About Us

The Washington Jewish Music Festival is the flagship of the Edlavitch DCJCC’s year-round music program. Established in 1999 with a lead gift from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, the WJMF promotes a broader appreciation of Jewish culture and connects the Greater Washington, DC community through music. WJMF presents extraordinary performing artists who preserve and invigorate Jewish music in contemporary culture. Through collaborations, educational programming, and free events, the Festival actively engages people throughout the greater DC community in cross-cultural dialogue.

In addition to the Festival, the WJMF presents year-round programs at our home venue, the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater.

The 19th Washington Jewish Music Festival took place November 2-12, 2017.

To see more, check out our 17th Washington Jewish Music Festival Recap Video.

WJMF Staff

Ilya Tovbis is the director of the Washington Jewish Music Festival. Ilya’s involvement with music programming started in the Bay Area through the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival and The Stern Grove Festival.

He also started the Berkley-based music showcase “The Brew,” featuring monthly pairings of diverse artists such as Meredith Axelrod, Beth Custer, Deli Kanli, Charming Hostess, Glenn Hartman, Kymata, Matt Nelson, Aaron Novik, Rob Reich, and John Schott, Katy Stephan, and Craig Ventresco.

Kaitlin Whitman is the Director of Operations. She joined the WJMF team in 2015. Through her education and prior work history, she brings a wealth of arts administration and festival experience to the music department. Prior to joining the EDCJCC, she worked at American University as the Photography Lab Manager where students learned how to process and print their own images in a darkroom. Before that, Kaitlin worked at the DC Environmental Film Festival in programming and a variety of other roles for five years. She regularly volunteers with festivals across the city, attends as many as possible, and consults on film projects. She loves all genres of music but finds herself listening most often to bluegrass and folk tunes. Kaitlin graduated from American University with a MA in Arts Management in 2014 and a BA in Visual Media and Cinema Studies in 2009.

Alexis Rodriguez is the WJMF Outreach and Communications Manager. He has a background in arts marketing and is passionate about bringing organizations closer to their communities.

Prior to joining the EDCJCC, he worked on grassroots marketing and public relations strategies at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore. He also helped develop and manage their Brainiacs program, an audience engagement initiative that helped boost retention among new subscribers.

Alexis graduated from American University with an MA in Arts Management in 2015 and a BA in Marketing from the University of Puerto Rico in 2012.

Carolyn Hoehner is the Program Coordinator. She brings a diverse background in theater production and administration to the WJFF/WJMF. Prior to joining the EDCJCC, Carolyn worked in audience services for Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, NY and annually provided production support for the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, one of the nation’s largest and most prominent dance festivals. Carolyn believes in the transformative power of excellent storytelling and is passionate about supporting artists and engaging audience members. She holds a B.A from James Madison University in Theater and English Literature.

Venue

AARON & CECILE GOLDMAN THEATER

Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

  • PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
    Metro: Red line to Dupont Circle. Exit north to Q Street.
    Metrobus: The S route (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5) runs north and south along 16th Street. The G2 route originates in Georgetown and travels across P Street (1 block south of Q Street). Visit www.wmata.com to plan your public transit route.
  • PUBLIC PARKING
    If you are planning to drive, remember to leave plenty of time for parking. There is limited on-street parking available. There are two nearby Colonial Parking Garages: 1616 P Street NW (between 16th and 17th Streets) and 1515 15th Street NW (between 14th and 15th Streets, entrance on P Street).
  • EDLAVITCH DCJCC PARKING LOT
    Limited spaces available. Enter on Q Street just after the building. Parking fees: $8 for up to three hours, $12 for over three hours and $5 flat rate for members and seniors with validated tickets. Free daytime parking weekdays until 5:00 pm, Saturday until 6:30 pm and Sunday until 2:30 pm. Parking fees apply all other hours regardless of entry time.
  • BY BIKE
    The Edlavitch DCJCC is accessible by the city’s public bicycle routes. Bike racks are available for securing your bike. A Capital Bikeshare station is located two blocks away on 17th NW & Corcoran St. NW. To plan your bicycle route, visit www.ridethecity.com.
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