The Edlavitch DCJCC is Washington, D.C.’s Jewish Community Center, providing a cultural destination and welcoming center for Jewish and community connections in the nation’s capital.
Edlavitch’s yearly JxJ Festival is a multidisciplinary arts project that combines two different festivals: The Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF), established in 1990, showcases new works of cinema that explore Jewish history, culture, and experience, while the Washington Jewish Music Festival (WJMF), established in 1999 with a gift from the Harold and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, presents performing artists who maintain and revitalize Jewish music through contemporary culture.
In 2022, Edlavitch hosted the JxJ Festival on May 12-22, excepting Friday nights for shabbat. While Edlavitch has significant experience in planning their own events, the staff called on JDC to work with them on four different high-profile nights for the festival to ease their own workload. These events were the Big Reveal preview for DCJCC donors on May 3, the Opening Night on May 12, the Artist Night on May 18, and the festival closing on May 22.
JDC set the behind-the-scenes scheduling for these four nights, coordinated with vendors for catering and refreshment delivery, and collaborated with Edlavitch staff to design and set up layouts for the community center each night to function for cocktail and food service that could easily transition into a film screening or concert as needed. Each event saw anywhere from 70-120 guests in attendance, with JDC team members onsite to coordinate and assist with client, vendor, and guest needs.