The Washington DCJCC

The Washington DCJCC is the Jewish community’s address in our Nation’s Capital, providing uniquely urban educational, social, cultural and fitness programs to the DC community inside and outside the beltway.

Open to all, with the mission of building and preserving Jewish identity, we promote community values through the following Washington DCJCC programs and services:

  • World-class theater performances and post-show discussions
  • Film, Literary and Music Festivals and year-round arts programming
  • Community Service volunteer opportunities that make a difference
  • Art exhibits and discussions with artists
  • A state-of-the-art sport and fitness center including leagues
  • Jewish education classes, workshops and retreats
  • Programs for interfaith couples and families
  • GLBT programs and events
  • Young professionals outreach and engagement
  • A Reggio Emilia-inspired full-day preschool
  • Parents/Caregivers and their Infants and Toddlers classes
  • After-school enrichment for grades K-6
  • Summer day camps for children of all age
  • Special program for older adults
  • We nurture creativity, community, and connections at the J at 16th and Q

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The DCJCC's Theater J announce the world premiere production of Our Suburb, a new play by Darrah Cloud

The DCJCC’s Theater J announces the world premiere production of Our Suburb, a new play by Darrah Cloud. An homage to the classic American play Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Our Suburb opens with two families preparing for Christmas and Hanukkah, and two teenagers fall into an interfaith romance. Drawing a sometimes warm, sometimes stark, unyieldingly honest portrait of love and family, the play, which updates its setting from Grovers Corner New Hampshire to Skokie, Illinois circa 1977, is set against the threat of a familiar yet surprising enemy.

Our Suburb will be brought to life by director Judith Ivey, four-time Tony Award-nominee (most recently in 2013 for The Heiress) and two-time winner for her performances in Steaming and Hurlyburly. Ivey’s extensive directing resume includes credits at Second Stage in New York, Pasadena Playhouse, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles and the Aspen Comedy Festival. She also previously appeared on the Theater J stage as Ann Landers in the one-woman show The Lady with All the Answers at a one-night-only benefit performance in 2012.

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Oct. 6-16: Don't Miss the DCJCC’s 2013 Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

Starting October 6 through the 16th, world-class authors including E.L. Doctorow, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Columnist Dan Savage will showcase their work and share their insights and creative process for Washingtonians at the 10-day Washington DCJCC Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival.

Headliners include an American master’s exclusive look at a hotly anticipated novel, a lawmaker’s sweeping vision for a stronger nation, and a sex columnist’s frank talk about sex, love and marriage. The Festival will be a lively celebration of the depth and breadth of Jewish literature in America today.

  • Literary master E.L. Doctorow opens the festival on October 6 with an exclusive preview of his newest book,
  • Andrew’s Brain: A Novel, a story that questions what we know of truth and memory, brain and mind, due for release in January 2014.

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