The Washington Jewish Music Festival returns June 3–15 for the 17th year and will feature international artists, family-friendly events and educational programs throughout Washington. A project of the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, D.C., the Washington Jewish Music Festival (WJMF) is one of the largest Jewish music festivals in the country.

This festival lineup explores Jewish influences in diverse musical genres.

  • Back by popular demand, Yemen Blues will open the festival on June 4 with music from Yemen and West Africa, with funk, mambo, soul, and ancient chanting techniques. Fronted by acclaimed vocalist Ravid Kahalani, Yemen Blues calls on a rich instrumentation that employs percussion, oud, horns, and strings and allows diverse influences to explode on stage.
  • Basya Schechter of Pharaoh’s Daughter will perform acoustic adaptations of poetry by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Her music will follow a screening of Every Word Has Power: The Poetry of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a concert film shot at Lincoln Center featuring Schechter.
  • Zion80 will perform at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center on June 9. The nine-piece band arranges Jewish melodies blending intense polyrhythmic Afrobeat with the madness of the Downtown scene in what The New York Times called “a truly soulful experience.

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