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Join the Washington DCJCC in a community-wide conversation with leading experts exploring the relationship between the American Jewish community and Israel, its history and its politics. Through panels, literary, film and theater programs, we will begin to bridge the polarization that has beset the American Jewish community around Israel.

 

 UPCOMING EVENTS 
(click here for past events)

THEATER

GOLDA'S BALCONY

April 10 - 27, 2014

Voices From A Changing Middle East Festival

By William Gibson
Starring Tovah Feldshuh
Broadway Production supervised by Scott Schwartz

A riveting portrait of one of the great women of our time, Golda Meir,Golda’s Balcony is the final work from Tony® Award-winning playwright William Gibson (The Miracle Worker, Two for the Seesaw), and an award-winning smash that, in 15 sold-out months on Broadway, set the record for the longest one-woman show in Broadway history.  

FILM

SHTISEL - FULL SEASON 1

Mondays, May 5 - 26, 7:30 pm

The new Israeli hit TV series Shtisel – from the producers of the beloved series Srugim – focuses on a Haredi family living in Jerusalem. Shtisel is a magical glimpse into an often closed-off world, overflowing with surprisingly poignant, if restrained, romanticism. 

We will be showing 3 episodes each week.

FILM

YOM HA'ATZMAUT CELEBRATION & THE TROUPE

Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 pm

Join us for a good ol’ fashioned Yom Ha’azmaut party: we’re talking inflatable hammers, bamba, corn on the cob, and Goldstar Beer all capped off with a screening of the cult classic Israeli film 
The Troupe, from 2014 WJFF Visionary Award Honoree Avi Nesher. 

This offbeat musical directed by Avi Nesher (his first film) follows a dozen members of the military entertainment troupe, whose mission is to entertain the Israeli Army following the Six Day War in 1967.

AUTHOR

DAVID GROSSMAN (Authors Out Loud)
Falling Out of Time

Tuesday, May 13, 7:30 pm

Following his magisterial To the End of the Land, the universally acclaimed Israeli author brings us an incandescent fable of parental grief––concise, elemental, a powerfully distilled experience of understanding and acceptance, and of art’s triumph over death.

Sponsored by Francine Zorn Trachtenberg and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg in memory of Fran's Parents, Bruce and Selma Zorn.

FILM

THE BALLAD OF THE WEEPING SPRING

Tuesday, May 27, 7:30 pm

The final wishes of a dying man result in Josef Tawila (Uri Gavriel) traversing the northern Israeli countryside on a mission. He travels in search of the best musicians to perform the world premiere of The Ballad of the Weeping Spring

This stylized, moody and surprising journey is part spaghetti (Falafel?) western, part Seven Samuri, with musical instruments taking place of weapons.

MUSIC

YOTAM SILBERSTEIN AND FRIENDS 
(Washington Jewish Music Festival)

Tuesday, June 10, 7:30 pm

At the age of 21, guitarist Yotam Silberstein won the prestigious “Israeli Jazz Player of the Year” award and since 2005 has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the New York jazz scene where his performances received rave reviews from critics and fans. Silberstein will perform his unique mix of straight ahead jazz, modern, Brazilian, world music, blues and bebop.

Presented with JCC of Greater Washington

MUSIC

YEMEN BLUES 
(Washington Jewish Music Festival)

Thursday, June 12, 7:30 pm

Yemen Blues mixes West African and Yemenite influences with contemporary grooves, from funk to mambo to the deep soul of old chants. Created by Yemenite Israeli vocalist Ravid Kahalani (of The Idan Raichel Project), this hip new arrival has taken the world music scene by storm with irresistible, rhythmic music that makes you want to dance.

"Quite simply, it's one of the most exciting bands in world music right now.” -Time Out Chicago

 PAST EVENTS
(click here for upcoming events)

THEATER

READING: HAND IN HAND TOGETHER by A.B. Yehoshua

Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

Voices From A Changing Middle East Festival

Esteemed Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua’s latest drama depicts two of the historic meetings between Labor Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion and Revisionist Zionist leader Zeev Jabotinsky, first in London 1934 as Pinchas Rutenberg, veteran of the Bolshevik Revolution turned founder of the Palestine Electric Company, arranges for a clandestine meeting between the leaders of rival factions of the Zionist movement. Rutenberg hopes to broker an agreement that would end the (sometimes violent) conflict between the two groups and encourages them to work towards the common goal of establishing a Jewish homeland.

THEATER

READING: 1948 by Yoram Kaniuk

Monday, March 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Voices From A Changing Middle East Festival

From the memoir by Yoram Kaniuk
Adapted for the Haifa Theater by Noya Lancet

Directed for Theater J by Derek Goldman (Our Class)
Discussion to follow

A journey through famed Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk's first year in Israel when we arrived fresh off the boat from the ravages of Europe sixty years ago. Kaniuk writes the most personal memoir of his career detailing his experiences as a mostly bewildered but determined 17-year-old member of the famed Harel Brigade of the Palmah, fighting in the War of Independence. Kaniuk’s bestselling 1948 (or Tashach) was adapted for the Haifa Theatre in 2011. 

THEATER

THE ADMISSION

March 20 - April 6, 2014

Voices From A Changing Middle East Festival

A Workshop Presentation
Produced in collaboration with the Cameri Theatre and the Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa

By Motti Lerner
Directed by Sinai Peter

An Israeli homage to All My Sons set in Haifa during the first Intifada. Giora is a young professor engaged to Neta but in love with Samia, the Palestinian daughter of a family friend who becomes troubled when Giora's father's company begins building on the site of a battle that took place 40 years ago. Giora struggles to find the truth about his father's war-time secrets, confronting the causes of his brother's death and how Giora came to incur his own war-time injuries in Lebanon. As Giora's family presses him to look forward, not back, the play asks how we can move forward toward peace while still wrestling with the ghosts of war.

FILM

THE 24TH WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL  
February 27-March 9, 2014

This 24th Festival opens with the Ophir Award-winning The Wonders, directed by this year's winner of the WJFF Visionary Award, Avi Nesher. We close the Festival 11 days later with Eytan Fox's Cupcakes. In-between are 22 other Israeli features, documentaries, short films and television series from one of the oldest, largest and grandest Jewish Film Festivals in North America.

DISCUSSION

THE 4TH ANNUAL DAY OF EDUCATION ON ISRAELI-ARAB ISSUES

Sunday, March 9, 2014

SHARED SOCIETY THROUGH PUBLIC SPACES, 1:30 pm

Ran Tal, Director, Garden of Eden 
Jabir Asaqla, Co-Executive Director, Sikkuy: The Association for Civic Equality in Israel 
Naomi Shacter, Associate Director, SHATIL, The New Israel Fund  
Moderated by Rabbi Sid Schwartz, Co-Chair, Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues

SHARED SOCIETY THROUGH TEACHER INTEGRATION3:30 pm

Ganit Ilouz, Director, Dove’s Cry 
Ali Waked, Deputy Director of Merchavim – The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel 
Myriam Darmoni Charbit, Director of Civics and Shared Life Education, Center for Educational Technology.   
Moderated by Liron Shoham, Communications Manager, Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues

Sponsored by the Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation
at the Washington Jewish Film Festival

DISCUSSION

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION & ISRAEL

Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 pm


What is the appropriate balance between presenting for an American audience, Israeli art that is critical of the society and art which celebrates it?

Listen online or download the podcast of this event.

Panelists:

Dror Moreh, Academy Award-nominated director of The Gatekeepers
Linda Gradstein, Freelance Journalist and former NPR Jerusalem Correspondent 
Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor of The New Republic

DISCUSSION

ARI SHAVIT IN CONVERSATION WITH LEON WIESELTIER 

Wednesday, January 22 at 8:00 pm


Ari Shavit’s newest book, The New York Times bestseller My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel is a thoughtful meditation on Israel's history, politics and crucial national questions. Drawing on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family’s story, Shavit illuminates the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is both personal and national. Shavit will be in conversation with Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic.

Listen online or download the podcast of this event.

DISCUSSION

EXAMINING THE HISTORY OF 1948 

Wednesday, January 22 at 6:30 pm 

The creation of the State of Israel and its subsequent victory over the assembled Arab armies arrayed against it was widely regarded as a modern miracle in 1948. Coming after the trauma of the Shoah and fulfilling an ancient longing for a return to Zion made for a heroic moment in Israeli and Jewish consciousness. In the years since, different historians have helped to uncover the more complex history of the war and its aftermath, even as that history has become an object of political debate. Our panel will discuss the developments in the historical research of 1948, the uses  of that history and its impact on contemporary political discussions.

Listen online or download the podcast of this event.


Moderator:

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at SlateHer work has appeared in the New York TimesHarper’sThe New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Commentary, among other places.

Panelists Included:

Professor Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Family Foundation Professor of Government and Director of Middle East Studies at Smith College
Shay Hazkani, 
Visiting Scholar at Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America



DISCUSSION

THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY'S EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL

Sunday, December 8 at 5:00 pm


At a time when it is ever more important to expand and share the conversation about Israel, we are inspired to offer this panel discussion as a part of a new continuing series called Embracing Democracy: Who Has the Right to Speak for Israel? In these conversations we will bring into the light the strong emotions, conflicting opinions and different modes of expression of support for Israel.  As America itself seems ever more polarized, we aim to use these discussions as a way to bridge the polarization that has beset the American Jewish community around Israel.

Moderator: 

Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief of The Forward

Panelists: 
 
Jonathan Tobin, Senior Online Editor of Commentary magazine
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Director, JCPA Civility Initiative and Founding Director of Encounter
Congressman Robert Wexler, president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace in Washington, DC 
Michael Makovsky, CEO, JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs) 

Video of the event courtesy of forward.com

 

The Washington DCJCC stands firmly in support of Israel as an independent Jewish state.  We support open, balanced and respectful dialogue that engages a broad community in meaningful conversation.  We choose our partners and affiliations to ensure that all programming supports the DCJCC’s mission to preserve and strengthen Jewish identity, heritage, tradition and values.  We oppose “Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions” of Israel (BDS) and all efforts to delegitimize the right of the State of Israel to exist.

ONGOING
RikudDC:
Israeli Dancing in the Heart of DC

Sunday evenings, 7:00–11:00 pm
$10, Discount Member and Student Price $8
Markid (Instructor): Noah Glushakow-Smith

From 7–8:00pm come learn beginners dances and from 8-11:00pm join the circle for open Israeli dancing and intermediate instruction, including circle, line and couples dances. All are welcome, beginners and experienced dancers alike. No dance partner necessary.

No pre-registration required, except for groups of 10 or more. Join the RikudDC email list for weekly updates.  For more information or to volunteer, send us an email.