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Get Involved in Jewish life : Cultural Arts


Arts and Culture


Are you an art lover?  An aspiring thespian?  A passionate dancer?  Check out these unique opportunities in the Greater D.C. area to explore your creative interests!

NEW!  Jewish Teen Arts Initiative (JTAI)

          This innovative program is aimed towards young singers and actors who want to explore their love for the arts through a Jewish context.  The Initiative offers a teen choir and drama workshop, both providing high quality instruction in a fun and supportive environment.  Two groups are offered, one rehearsing at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington and the other at the Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center; groups meet every Thursday night from 7:00 pm -8:50 pm.  Both workshops will have many opportunities to perform throughout the Greater Washington, D.C. area, including at area competitions.  Those interested should contact Mindy Silverstein at the Board of Jewish Education at or call (301) 255-1957.

 BSO Teens Rock!

           Congregation B’nai Shalom of Olney has taken the initiative to provide a performance outlet for area teens.  Their annual Winter Variety Show, BSO Teens Rock'n Radio, is open to all teens in the community who like to sing, dance, play instruments, tell jokes, or show off any other talents.  For more information, contact Lee Lubarsky, youth director at B’nai Shalom at (301) 774-0879 or e-mail

Center Stage!  A Musical Theater Workshop

           Taught by theater professionals, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington’s musical theater class will equip students with the tools any actor needs.  Participants will work with teachers on singing, acting, and dancing, as well as scene study and performance techniques.   The semester culminates in a performance showcasing all students.  For more information, call Melissa Malkman, teen center coordinator at (301) 881-0100 ext. 6727 or e-mail

 NEW!  Israeli Dancing!!

 The Washington, DC area has its own Israeli Dance troupe for teens!  This unique ensemble rehearses weekly at the JCC of Greater Washington.  To get involved, contact directors Michael Fox at or Pepe Strauss at

For a complete listing of Fine and Performing Arts classes available through the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, visit their website at  


Do you love to go to the theater?  Listen to the Symphony?  Walk through museums?  Here are some of D.C.’s most respected venues—and they’re part of your Jewish community!

Washington Jewish Film Festival

         Every winter, the District of Columbia hosts the Washington Jewish Film Festival, a two weeklong showcase of the world’s finest Jewish films.  Check out for more information.

Theater J

          The District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s “Theater J” has some of the most respected theater in town.  Check out their 2002-2003 season on-line at  They also have excellent volunteer opportunities for anyone looking to earn a few more community service hours.

Center Company 

          This is the JCC of Northern Virginia’s professional theater company, and the first Jewish professional theater company in the state of Virginia.  Visit their website at

The B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum

          Relocating to 2020 K St. NW in Washington, DC, the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum will continue to document and explore the role of the Jewish Community in the growth and development of the United States and the world.  The museum presents exhibitions and educational programs focusing on Jewish contributions to popular culture and the arts, public service, and social welfare within the context of Jewish history and religion.  When it reopens in September 2002, the museum will be available to the public through advanced registration.  Please call (202) 857-6513 or e-mail for more information.

The Dennis and Philip Ratner Museum

          The Dennis and Philip Ratner Museum in Bethesda, MD was created with one goal in mind - to foster love of the Hebrew Bible through the graphic arts.  This museum is open to the public and to groups.  A great opportunity to incorporate the arts into your youth group programming!  Check out their website at or call the museum at (301) 897-1518.


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