewish cultural event with over 100 programs over the span of KVELL DC, and expect to grow our reach and attendance to even greater heights.

More details will be announced in the coming months, but for now, mark your calendars!

Ilya Tovbis
Director, KVELL DC




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Wednesday, September 5, 7:30 PM | E Street Cinema

In 1992, with Israeli-Palestinian relations at an all-time low, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians gathered secretly in Oslo for a series of meetings that came to be known as The Oslo Accords and dramatically changed the political landscape of the Middle East.

Articulated through readings of the participants’ diaries from the time, this geopolitical story features never-before-seen archival footage and exclusive interviews with key players.

Followed by a conversation with directors Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan, and producers Hilla Medalia and Ina Fichman.

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Ongoing || Community || Shape the Future of the EDCJCC: Take our Survey
As we begin the renovation of our building, we are launching a broad effort to strategically plan for our future, and as part of this effort, we want to know how we can better serve you and the wider community.

September 12 – 30 || Theater J || The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Set in Vienna in 1938, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II.

September 30 || Music || 6th Annual Day in the Park
Bring your whole family to the park for a Sukkot celebration featuring games, fun activities, and musical performances by Josh & the Jamtones!

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Kicks off August 31
Festival alum, Memoir of War returns to DC for a theatrical run on August 31 at The Avalon Theatre!
In Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting adaptation of Marguerite Duras’s semi-autobiographical novel, The War: A Memoir, the famed author (Mélanie Thierry) recounts an emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a backdrop of wartime intrigue.

Big News We're Renovating
Big news! This September, the Edlavitch DCJCC will begin a 10-month renovation of our historic building to meet the needs of an expanding and vibrant Jewish community. We’ll continue to present our programs “around town” in cultural destinations and neighborhood venues throughout the city. Renew, Reimagine, Recommit!
Learn more and join the campaign here.

The Edlavitch DCJCC embraces inclusion in all its programs and activities.  We welcome and encourage the participation of all people, regardless of their background, sexual orientation, abilities, or religion, including interfaith couples and families.

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